Christmas is all about traditions. In my family, for the last 13 years, we’ve been getting together and going to the Fireside Christmas Show. We generally do this a couple of weekends before Christmas. It’s a good way to kick off the holidays for us. It’s been a fun, relaxing way to get together and enjoy entertainment, music and food. This Saturday is our gathering for this year.

The Fireside is known for their outstanding food. They serve unlimited fresh baked bread with your meal, something that some members of my family take to full advantage. My Dad can eat a whole loaf of bread in nothing flat! Baking has always been a part of our family’s holiday tradition, although Mom does almost all of it now.
When I was a kid, we would make dozens and dozens of Christmas cookies. Sugar cookies decorated with colored frosting and sprinkles, peanut butter creams with chocolate chips, chow mein noodle cookies with that rich butterscotch flavor. We would make 10-15 different kinds of cookies, so we would literally have hundreds of cookies. We were still eating cookies in February!
Another thing Mom makes is Butterhorns. Every year, we get to have these for Christmas morning. They are a yeast dough, sweetened with sugar and cinnamon and baked to perfection! My grandma used to make these using a recipe that’s been handed down to her children. I look forward to these every year.
Many of you started a tradition this year with our Porch Pot Party. Over the course of three weekends, we saw almost 500 of you come in and let your creativity flow. We saw several groups together as three generations. A number of you shared stories of your own Christmas and we are so honored that you entrusted us with your memories.
We appreciate everyone coming out and sharing a part of their weekend with us. We are inspired by the joy and creativity that was present all around us. Despite all the troubles that may be going on in the outside world, we feel very blessed. Thank you for making us a part of your story.



Our Holiday Gift Guide


Still looking for a unique gift for that hard-to-shop-for person? We can help! We have one of a kind garden art from Beyond Borders, Think Outside and Eangee. All of these companies are supporters and practitioners of humane, fair and dignified working conditions, wages and living conditions, in the developing countries in which their art is produced.
From garden art made of discarded steel drums, to nightlights made from banyan leaves or wall art inlaid with
mother-of-pearl, you will find just the right piece of art for that special person on your Christmas list.
Looking for something a little more “functional”? How about a terrarium or a colorful piece of pottery? A new selection of terrariums that we purchased for Spring, arrived early, so we’ve put them out for sale. Choose from several different sizes and styles of terrariums and succulent planters.


Sunshine Ceramica is a new line of pottery that we discovered this summer, which is produced in the Andalucia region of Spain and is imported to the U.S. Each piece is hand painted in bright, bold prints. Truly stunning works of art!

We also have durable, outdoor Jelly Bean rugs for your home, patio, cabin or boat. For the birders in your family, we have feeders, birdhouses and bird baths. Gardening tools and accessories such as pruners and gloves make great stocking-stuffers. For the really hard-to-buy-for person, why not purchase a gift card? We can issue a gift card in any denomination.
Don’t you want to complete your holiday shopping early, so you can kick back and enjoy the holiday spirit? Let us know how we can help.

Norfolk Island Pine


Typically, during the holidays, Norfolk Island Pine pop up for sale everywhere, as they make great indoor Christmas trees. They can be kept long past the holidays, eventually making a wonderful houseplant.

Norfolk Island Pines are easy-to-care-for indoor plants. They tolerate a wide range of light conditions from low light to bright light. The big advantage is they will not only grow, but will thrive under fluorescent lights.
As with most houseplants, Norfolk Island Pine do not like to be overwatered and will suffer root rot if they are kept too wet. It is best to water these plants when the top inch of soil is dry. Do not allow the plant to sit in a saucer of water for extended periods of time.
Feed Norfolk Island Pines when they are actively growing in the Spring and Summer, using an All Purpose fertilizer such as Miracle Gro All Purpose Plant Food. Always read and follow the label directions. You can feed them 2-3 times during the growing season at the recommended rate.
These plants will tolerate average humidity, but really prefer extra humidity, especially in the winter. Place a small room humidifier near them or place them on top of a pebble-filled tray of water to boost the humidity level around them.



