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Seasonal Advice for November 2014: Recipes, Gardening, Folklore

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It's the month of November 2014, which we like to think of as the month of food, when the best of cooks can shine and the best of eaters will surely get their fill.

It's time to start thinking about holiday preparations.

And the dead leaves lie huddled and still,
No longer blown hither and thither;
The last lone aster is gone;
The flowers of the witch-hazel wither . . .

Robert Frost (1874-1963)

Calendar

November comes from the Latin word novem meaning "nine" because this was the ninth month of the early Roman calendar.

  • November 1 is All Saints' Day. This is the day when the saints are honored, especially those who do not have a day of their own.
     
  • Don't forget! On Sunday, November 2, 2013, Daylight Saving Time ends at 2 A.M. (ET). Turn back your clocks one hour on Saturday night before you go to bed! Find out more about Daylight Saving Time
  • This year, Election Day (U.S.) is Tuesday, November 4.
  • Veteran's Day (U.S.) is always November 11, the day World War I ended. We honor all the men and women who have served. See more about Veteran's Day. Remembrance Day (Canada) also falls on this day.
  • If you're fortunate, you may experience Indian Summer in November; but it can only come between November 11 and 20. What is Indian Summer? 
  • This year, Thanksgiving Day (U.S.) arrives on November 27, 2014. Understand the history and origins of Thanksgiving

Recipes for the Season

Consult our collection of Thanksgiving recipes—from the big bird to stuffing to deserving side dishes to desserts!

You may also enjoy these make-ahead Thanksgiving recipes; they can be prepared ahead of the big feast day.

If you're serving turkey, here's tips on how to roast the bird. Leftovers? Try this Day-After-Turkey-Dinner Hash!

For more recipes, use our Recipe Search.

Gardening

Use small stakes or markers where you've planted bulbs or late-starting plants in the perennial garden to avoid disturbing them when you begin spring soil preparation.

Check trees around your house for weak branches that should be removed by you now, rather than by snow and ice later.

See more gardening jobs for the month of November.

Everyday Advice

The holiday season is now upon us! Check out our Holiday Cooking and Cleaning Checklist

It's cold and flu season. Here are natural cold remedies for your body and mind.

Stay warm with a cozy fire. See our Best Bets for Firewood.

Wit & Wisdom

Learn more about Thanksgiving's foods with these fun facts pages:
The Great Yam Scam: Are Sweet Potatoes Really "Yams?"
Cranberry Trivia
Turkey Trivia

Astronomy

In 2014, the Full Moon falls on November 6. If you love Moon facts and folklore, check out our Beaver Moon Guide.

On November evenings, the eastern sky is a busy place—a stargazers delight. At mid-month, there is a meteor shower to enjoy! See the highlights of the November Night Sky—and we now offer free, printable Sky Maps here!

 

Folklore

  • November take flail; let ships no more sail.
  • If trees show buds in November, the winter will last until May.
  • There is no better month in the year to cut wood than November.
  • Ice in November brings mud in December.

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