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)

Tuesday, March 5, 2019
64th day of the year


Elise Burgin (tennis player) was born on this day in 1962.
John Belushi (actor) died on this day in 1982.


 
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Why We Celebrate Mardi Gras

When is Mardi Gras 2020?
When is Mardi Gras 2020? Why is this day—also called Shrove Tuesday or Fat Tuesday—celebrated? Read what The Old Farmer’s Almanac has to say about this festive holiday.
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“I was always tired, my whole body felt heavy, and my stomach … it actually looked huge,” she recalls. Then, she met a doctor who recommended something totally unexpected. Her stomach “deflated,” her mood improved, and her energy skyrocketed. 
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The Polar Vortex Effect

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 surface.
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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 Cellar Storage

Root Cellars: Types and Storage Tips
Before refrigeration, an underground root cellar was an essential way to store carrots, turnips, beets, parsnips, potatoes, and other root vegetables. Today, root cellars have made a comeback to keep food from freezing during the winter and keep food cool during the summer to prevent spoilage.
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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.
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Pancakes for Dinner?

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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