Seasonal Advice for November: Recipes, Gardening, Folklore

Your November Calendar, Thanksgiving Recipes, and More

Fallen Autumn Leaves

Assorted autumn leaves taken in my yard.

As daylight lessens, the leaves change. 

Karen Ramsdale

Mark your calendar for November 2016, 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. 

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)


We’ve made this month, named for the old ninth (novem) month in the Roman calendar, into a social time of community suppers, feasts of thanksgiving, and general elections. 

Recipes for the Season

It’s time to start thinking about holiday preparations.


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!

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


November’s full Moon, the Full Beaver Moon, occurs on the 14th, at 8:52 a.m. EST.  It’s the brightest and nearest Full Moon of the year—and perhaps your lifetime! Learn more and enjoy our free observatory show on the November Moon page.

In November’s dark skies, the night is a stargazers delight. See November highlights and a printable sky map.



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.

Birth Flowers

November’s birth flower is the chrysanthemum. Generally, chrysanthemums represent cheerfulness. A red one conveys “I love you.” White symbolizes truth or pure love. A yellow one indicates slighted love.

See YOUR birth flower of the month.


Everyday Advice

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

It’s also the start of 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.

The Zodiac

November’s Zodiac Signs are:

  • Scorpio: October 23 to November 22
  • Sagittarius: November 23 to December 21

See your Zodiac Profiles!

Folklore Fun

  • If there’s ice in November that will bear a duck, There’ll be nothing after but sludge and muck.
  • 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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Tirp to las Vegas

When is the best time to take a trip to Las Vegas. A time when the weather is not too hot - about 80 degrees - late in the year 2017. Present plans are for around October 2nd. (Date can be changed).

folk lore

what does the color of caterpillars have to do with the winter weather?
any comments on salt? effects on salt during cold weather? moisture? wives tails? ;}

weather lore

As to the color of caterpillars, you might be interested in the folklore of the woolly worm, whose brown and black bands are said to predict the coming winter’s severity:

As to salt, weather lore says that it increases in weight before a shower. There is also a similar excerpt in an old weather lore book that says: “A farmer’s wife says when her cheese salt is soft, it will rain; when getting dry, fair weather may be expected.”

Hope this helps!


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