Mardi Gras, Shrove Tuesday pancakes, Earthshine

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Daily Newsletter for Tuesday, March 5, 2019

snow in early March

The stormy March is come at last,
With wind, and cloud, and changing skies;
I hear the rushing of the blast
That through the snowy valley flies
.

–William Cullen Bryant (1794–1878)

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Mardi Gras 2021 (Fat Tuesday)
Mardi Gras 2021 (Fat Tuesday)

Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, is celebrated on Tuesday, February 16, 2021. But what exactly is the meaning of Mardi Gras and why do we celebrate? From its origins as a spring fertility rite to the masked balls of medieval Italy to today’s famous Mardi Gras festival in New Orleans, learn...
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The Polar Vortex: When a Warmer Climate Means Colder Weather
The Polar Vortex: When a Warmer Climate Means Colder Weather

Although much of the early winter season had been mild in many places, January brought some exceptionally cold weather due to the polar vortex, which is a fast-flowing jet stream of air that circles the North Pole in the upper parts of the stratosphere about 20 miles above Earth’s ...
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Three irresistible mini bell peppers!

Packed with sweet flavor, these baby bells are produced all summer long on compact plants. Enjoy them as a snack, on a salad, or stuffed!

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What is Earthshine?
What is Earthshine?

Ever noticed that you can sometimes see the part of the Moon that isn’t lit up?  That’s earthshine!  Historically, this is called “the new Moon in the old Moon’s arms.” Learn more about earthshine.
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Large Brass Hearth Cricket

For more than a millennium and across many parts of the globe, crickets have been a symbol of good luck. A cricket found near the hearth is an especially auspicious omen of good fortune. 

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Root Cellars: Types and Storage Tips
Root Cellars: Types and Storage Tips

Root cellars are “cool” again (pun intended). With modern refrigeration, root cellars seemed obsolete. However, with a renewed interest in gardening, food security, and even sustainable living, root cellars have returned! Here are some advantages of storing root vegetables in a root cellar and a...
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Crossbody Purses for Cell Phones by Chala

Top-seller! Available in different nature-inspired designs! Perfect size for carrying most cell phones, cash, ID, and a few credit cards. Very nicely made and features adjustable straps.

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Shrove Tuesday Pancakes
Shrove Tuesday Pancakes

In some countries, Shrove Tuesday is also called Pancake Day! We’ve updated our pancake recipe so that you can easily whip it up in a blender. These delicious pancakes have more of a crepe consistency, as was traditional. The lemon juice and sprinkled sugar are optional toppings. We’re big fans of lemon!

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Lobster Rope Doormats

Virtually impervious to wear and water, easy to clean, and excellent at removing dirt and snow! 

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