Happy Thanksgiving

Newsletter 33 – Tuesday, November 22, 2011

You’ll love your garden … It’s our promise!

As Bob Hope would say
‘Thanks for the memories’

Another year will soon be behind us and all of us at America’s Best Flowers would like to thank you.

Do you remember how you felt the very first time you visited us?  You turned into our driveway, not knowing quite what to expect, then once you passed the big red shed you gasped.  Right at that moment you knew this was not just any ordinary greenhouse.  And that was just the beginning.  Each and every one of our greenhouses held a bit of magic.  The senses went into overdrive from the visual impact and the aromatic mingling of scents. 

This is what the staff at America’s Best Flowers gets to experience each and every day.  We come to work with a smile and leave with a smile (and a bit of potting soil under our fingernails.)  Thank you for giving us the opportunity to work in this wonderful environment. 

We wish everyone a very warm, safe and happy holiday season.

He who thanks but with the lips
Thanks but in part;
The full, the true Thanksgiving
Comes from the heart.

J.A. Shedd

Although America’s Best Flowers is closed for the season, someone is here every day.  So if you need anything during your final winter preparations, please call us at 222-2269.  If we don’t answer, just leave a message and we’ll call you back to arrange a time to meet you here.  We have a good supply of soils, mulches, fertilizers, pottery and straw bales.

Keep us in mind for all your Christmas gift card needs.  Give the promise of spring with gift cards from America’s Best Flowers.  We can take your order over the phone and mail the cards wherever you wish.  Our gift cards are perfect for a holiday gift for your child’s teacher, for co-workers or as a wonderful host and hostess gift. And be sure to keep a supply on hand for those "oops, I forgot about your birthday, anniversary, etc.", times.  Gift cards from America’s Best never expire nor have fees charged against them. 

Every charitable act is a stepping stone toward heaven.

Henry Ward Beecher

Winter Porch Pot Workshop Recap

A collage of our Winter Workshop
A collage of our Winter Workshop
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We hope everyone who attended our Porch Pot and Wreath Workshop on Saturday had a fun time.  We know we did!  The consensus of everyone we spoke with is that it should become an annual event.  If you agree, or have suggestions on how we could make it better next year, please let us know.  Email ed@americasbestflowers.com  The creativity of the many containers and wreaths that were made was amazing.  While we oohed and aahed at each one, we failed to take enough pictures.  We would love it if you would send us pictures of your creation on your front steps or porch.

Fundraising Program

Have you heard about America’s Best Flowers’ Fundraising Program?  Do any of your school sports programs need new equipment or uniforms?  What about your school or church music programs?  We offer non-profit organizations the opportunity to keep 25% of the proceeds from the sale of our gift cards.  For example, if your organization sold $500 of our gift cards, which are available in any denomination, your organization would have raised $125.  It’s easy, it’s fun, it’s profitable, and we would be happy to come speak to your group and/or send you information.  If you are interested or have questions, please contact Shirley Cimino at abfscimino@yahoo.com

Art will never be able to exist without nature.

Pierre Bonnard

Please Remember the Dane County Humane Society

Donations to the Humane Society always slow down during the holidays, often when the need is the greatest.  You can help ease some of this pain by purchasing a 2012 calendar.  Please go to their website giveshelter.org and take a look at their Pet Pin-Up 2012 calendar.  All proceeds go to the Dane County Humane Society.

Be kind whenever possible.
It is always possible.

Dalai Lama

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An optimist is a person who starts a new diet on Thanksgiving day.

Irv Kupcinet

Our Kitchen

Baking pies for Thanksgiving has become quite a tradition in my family. For years I have made pumpkin, pecan, and apple. A couple of years back I discovered a recipe for a mixed berry pie which has become a new favorite – Burgundy Pie. Made with a combination of cranberries and blueberries, it’s the perfect fit for the Thanksgiving table.

Burgundy Pie

  • Pastry for a 2 crust 9” pie
  • 2 C fresh cranberries
  • 2 C frozen unsweetened blueberries
  • 1 ½ C sugar (I use one heaping cup)
  • 1/3 C flour
  • pinch salt
  • 2 T butter

Put cranberries through food chopper (I use a hand-operated nut chopper – chopping them coarsely).  Combine with frozen blueberries, sugar, flour and salt.  Place in pastry lined 9” pie pan.  Dot with butter.  Adjust top crust and flute edges, cut vents.

Bake in hot 425 degree oven 45 to 50 minutes until crust is golden.  (I cover the crimped edges with strips of aluminum foil to prevent excessive browning.)

What we’re really talking about
is a wonderful day
set aside on the fourth Thursday of November
when no one diets.
I mean, why else would they call it Thanksgiving?

Erma Bombeck

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.
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4311 Vilas Hope Road
Cottage Grove, WI 53527
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