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September 19, 2014

In the morning, does anything else sound better than bread, butter, and cinnamon sugar? These French Morning Muffins from the Comfort Food cookbook are irresistible any time of day! French Morning Muffins Ingredients Batter: 2 cups all-purpose flour ⅔ cup sugar 2 ½ teaspoons baking powder ½ teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoon nutmeg 1 large egg 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons milk 6 tablespoons (¾ stick) unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Topping: ½ cup sugar ½... more

September 17, 2014

Throughout history, people have relied on techniques and special formulas to enhance their attractiveness. Some were based on ingredients that were found in the home. Here are some safe beauty treatments, courtesy of The 2015 Old Farmer’s Almanac, that you can make easily from items in your kitchen. Beauty on a Budget Cuticle Massage:5 red seedless grapes 1 tablespoon sugar Wash the grapes, then slice them in half widthwise. Dip the cut side into the sugar. Using half a grape for each... more

September 15, 2014

October is the first full month of the fall season…and you know what that means! Pumpkin and Halloween EVERYTHING! The special October edition of The Old Farmer’s Almanac Monthly Digital Magazine has everything you’ll need for this creepy, crawly, and pumpkin flavored month. Here is a sneak peek! The October Almanac Monthly Digital Magazine *Special Halloween Edition* Why do we have Halloween?SAMHAIN, the Celtic word for “summer’s end,” marked the beginning of winter for the ancient... more

September 12, 2014

Have you been craving warm soup lately? With autumn's arrival, the Almanac Comfort Food cookbook has bowls and bowls of the best soup recipes to warm your soul. Here is a delicious recipe to get you started! Kale, Sausage, and White Bean Soup Ingredients: ½ pound fresh kale 3 to 4 links (about 1 pound) hot or mild Italian sausage 3 tablespoons olive oil 1 large onion, chopped 1 stalk celery, chopped 1 carrot, chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced 3 cups chicken stock 1 medium baking potato... more

September 10, 2014

Bees are pretty remarkable creatures—and not just because of their pollinating skills. The Old Farmer’s Almanac for Kids shares some un-bee-lievable facts about this buzzing insect. The Buzz on Bees 1. Without honeybees, many farmers and gardeners would not have a harvest. Bees transfer pollen from flower to flower, or pollinate, which helps fruits and vegetables to form. 2. Bee-ginnings:     a. The Latin word for “bee” is APIS.     b. Beekeeping is called APICULTURE.     c. A beekeeper is... more

September 8, 2014

Get ready for the best apple pie recipe in the whole wide world (or mighty close to it…as you’ll learn after one taste)! This pie is a classic, with a twist, thanks to Amy Fuqua, first prize winner of the National Pie Championship. The apples are baked twice! Apple-licious Pie from The September Almanac Monthly Digital Magazine Crust: 2 cups all-purpose flour ½ teaspoon salt ¾ cup cold lard ¼ cup (½ stick) cold butter ⅓ cup ice water Filling: 12 ‘Winesap’ apples, peeled, cored,... more

September 3, 2014

Tired of weeding your garden? Then don’t! Change the way you think about weeds with help from The 2015 Old Farmer’s Almanac.  A weed after all is a plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered. Why We Need Weeds 1. Weeds tell a lot about your soil. Weeds help you to assess current soil conditions. As you survey your soil, remember that you can learn a lot more from a variety of weeds growing together in one area than from a single species. For example, if you have dock, horsetail,... more

August 27, 2014

Jupiter, the fifth planet out from the Sun, is the largest planet in our solar system (11 times larger than Earth). Naturally, Jupiter has not one, not two, but four planet-size moons. The Old Farmer’s Almanac for Kids shares with us the awesome names of each moon! Giant Jupiter and its Many Moons Io (Eye-oh) – The Pizza Moon Think of a giant pizza, with melted cheese, tomato sauce, and ripe olives. That’s what Io, the most volcanically active body in the solar system, looks like. “Toppings”... more

August 25, 2014

It is hard to accurately predict when rain will come to relieve your plants of thirst, but perhaps by looking up at the clouds, you’ll have an idea of whether you need to get the water hose out! Here are three cloud classifications that you’ll need to know to help with your decision, courtesy of The Old Farmer’s Almanac Book of Garden Wisdom. Unfortunately … turtle-, dragon-, and baby-shape clouds don’t count! Cloudy Visions Cumulus. Also called cauliflower clouds, these are the white,... more

August 22, 2014

Our August 18 post on the Everything Almanac blog was filled with strange and amazing facts about the universe! In case your mind isn’t blown yet, here is part two of “24 Strange Things About the Universe,” from the all-new 2015 Old Farmer’s Almanac! 24 Strange Things About the Universe: Part 2 13. The universe is expanding, but no one knows how far. It has no outside or edge. The extent of the known universe is 38 to 47 billion light-years in every direction. 14. When observed in... more


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