Goodbye for Now

Newsletter 33 – Thursday, October 28, 2010

Winding Down for 2010

America’s Best Flowers will be closing for the season this Sunday, October 31.  We will be saying tearful, but temporary, ‘good-byes’ this week as you come out and pick up those end-of-the-season bulbs, plants and supplies.  If you find yourself needing anything in the weeks to come, we always have soils, mulches, straw, and other gardening supplies on hand, so give us a call at 222-2269 to arrange a time to stop out.  We will be very glad to help you.

To keep in touch, we will send newsletters on a monthly basis throughout the winter, and will return to a weekly format in the spring.  Keep us in mind for your Christmas gift card needs.  Let us take the hassle out of Christmas shopping.  Just place your order over the phone and we will mail the cards wherever you wish. A gift card from America’s Best not only shows you care, but it gives the recipient a promise that spring will come again.

Why did the vampire subscribe to the Wall Street Journal?
He heard it had great circulation.

What’s the BIG NEWS for 2011?

Herbs, herbs and more herbs.  We will be a MUCH bigger herb grower in 2011, offering more than 100 different varieties, carefully chosen to perform well in this area.  We’ve listened to your requests for naturally grown plants, so next year our herbs and vegetables will be grown in a custom soil mix and fed with natural fish emulsion. So now, besides growing ‘America’s Best Flowers’ we will also be growing ‘America’s Best Herbs and Vegetables’.  How cool is that!?

How do witches keep their hair in place while flying?
With scare spray.

Field Trips and Tours?

America’s Best Flowers offers FREE tours and field trips for groups of any kind, including pre-school and elementary classes up to 2nd grade, horticultural students, garden clubs, senior groups, assisted living groups, and more.  You can custom plan your event with scavenger hunts, growing seeds without soil, making seed balls, pizza garden ideas, and so much more!

For more information call us at 222-2269.  If we are away from the phone, please leave a message and we will get back to you as soon as possible.  Or send an email to  We look forward to helping you plan your best event ever.

What is a vampire’s favorite sport?

2011 is Just Around the Corner

We are busy planning for the 2011 season and are so excited about the many events, classes and workshops that we’ve already scheduled.  If you’re organized enough to have a 2011 calendar started, please mark April 2 for our veggie and fruit gardening class.  Learn how to start your own seeds, as well as the ‘what, when, where, and why’ to plant.  The class will be at 10 AM and immediately after, you can purchase seeds and plant them up right here in the greenhouse. We’ll provide FREE SOIL AND CLEAN UP THE MESS.  What a way to kick off your gardening season after a long Wisconsin winter.

In April we will host our annual Community Egg Hunt and Earth/Arbor Day celebrations.  As spring progresses, we’ll have numerous herbal classes, container workshops, demonstrations and much, much more to help you gear up for gardening.  Watch for additions to the schedule as spring gets closer, by checking our website.

Your patronage and support have made it possible for us to be able to have so many free classes and educational opportunities. We are always open to ideas, so feel free to contact us with them at

What did one ghost say to the other ghost?
“Do you believe in people?”

Amazing Panoramic Pictures from Utah!

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What’s Count Dracula’s favorite holiday?

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In celebration of Halloween Jesse has something special planned for each day this week.  Please visit often.

What’s a vampire’s favorite fast food?
A guy with very high blood pressure

Bonnie’s Kitchen

This is a yummy cake to make around Halloween and also at the Christmas holidays. You’d better change the name!

Goblin’s Magic Nut Cake

Serves 12
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cups pumpkin
  • ½ cup water, or more
  • 2 ½ cups flour
  • 2 ¼ cups sugar
  • 1 ½ t baking soda
  • 1 ¼ t salt
  • ¾ cup vegetable oil
  • ¾ t nutmeg
  • ¾ t cinnamon
  • 1 cup raisins
  • ½ cup walnuts, chopped
  • 4 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 3 butter
  • 1 t vanilla
  • 2 cups confectioner’s sugar

Beat together eggs, pumpkin, oil and water.  Then add flour, sugar, soda, salt, nutmeg, and cinnamon.  Mix well.  Add raisins and walnuts.  Pour into buttered and floured pans; 2 loaf pans or 1 bundt pan. Bake at 350 for 1 hour to 1 hour and 15 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in center of the cake comes out clean. Cool. Beat together cream cheese, butter, vanilla and confectioners sugar for icing.  Frost cake(s), sprinkle with additional chopped walnuts if desired.

Halloween Bloody Baked Rats

I have never tried this recipe. I just saw it and thought it would be so very much fun! Let me know if you like it, PLEASE! It’s inexpensive to make, and a creepy Halloween entrée. The rat is baked in tomato sauce and when you cut it open the cheese oozes out. Eyewwwww! Bloody Baked Rats
  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • ½ onion, chopped
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 1 (1.25 oz.) packet meatloaf seasoning mix
  • 1 c cubed Cheddar cheese
  • 3 (10 oz.) cans tomato sauce
  • 1 c white sugar
  • 1 T Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 c uncooked spaghetti, broken into fourths
  • ½ carrot, cut into 1/8” thick slices
  • 1 T frozen green peas

Preheat oven to 350°  In large bowl, combine the ground beef, onion, egg, bread crumbs and meatloaf seasoning. Use your hands to mix until well blended. Measure out 1/3 cupfuls of the meat mixture and mold around a cube of cheese like a meatball. Shape into a point at one end and lengthen the body a bit of rolling between your hands. Place your “rat” into a shallow baking dish, and continue with the remaining meat. Insert pieces of uncooked spaghetti into the rounded end of the rats to make tails.

In a medium bowl, stir together the tomato sauce, sugar and Worcestershire sauce. Pour over the rats in the dish and cover the dish with a lid or aluminum foil.

Bake for 45 minutes in the preheated oven. Uncover the dish, and continue to bake for another 20-30 minutes, basting occasionally with the sauce to glaze the rats.

While the rats finish baking, heat the peas and carrots in a small bowl in the microwave for about 15 seconds.

Carefully transfer the rats to a serving platter so that their delicate tails don’t fall off. Press peas into the pointy end to make eyes, and insert carrot slices to make ears. Spoon some of the tomato sauce around them and serve.

What does the papa ghost say to his family when driving?
Fasten your sheet belts.

Why do vampires need mouthwash?
They have bat breath.

Why did the vampire go to the orthodontist?
To improve his bite.

What is a vampire’s favorite mode of transportation?
A blood vessel.

Carol and Ed Knapton, owners of Americas's Best Flowers You’ll Love Your Garden … It’s Our Promise! May the Holy Spirit Guide You! God Bless
Edward Knapton says Keep on Smiling!
Sec – Treasurer Berry Hill Farms, Inc.
DBA Americas Best Flowers Garden Center
4311 Vilas Hope Road
Cottage Grove, WI 53527
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