Happy Groundhog Day!

Newsletter 5 – Thursday, February 2, 2017


Cottage Grove location open

Mon-Sat 9-5
Closed Sundays

Edgerton location open

Mon-Fri 8:30-5:30
Sat 8:30-5:00
Sun 9-4

Lady’s Story – Chapter 27

My cousin, Stella, came over the other night.  She’s really fun to play with.  We ran outside together and after the ceremonial sniffing of EVERYTHING, we just ran around chasing each other.  Then silly Stella, she’s so funny, she picked up a really, really, really long branch that had fallen from the tree and tried to bring it into the house.  I tell ya, I was rolling in the snow laughing at her. 

She finally gave up and it was back to chasing each other.  After a bit we went into the house, had a nice long drink of water and collapsed.  We were pooped!

Then we heard the word ‘TREAT!’ and suddenly our energy was back!

Hmmm, kinda funny how that works!


Plan Ahead for Valentines Day!

We all know Valentines Day is coming up.  And we all know it can be a bit stressful!  Allow us, won’t you, to alleviate your stress!  Simply contact us ahead of time and we’ll get your Valentines Day flower order all set up for you!

Now with two America’s Best Flowers Floral Shops at your convenience it’s easier then ever to send fresh cut flowers and lovely plants to those special people in your life. 

To make your flower ordering easy, the following are FOUR convenient ways to order flowers from America’s Best Flowers:

  • Call either our Cottage Grove location at 608-222-2269 or our Edgerton location at 608-884-8120 or 1-888-287-1411 and order over the phone.
  • Go to www.flowershopnetwork.com.  America’s Best Flowers will be listed under the Find Florist icon.
  • Go to www.americasbestflowers.com and go to the icon in the upper left corner identified as Shop Now.
  • Go to www.americasbestflowers.net and fill in the appropriate areas.

There you go, now wasn’t that easy?

Over breakfast one morning, a woman said to her husband,
‘I bet you don’t know what day this is?’
‘Of course I do,’ he answered indignantly, as he slammed the door, and drove to his office.
At 11 o’clock, the doorbell rang.
The wife answered, and there at her front door was a UPS driver,
in his hand was a box containing 12 red roses.
Later, at 2 pm there was another knock at the door,
this time it was a deluxe box of Belgian chocolates.
Eventually the husband came home, tired after a hard day’s work.
His wife greeted him by saying:
‘First the flowers, then the chocolates, I’ve never had a more wonderful Groundhog Day in my life!’

America’s Best Flowers Fundraising Program

Spring 2017 is right around the corner!  People are beginning to think about vegetable gardens, shade trees, flowering shrubs and glorious flowers.   What perfect timing for your non-profit organization to participate in America’s Best Flowers fundraiser program and earn funds for your local charities, mission trips, school equipment, school uniforms, etc.

America’s Best Flowers would like to help you succeed with your fundraising efforts! 

Our SPRING fundraising program runs through April 3, 2017.  We have designed this program to be quick, easy, and profitable.  In as little as 2-3 weeks or less, you can earn substantial money for your group by selling America’s Best Flowers gift cards.

What else makes our fundraising program so fabulous?

  • Your group will receive 25% of the total value of America’s Best Flowers gift cards they sell! 
  • Our gift cards are valid at both our Cottage Grove and Edgerton locations!  
  • Our gift cards NEVER EXPIRE!

Click here for more information

What happened when the groundhog met the dogcatcher?
He became a pound hog!

We have seeds…lots and lots of seeds!

It’s never too early to start planning for this season’s garden.  If you are planning a vegetable, herb or flower garden, bring your seed list out to either our Cottage Grove or Edgerton location. We have a huge selection of Livingston seeds for you to choose from.

Colorful Carnations!

Peach and dark purple colored carnations, what a spectacular combination!  This lovely arrangement will be sure to brighten your mid-winter doldrums!

A bouquet or an arrangement of all peach or all purple colored carnations is available too!

What do you call Punxsutawney Phil’s laundry?

Visit us at the 2017 Midwest Garden Expo

February 10, 11 & 12

Friday   2pm – 8pm
Saturday   9am – 6pm
Sunday   10am – 4pm

Come out and see us at the Exhibition Hall at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison. We’ll have a wide selection of vegetable and flower seeds, bulbs, blooming cyclamen and primula, garden supplies and much, much more.

Employment Opportunities

Are you looking for a short-term seasonal job?   Do you enjoy people, flowers and dirt?  If so, we may have the perfect job for you.  We are looking for a few good people to perform retail, customer service and cashier duties.  Plant knowledge is preferred for these positions.

These job opportunities would be from approximately mid-April thru mid-June.  We are in need of candidates who can work weekends and several days during the week.  The total number of hours per week could be between 24 – 40 hours. Other job duties could consist of stocking and cleaning plants, sweeping floors, corralling run away shopping carts.

Another position available is for a Greenhouse Production Associate.  The Greenhouse Production Associate is responsible for all aspects of plant maintenance including but not limited to: watering, moving, shipping, and disposing of all plants while maintaining the quality standards of America’s Best Flowers. Physical stamina is necessary for this position.

We are in need of candidates who can work weekends and several days during the week.  This is a 40 hour per week position.

If you are interested in either of these employment opportunities please email Marty Robbins at abfrobbins@yahoo.com or Betty Bless at abfbettyb@gmail.com.

Upcoming Events for 2017

It’s going to be another busy season for us at America’s Best Flowers.

Our indoor Community Egg Hunt will be on Saturday, April 15 this spring.

We’re going to have 15 container workshops this year along with several different types of gardening classes.  Our hope is that we have a little something for everyone.  We’ll have more details about our 2017 events in future newsletters.

As Yogi Berra would say, "Groundhog Day is like Deja vu all over again"

Our Kitchen

I made this for Jim last week using a 2# Sirloin. It was about 3/4 to 1" thick.  4 minutes per side under my 550 degree broiler made a nice medium rare.  It was so good Jim told me he liked it better than steak cooked on the grill and he just can’t wait for me to make it again!

It would be a wonderful main course for your Valentines Day dinner.  Add your favorite potatoes and salad for a delicious, memorable dinner.  

Watch next week’s newsletter for a delicious chocolate dessert to finish the meal.

Balsamic Glazed London Broil

Original recipe found online from the Food Network – Paula Deen
  • 1-to-3 pound London Broil (about 1 1/2" – 2" thick)
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1/2 t black pepper
  • 1/3 c balsamic vinegar
  • 1 T brown sugar
  • 1 garlic clove, smashed and peeled
  • 1 bay leaf

Preheat the broiler and line a rimmed baking sheet with foil (spray with Pam)

Season the meat with the salt and pepper.

In a large skillet over low heat, combine the vinegar, brown sugar, garlic and bay leaf.  Simmer until the liquid has reduced by half and is a syrupy consistency, about 5 minutes.

Discard garlic and bay leaf.

Put the meat on the baking sheet and slather it with the glaze.  Broil the meat 4" from heat until it reaches the desired level of doneness, about 4 to 5 minutes per side, being sure to leave oven door open a crack. (Bev’s note – 5-6 minutes each side will be a medium rare)

Remove from the broiler to a cutting board and let rest for 5 minutes.  Slice thinly, against the grain, and transfer to a warmed serving platter.