2019 Newsletter 44- 🍂🍂Orange you glad it’s Fall 🍂🍂

2019 Newsletter 44- 🍂🍂Orange you glad it’s Fall 🍂🍂

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When you are a small business, you become family after working so closely with each other, year after year. As you have been a part of the journey, I wanted to let you know that Ed moved into hospice care over the weekend. Carol has been at his side and their daughter,Jenny, was able to be here as well. We send our prayers and healing their way during this difficult time.
Preparing ourselves for change seems to be a bit of a challenge. I am sure many of you have visited the Cottage Grove Garden Center and wondered just what these changes are going to be. Yes, we have pondered a decision or two in the last several months. We have found amazing products for next year and are ready to do the work needed to make the changes needed to be successful. The biggest thing is that we remain hopeful in our outcome.
One of the greatest obstacles to change is ambivalence, where part of us wants something to be different, and another part prefers things as they are. It all starts with one decision. However, decision-making isn’t a one and done type of task. You can return to decisions again and again, making them stronger each time by reminding yourself of what it is you really want to happen and why. This helps reinforce your motivation for the change.
If you’ve fallen short or given up in the past, it is easy to lose confidence in committing to any type of change. In fact, the majority of people who succeed in making changes have often tried many times before.  
Rather than giving up, give yourself time to cultivate the skills, strengths and allies that might help you make progress toward your goals. That is what we have done at America’s Best Flowers. Our team consists of people who all have the same vision of bringing joy into your lives. We hope that with our knowledge and advice, that you have be able to cultivate and nurture joy in your lives as well.
There’s a saying that courage doesn’t always roar – sometimes it is the quiet voice at the end of the day that says, “I’ll try again tomorrow.” We can cultivate the strength of persistence by recommitting to our decision and reminding ourselves why that is important to us. Then identify the next step, and take it, and the next step after that. Today, take the next step in your journey of joy.
Until next time,
All Miniature & Fairy Garden supplies
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They are all size S!
Why is Dracula so easy to fool?
Because he’s a sucker!
Instant Pot Red Curry Lentils
It was finally time to try out that Instant Pot I got for my birthday. Guess what’s for dinner? Creamy, spicy, delicious red curry lentils, with a little bit of coconut milk to stick to your bones!
Into the Instant Pot:
  • 1 1/2 cups brown lentils
  • 1/2 large onion, diced
  • 2 tablespoons red curry paste
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • one 1-inch knob of ginger, minced
  • a few good shakes of cayenne pepper
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 14-ounce can tomato sauce
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt (more to taste)
Before Serving:
  • 3/4 cup coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter or ghee (optional)
  • cilantro for garnishing
  • rice for serving

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