Hearty soups, winter bird food, beekeeping

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Daily Newsletter for Sunday, February 5, 2017

Dear Almanac readers,

In this issue, we are thinking about food—for you, for the birds, and for the garden!  

In the kitchen, we're cooking up soups and stews. Outside, we're helping our feathered friends with some winter suet. And what do bees have to do with food? These busy pollinators are responsible for one out of three bites of our food—and are on the decline. Consider a bee box in your backyard to help pollinate your flowers and crops!


Your Almanac Editors

Poor robin redbreast,
Look where he comes;
Let him in to feel your fire,
And toss him of your crumbs
–Christina G. Rossetti (1830–94)

Sunday, February 5, 2017
36th day of the year

Laura Linney (actress) was born on this day in 1964.
Brian Jacques (children's author) died on this day in 2011.



Blizzards in February

The Worst Blizzards in Recent History
Do you have memories of bad blizzards? Let’s take a look back at some of the most memorable February storms of the past 50 years.

One of the most memorable blizzards just a few years ago this month happened on February 1–2, 2011. This storm brought heavy, blowing snow from northern Texas to New England and eastern Canada. Hardest hit was Chicago with 21.2 inches of snow and 60 miles per hour winds. Learn more: Worst Blizzards in History.
Hearty Winter Soups

Soup Recipes: Soups, Stews, and Chowders
It’s soup season here at the Almanac! There’s nothing better than a warm, hearty bowl of soup, especially in cool or rainy weather. These stew, chowder, and soup recipes will give you warmth and plenty of leftovers.
The 2020 Old Farmer's Almanac Moon Calendar

Loaded with stunning photos, lunar lore, and more! 
Last-Minute Dip Recipes

Time for Super Bowl Dip Recipes!
Are you ready to break out some delicious Super Bowl dip recipes for the big day? Scoop up classic guacamole, spicy buffalo chicken dip, delicious spinach dip, and more!
The 2017 Weather Watcher’s Calendar | Save 50%

For those who like to keep an eye on the sky! Features dramatic photography, weather proverbs, historical weather events, trivia, and more.
Winter Bird Food

Homemade Bird Food Recipes
Here are some great homemade bird food recipes that can be used at any time of the year, but especially in the cold winter months, when natural resources are scarce.
In the Garden 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. 
How to Raise Bees

Beekeeping 101: Planning for Honey Bees
If you’ve decided to move forward with raising bees, let’s get down to business: Learn your beekeeping rules and regulations, choose the right location for your hives, and make sure you have the right habitat.  Here are answers to your practical questions.
Iditarod Beanie Hat

Designed for extremely cold weather! Features the softest and most luxurious Alpaca fleece.