2009 Newsletter Archive
Newsletter 10 May 7, 2009
A mothers heart, a mothers faith and a mothers steadfast love
Were fashioned by the angels and sent from God above. Unknown
Mothers Day is this Sunday, May 10. As usual, were giving Mom a FREE geranium, valued at $4.99, with any purchase. Many of you never miss this weekend. In fact, it has become a tradition to bring the entire family and have Mom, Grandma or anyone else who is Mothers-Day-Special to you, pick out their own hanging baskets, planters etc. We, too, especially enjoy this weekend because we get to see so many of you. We will be open from 8 in the morning to 8 at night this Saturday, and 8 am until 6 pm on Sunday. Just a reminder, easiest shopping hours are early and late. We look forward to seeing you.
Id like to be an ideal mother, but Im too busy raising my kids. Joke 1
Put a smile on your Moms face this year with a growing gift of a blooming hydrangea, rhododendron, magnolia, forsythia, rose, or a gorgeous hanging basket. If youre not sure what she would like, you certainly can never go wrong with an ABF Gift Card. Available in any denomination, our gift cards never expire. Stop out at the farm today, or visit one of our sites at West Towne Mall or in Sun Prairie to pick one up for your special mom.
The mother of 3 notoriously unruly youngsters was asked whether or not shed have children if she had it to do over again, Yes, she replied, But not the same ones. Joke 2
Sharons Mothers Day Pick
For Mothers Day this year, we are featuring our custom designed moss hanging baskets, which are positively brimming with color. Filled with a combination of almost any annual you can imagine, perhaps begonias, foxtail fern, and coleus, each one is uniquely designed and planted by our container staff. These baskets are gorgeous, and will most assuredly earn a double-take; maybe even a triple-take! You wont want to miss them.
Sweater garment worn by child when its mother is feeling chilly. Joke 3
Last weekends Container Workshops were filled to bursting with folks who planted numerous floral, vegetable and herb containers. Thanks for your participation and many compliments. The design staff was weary on Monday, but loved every minute of it.
Many of you told us you are planning to return for the Container Workshops on May 16, 17 and 23 from 10 to 4. These workshops truly are our most popular events. If youve never attended one, we encourage you to give one a try. They are so easy, and so much fun. All you do is choose a variety of plants from our large inventory of annuals and perennials, pick out a pot (or bring in your own) and create a beautiful, unique creation for your porch, deck or patio. We provide FREE soil and clean up the mess. Many people use these workshops to plant all the containers they will need for the entire season. No registration is required, but if you will need a lot of assistance, you might want to consider coming Sunday morning, May 17, before it gets too busy.
Mothers are fonder than fathers of their children
Because they are more certain they are their own. Aristotle Joke 4
Roses, Roses, More Roses
There is a vase on the corner of Bonnies desk containing a single rose blossom. A single breathtaking blossom so perfect and so incredibly fragrant, it has the power to momentarily take me away. Better than Calgon. With rich coral pink petals and a name like Fragrant Cloud, its one of the choice roses available to you to here at Americas Best Flowers.
If you love roses, but lack the confidence to grow them, you wont want to miss our FREE upcoming Rose Workshop on Saturday, May 16th at 10AM. A few simple tips can not only ensure your rose gardening success, but simplify things to save you time and money. Plan to attend in our meeting room with our own Sharon Stickford, a past Madison Rose Society president.
The suburban mothers role is to deliver a child obstetrically once
and by car forever after. Peter De Vries Joke 7
SALSA SATURDAY RECAP
What an unbelievable weekend it was here at Americas Best Flowers! The weather couldnt have been better, and we loved seeing you stroll the grounds with HUGE grins on your faces as gardening fever struck. We served SO MANY servings of complimentary chips and salsa and handed out over 400 copies of the Salsa Contest winning recipes. Saw some pretty good Latin dancing going on in the aisles too! What fun.
It kills you to see them grow up, but I guess it would kill you quicker if they didnt. Animal Dreams by Barbara Kingsolver joke 6
May 16 Rose Workshop at 10 AM If you have any questions about roses, you wont want to miss this one. Our own Sharon Stickford, past president of the Madison Rose Society, will simplify rose gardening and show you just how easy growing and caring for them can be. HONEST!
May 16, 17 & 23 Container Workshop from 10-4 each day. If youve never attended, you may be surprised that we provide FREE SOIL AND ASSISTANCE and clean up the mess!
May 23 Easy Vegetable Gardening, Tomatoes and More! 10AM. Vegetable gardening is back! People have rededicated themselves to growing their own veggies. In addition to providing delicious fresh produce, other benefits include the therapeutic effects of working the soil, which clears your mind; the physical exercise, which strengthens your body; and the calming effect of watching your garden grow, which is a tonic for your soul. We invite you to learn gardening shortcuts and tips from Brian Emerson of the Madison Agricultural Research Station.
