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July 14, 2015

Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche said, “The advantage of a bad memory is that one enjoys several times the same good things for the first time.” If you don’t want to prove his point, read on for ways to boost your memory! Our Magnificent Memory We used our 2003 Old Farmer’s Almanac to compile some interesting tidbits and tips about your brain and memory. Memory Myths and Reality: Don’t Be Fooled Here are some common misconceptions about memory and the reasons why they do not hold true. Myth:... more

July 6, 2015

Twenty years ago, our Almanac declared sweet potatoes to be the “healthiest vegetable of them all.” This fleshy root vegetable is indeed highly nutritional, low in calories, and, for the chef, it is easier than pie to use. Sweet Potato Facts and Benefits “There is one thing that a sweet potato is not. And that is a potato.” Since sweet potatoes are unrelated to white potatoes, the two should not be used as substitutes when cooking. Sweet potatoes bloom in the summer. The tropical origin... more

July 3, 2015

To ensure that you are well rested this summer, we looked back at a few past editions of the Almanac to compile this information on snoring, snoozing, and the average time spent sleeping. Flashback Friday: Sleep Facts, Myths, and Tips Revisited Our 1991 Old Farmer’s Almanac discusses snoring, an issue plaguing 20 percent of American men and 5 percent of American women ages 20 to 35, and 60 and 40 percent, respectively, by age 60. Here’s a short summary of the article: Snoring is generally... more

July 1, 2015

Learn the folklore, tradition, themes, and venues that are relevant to July weddings, drawn from the July Edition of The Old Farmer’s Almanac Monthly Digital Magazine. Getting Married in July? Beachy Brides The beach is a perfect location for a wedding in the peak of summer. Even if you’re not saying your vows on the seashore, a beach theme is still popular for July weddings. Using whites, creams, tans, blues, and turquoises in your décor can create a festive seaside atmosphere. Seashell and... more

June 25, 2015

Summer is here! That means family gatherings, which in turn means home cooked food. Satisfy your cravings for all things salty and fatty with delicious Southern-Fried Chicken. Fried Chicken Although it is bikini season, if there’s ever a time to eat a little more than usual, it’s when there’s fried chicken on the table! As Damon Lee Fowler, defender of lard and author of Classical Southern Cooking, said, “If you’re worried about fat, why are you even thinking of fried chicken in the first place... more

June 22, 2015

Nothing beats a tasty beet! They are also very nutritious. They are good for cardiovascular and liver health, proven to lower the risk of certain cancers, and helpful in boosting energy levels. Below are some fun facts to enjoy about this power veggie! Beets: The Summer Vegetable That Can’t Be Beat! When beets were first discovered to be edible, their greens were most valued. Now, however, most people think the beetroot is the best. Red beets are the most popular, but they also come in yellow... more

June 17, 2015

The July issue of The Old Farmer’s Almanac Monthly Digital Magazine is here to help you survive and thrive during the peak of summer. Check out a sneak peek of this month’s issue below. July Monthly Preview What Would Summer Be Without Watermelon? Hopefully, we’ll never have to know the answer to that question. Watermelon is a quintessential summer food, and you can learn all about it in the July Monthly. Learn to select the best watermelon at the store, and how to best remove the seeds once... more

June 15, 2015

Looking for a fun way to spend your Father’s Day? Fishing, having a barbeque or picnic, celebrating the summer solstice, and going camping are all dad worthy activities. Father’s Day Activities Father’s Day (Sunday June 21, 2015) falls on one of our Best Fishing Days. Not sure where to go? Check out this list of best fly fishing holes. For insight on what to bring, see our list of items to include in a tackle box here. Be sure to look at these handy fishing tips before you and your dad head out... more

June 12, 2015

It’s a Friday, it’s June, and as if you need another reason to celebrate, it’s National Peanut Butter Cookie Day! Buckle up and get ready for the nuttiest cookie extravaganza of the year. It’s National Peanut Butter Cookie Day! As President James A. Garfield once said, “Man cannot live by bread alone; he must have peanut butter.” Peanut butter cookies are the ultimate way to enjoy peanut butter. We have collected our favorite Peanut Butter Cookie Recipes for your enjoyment on this glorious ... more

June 8, 2015

Ideas on how to honor the summer solstice with a Sun themed wedding if you’re having it in June! Getting Married in June? “Marry when June roses grow, Over land and sea you’ll go.”                 -traditional verse Choose Your Theme: For a wedding in the sixth month of the year, you might consider a Sun theme to honor the summer solstice. For informal weddings, bridesmaids could wear sundresses and sun hats. Arrange yellow blossoms in vases and hang Sun mobiles, sun catchers, and other fun-... more

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