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How Healthy Are Apples?
Apples: Health Benefits and...
It’s apple season again! Here are some of the numerous
health benefits of apples
, as well as some of their other interesting uses!
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Wedding Photos and Images
Enjoy these winning wedding photos—and we thank our readers for sharing their pictures with the...
Grab an Apple
I’ve blogged about apples before, but it’s time for an update since it’s apple harvest season. Find...
Pet Photos and Images
Enjoy these winning pet photos! Many thanks to our readers for sharing their pictures with the...
How to Build a Root Cellar
Our ancestors knew how to preserve food—they had root cellars capable of storing large amounts of...
Parsley: Don’t Leave It on Your Plate
Ah, parsley. Its lovely green leaves dress up a plate but often return to the kitchen sink soggy....
Making Whey and Recipes with Whey
I love homemade whey, that cloudy liquid that remains after milk has been curdled or strained, and...
Take Shelter! (Not Too Much)
The snail’s got it made—for shelter, at least. The house he’s born with, soft as a baby’s skull,...
If, like me, you grow or receive more zucchini in August than you know what to do with, this post...
A few notes about noise, sound, quiet, silence & health
Shortly after returning from a long hike in the woods near my house, an online news headline caught...
Thanksgiving Cleaning with Vinegar, Lemons, and Salt
It’s time to clean the house for Thanksgiving, so find out how to use the natural ingredients of...
How Green is Green Enough?
It ain’t easy bein’ green ~ Kermit the Frog, 1970 Green living, green goods, green buildings, green...
Frugality, Hoarding, and Mindfulness
Have you ever considered that you’re perhaps too frugal? Sometimes, these thoughts cross our minds...
A – A – A – A – CHOOOO!
It’s easy to find something good to say about every season – except flu season. When the cold...
How to Save Money in the Kitchen
In the kitchen, we tend to waste a lot of food, water, and supplies. Here are some ways to save...
Choosing a Cat Food
There’s a lot of competition for the cat food dollar out there, with advertising featuring...
How to Keep More Money in Your Pocket
How to keep more money in your pocket? Here are ten money-saving ideas from The Old Farmer's...
Reuse, Renew, and Refresh: In the Home
Don’t throw that away! Here are many ways to take something old and give it a second life. Give new...
What's In Bottled Drinks?
What exactly is in bottled drinks? Many advertise that they are good for you, but what are the...
Get Outside! It’s Good for Body and Mind
Maybe you took to heart my recent post about the health dangers of sitting too much. Now it’s time...
Make Your Own Styling Gel
If you use thickening and styling products for your hair, but prefer all-natural ingredients and...
Three Ways Not to Kill Your Fish
As a pet store owner, I deal with a lot of questions about people’s pets. Every week, I take at...
Vinegar: The most versatile product in your home?
I’ve listed vinegar as one of my baker’s dozen of household essentials; I’ve extolled its virtues...
Winter Exercise: No Excuses
Motivation flagging? Live too far from a gym? No room in the house for exercise equipment? Not...
Splinter Removal: One More Use for Raw Garlic
I’d read about using a slice of raw garlic to remove a splinter when working on a previous post...
Winter Holiday Food-Safety Tips
Family gatherings, office potlucks, holiday buffets, neighborhood cookie exchanges, church suppers...
Garlic's History of Healing
You might know garlic simply as your favorite fall crop, but it also has a long history of healing...
The Name Game
At a time when we seem to be surrounded by sameness, some parents want their children to stand out...
Birthing, Babies, and Raising Children
You can never be too prepared when it comes to having a baby and raising your children. Check out...
Understanding Your Pet's Behavior
Why do pets eat grass? Why do cats rub against people? The Almanac helps you understand (and love...
When to Wean Your Baby (1881)
The question of when to wean a baby has plagued new mothers for centuries. Here's Almanac advice...
Signs of a Sick Cat or Dog
Different pets will display sickness symptoms differently, but you should always be on the watch...
Caring for a Senior Pet
Just as with humans, improved health care has meant an increased life span for dogs and cats....
Proper Pet Nutrition: Cat and Dog Food
Keep your pets well with proper nutrition! Here are tips for feeding your dog and cat. Note: Your...
How To Have A Baby
(Here's an article from the Almanac archives with some tongue-in-cheek advice about having a baby...
How to Make Vegetable Stock Out of Kitchen Scraps
Why throw out what may be the most healthful and flavorful parts of the foods you prepare regularly...
How To Start a Fire With a Hand Drill
Notch a V in the edge of the softwood base (the fireboard) and rest the softwood on the ground. At...
Swimmer’s Itch: Prevent and Treat It
Every spring we welcome a few passing ducks and geese to our small backyard pond. Often a pair or...
Preserving Meats by Salting and Brining
Certainly among the oldest ways of reliably preserving meats, salting and brining have given the...
How to Make Jelly
Perhaps the prettiest sight in the kitchen is homemade jelly. There is nothing like a row of clear...
Essentials for the down-home household
A baker’s dozen of safe, cheap, natural, multi-purpose essentials Most of us keep a few basics on...
Introducing Down Home
Down HomeFrugal, natural, at-hand: simple ideas for health & household Welcome! Dictionaries...
Getting Rid of Paper Clutter
Getting rid of clutter makes your life a little easier. Doing away with paper clutter is so easy;...