Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

Newsletter 38 – Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!


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

Our Poinsettias, Holiday ‘Grab and Go Porch Pots’ and Holiday Hanging Baskets are all ready for you!

We have a lovely selection of poinsettia plants for you to choose from.  The poinsettias pots are wrapped with colored foil, dressed with ribbon and decorated with glittered ting for that festive touch.

Stop by and grab and go with one of our ‘Grab and Go Decorated Porch Pots’! What a nice way to greet guests even before they cross your threshold.  Fresh greens combined with artificial poinsettias will stand the test of holiday time.

Holiday Hanging Basket
Holiday Hanging Basket
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Our Holiday Hanging Baskets will look stunning hanging from a shepherds hook.  And before you know it, it will be graced with a little snow!  What a ‘Norman Rockwell’ feeling! 

And any one of these would make a wonderful holiday hostess gift!

A lady was picking through the frozen turkeys at the grocery store, but couldn’t find one big enough for her family. She asked the stock boy, "Do these turkeys get any bigger?"
The stock boy answered, "No ma’am, they’re dead."

Oh Christmas tree, oh Christmas tree…

Our Frazier balsam mix trees have arrived.   We’ll fresh cut the trunk for you and help you load them into or on top of your vehicle.  If you live within 5 miles of our Cottage Grove location we’d be happy to deliver them to your home.  A $10.00 delivery fee would apply for that service.

Fresh and Natural Gifts

  • BOXED AMARYLLIS: Boxed gift set complete with bulb, soil and container, choice of 4 colors.  (One box shopping!)
  • PETITE LUCKY BAMBOO: Small bamboo stakes in colorful assortment of ceramic containers.  (These are nothing less than adorable!)
  • Decorated and undecorated fresh wreaths made at our own floral shop in Edgerton.  (Yes, America’s Best Flowers is in Edgerton now, too!)
  • Roping, 25’ and 50′ lengths (Perfect for your holiday decorating.)
  • Bundled greens, assorted greens in 2.5 pound bundles. (More freshness for your holiday decorating.)
  • Cyclamen, Christmas Cactus and Norfolk Island Pine trees in small and medium sizes.  (A gift of nature for the holidays.)

A great big ‘Thank you’ from Marty!

Thank you to all who attended our Porch Pot and Wreath Workshop this past weekend!  Our hope is that you had as much fun as we did. 

We’d love to see you again at our Paint a Poinsettia (space is limited) and Holiday Centerpiece (space is unlimited) workshops!  Details for them are below!


Asked to write a composition entitled, "What I’m thankful for on Thanksgiving,"
little Timothy wrote, "I am thankful that I’m not a turkey."

Poinsettia Painting Workshop

Paint some Poinsettias!
Paint some Poinsettias!
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Saturday, November 24th
Ongoing throughout the day between 9am to 3pm

Poinsettia painting is an opportunity to color (paint) a creamy white poinsettia with a custom color. We will have several custom colors available that you will spray onto the poinsettia to create your own decorator color. It is best to bring along an old LONG SLEEVED shirt or smock to wear while painting.  Space is limited for this workshop.

Holiday Centerpiece Workshop

Making the Turkey jealous
Making the Turkey jealous
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Sunday, December 9th
Ongoing throughout the day between 9am to 3pm

Create your very own personal holiday table centerpiece this year.  Start with an assortment of fresh greens and build your own base using florist’s foam. Then add assorted picks and ornaments that we have available or even add a candle or glass hurricane.  And let the bragging begin.

Just call or email us and we’ll get you signed up!

Pre-register for our holiday workshop events by sending Marty an email at abfrobbins@yahoo.com or call us at 608-222-2269.  All of our workshops are ongoing throughout the day between 9am to 3pm.  We want to have plenty of supplies for you to create your masterpieces, so pre-registration is important, however, walk-ins are always welcome.

Q: What did the turkey say before it was roasted?
A: Boy! I’m stuffed!

