2007 Newsletter Archive

Newsletter 10

Newsletter 10 (5 /24/2007 )

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After her divorce, one of my friends of many years was wondering where she would ever find dates.  I told her to try the grocery store, right beside the raisins in the cooking aisle.  A faithful reader


Memorial Day was originally known as Decoration Day because it was a time set aside to honor the nations Civil War dead by decorating their graves. It was instituted in 1868 to commemorate the sacrifices of Civil War soldiers and has since grown to honor fallen soldiers of any war. Our freedom is largely due to the sacrifices made by the men and women who gave their lives for their country. No wonder we feel a shiver when taps is played at the cemetery or in parades.



Day is done

Gone the sun

From the lakes

From the hills

From the sky

All is well, Safely rest.

God is nigh.

Fading light

Dims the sight

And a star

Gems the sky,

Gleaming bright

From afar,

Drawing nigh,

Falls the night.

Thanks and Praise

For our days,

Neath the sun,

Neath the sky

As we go

This we know

 God is nigh.


There are countless ways to observe the holiday.  Please visit www.MemorialDay.com  for a wealth of information.


Typically it should be observed


By visiting cemeteries and placing flags or flowers on the graves of our fallen heroes


By visiting memorials


By flying the US flag at half staff until noon


By participating in a National Moment of Remembrance at 3PM to pause and think upon the true meaning of the day, and for Taps to be played.


By renewing a pledge to aid the widows, widowers, and orphans of our fallen dead, and to aid disabled veterans.


Did you hear about the guy whose whole left side was cut off? He is all right now.


Get Your Flowers for Decoration Day at Americas Best Flowers


We have a riot of colorful choices for you to decorate your loved ones gravesite. Our geraniums come in the traditional red, white, and pink, as well as other colors.  Some varieties offer unusual foliage colors, such as lime green. There are seed, cutting, ivy and fancy leaf geraniums for you to consider.  Perhaps you would like to plant a brilliant patch of color with zinnias, marigolds, or daisies.  The choices are endless.  Come on out today and let us help you pick out the perfect flowers for your decorating needs.


When fish are in schools they sometimes take debate.




To celebrate Memorial Day this year, America’s Best Flowers will be offering a FREE ENGRAVED BRASS MEMORIAL PLAQUE with every tree or shrub you purchase from Friday, May 25 through Monday, May 28. This $15.00 value is good on any one item with a purchase price of $49.99 or more. What a beautiful way to remember your loved one, or perhaps a beloved pet.  You may choose a cross, a dove, a flag, or a cat or dog paw to decorate the plaque along with the name of your loved one. The plaque will be mounted on a wooden stake and will be ready for pick up beginning June 2. We have an excellent selection of trees and shrubs to choose from, including maples, lilacs, flowering crab, magnolias, burning bushes, disease-resistant elms, and apple trees.


A thief who stole a calendar got twelve months.




For your shopping convenience, Americas Best Flowers will be open from 8 until 8 on Saturdays throughout the month of May.  Sundays we will be open from 9 until 6.  The busiest time is always from 10-3 both days. We would encourage you to come early or late to avoid the crowds. 


I wondered why the baseball was getting bigger.  Then it hit me.


NEW LOCATION in Sun Prairie


Our location in Sun Prairie has moved.  We are still on Main Street, but across from Dairy Queen.


The roundest knight at King Arthurs round table was Sir Cumference.


Last weekend many of you took advantage of our free soil and assistance at our container workshops. The containers you created were just spectacular! While most of the pots were a combination of annuals and perennials, there were some great herb and vegetable containers, too.  Many of you took the opportunity to add your personal touch to create gifts. Don’t forget, we have two more dates scheduled in the near future.  Tuesdays evenings, June 5 and 12 from 4-7PM.  As always, we will offer FREE soil and assistance.  Please take advantage of these opportunities to create unique planters for your patio or deck.


If you prefer to come at another time, our customer service department will be happy to help you create a custom planter.  You can come in and plant your own at our potting boutique with free assistance from our staff.  While we always offer free soil at our container workshops, there is a nominal charge for soil at other times. If you would prefer, we would be thrilled to design and plant your container for you.  Please stop in and discuss your ideas with our talented designers. 


The math professor went crazy with the blackboard.  He did a number on it.


Create a Water Garden Container


Thursday, May 31at  6PM. In another of our Ask the Expert series, Jan Vermeer of the Langeveld Company will present Create a Water Garden Container.  In his own entertaining and informative way, Jan will tell us about the hottest new gardening trend.  Learn how to set up and maintain a beautiful water garden container with very little maintenance. With water container gardening, you can even go away for a week without worrying about who will water your plants. How great is that?


