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December 8, 2014

No matter how deep the snow, gardeners can stage spring with parlor pots of sweet-scented paper-whites, old-fashioned hyacinths, and dramatic amaryllis. Start now and don’t stop until every windowsill and side table is abloom with potted beauties. It’s a sure cure for the wintertime blues. What is “Forcing Bulbs”? “Forcing” is speeding up the growth of a plant or bulb to make it bloom on your own schedule. Forced bulbs can add color and perfume to your home office from fall to spring.... more

December 3, 2014

Orchids have no equal: They are breathtakingly beautiful, delicate, long-blooming, long-lived, fascinating in fragrance and form, and extremely varied. Few pleasures in gardening surpass the thrill of seeing orchids thrive and bloom. Once rare and expensive, orchids now outsell every other houseplant, surpassing even African violets, chrysanthemums, and poinsettias. Orchids cleverly produce flowers resembling the pollinator that they want to attract. Ophrys apifera has the appearance of a... more

December 1, 2014

For years, many people have heard stories and watched movies about St. Nicholas, or Santa Claus as he is known best. Yet his true identity remains a mystery. In The Old Farmer’s Almanac December Monthly we take a look at the legends surrounding St. Nicholas. The Legend of St. Nicholas In the 3rd century, in the village of Patara in Turkey (part of Greece in those days), a wealthy couple gave birth to a boy they named Nicholas. Tragically, while Nicholas was young, an epidemic took the lives of... more

November 28, 2014

Thanksgiving is a day spent full of cheer alongside family, friends, and typically an abundance of food! You slave over the stove for hours spending time making these meals, so why let the food go to waste once the holiday is over? Here are a few recipe ideas from The Old Farmer’s Almanac Comfort Food cookbook that will help you to utilize that leftover turkey and make a delicious meal! Comfort Food: Recipes for Your Turkey Leftovers Turkey Sloppy Joes Nobody will ever ask “Where’s... more

November 24, 2014

The Comfort Food cookbook is full of recipes that would make for delicious additions to your Thanksgiving meal, especially the dessert portion of the evening. We took some of the classic comfort food desserts you love and gave them a little twist! Here are a couple sample recipes—perfect for the holidays! Caramel Apple Crumb Pie “In bygone days, apple pie this good was grounds for a marriage proposal”. Who doesn’t love the mixture of cinnamon, brown sugar, vanilla and of course, apples?! These... more

November 19, 2014

Thanksgiving is just over a week away! Whether making traditional side dishes, or trying something a bit different, these cooking tips are sure to help make this cooking holiday go as smoothly as possible. Recipes included below! Comfort Food cookbook: Thanksgiving Day Tips Planning on making mashed potatoes? Try adding some roasted garlic! If you don’t have time to roast garlic heads (which takes almost an hour), mince a couple of cloves and cook them very gently in butter for 1 minute.... more

November 17, 2014

 Looking to make some yeast bread? Our Comfort Food cookbook has all the tips and tricks you’ll need to know before beginning the process of making your own homemade bread! Prep Bring ingredients and bowls to room temperature before beginning, unless the recipe specifies otherwise. Cold will throw a chill into dough and slow down the rise. How to Knead To knead, flour your hands and work surface and turn the dough out. Push down with your palms, fold the dough over onto itself, give... more

November 14, 2014

December is the month of holiday cheer! In the pages of the December edition of The Old Farmer’s Almanac Monthly Digital Magazine, you’ll find tips on how to make Christmas last longer, the legend of St. Nicholas, a holiday guide to indoor blooms, delicious cookie recipes for your next cookie exchange, and so much more. Here are a few tidbits from inside the pages of next month’s issue: December Edition of The Old Farmer’s Almanac Monthly Digital Magazine • This month’s moon is the Full Cold... more

November 12, 2014

The Comfort Food Cookbook is filled not just with classic, delicious recipes—it also has great tips and time-savers to make your cooking experience even more enjoyable. Our secrets are all out … be sure to look for more of our tips located in the margins of our Comfort Food cookbook! Tips from the Kitchen: Comfort Food edition • Tuber Tips: o When preparing potatoes, remove any eyes, sprouts, and green parts. (Sprouts emerge from the eyes.) o If the tuber has a few sprouts but is still... more

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


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