Potato pie, whiteflies, DIY lip balm, how Halloween began

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Daily Newsletter for Thursday, October 25, 2018

asters and goldenrod

The sparkling fields of dewy grass,
Woodpaths and roadsides decked with flowers,
Starred asters and the goldenrod,
Date Autumn’s hours.

–Elizabeth Drew Stoddard (1823–1902)

Thursday, October 25, 2018
298th day of the year

Anne Tyler (author) was born on this day in 1941.
Nigel Davenport (actor) died on this day in 2013.

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Irish Potato Pie

Irish Potato Pie

This recipe, with slight adjustments, was brought over “on the boat” by the cook’s great-great-aunt in the 1880s.



3 Foods Doctors Are Now Calling Harmful Foods

If you ever feel like you are tired and fatigued from your workouts, or daily life routines, the culprit might be these foods that you are consuming. These foods may affect your everyday life by literally sucking the energy from you.
Plant Seeds for Birds

Plants With Seeds to Feed the Birds
Most of the garden has been stripped down to bare bones but I am in no hurry to cut down any plants that have interesting seed heads. The birds fully appreciate having a smorgasbord of seeds to choose from and we love watching them. 
Peterson's Songbird Coasters

Set of four coasters featuring the exquisite artwork of avian artist Roger Tory Peterson.
Whitefly Remedies

Here are tips on how to identify, control, and get rid of whiteflies.
Vintage Cast Iron Sun

Measures almost a foot across and is made using traditional sand-casting techniques. The weather-resistant finish allows it to be enjoyed outdoors or indoors. 
How Did Halloween Begin?

Origins of Halloween Traditions
Why does Halloween make us think of trick or treating, witches on broomsticks, bobbing for apples, and carved pumpkins? Here’s a look back at the origins of Halloween traditions and why we celebrate Halloween the way we do today.
Farmers' Market Cotton Tote Bag

This sturdy cotton canvas bag features The Old Farmer’s Almanac 1792 logo on one side and the message “Support Your Local Farmers” on the other. Made in the USA. Buy 2 or more and save $3 each! No promo code needed.
Making Lip Balm

Make Your Own Lip Balm
Coming indoors and going out, the dry winter air causes static hair, parched skin, and—especially—cracked lips. It’s easy and inexpensive to make your own moisturizing lip balm from natural ingredients.
Carved Wooden Sign

Measures over 2 feet wide and features a distressed finish!
$29.95 (SAVE $10)