Supermoon tonight, make-ahead recipes, wishbones

This is an archived issue of our Companion email newsletter.

Daily Newsletter for Sunday, November 13, 2016

Dear Companion readers,

Thanksgiving is one of our favorite times because it allows us to focus on family and friends. It stirs feelings of thankfulness for the simple things in life—time with loved ones, a warm place to gather, and peacefulness. Of course, it's also the start of holiday food!  In this issue, we offer make-ahead Thanksgiving recipes so your feast day is less stressful. Also, enjoy our new page of delicious sweet potato recipes—plus, trivia on the difference between a sweet potato and a yam!

Don't forget! If you are a sky watcher, tonight's full Moon is the brightest of our lifetime. Learn more at

Your Almanac editors

E'en in these bleak November days
There's gladness for the heart that heeds.

–Charles Dawson Shanly (1811–75)

Sunday, November 13, 2016
Find out who was born today.



Reduce Thanksgiving Stress!

Make-Ahead Thanksgiving Recipes
Make some Thanksgiving recipes ahead of the feast day, so that your main concern on the day itself is the “ruling roast” or the “big bird”—and quality time with family and friends. Here is a list of great make-ahead Thanksgiving recipes, including appetizers, soups, side dishes, and desserts. 
Mulling Spices Ornament

SAVE 23% – Colorful tin Christmas ornaments with tasty mulling spices and a recipe inside.

Yummy Sweet Potato Recipes

Best Sweet Potato Recipes
Here are some delicious sweet potato recipes, including sweet potato fries, biscuits, casseroles, and desserts. Sweet potatoes are versatile, nutritious, and low in calories, making for the perfect addition to any meal.
Readers’ Best Recipes and the Stories Behind Them

Get the recipes that folks rave about! We invited Almanac readers to share their best recipes—the favorites served at family gatherings, potlucks, parties, and supper tables. You’ll love the heartwarming, humorous, and true stories that these cooks tell, too!

Predicting Winter Folklore

Forecasting Weather With a Goose Bone
Can you really predict weather with a goose bone? Back around the turn of the last century, in the days before the National Weather Service, the so-called goose bone method was a famous weather-forecasting technique.
Vejibag Vegetable Storage

SAVE 20% – No more slimy vegetables! 

Mega Moon Show Tonight!

Full Moon for November 2020
November’s Full Beaver Moon rises on November 30! Learn when to spot it in your area and the meaning behind this Moon’s name.
Bold Kitchen Aprons

MOTHER’S DAY GIFT IDEA! There’s always something cooking at The Old Farmer’s Almanac. When it gets messy, we grab for one of these easy-care cotton aprons.

Yams Vs. Sweet Potatoes!

Are Sweet Potatoes Yams?
Are sweet potatoes the same as yams? No… and yes. Here’s the scoop.
Lemon Basil Handcare Caddy

A silver-toned caddy holding our popular foaming hand soap and rich hand lotion together in one place, whether in the bath or the kitchen. Very elegant, very convenient.