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To Your Health

Looking forward to some big feasts this season? Here are a few ways to avoid heartburn:

  • Eat slowly and chew thoughtfully.
  • Wear loose clothing. Loosen your belt to prevent pressure on your stomach.
  • Avoid overeating. Fill your plate only once, with a reasonable amount of food.
  • Avoid alcohol, caffeine, carbonated drinks, chocolate, fatty or fried foods, mint, tomatoes, and spicy foods.
  • Avoid bending over just after the meal.
  • Take a walk or undertake some other light exercise an hour or two after eating.
  • Wait at least 3 hours before lying down. Before you fall asleep, elevate your head with an extra pillow.

For heartburn, take a teaspoon of carbonate of soda dissolved in sweetened water.
–Mrs. E.A. Howland, The American Economical Housekeeper and Family Receipt Book, 1852

Here are two more health tips with your well-being in mind.

A Year of Healthy Advice

The Old Farmer’s Almanac 2009 Engagement Calendar offers a new monthly feature, “To Your Health” with practical tips. It’s also easy to stay organized with this handsome hardbound, lay-flat calendar book. The week-at-a-glance format provides ample space for jotting down appointments, and each day offers a bit of wit and wisdom, quirky history, or lore.
Order your 2009 Engagement Calendar—it makes a great host or holiday gift, too

Stript of all their recent splendor,
    Are the trees of yonder wood;
Thus all nature must surrender,
   And confess the change is good.
—The Old Farmer’s Almanac, 1976


When Will It Snow?

How cold will it get in your area? And when will it snow?  Our snow blog reveals that many readers don’t get snow and others get snowed in!

Get free weather predictions for November and December for your neck of the woods. Click on our map of the U.S. to select your region or see the Canadian regions.

For a detailed 13-month weather forecast, order The 2009 Old Farmer’s Almanac.  Our long-range weather forecasts are traditionally 80% accurate! 

Great Almanac Giveaway

Check out this month’s prize from:

November 18, 1931
Canada’s record wind speed of 126 mph (203 kph) was recorded at Cape Hopes Advance, Ungava Peninsula, Quebec.

November 19, 1863
President Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address.

Find local weather history for any date from 1946 to the present.

Making a pie is a comforting experience and a lot easier than most people think. The art is in the crust which needs to be light and flakey and hold together well.

Here is a Basic Pie Crust recipe. You may never go back to premade!

Before canned shortening, there was lard. Some cooks still prefer it. Try this delicious Tender, Flaky Pastry Crust.

Some pointers about making pies:

  • To avoid a tough piecrust, don’t over mix or overwork the dough.
  • To keep dough from sticking to your countertop, roll out the crust between two sheets of lightly floured wax paper.
  • Fruit pies are the easiest to make. Use only fresh or frozen fruit, not canned.
  • To avoid a soggy bottom crust in your fruit pies, get the filling into the crust and oven quickly. 
  • Bake a pie only on the center rack of the oven.
  • Make the top crust slightly thinner than the bottom crust to help maintain the structure of the pie.

These pie recipes come from our readers’ kitchens.
Pecan Pie
Pumpkin Chiffon Pie 
Classic Apple Pie

You can also search our recipes database of over 300 pies recipes

Start getting ready for Thanksgiving. Visit our Holiday Feasts, Folklore, and Fun page for advice on roasting a turkey, party planning, recipes, and more.

In the decay of the Moon, a cloudy morning bodes a fair afternoon.

If trees show buds in November, the winter will last until May.

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