They make great air-purifiers, removing harmful compounds from the air that are commonly found in glue, cleaning agents, beauty products, adhesives and paint. Keep them out of hot and cold drafts, as they do not like to be situated in these conditions.
Norfolk Island Pines can be decorated as small Christmas trees, adorned with ornaments and lights. They make perfect decorations for a bathroom, as they benefit from the extra humidity. Any room in your home will be made more festive with the addition of these cute trees. And they also make fabulous housewarming or hostess gifts!

Decorating your home for the holidays
If you are still needing to decorate for the holidays, no worries. We have a good selection of wreaths, door swags, porch pots, birch poles and 25′ roping waiting for you. All of our evergreens have been sprayed with Wilt Stop, to prevent drying, so rest assured they will remain fresh for a long time.



Our wreaths and roping are all made of balsam and our porch pots and door swags are created with balsam, cedar and pine. All are constructed with premium evergreens sourced here in Wisconsin. Our wreaths, porch pots and swags are all professionally designed and decorated by our in-house designers.





We also still have a good inventory of Canaan Fir Christmas trees. These are also grown right here in Wisconsin. Canaan Fir have a strong pyramidal form, excellent needle retention and are delightfully fragrant. What’s not to love about that?
Come on out and see the gorgeous creations our designers have put together. They are in every color palette imaginable, so you are sure to fall in love with one.

What do snowmen usually wear on their heads?

Ice caps!

Painted Poinsettias






We typically think of poinsettias as Christmas plants. However, they can be so much more than just that. Paint a poinsettia blue, purple, orange, copper or fuchsia, throw on some glitter and “poof!” you’ve just added a touch of elegance, or maybe whimsy, to your holiday décor.
Painted poinsettias are generally white poinsettias that are painted with a dye that is mixed with water and applied with a common household spray bottle. Once the dye dries, a mixture of glue can be sprayed on the leaves and glitter sprinkled over them to give the plant a festive sparkle.
As with any poinsettia, when you take it home, place it in a warm, bright location, away from hot or cold drafts. Water the plant when the soil surface becomes dry. Do not allow the plant to wilt, but also do not overwater the plant.
We generally have blue, orange, copper and purple painted and glittered available. Don’t see what you like? We typically can custom spray what you would like and you can pick it up at a later time (it needs time to dry). Call our Edgerton or Cottage Grove store for availability.

Go for something non-traditional this year and treat yourself, a friend or family member to a unique holiday painted poinsettia. You’ll love the look of something distinctive!

Floral Notes
Christmas Kissing Balls date back to England’s Middle Ages where villagers would wind evergreen branches and twine together in the shape of a ball. They would then place a clay figure of baby Jesus in the center. calling them ‘holy boughs’.



Puritans brought a period of unpopularity to them, but Kissing Balls became popular again with the Victorians. They created them around an apple or potato, which was covered with evergreens, holly and sweet herbs, making them both beautiful and deliciously fragrant!

Employment Opportunities


Do you enjoy helping people? How about working with flowers?
If so, we may have the perfect job for you!
Part-time Floral Designer (Edgerton)
and Full-time Floral Designer (Cottage Grove) 


We’re looking for Part-time and Full-time floral designers with strong customer service skills and a willingness to learn. Use your artistic abilities and knowledge of design 
to create floral arrangements for various occasions.

One year previous floral design experience is required; 4 years preferred.

Position includes some customer service, watering and plant maintenance.


Why does everybody like Frosty the Snowman? 

Because he is so cool!

Holiday Decorating & Kissing Ball Make & Take
Saturday, December 8, 2018
10 am – 11 am
COST: $35.00
Pre-Pay and Pre-Registration is required
Create an Air Plant Gift
Saturday, December 15, 2018
10 am- 11 am
COST: $20.00
Pre-Pay and Pre-Registration is required
All classes are only available at our Cottage Grove location.
To reserve your spot please call (608) 222-2269 to register.


Candy Cane Shortbread


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons peppermint extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour


  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons 2% milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 2 drops red food coloring, optional


  • 9 ounces white baking chocolate, melted and cooled slightly
  • 3/4 cup crushed candy canes (about 10 regular)

All these ingredients sound amazing! Let us see how they all come together to create this magical cookie. CLICK HERE

Recipe and Photo source Taste of Home