When is ice safe?, snowball cookies, Orion in the winter sky

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Daily Newsletter for Tuesday, December 11, 2018

winter trees

In drear nighted December,
Too happy, happy tree,
Thy branches ne’er remember
Their green felicity—
The north cannot undo them
With a sleety whistle through them
Nor frozen thawings glue them
From budding at the prime

–John Keats (1795–1821)

Tuesday, December 11, 2018
345th day of the year

Gary Dourdan (actor) was born on this day in 1966.
Sam Cooke (singer) died on this day in 1964.

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Snowball Cookies

Snowball Cookies

This easy snowball cookie recipe has a delicate crunch from the addition of cornmeal.



Exceptional Eye Protection

Experience the following benefits the moment you try on melanin-infused sun lenses: reduces the risk of cataracts and macular degeneration (AMD), enhanced contrast/clarity, sharpens vision and details, reduced eye strain, blocks 99% of glare, & 100% of UVA/UVB radiation.
Mulled Wine Recipe

Mulled Wine

Mulled wine is simply a red wine that is sweetened, spiced, and heated. It’s so easy to warm up—in a pot or slow cooker—and makes any Christmas party more festive.



Are You Harming Your Dog?

There are 3 dangerous ingredients that no dog should ever eat, and if you are giving them to your dog, then you might be slowly harming it. Click to learn more.
When is Ice Safe?

Ice Thickness Safety Chart
Before you head out to the local pond for some skating or ice fishing, check out our ice thickness chart to determine if it’s safe!
Chala Cell Phone Xbody Purses

Fun and functional! Perfect size for carrying most cell phones, cash, ID, and a few credit cards. Very nicely made and features adjustable straps.
Orion in the December Sky

How to See Orion: The Hunter Constellation
In December, many people start to notice Orion the Hunter in the night sky.  It’s one of the most famous constellations—seen by everyone on Earth! Learn more about Orion—and get viewing tips.
Live Like Someone Left The Gate Open

Colorful socks with terrifc advice! Makes a great gift!  
Happy Birthday, Sagittarius!

Sagittarius Zodiac Sign
Happy Birthday, Sagittarius! The ninth astrological sign, Sagittarius is symbolized by the Archer. Under the tropical zodiac, the Sun transits this sign between approximately November 23 and December 21.
Heirloom-Quality Pewter Ornaments

Handcrafted in Vermont from fine pewter. Choose from a large selection of designs.