Check our website and newsletters for upcoming workshops and classes at Americas Best Flowers.


A bicycle cannot stand alone.  It is two tired.


Bonnies Kitchen


Memorial Day Menu

Hot Bacon Potato Salad

Stuffed Bacon Cheeseburgers

Poppy Seed Fruit Salad


Hot Bacon Potato Salad          Serves 4-6

5 unpeeled medium potatoes

8 slices bacon, crisply cooked and crumbled

3 green onions, finely chopped

2 medium stalks celery, finely chopped

½ c mayonnaise

¼ c white vinegar

2 t sugar

1 t salt

1 t ground mustard

Freshly ground black pepper to taste


Heat 1 inch salted water to boiling in 3 qt. saucepan.  Add potatoes and cover-heat to boiling.  Simmer about 20-25 minutes or until almost tender, drain. Cut potatoes into one quarter inch slices.


Heat grill. Mix potatoes, bacon, onion, and celery, in large bowl. Mix remaining ingredients.  Pour over potatoes and toss thoroughly. Place mixture in 8 by 8 inch foil pan. Cover with foil and grill 20 minutes on medium heat.


Stuffed Bacon Cheeseburgers

Recipe from Tyler Florence of the Food Network

1/2 c shredded Monterey Jack cheese

4 slices cooked bacon, chopped

1 lb. ground chuck

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

4 large hamburger buns, split

ketchup, mayonnaise, mustard, lettuce, sliced tomato, onion, and avocado for toppings


Combine jack cheese and chopped bacon in a bowl. Put the beef in another bowl and season with salt and pepper, using a rubber spatula to mix. Flatten one fourth of the meat mixture in the palm of your hand.  Squeeze together about a tablespoon of the cheese and bacon mixture to make a little nugget.  Put in center of ground beef.  Bring sides of the patty over the filling, making sure the cheese is completely covered by the meat.  Flatten slightly for a nice patty shape.  Set them side by side on a platter in the refrigerator while preparing the grill.


Heat grill. Brush grates with oil to prevent sticking. Grill burgers 6-8 minutes per side to medium doneness. Remove the burgers to side plate.


Rub grill with more oil and place buns cut side down for 1 minute. Serve with your favorite garnishes.


Poppy Seed Fruit Salad       8 servings

1/4 c honey

1/4 c frozen limeade concentrate, thawed

2 t poppy seed

1 c strawberries, halved

1 c cubed pineapple

1 c fresh blueberries

1 c cubed watermelon

1/4 c slivered almonds, toasted if desired


Mix honey, limeade concentrate and poppy seed in medium bowl.


Carefully toss fruit with honey mixture.  Sprinkle with almonds.


For Creamy Honey Orange Fruit Salad, mix 1/2 c sour cream, 1 T honey and 1 T orange juice.  Toss fruit with creamy mixture.


Remember, you can always locate our previous recipes by accessing past issues of the newsletter.  Simply go to our homepage, click on newsletters, the index page will come up and you can click on the year you are looking for, find the right week and you are there.  We will be putting together a recipe index a little later in the summer for your convenience.


This year for Memorial Day I will be serving my family four of my favorites from 2006.  We are having


Corn with Chili Lime Spread                           Week 26

Tex-Mex potato Salad                                      Week 18

Inside-out Southwestern Cheeseburgers      Week 26

Fourth of July Mini Cheesecake                     Week 14


Yum, I can hardly wait.


Time flies like an arrow, fruit flies like an orange.


May the Holy Spirit Guide You!  God Bless
Edward Knapton says Keep on Smiling!
President Berry Hill Farms, Inc.
DBA Americas Best Flowers Garden Center
4311 Vilas Hope Road
Cottage Grove, WI 53527
608-222-2269 Fax 608-222-1234 Cell 608-698-5627

Also President of The Commercial Flower Growers of Wisconsin  http://www.cfgw.org/ an Organization that is a division of the six group Wisconsin Green Industry Federation (WGIF) a 3 Billion dollar industry with over 4700 businesses and over 43,000 employees in Wisconsin
Senator Representing Wisconsin members of the American Nursery and Landscape Association – ANLA
Also Board member of Garden’s Beautiful Garden Centers
Also member of legislative of Committee of WGIF

Also Board Member of (WGIF) Wisconsin Green Industry Federation

Carol and Ed Knapton, owners of Americas's Best Flowers You’ll Love Your Garden … It’s Our Promise! May the Holy Spirit Guide You! God Bless
Edward Knapton says Keep on Smiling!
Sec – Treasurer Berry Hill Farms, Inc.
DBA Americas Best Flowers Garden Center
4311 Vilas Hope Road
Cottage Grove, WI 53527
608-222-2269 Fax 608-222-1234 Cell 608-698-5627