Shortbread recipe, okay to feed the birds?, darkest days

This is an archived issue of our Companion email newsletter.

Daily Newsletter for Friday, December 6, 2019


If December be changeable and mild, The whole winter will remain a child.

The Vegetable Gardener's Handbook
Melt-in-Your-Mouth Shortbread

Shortbread Recipe

A great shortbread cookie has a mouthwateringly, buttery taste and a crumbly texture.  Homemade is far better than storebought with real butter flavor and a more tender and

Heirloom-Quality Pewter Ornaments

Handcrafted in Vermont from fine pewter. Choose from a large selection of designs.
December's Night Sky!

Night Sky for December 2019
Here is the Sky Watch for the December 2019 night sky. This month brings a Venus–Saturn conjunction, Geminid meteor shower, winter solstice, and full Cold Moon. See astronomer Bob Berman’s guide to the bright planets and more.
The 2020 Old Farmer's Almanac Gardening Calendar

Our perennial best-seller for over 40 years! 
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Darkest Days Are Now

The Darkest Time of the Year (is Not on the Solstice)
When is the earliest sunset of the year? Many folks think it’s on the winter solstice. But the darkest days are actually now—in early December! Bob Berman explains.
Alpaca Fleece Super Warm Extreme Socks

These thick socks have been to the Arctic Circle, Antarctica, and the Alaskan Iditarod Race! But you may want them as cozy soft house slippers.
Okay to Feed the Birds?

Feeding Wild Birds: A Guide To Seed Types
Is it okay to feed the birds? It depends on the food and the bird. Our handy wild bird food chart lists the types of seeds, nuts, and other foods that are liked most by different types of wild birds in your backyard.
The 2020 Old Farmer's Almanac Everyday Calendar

Nicely illustrated page-a-day desk calendar that makes a great stocking stuffer! Start each day with a tidbit of Almanac fun: weather wisdom, quirky historical facts, useful hints, and time-tested proverbs.
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Keeping Your Tree Fresh

How Do Christmas Trees Grow?
While most of us think about Christmas trees only in December, for farmers who grow cut-your-own trees, it is a year-round commitment—and a lot of work. Find out how Christmas trees grow!
The 2020 Old Farmer's Almanac Engagement Calendar

A highly useful daily planner full of humor and useful advice. It’s an indispensable tool for managing your life and keeping yourself organized. Includes plenty of room for jotting down appointments and notes.  
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