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November 10, 2014

National Origami Day is on November 11th! Origami, which originated in Japan, is the ancient art of folding a square piece of paper into shapes and figures. Try it and make a windmill using these steps from The Old Farmer's Almanac for Kids! Make sure to look at the picture above in order to see the dotted lines, which will help indicate where to fold! 1. Take a square piece of paper and fold in half to make a crease, then unfold. 2. Fold in both ends to meet at the center crease. 3... more

November 7, 2014

The cranberry is the fruit of fall and winter! Enjoy these fun facts and tips about this delicious red fruit from the November edition of The Almanac Monthly Digital Magazine! Tis' the Cranberry Season The cranberry, a North American native, is a low-growing evergreen, hardy to Zone 2, that sends out runners much like strawberries do. Each runner may grow up to 3 feet long and send up numerous uprights that bear thumbnail-size fruit. The plants thrive in the moist soil along the edges of... more

November 5, 2014

Hardly a day goes by when we do not consider the likelihood, or chance, of an event happening. Here are some calculated real odds in a variety of categories. Some may surprise you, some will tickle your funny bone, and others may make you scratch your head. Some may make you say “I’ve beaten those odds!” Fears • Of being arachnophobic (afraid of spiders): 1 in 4 • Of being ariophobic (afraid of flying): 1 in 5 • Of being cynophobic (afraid of dogs): 1 in 9 • Of being iatrophobic (afraid of... more

October 31, 2014

This year, treat the neighborhood ghosts and goblins and pirates and princesses to some uncommon treats, Caramel Popcorn Balls, courtesy of The Old Farmer's Almanac Monthly Digital Magazine. Later, when these bag-bearing visitors get home and empty their sacks, your handouts will stand out as the most memorable loot. This old-time confection dates back to the mid-1800s. The trick is to watch the caramel carefully: It can go from golden brown to nearly black in a matter of just a few seconds... more

October 27, 2014

In case you didn’t know, the last week of October is International Magic Week! Allow us to teach you how to perform an illusion from The Old Farmer’s Almanac for Kids, Volume 5—how to make dirty “laundry” disappear. Introduce your youngsters to this trick, which they will love! You will need: • 6 handkerchief-size pieces of white cloth • Paint, markers, or food to stain the dirty handkerchiefs • 2 paper lunch bags of the same size • Scissors To prepare: • Stain three of the... more

October 22, 2014

Looking for a new and tasty pumpkin pie recipe? Check out this creamy pie mixture from our October Almanac Monthly that we know you’ll love! CRUST: 1 unbaked all-purpose piecrust FILLING: 6 ounces cream cheese, softened ¾ cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar, divided 2 large eggs plus 1 egg yolk, at room temperature 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour ½ teaspoon cinnamon ½ teaspoon ground ginger ¼ teaspoon ground cloves ¼ teaspoon nutmeg 1 cup mashed or canned... more

October 20, 2014

No two people are exactly the same, and one of our differences is the way in which we walk! Each of us has a unique pattern of walking, called a gait. Each leg actually has a gait cycle that is dependent upon the stance (period during which one foot is on the ground, supporting the body) and the swing (the period during which that foot is off the ground). Did you know that most people are walking around incorrectly? One reason described in The Old Farmer’s Almanac for Kids is poor posture.... more

October 17, 2014

Along with mouth-watering recipes full of all your favorite creamy, salty, sweet, spicy, and ooey gooey ingredients, the brand new Comfort Food cookbook provides some helpful tips and facts to assist you while making your favorite recipes from its pages. Here is a look at what’s inside! Tips & Tricks from the Comfort Food cookbook • Same difference: yellow and red bell peppers are actually just green bell peppers that were left on the plant to mature. • Baking Soda & Baking Powder: o... more

October 15, 2014

November, a month of many celebrations and delicious food! What more could you ask for? The Old Farmer’s Almanac Digital Monthly Magazine - November Edition – covers topics such as how television dinners came about to the best way to build a fire that will keep you warm and snuggly all season! This Month’s Moon – the Beaver Moon! November’s full Moon is known as the Beaver Moon because it arrives at the time of year when beavers traditionally are active in preparing for winter. Because... more

October 8, 2014

“People had said that mirlitons were the lazy man’s vegetable. They take care of themselves. You plant them, they grow, and you stand underneath until one falls on your head. You don’t have to weed or spray it, and you don’t even have to pick it.” – Lance Hill What is a Mirliton? Mirliton, chou chou, xuxu, christophene, and most commonly known as a chayote; no matter what you call it, the crop remains the same. This pear shaped vegetable is one of the most versatile vegetables used in... more


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