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December 15, 2014

Have you tried the Almanac Monthly digital magazine (for your tablet or computer)? It comes out 12 times a year (about 60 pages per issue!) and each monthly issue is packed with Almanac wit, wisdom, and weather! Take a look at what’s inside The Old Farmer’s Almanac January Monthly! This Month’s Moon This month’s full Moon, the Full Wolf Moon, occurs on January 4 at 11:53 P.M. EST. January 4 is the time of perihelion, when Earth is closest to the Sun for the year: “only” 91,402,423 miles away!... more

December 10, 2014

By definition, a kiss takes two, so you’ll want to find a friend before you read on … German dictionaries list more than 30 types of of kisses, including a word, nachkussen, for “the making up for kisses that have been omitted.” Here are a few variations from The Old Farmer’s Almanac Book of Love that you’ll want to explore. 1. The Butterfly Flutter Place your eye within a breath of your partner’s cheek. Open and close your eyelids against her skin. If this is done correctly, the flutter... 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

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 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

November 7, 2014

The cranberry is the fruit of fall and winter! Enjoy these fun facts and tips about this delicious red fruit from the November edition of The Almanac Monthly Digital Magazine! Tis' the Cranberry Season The cranberry, a North American native, is a low-growing evergreen, hardy to Zone 2, that sends out runners much like strawberries do. Each runner may grow up to 3 feet long and send up numerous uprights that bear thumbnail-size fruit. The plants thrive in the moist soil along the edges of... more

November 5, 2014

Hardly a day goes by when we do not consider the likelihood, or chance, of an event happening. Here are some calculated real odds in a variety of categories. Some may surprise you, some will tickle your funny bone, and others may make you scratch your head. Some may make you say “I’ve beaten those odds!” Fears • Of being arachnophobic (afraid of spiders): 1 in 4 • Of being ariophobic (afraid of flying): 1 in 5 • Of being cynophobic (afraid of dogs): 1 in 9 • Of being iatrophobic (afraid of... more

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