We will have free classes continuing throughout the season, along with more Make and Take Workshops. Our goal is to hold events that are interesting and helpful to our customers. Remember to give us your input. Were listening!
All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy.
No man does. That is his. The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
2009 ABF Salsa Contest
1st Place Winner of $50 Gift Certificate
2 medium cans of diced green chili tomatoes
¾ cup diced green bell pepper
¾ cup diced red bell pepper
¾ cup diced red onion
2 T diced Habanera or Jalapeno peppers (depends how hot you like it)
½ cup white vinegar
3 T sugar
Salt and pepper to taste
2 T lemon juice
2 T lime juice
Combine all ingredients and chill overnight.
HONORABLE MENTIONS – $10 Gift Certificates
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
2 avocados, chopped
3 tomatoes, chopped
1 small red onion, chopped
1 can Mexi-corn, drained
¼ c red wine vinegar
¼ c olive oil
1 pkg. Good Seasons Zesty Italian dry mix
½-1 t cumin
Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl. Serve with chips.
Black Bean, Corn, and Tomato Salsa
16 oz. can black beans, rinsed and drained
16 oz. fresh or frozen whole kernel corn
½ c chopped cilantro
¼ c chopped green onion
¼ c chopped red onion
½ c red or green bell pepper (optional)
1/3 c fresh lime juice
3 T vegetable oil
1 T ground cumin
Salt and pepper to taste
2 cups chopped ripe seeded tomatoes (can use more or less)
In a large bowl, combine beans, corn, cilantro, onion, pepper, lime juice, oil and cumin. Season with salt and pepper. Cover and chill at least 2 hours or overnight. Just before serving, stir in tomatoes
Serve with blue and white corn chips or scoops
Last years recipes were fabulous, and weve had requests to reprint them. Enjoy!
1st Place 2008 ABF Salsa Contest
1 small ripe tomato
1 large ripe avocado
2 garlic cloves
¼ cup virgin olive oil
2 T red vinegar
1 small fresh hot pepper, finely chopped w/seeds removed
1 t salt
½ t black pepper
1 cold hard boiled egg, finely chopped
3 sprigs finely chopped parsley
3 sprigs finely chopped fresh cilantro
Cut out the stem of the tomato, then slice it in half. Gently squeeze each half so that the seeds and juices run out. Discard the seeds and juices. Chop the tomato into little pieces.
Cut the avocado in half. With the tip of a small spoon, loosen the pit and lift it out. Gently strip off the skin with your fingers. Chop the avocado into little chunks. Mince the garlic.
In a large mixing bowl, combine the oil, vinegar, fresh hot pepper, salt, black pepper, chopped egg, garlic, parsley and cilantro. Mix all ingredients gently and thoroughly.
Serve fresh with chips. Enjoy
6-8 plum tomatoes, diced small, or 1 large can petite diced tomatoes, drained
1 red pepper, diced
1 medium yellow onion, diced
1-2 jalapeno peppers (remove seeds if you dont like it too hot), finely diced
1 can corn, drained
1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 large can olives, sliced
1-2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
¼ c sugar
juice of ½ lime
handful of cilantro, chopped
salt to taste
Mix all together and enjoy! The taste improves if made the day before.
2 medium mangos, peeled, seeded, and diced
1 cup seedless grapes, halved
1 red or green bell pepper, seeded and diced
½ red onion, diced
2 jalapeno chilies, finely diced (more for additional heat)
Juice of 1 lime (about 2 T if not using fresh)
2 T sugar, or to taste
1 T honey
¼ t salt, or to taste
¼ cup fresh cilantro, finely chopped
In medium bowl, mix mango, grapes, bell and jalapeno peppers, and onion.
Blend lime juice, sugar, honey, and salt. Pour over fruit mixture.
Add cilantro and mix well.
Let stand 1 hour before serving for best flavor.
Serve with tortilla chips as a snack, or with grilled salmon, chicken , or pork as a condiment.
Sandy F. Smith
3 Roma tomatoes, halved, seeded, and chopped
½ small red onion, cut up
¼ small cantaloupe, seeded, peeled and cut up
1 Pink Lady apple, cored and cut up
½ medium green pepper, seeded and cut up
1or 2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and cut up
1 T sugar
1 T lime juice
¼ t salt
¼ t ground cumin
Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Cover and chill for 1-6 hours before serving. Stir well before serving. Serve with tortilla chips. Makes 3 cups of salsa.
The banana loaf I was making was in the oven
when my 16 year-old came into the kitchen where the family had gathered.
That bread smells about done, dont you think, Mom? he asked.
I told him I had set the timer and it was fine.
A little later he repeated his suggestion,
Mom, I really think that loaf is done. Maybe you should check it.
Always quick to come to my defense, my 13 year-old son said, Eddie,
Moms been burning that banana bread for 20 years now.
I think she knows when to take it out. joke 8
SEE YOU SOON!!!
May the Holy Spirit Guide You! God Bless