Decorated Holiday Mesh Ribbon Wreaths

These wreaths are perfect for indoor or outdoor decorating. Made by the talented staff at America’s Best Flowers!

Holiday Gift Giving Ideas

America’s Best Flowers gift cards are not only the perfect holiday gift for that favorite gardener in your life, but they make a great gift for your child’s teacher or a fellow co-worker.  Holidays and entertaining go together!  Rather than giving the customary bottle of wine to your host and hostess why not give an America’s Best Flowers gift card? 

We would be happy to take your gift card orders over the phone and mail the cards for you with a personal message for the recipient.

She’s at it again!

Holiday time means festive holiday garb, I get it.  But, you would think that one holiday collar is enough, wouldn’t you?  But, nooo, not for Little Miss Fashionista Lucy! 

After the Packer game on Sunday, she put her paw down with Hubby and me.  According to her, she’s worn the same holly patterned collar for the last few years and it’s time for a change.  Lucy already has fourteen collars!  When is enough…enough, I ask you?

I was so proud of us!  Hubby and I stood our ground!  We agreed to a new Christmas collar, but NO Thanksgiving Day collar.  Talk about your tough love!

`til next week,
    ~ Shirley

Thanksgiving Divorce

A man in Phoenix calls his son in New York the day before Thanksgiving and says,"I hate to ruin your day, but I have to tell you that your mother and I are divorcing; forty-five years of misery is enough.

"Pop, what are you talking about?" the son screams. We can’t stand the sight of each other any longer," the father says. "We’re sick of each other, and I’m sick of talking about this, so you call your sister in Chicago and tell her."

Frantic, the son calls his sister, who explodes on the phone. "Like heck they’re getting divorced," she shouts, "I’ll take care of this,"

She calls Phoenix immediately, and screams at her father, "You are NOT getting divorced. Don’t do a single thing until I get there. I’m calling my brother back, and we’ll both be there tomorrow. Until then, don’t do a thing, DO YOU HEAR ME?" and hangs up.

The old man hangs up his phone and turns to his wife. "Okay," he says, "they’re coming for Thanksgiving and paying their own way."

Upcoming Events

Sat, Nov 24
Painting Poinsettias

9am – 3pm Pre-registration required

Sun, Dec 9
Holiday Centerpiece Workshop

9am – 3pm Pre-registration required

Our Kitchen

By Bev Wilson

Last week we talked about the possibility of trying a new mashed potato recipe for Thanksgiving.  This week, I’m about to suggest something even more daring.

Pie has been center stage forever.  Pumpkin pie, pecan pie, apple pie, blueberry pie, lemon meringue pie, burgundy pie and more.  But other desserts do exist and I believe the following one is delicious enough to find a spot on holiday tables, too. 

This recipe came from a teenage daughter of a former co-worker.  She would make it for him to bring to our potlucks.  So good!  I have typed it just like she wrote it.  She doesn’t say, but I remember she used an oblong baking dish for this.  If you use a 9×13, start checking it at 45 minutes so you don’t overbake it.  Hope you enjoy.

Date Cake

  • 2 sticks of butter
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 2 cups of (all purpose) flour
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla
  • 6 eggs
  • 20-30 dates
  • Icing (optional)

In a bowl, combine 2 sticks of butter and 2 cups of sugar.  Then add 3 eggs one by one and beat till the mixture is creamy. After the mixture is creamy, add 1 cup of flour, 1 egg, and 2 spoons of baking powder and beat it till the mixture is creamy.  Then add the remaining cup of flour and 1 egg and beat till the mixture is creamy.  Then cut the dates into very small pieces and add it to the creamy mixture.  Then add the remaining egg and 2 spoons of vanilla to the mixture and beat it very well.  After you are done beating, pour the mixture into a baking dish or pan and put it inside the oven at 350.  Bake 50 to 60 minutes, until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.  Cool 30 minutes before putting on icing (optional) or serving.

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!
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Cottage Grove, WI 53527
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