Switchel recipe, Jupiter closest to Earth today, growing mint

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Daily Newsletter for Wednesday, June 12, 2019


O dwellers in the stately towns,
What come ye out to see?
This common earth, this common sky,
This water flowing free
–John Greenleaf Whittier (1807–92)

Wednesday, June 12, 2019
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Jupiter Closest Today!

Jupiter Closest to Earth Today—Best Chance to See Moons Without Telescope
Jupiter is at its closest to Earth today! This is your best chance of the year to see the biggest planet in our solar system at its very brightest. Even a set of 10x binoculars will be enough to see Jupiter’s four brightest Moons—Io, Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto. No telescope needed. 
Growing Mint

Mint is a perennial with very fragrant, toothed leaves and tiny purple, pink, or white flowers. It has a fruity, aromatic taste.
2020 Old Farmer's Almanac Online Edition

Detailed weather forecasts for the entire U.S., gardening and growing, food and recipes, astronomy, tides, home remedies, trends, handy tips, history, plus lots of humor—what’s not to like?

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Beautiful Bee Balm

Bee Balm
A perennial favorite native to North America, bee balm (also called wild bergamot) is beloved in flower beds for its beautiful blooms of red, pink, purple or white—not to mention the fragrant foliage. Here’s how to plant and grow bee balm in your garden!
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Country-Style Ribs

Country-Style Root Beer–Glazed Ribs

Our Country-Style Root Beer-Glazed Ribs are oven-baked for year-round BBQ flavor.

Handcare Caddies

A silver-toned caddy holding luxurious foaming hand soap and rich lotion together in one place. Very elegant, very convenient. Choose from different luxurious scents!

Switchel Recipe

Switchel Recipe (Haymaker's Punch)
Switchel, also known as Haymaker’s Punch, is a refreshing drink made with apple cider vinegar. It was how colonial farmers quenched their thirst out in the hot, sunbaked fields—which is enough of an endorsement for me!
Extra-Handy Lazy Susan

Spins effortlessly, won’t tip, and holds a lot! Handcrafted in America by a 150-year-old basket company. Constructed with tough Appalachian white ash and brass nails.