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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

October 6, 2014

“Lettuce is luscious and kale is comforting, but to put some pizzazz into your garden, grow Asian greens.” –Sheryl Normandeau Introducing Asian Greens to your Household! Avoid the store, and fill your garden with all the greens you’ll need to make a delicious salad! They are super easy to grow and maintain in your garden beds or even in a small pot if you’re looking to save time, space and energy. You might even consider putting these Asian greens around your front yard or along borders, they... more

October 1, 2014

Every pumpkin has a best purpose. When it comes to choosing a pumpkin, think about what you want to do with it. All pumpkins are edible, but some taste better than others. Then there are those that are best for carving. Here are a few of our favorite varieties, with their best use! Pick a Pumpkin From The October Edition of The Almanac Monthly Digital Magazine ‘Jack Be Little’, a miniature variety, is dual purpose. Store-bought shiny (painted) ones make an ideal decoration for a holiday... more

September 29, 2014

Get out your aprons and baking sheets and fire up the oven, because baking season is here! We’ve got lots of tips to help you get through it with ease, courtesy of The Old Farmer’s Almanac Favorite Cookies! Baking Season Tips and Tricks Toasting tip: Toast coconut in a dry, nonstick pan over low heat, stirring often, until lightly colored. Easier cutting: When cutting sticky bar cookies, wipe the knife with a damp paper towel after each cut. When baking brownies, use sifted cocoa... more

September 24, 2014

Time is a powerful thing, but where does it go? The 2015 Old Farmer’s Almanac has a few answers to the age-old question—as well as four ideas for getting it back! This thing all things devours; Birds, beasts, trees, flowers; Gnaws iron, bites steel; Grinds hard stones to meal; Slays king, ruins town, And beats mountain down. –J.R.R. Tolkien (The Hobbit) Where Does The Time Go? A lot of time goes to just living: We Sleep: On average, Americans sleep for 26 years; Canadians, 27 years We Work: If... more

September 22, 2014

Fall is upon us! How will you be spending this colorful season? We’ve got all the advice, recipes, and fun facts of the season to get you started! Fall Fun, Facts, and Favorites from The Old Farmer’s Almanac Why Do Autumn Leaves Change Color? The changing colors provide a beautiful setting for the season, but do you know why the leaves change color? It is due to several factors. Read on by clicking here! Don’t Rake All the Fall Leaves Fall cleanup is a time when tidy is not always better.... more

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 finger,... 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 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. Life without honeybees: Many farmers and gardeners would not have a harvest with bees. These busy harvesters 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... more


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