Sweet treats, see Mercury beneath Venus, forcing branches

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Daily Newsletter for Wednesday, February 12, 2020

She walks in beauty, like the night
Of cloudless climes and starry skies;
And all that’s best of dark and bright
Meet in her aspect and her eyes.

–Lord Byron (1788–1824)

Wednesday, February 12, 2020
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Vegetable Gardener's Handbook
Easy Valentine's Day Treats

Valentine's Day Dessert Recipes
Take a look at our mouthwatering Valentine’s Day dessert recipes. We’ve made chocolate lava cake, mini-heart pies, classic sugar cookies, easy turtle candies, and more. Plus, we have Valentine’s Day breakfast and dinner recipes. Get some great ideas!


There Is One Protein That Can Restart Your "Fat Burner", And No, It's Not Red Meat

Most Americans struggle with weight gain, junk food cravings, and even belly bloat. The blame is commonly pointed towards a bad metabolism, poor genetics, and even old age. A new breakthrough discovery shows that the real culprit is linked to one extremely common protein. Learn More >>

Valentine's Day Weather History

Was Valentine's Day Once Warmer?
When Valentine’s Day (on February 14) became popular in the Middle Ages, the climate was warmer than it is now! Birds mated. Flowers bloomed. And love blossomed. If it had been wintry weather, would this holiday still be the same today? Learn more about the Medieval Warm Period.
Crossbody Purses for Cell Phones by Chala

Perfect size for carrying most cell phones, cash, ID, and a few credit cards. Very nicely made and features adjustable straps.

See Mercury Beneath Venus

Venus and Mercury Together: It’s Now Easy to See the Smallest Planet
Mercury is now an evening star hovering at its most prominent position of 2020. It’s definitely worth taking a look. You don’t need a telescope or binoculars, and it’s not hard to find. Here are viewing tips plus a few surprising facts about planet Mercury.
Playing Cards

Card decks featuring butterflies, baby animals, or the birds of North America!

10 Romantic Flowers

10 Romantic Flowers for Valentine's Day
Valentine’s Day is coming up soon and if you’d rather not buy flowers that will wilt and die in a few days, try cultivating a little romance by giving packets of seeds with a special meaning. Love will blossom along with these ten flowers that have these romantic names …
Kitchen Clocks

Bold and colorful floral designs!

How to Force Flowering Branches

Forcing Branches into Bloom Indoors
Enjoy a spring preview of flowering branches! Just prune non-essential branches of spring-flowering trees such as forsythia and pussy willow and place in a vase. This age-old practice, called “forcing branches,” brings the color and beauty of blooms inside to cheer up those late winter blahs. Here’s how to do it—plus, a list of trees and shrubs for forcing branches.
Farmhouse Couch Pillows

Choose from many different designs. Perfect for a country-themed home.