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Thanksgiving Cleaning with...
It’s time to clean the house for Thanksgiving! Find out how to make homemade cleaners from natural ingredients like vinegar, baking soda, lemons, and salt—many found right in...
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Forgetfulness: Am I Losing My Mind?
If you’ve moved into middle age and beyond, it happens with increasing frequency: You see an old...
Best and Worst Thanksgiving Foods for Cats
This Thanksgiving, as you’re preparing the family feast, don’t forget about your favorite feline...
Causes (and Effects) of the Common Headache
More time is lost to business and industry from headaches than from heart disease, stroke, and...
Seasonal Crafts: Apple Heads
The art of making apple heads is both easy and fun. Follow these easy instructions for a creative...
Exploring Niagara Falls and the Erie Canal
Ever see Niagara Falls or the Erie Canal? Join the Almanac on our coast-to-coast exploration of...
Why We Wake Up Stiff and Achy
Do you grunt, groan, and ratchet yourself to a standing position as you get out of bed in the...
The Many Benefits of Tea
After water, tea (Camellia sinesis) is the world’s most popular beverage. Knowing its many benefits...
Cat Age Chart: Cat Years to Human Years
How old is your cat in human years? See our Cat Age Chart which calculates cat years to human years...
Gain less weight? Improve heart health? Nuts to that!
Black walnuts fall rat-a-tat-tat onto the metal roof of our (now uninhabited) chicken house; acorns...
Onion skins for health (and more)
Admit it: The crisp, flaky outer scales of the onions you use in soups, salads, and casseroles...
How to Use Wood Ashes in the Home and Garden
If you burn firewood, you have wood ashes. Don’t throw them out! There are many surprising ways to...
Why Am I So Tired?
Do you often feel fatigued during the day for seemingly no reason at all? Here are some of the most...
Flu Season: Don’t Count on Alcohol Sanitizers
It’s flu season. The signs have begun appearing everywhere, “Flu season is here. Hand sanitizer:...
The Perks of Pigs: Fun Facts About Pigs
Agriculture itself could scarcely have evolved eons ago without the recycling abilities of the pig...
The Beauty of Gleaning
As harvest time wraps up, most gardeners will “glean” the last stragglers—the tiny zucchini...
Seasonal Crafts: Cornhusk Doll
In the Colonial Era, people painted faces on cornhusk dolls and made them into toys. Here’s how to...
How to Clean and Season a Cast Iron Skillet
A cast iron skillet can last a lifetime—probably several if it’s passed from generation to...
Bee Stings: Prevention and Treatment
Here are some first aid tips for those annoying and often painful bee stings—plus, tips on how to...
Apple Cider Vinegar Drink Recipe
My mom grew up on a big Vermont dairy farm, and every summer, they would haul endless gallons of...
The Benefits of Inefficient Living
Psst! Wanna save money, improve health and fitness, and lower your carbon footprint—simultaneously...
12 Uses for Mint Leaves From Health to Home
How do you use extra mint leaves? Here are 12 marvelous uses for mint around the home and garden—...
Summer Food Safety
As a casual cook, I usually throw together a dish quickly based on what’s in season, but in the...
Left-Handed Facts and Folklore
International Left-Handers Day occurs this year on Tuesday, August 13! To celebrate, here are some...
Too Much Zucchini? Freeze It!
Freeze your zucchini and summer squash when you have too much on hand. Here are two methods to...
Cornstarch, Arrowroot, & Starches: What's the Difference?
Summer’s extreme heat may take the starch right out of you. But it’s the time of year to reach for...
How to Make Homemade Shampoo (Only Two Ingredients)
One day early last spring, I counted the ingredients of my shampoos. Each contained at least 20...
How to Cool Your Body Down
What can you do to stay cool in hot weather? Here are tips on keeping your body cool, especially if...
Watering Wisely in the Garden
To perform its very best, your garden needs to be watered properly, especially in the heat of...
Yes, Plants Have Protein! Choosing Healthy Protein Foods
There’s always debate about fats and carbs, but everyone knows that protein is essential to life....
Cricket Facts and Keeping Pet Crickets
Crickets are fascinating and keeping crickets will teach you a lot about them. They are perfect for...
Vegetable Nutrition: Healthy Veggies to Add to Your Diet
Do you eat your veggies? Here’s a quick list of the common vegetables that pack a punch of helpful...
Simple Ways to Save Money (That You Might Not Have Considered)
Budgets are tight for many of us. If you’ve squeezed and squeezed and squeezed yours again, maybe...
Poison Oak: Identification and Treatment
“Leaves of three, let it be!” “Hairy vine, no friend of mine!” Learn how to spot poison oak, tell...
Preserving Your Harvest Safely
Millions of Americans will can, freeze, dry, pickle, and ferment the abundance of summer fruits and...
Creating a Recipe from the Garden
My sister and I both love to cook. We aim for dishes that are nutritious, cheap, quick, and...
Best Tips for Preventing & Recovering From Falls
Everybody falls down. We slip on ice, trip over unexpected obstacles, fail to negotiate a step up...
Today's Home Economics
Today, our local paper featured a front-page story on the “end” of home economics courses (now...
10 Things You Didn't Know About Bumblebees: The Friendly, Fuzzy Bee
The bumblebee is the largest and gentlest of bees—and a pollination champ! We answer some common...
Flowers You Can Eat!
Yes, there are many flowers that you can eat! Edible flowers are good for healing, too. While there...
Plant Pollination: Encouraging Bees to Your Garden
Support pollination with a bee-friendly garden! We’ll help you choose bee-friendly flowers—and the...
How to Tie Knots
Learning how to tie knots is a very useful skill. Here’s how to tie knots, including all the basics...
Homemade Mixtures Can Spice Up Beans and Lentils
When I hear the statement, “When people can’t afford pork or beef, they move to chicken.” I always...