2007 Newsletter Archive

Newsletter 8

Newsletter 8 (5 /10/2007 )

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There’s no excuse not to dream. A Dove dark chocolate wrapper


When we were little girls we dreamed rather small,

            of kittens, and tea parties, and a beautiful doll. 

But as we grew up our dreams grew too,

            black horses, pink bicycles, our room painted blue.  

A few years passed and our dreams took on faces,

            of handsome young men and ourselves in bride dresses.  

And then those faces were precious and small,  

            the most delightful and grandest dream of them all.  Beverly Wilson


Life began with waking up and loving my mothers face.  George Eliot


Everyone at Americas Best Flowers would like to take this opportunity to salute mothers everywhere during this special week of recognition.  Mothers Day weekend is our favorite of the entire year.  Everyone is excited about spring, ready to fill their carts with gorgeous flowers to brighten their homes, and especially happy to find the perfect ones for all the Moms in their lives.


We would like to invite you to come on out and join the fun.  Latte Da Espresso will have their delicious coffee and scones available for purchase both Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 to 11:30AM.  So bring Mom out and treat her to a special day at Americas Best Flowers.  She will love to sip and nibble her way through our beautiful greenhouses.


All that I am or ever hope to be I owe to my Angel Mother.  Abraham Lincoln




For your shopping convenience, Americas Best Flowers will be open from 8 til 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’d like to be the ideal mother, but I’m too busy raising my kids. unknown


NEW LOCATION in Sun Prairie


Our location in Sun Prairie has moved.  We are still on Main Street, but across from Dairy Queen in Hanley’s side parking lot.


Salsa Recipe Contest


Congratulations to our winning contestants, Pat Greathead, Cheryl Morstad and Carol Wyborny.  Many thanks to all who contributed.  If you joined us last week for Salsa Saturday, you not only enjoyed chips and salsa, but had the opportunity to take home the winning recipes.  If not, you will find them below Bonnie’s Kitchen in this newsletter.      


You are really a mom when you count the number of sprinkles on each childs cupcake to make sure they are equal.




If you missed the Make a Mothers Day Basket Workshop Tuesday evening, you have one more opportunity tonight, May 10 from 4-7:30 PM.  Plant a decorative basket with your choice of pansies, dianthus, or wax begonias.  This make and take workshop has a cost of only $17.50 and makes a perfect gift for Mom, Grandma, or that special friend.


Children are the anchors that hold a mother to life. Sophocles


Make your Own Containers at Americas Best Flowers


Annual and perennial containers are flying out the door—each one lovelier than the last.  If you would like beautiful containers for your outdoor living areas, but are not sure where to start, our next container workshops are Saturday & Sunday, May 19 & 20 from 10-4PM.  As always, soil will be provided free. In response to several requests for evening container workshops, we have scheduled two for Tuesday, June 5 and Tuesday, June 12 from 4-7PM.


If you prefer to come in at another time to do a custom planter, our customer service department will be happy to help.  You can come in and plant your own at our potting boutique with free assistance from our staff.  Except for workshops, we are unable to provide free soil, so there will be a nominal charge for soil in addition to the cost of your plants.  Alternatively, we would be thrilled to design and plant your container for you.  Please stop in and discuss your ideas with our talented designers. 


You know you are a Mom when you hope ketchup is a vegetable because it is the only one your child will eat.


Create a Kitchen Garden


Are you a little unsure of starting your own vegetable garden? We have the solution! Attend Creating a Kitchen Garden class on Saturday, May 19at 10AM.  Brian Emerson, from the West Madison Research Station will lead the FREE class and answer all your vegetable questions. Take advantage of our FREE classes whenever possible to ensure your gardening success. After class, you can make a morning of it and attend our container workshop.


When I stopped seeing my mother with the eyes of a child, I saw the woman who helped me give birth to myself.  Nancy Friday


Plant a Memorial


With your purchase of a tree or shrub valued at $49.99 and up you will receive a FREE engraved brass plaque in honor of your loved one(s) – or a favorite pet.  This offer will be good May 23 – 28. Watch for details.


Children are not happy with nothing to ignore,  

            That is what parents were created for. Ogden Nash


Create a Water Garden Container


May 31at 6PM, Jan Vermeer of the Langeveld Co. will present a Create a Water Garden Container class.  Plan to  attend.  Jan is always as entertaining as he is informative.  Container water gardening is the hottest new gardening trend.  Plan to attend.  You can even go away for a week without worrying about maintenance. How great is that?


