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March 1, 2015

Can you believe it's already March? Take a look inside the March issue of our Almanac MONTHLY magazine—now available on tablets and your computer! In the March MONTHLY, we'll tell you what weather to expect, which stars to see, and which seeds to be planting this month—along with many other articles, facts and folklore to keep you entertained all throughout March! March Monthly Preview The Effluvia of Asps What is meant by the Ides of March? “Why, madam, the Ides were eight old women, the Nones... more

February 25, 2015

How many times have you said to yourself, “I need to get my time more organized”? We have, too—don’t worry. So—in putting together our book-style 2015 Engagement Calendar—we have created a planner to help you keep organized all year long as well as provide you with oodles of entertaining quotes, tips, and facts guaranteed to put a smile on your face every time you open it up. Quotes, Tips, & Facts from the Engagement Calendar Here are just a few of the many interesting tidbits that you’ll... more

February 18, 2015

Those little birdies in your backyard are hungry! Here’s a fantastic, fun, and inexpensive way to make a birdfeeder, courtesy of The Old Farmer’s Almanac for Kids. This is a fun activity for the whole family, and the birds will surely visit often! February: National Birdfeeding Month (U.S.) To Make a Feeder: Remove the label from a clean, dry, 2-liter soda bottle with cap. Tie a piece of cord or wire around the neck of the bottle so that you will be able to hang the feeder. Make perches... more

February 16, 2015

It has certainly been a snow-filled year for many parts of the nation. Whether you got only a sprinkling of snow or an extreme downfall, test your winter knowledge skills to see how much you know about the frosty flakes! Test Your Winter Knowledge Test Yourself! 1. If you have been out in the cold and are afraid that you have frostbite, you should rub the affected area with snow. True or False? 2. How many sides does a regular snow crystal have? a. Four b. Five c. Six d. Eight 3... more

February 13, 2015

Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day! We here at The Old Farmer’s Almanac love to talk about…LOVE! In fact we even created a whole book on the topic entitled “The Book of Love” which covers everything from tips on planning your wedding to mastering over 20 different kisses! We also take a look back to previous centuries and you’ll be surprised by what their Valentines cards consisted of! The Origin of the X-Rated Greeting Card For those lovers who had trouble composing their own verse in the... more

February 11, 2015

Sowing is one thing; transplanting young seedlings is an equally tricky business with its own rules for success. Here are a few of them from The Old Farmer’s Almanac Book of Garden Wisdom! Tips for Transplanting Handle with care. This is the time to have a tender touch and all supplies at hand. Choose your moment. The best time to do it is on a misty or cloudy day or late in the afternoon when the sun is low. Make contact. Poke a hole in loose soil and press the roots firmly in... more

February 4, 2015

Our Everyday Calendar has tons of facts, folklore, proverbs, and puzzles to help you start your day off right every single day of the year! Here is a little look into what we’ve got in store for you this February! Everyday Calendar: February Facts & Fun February 1: You will have good luck if you accidentally put on your sock inside out! February 3: In 17th-century England, women sometimes decorated their hats with carrot leaves instead of feathers. February 5: “It’s easier to make... more

February 2, 2015

On Valentine’s Day—in fact, on any day!—candy is dandy but chocolate is nonpareil. Several years ago, it was the special ingredient in the Almanac’s Reader Recipe Contest, and we received a flood of entries. The first recipe here is one of the winners. Following it are chocolate recipes from the February Monthly that are near and dear to our sweet hearts. Chicken in Chocolate Sauce Piquante CHICKEN: 1 chicken, cut into four pieces 1 tablespoon butter or margarine, softened 1 teaspoon... more

January 28, 2015

Old Farmer’s Almanac readers are always happy to share time- and money-saving tricks for you to try out in your garden! For even more gardening tips and to discover the best days to start planting, check out our current 2015 edition. Green Thumbs’ Tell-All Tales For Quick Compost … • Put fruit and vegetable peels into the blender, add water, and process. Spread around fruit trees, in pots, and around the herb garden. When Starting Seeds, Use … • Old ice cube trays, plastic trays... more

January 26, 2015

Never hurts to try out some new baking tips! These were taken from The Old Farmer’s Almanac Everyday Baking cookbook. You can find even more tips and helpful tricks in our Comfort Food cookbook! Try Our Baking Tips! A Good Turn for Your Pie • Ken Haedrich recommends rotating pies 180 degrees midway through the baking. The back of most ovens is typically hotter than the front. Rotating helps baked goods to cook evenly and balances the surface browning. Coming Up Short with Toothpick... more


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