Newsletter 7 – Thursday, April 28, 2011

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

Celebrate Earth Day at America’s Best

Saturday, April 30, 2011

We invite all children to join us from 10 – 2 this Saturday morning for our annual Earth Day Celebration. Activities include T shirt painting (bring a white T-shirt or buy one here); making seed balls; learning how to use new recycled coffee filters to make butterflies; growing beans without soil and more.  Deb, last week’s pink Easter bunny, will be here so every child who comes can help us celebrate Earth Day.

While you’re here be sure to pick up one FREE Black Hills Spruce tree per family in honor of Arbor Day.  This offer is good with any purchase made Friday, April 29 thru Sunday, May 1 and while supplies last.

Join St. Vincent de Paul in providing food for the needy.  Friday, April 29 through Sunday, May 1 you can donate vegetable plants to the community food pantry garden at America’s Best Flowers’ annual "Pick-a-Pack" event.  Volunteers from St. Vincent’s will be here with information on how you can play a vital role in insuring healthy produce be available for the pantry all summer.  For every 4 pack of vegetable plants you donate, America’s Best will give an additional 50 cents to the gardens.

And best of all – we are having our first Container Workshop of the year this Saturday and Sunday, from 10 – 4.  What a great opportunity to get FREE soil and design assistance from the experts to create your own unique containers.  This workshop has become quite a social event.  Call 222-2269 for details.

When life throws you a lemon,
throw it back harder

Mother’s Day Make and Take Workshop

May 3 & 5 – 6:30 pm
May 7 – 10 – 2

Plant a beautiful planter for your mom or other special woman in your life. Start with a pair of ceramic containers on a matching ceramic tray in your choice of yellow, lime green, tangerine, or blue.  Fill them with herbs, or pansies for a delightful gift.  Only 29.99.  Please register by calling 222-2269.

Upcoming Events

Fri, Apr 29 – Sun, May 1
St. Vincent de Paul’s "Pick-a-Pack" Event

Come out and donate a $1.99 4 pack of tomatoes or Lady Bell peppers for their gardens. The veggies will be used for their community pantry. For every 4 pack sold, ABF will donate $.50 towards the SVDP gardens.

Sat, Apr 30
Earth Day Celebration

FREE Children’s activities 10AM-2PM. Bring a white T-shirt to paint, make seed balls, plant cat grass, and more!

Sat, Apr 30 – Sun, May 1
Arbor Day Giveaway

Receive a FREE Black Hills Spruce seedling, with purchase, while supplies last. Limit 1 per family.

Sat, Apr 30 – Sun, May 1
Container Workshop

10AM – 4PM. FREE soil and assistance. Create a beautiful container in our potting shed and we’ll clean up the mess. Bring in your own pots or buy one of ours.

Tue, May 3
Mother’s Day Make and Take Workshop

6:30 PM Plant a beautiful ceramic herbal or pansy garden to give Mom, Grandma, or a favorite aunt for $29.99. Reservations are accepted 608-222-2269. Pots include 2 lovely pots on matching ceramic tray in choice of yellow, lime green, tangerine or blue.

Thu, May 5
Mother’s Day Make and Take Workshop

10:00 AM – 2:00 PM Plant a beautiful ceramic herbal or pansy garden to give Mom, Grandma, or a favorite aunt for $29.99. Reservations are accepted 608-222-2269. Pots include 2 lovely pots on matching ceramic tray in choice of yellow, lime green, tangerine or blue.

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Happy LemonHave you ever wondered –
Why is lemon juice made with artificial flavor,
and dishwashing liquid made with real lemons?

Our Kitchen

Today’s recipe is from our friend Gretta. She responded to last week’s request, “Without Bonnie we are a bit recipe challenged. If you have one you’d like to share, please email to ed@americasbestflowers.com” This has been a favorite of hers since it was published in the New York Times Sunday Magazine in the early 70s. She declares it terrific! I did a little on-line research and found it several places. The following, from www.saveur.com gives a history of the recipe and a delightful photograph. Thank you, Gretta, for sharing. If you have a favorite recipe you think others might enjoy, please send us an email.

East 62nd Street Lemon Cake

East 62nd Street Lemon Cake MAKES ONE 9” CAKE Toni Evins, Maida Heatter’s late daughter, who lived on East 62nd Street in Manhattan, created this tart, sweet cake. It became a favorite of the chic set after Craig Claiborne printed the recipe in the New York Times. "I hear that Bill Blass and Nancy Reagan asked for it," Heatter notes.
    • 3 cups sifted all-purpose flour
    • 2 tsp. baking powder
    • 1/2 tsp. salt
    • 8 oz. unsalted butter
    • 2 cups sugar
    • 4 large eggs
    • 1 cup milk
    • Finely grated rind of 2 large lemons
    • 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
    • 2/3 cup sugar

    1. To make the cake, adjust an oven rack one-third up from the bottom of the oven and preheat oven to 350°. You need a 9" x 4 1/2" tube pan or bundt pan. It should have a 12-cup capacity. Butter the pan and then dust it all lightly with fine, dry bread crumbs. Set aside.

    2. Sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt, and set aside. In the large bowl of an electric mixer, beat the butter until soft. Add the sugar and beat until incorporated. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, scraping the bowl as necessary with a rubber spatula. (The mixture might look curdled—it’s okay.) On lowest speed, add the dry ingredients alternately in three additions, with the milk in two additions, beating only until incorporated after each addition.

    3. Remove the bowl from the mixer and stir in the lemon rind. Turn the batter into the prepared pan. Level the top of the batter by rotating the pan briskly.

    4. Bake for 1 hour and 5 to 10 minutes, until a cake tester (a toothpick will work) comes out clean. Let the cake stand in the pan for 5 minutes and then cover with a rack and invert. Lift pan from cake, leaving the cake upside down. Place rack over a large piece of foil or wax paper and prepare the glaze.

    5. To make the glaze, mix the lemon juice with the sugar and brush all over the hot cake. The cake will absorb it. Let cool completely and then transfer to a cake plate. It is best to wait a few hours before cutting the cake.

    6. This cake can be made with 1/2 cup key lime juice instead of 1/3 cup lemon juice (in the glaze) and it is wonderful. I think any kind of lime juice would be equally wonderful. But even if you use lime juice instead of lemon juice, don’t change the grated rind in the cake itself (lemon is better there).

    When life gives you lemons:
    be sure to send a handwritten thank you note for the lemons,
    as an email thank you note can appear to be less sincere

    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
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