Merry Christmas Everyone!
Newsletter 45 – Thursday, December 22, 2016
- Lady’s Story – Chapter 22
- Fresh Cut Flowers & Holiday Centerpieces
- America’s Best Flowers Gift Cards!
- Fresh and Gorgeous Poinsettias
- Gift Box Amaryllis
- Throughout the Greenhouse
- Beautiful Christmas Trees – Prices Reduced!
- $10 off ALL Fresh Wreaths and Swags
- Fresh and Natural Holiday Decorating Items
- Support Your Local Businesses
- Recipe: Zuppa Toscana Soup (Olive Garden Copycat Recipe)
Cottage Grove location Holiday Hours
Saturday, Dec. 24 (Christmas Eve): 9-3
Sunday, Dec. 25 (Christmas Day): CLOSED
Monday, Dec. 26: CLOSED
Tuesday, Dec. 27 – Friday Dec. 30: 9-5
Edgerton location Holiday Hours
Saturday, Dec. 24 (Christmas Eve): 8:30-2
Sunday, Dec. 25 (Christmas Day): CLOSED
Monday, Dec. 26: CLOSED
Tuesday Dec. 27 – Friday Dec. 30: 8:30-5:30
Lady’s Story – Chapter 22
Merry Christmas from me, my mom and dad and my new friend, Santa!
Christmas waves a magic wand over this world,
and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.
Norman Vincent Peale
Last Minute Gift Ideas…
Fresh Cut Flowers
Fresh cut flowers, floral arrangements, centerpieces, and gift items are now available at both our Cottage Grove and Edgerton Floral Shops. We create new centerpiece designs on a regular basis.
One of the most glorious messes in the world is
the mess created in the living room on Christmas day.
Don’t clean it up too quickly.
America’s Best Flowers Gift Cards!
Gardeners love to receive gift cards from America’s Best Flowers ANYTIME of the year! If you have a gardener on your holiday gift list let us make your shopping easy.
Just stop in at either of our locations and we will process your America’s Best Flowers gift card(s) in as little as five minutes.
Call us and we’ll take your gift card order(s) over the phone and we will have it/them all ready for you to swing by the greenhouse and pick up in time for Christmas.
What I don’t like about office Christmas parties is looking for a job the next day.
Fresh and Gorgeous Poinsettias
Our Edgerton location has grown beautiful poinsettias for this holiday season and we have several sizes available. Stop by our Cottage Grove or Edgerton location this week and pick some up for your family, friends and, of course for yourself!
Christmas makes me happy no matter what time of year it comes around.
Gift Box Amaryllis
Why not give a burst of living color for the holidays. An amaryllis bulb, soil and a stylish container are all nicely packaged and ready to give to that flower lover in your life. The amaryllis bulb will produce 2 stems and each stem will produce 4-6 gorgeous blooms. How perfect is that?
We have bulk Amaryllis available too! Choose from an assortment of colors; Stardust, Double Dragon, Red Lion, Apple Blossom, Ambiance or Black Pearl.
Throughout the Greenhouse
We have a wide variety of gift items available! Bird baths, bird feeders, ceramic pottery, miniature garden supplies, houseplants and the list goes on and on. So, if you’re stuck for an original gift idea stop on out!
Beautiful Christmas Trees – Prices Reduced!
Our beautiful Wisconsin grown Canaan Firs, which are a Fraser/Balsam mix, have been reduced to $24.99.
No adjustments will be made on previous purchases.
$10 off ALL Fresh Wreaths and Swags
You still have time to decorate your doors and windows with fresh wreaths! Both decorated and undecorated wreaths are available in a variety of sizes.
Christmas carols always brought tears to my eyes. I also cry at weddings.
I should have cried at a couple of my own.
Fresh and Natural
Holiday Decorating Items
- Roping, in 25’ lengths (Perfect for your holiday decorating.)
- Bundled greens, assorted greens in 3 pound bundles. (More freshness for your holiday decorating.)
- Cyclamen, Christmas Cactus, and (both decorated and undecorated) Norfolk Island Pine trees in small, medium and large sizes.
- Grab-n-Go Holiday Porch Pots
- Holiday Hanging baskets
- Red twig dogwood and Miscanthus Plumes
I once bought my kids a set of batteries for Christmas
with a note on it saying, toys not included.
Support Your Local Businesses
During this holiday season please remember to shop local and support the local businesses that make our community great!
We have been a proud member of Dane Buy Local, a non-profit organization that helps promote small businesses in the Dane County area. They are running their Shift Your Shopping campaign. It’s a call to local residents to shift your holiday spending money to local business first. Make sure to stop in here and enter your name in the raffle drawing now through Dec 31st. There are some fabulous prizes to be won!
This frigid cold weather is certainly a challenge in some ways, but it’s perfect soup weather! Soup helps me not only tolerate winter, but actually enjoy it. There’s nothing more comforting than being chilled to the core and having a nice bowl of soup to warm you from the inside out.
Since I’ve shared most of my favorite soup recipes already, I asked Scott what he’s been cooking up lately and he shared this delicious recipe. It’s a copy of the soup from Olive Garden. I remember having it years ago when I ate meat and it’s sooooooooo good! It’s so flavorful, rich and satisfying that even a small bowl or cup of it will leave you feeling full. Pair with some crusty bread for a complete meal.
Zuppa Toscana Soup (Olive Garden Copycat Recipe)
- 2 tsp olive oil
- 1 lb Italian Sausage (casings removed if necessary)
- 4 oz bacon (about 4 slices), diced into small pieces
- 1 cup chopped yellow onion (about 1 small onion)
- 3 (14.5 oz) cans low-sodium chicken broth
- 2 cups water
- 1 1/2 lbs Russet potatoes, scrubbed and rinsed then sliced into halves, halves diced into 1/6-inch slices
- 1 1/2 tsp granulated sugar
- 1/2 tsp fennel seeds, slightly crushed*
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 2 cups half and half
- 1 1/2 cups packed chopped kale
- Finely shredded Romano cheese for serving, optional
1. Heat olive oil in a large non-stick saucepan over medium-high heat. Crumble sausage into 1-inch pieces and add to saucepan. Cook sausage, stirring occasionally until cooked through. Drain sausage onto a plate or baking dish lined with paper towels, set sausage aside.
2. Add diced bacon to saucepan, return to heat and sauté 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add diced onions to bacon in saucepan and sauté mixture until bacon is cooked through and onions are translucent, about 3 – 5 minutes longer.
3. Add chicken broth, water, sliced potatoes, sugar, fennel seeds, salt and pepper. Bring soup just to a boil then reduce heat to medium-low and stir in cooked sausage. Cover saucepan and simmer, stirring occasionally, until potatoes are nearly tender, about 10 – 15 minutes. Add in kale then simmer until potatoes are soft and kale is tender, about 5 – 10 minutes longer. Stir in half and half and warm through. Use a spoon or ladle to remove excess fat from top of soup if desired. Serve warm topped with Romano cheese.
*To crush the fennel seeds up slightly, just place them in a small resealable bag, seal the bag then use the flat side of a meat mallet to break them up a bit.
Recipe Source: Cooking Classy