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


The commonest fallacy among women is that simply having children makes them a mother – which is as absurd as believing that having a piano makes one a musician.  Sydney J. Harris


Bonnies Kitchen, by Bonnie Marshall, self-appointed Mother of the Year


Mothers Day NEEDS to be celebrated for all its worth.  If you have children at home, I suggest you unobtrusively highlight this and tape it to the fridge!


Overnight Apple French Toast

Recipe from Ann Cooper and published in the Holy Cross Lutheran Church 2006 Cookbook



1 c packed brown sugar

½ c margarine

2 T light corn syrup

2 lg. Granny Smith apples, peeled and sliced 1/4 inch thick

3 eggs

1 c milk

1 t vanilla

9 slices day old French bread, sliced ¾ inch thick



1 c applesauce

1 (10 oz.) jar apple jelly

½ t ground cinnamon

1/8 t ground cloves


In a small saucepan, cook brown sugar, margarine and syrup until thick, about 5-7 minutes.  Pour into an ungreased 9x13x2 inch baking pan.  Arrange apple slices on top.  In a mixing bowl, beat eggs, milk and vanilla.  Dip bread slices into the egg mixture for about a minute, then place over apples.  Cover and refrigerate overnight. Remove from refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Bake uncovered, at 350 for 35-40 minutes. Combine syrup ingredients in a medium saucepan.  Cook and stir until hot. Serve over French toast. 


Yield: 9 one-slice servings


This is the day to stop, remember, and pray for that special person in our life, without whom we would not have been what we are today; a day to prove that all her efforts towards making us a complete person have been worthwhile.  On a broader scale, Mother’s Day is a day to be grateful to God for being so kind as to bless us with an angel in the form of a Mother. unknown



 America’s Best Flowers 2007 Salsa Recipes




Zingy Tomato-Garlic Salsa


Use organic products if possible, for a healthier product.

Pat Greathead


4 c peeled, cored and chopped fresh tomatoes. Using different colored tomatoes makes it visually more appealing.

12 cloves fresh minced garlic (or to taste)

1 c seeded and chopped jalapeno peppers (wear gloves or use food processor)

1 c chopped red or white onion

½ -1 c fresh chopped cilantro (to taste)

3 oz. cider vinegar

½-1T sea salt

½ T fresh black ground pepper

2 oz. fresh lime juice (use peels as decoration, or add scraped green portion of peel to the recipe)


If using salsa fresh, the following additions are optional:

1 T dried or 3 T fresh chopped basil

4 oz. or more of chopped firm tofu (for protein-this will absorb the flavors overnight)

For fresh use: combine everything into large bowl and mix. Let sit overnight for best results.

Recipe can be multiplied if you want to put some up for later. Mix ingredients in a large pot, bring to a boil over medium heat and let simmer 8-10 minutes.  Carefully pour hot mixture into heated pint or larger canning jars, leaving ¼ “ space, sealing jar with two-piece caps. Process for 15 minutes.  A tripled recipe will make 6-8 pints of salsa.



Pineapple Garden Salsa

Carol Wyborny                                                                                Honorable Mention


1 10oz. can crushed pineapple in its own juice (or 1 ½ c fresh)

1 medium sweet onion, chopped fine

1 red pepper, chopped fine

1 bunch* of fresh cilantro, chopped fine, (leaves only)

1 medium cucumber, peeled and chopped (seeded if the seeds are large)

1 or 2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and chopped (depending on how hot you like the salsa)

1 ripe red tomato, seeded and chopped

2 T sugar

2 T cider vinegar

1 t cumin

*1 bunch= holding the stems closely, they should be about the diameter of a nickel.

 Drain the pineapple juice into a blender.  If using fresh pineapple, use ½ c fruit juice such as apple or orange juice.  Add the vinegar and sugar.


Blend the cilantro, jalapeno pepper bits, and half of the other vegetable ingredients, keeping the other half chunky to give texture to the salsa.  Combine all ingredients in a bowl and refrigerate until needed. Serve with tortilla chips.  Enjoy!



I keep a bottle of sport peppers so that guests who like more heat can add a drop (or three!) to their own servings of salsa!




Cheryl Morstad                                                                               Honorable Mention

makes 7 pints—medium hot

8 cups tomatoes (quartered)

3 c green peppers

2/3 c of colored peppers

½ c of jalapenos

1 ½ c onion

Process all of the above slightly in the food processor


6 cloves of garlic (minced)

1 T cumin

2 sm.cans tomato paste

1 c white vinegar

¼ c sugar

1 T salt

2 T dry taco seasoning


Boil 1 hour, stirring regularly


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