Mother’s Day Weekend

Newsletter 8 – Thursday, May 6, 2010

"The moment a child is born, the mother is also born.
She never existed before.
The woman existed, but the mother never.
A mother is something absolutely new."


Mother’s Day Weekend at America’s Best

A $4.99 Value
With Purchase

Friday, Saturday & Sunday – May 7, 8, 9
For the First 150 Cars each day
Limit one pair per Car with Purchase
Doors Open at 9AM all 3 days!

America?s Best Flowers is known for our Mother?s Day Weekends more than anything else. For many, it?s their first visit of the year to the greenhouse, and they bring Mom along to choose her own Mother?s Day gift from our tremendous selection of over 15,000 flowering hanging baskets and containers. Our plants are spectacular this year, and the greenhouses are overflowing with colorful plants. Choose a gorgeous hanging basket or pot of Gerbera Daisies, Mandevillas, Regal Geraniums, or a Knockout Rose, and you can be sure Mom will love them. Whether you bring Mom, or come yourself to select something for her, we know you?ll find a gift she will love.

For a great gift idea choose an attractive piece of pottery, fill it with colorful tissue, gardening gloves, a garden tool or two, packages of seeds and a gift card. Our GIFT CARDS are guaranteed to fit, and to be the perfect color! What Mom wouldn?t love that? ABF gift certificates are available in any denomination and never expire.

And don?t forget Mom?s FREE geranium with any purchase. Mother?s Day and America?s Best Flowers are rather like ice cream and apple pie or baseball and hotdogs. What would one be without the other?

"Children are a great comfort in your old age ?
And they help you reach it faster, too."

Lionell Kauffman

Salsa Recipe Winners

Last weekend was so much fun at ABF. Thanks for all the positive feedback and smiling comments about how you enjoyed Salsa Saturday and loved the free chips, salsa, nacho cheese and recipes. We had quite a few requests to set up a margarita bar next year, but the boss isn’t going for it! The recipe contest was a lot of fun for our employees, who were the judges for the recipes you submitted. We ate our fill of tasty salsa after tasty salsa. The top three recipes are available at the following link – Salsa Recipes

As always, the container workshops last Saturday and Sunday were a smashing success. So many beautiful containers were created. If you were unable to attend, we have two more weekends of Container Workshops scheduled, so you can come out, design your own masterpiece and take advantage of free soil and assistance. See Upcoming Events for dates and times.

Our first Pick-A-Pack weekend was a great success. St. Vincent de Paul was very pleased with your generous contributions of 4-packs of tomatoes and peppers, money, and volunteer time. What a great way for you to support those less fortunate.

"Any mother could perform the jobs of several air-traffic controllers with ease."

Lisa Alther

Find us on Facebook

Our fan club is growing. Please become a fan on Facebook, and invite your friends to, also. Help us get one thousand fans and surprises will await you when you visit our page.

"My mother had a great deal of trouble with me,
But I think she enjoyed it."

Mark Twain

Free Gardening Classes

Mark your calendars for Saturday, May 15 at 2PM. Mari Lynn Haugh will be here for another FREE class on herbs. This year?s topic is "Treat Yourself with Herbs." Mari Lynn always gives us great herbal gardening ideas as well as many creative uses for herbs. Mari Lynn will conduct the same class Thursday, May 20 at 6:30 PM for those of you who cannot make it on Saturday. Once again this year, we will celebrate Herb Fest from 11-2PM on Saturday, May 15, with samples of easy herbal bread machine breads and dipping oil, and will have the recipes available for you.

Need some veggie garden pointers? Join us Sunday, May 23 at 1PM for Brian Emerson?s FREE class Easy Vegetable Gardening, Tomatoes and More. Brian is a UW Extension Horticulturalist and will help not only the beginner, but the experienced gardener, as well.

Feedback: ‘What you get when the baby doesn’t appreciate the strained carrots.’

Upcoming Events

Thu, May 20
Class 6:30PM – Herbs

Starts at 6:30PM with Mari Lyn Haugh. "Treat Yourself with Herbs"

Sun, May 23
Class 1PM – Vegetable Gardening Class

"Easy Vegetable Gardening, Tomatoes and More" by UW-Extension Horticulturist Brian Emerson.

Sat, May 29
Class 10AM – Chickens and Veggie Gardening

By Al Lunde. Learn how to raise chickens and how to have a successful vegetable garden.

Sat, May 29
Class 11AM – Emerald Ash borer and Japanese Beetle prevention

Now is the time to prepare to minimize these pests from your garden

Sat, Jun 5
Class 10AM – Sun Perennial Gardening

Free garden plan and class by Ilene Isenberg.

Sat, Jun 12
Class 10AM – Shade Perennial Gardening

There are more choices than hostas for shady places. Class by Ilene Isenberg.

Sat, Aug 14
IRIS Divide and Swap

Starts at 10 AM. Bring a clump of Iris to divide and swap with others! Bring a knife, a sharpie pen and plastic bags.

Sat, Sep 18
Art in the Garden

9 AM – 4 PM Local artisans and crafters will be displaying and selling their merchandise

Dumbwaiter: ‘One who asks if the kids would care to order dessert.’

Bud and Bloom – Just in Time for Mother’s Day

Endless Summer Hydrangeas, including Twist-n-Shout; Easy Elegance Roses, including Kiss Me, Kashmir, and Macy?s Pride; and Sunny Knock Out Roses; have just arrived. Covered with buds and blooms, these plants would make a fabulous Mother?s Day gift for anyone on your list. Or even better, buy a few to add summer-long color to your own outdoor living space. The only trick is to get out here before they?re gone. Plants this beautiful don?t last long.

"The most remarkable thing about my mother,
is that for thirty years she served the family nothing but leftovers.
The original meal has never been found."

Calvin Trillin

Bonnie’s Kitchen

Here?s a Paula Deen recipe that Dad and the children can make for Mother?s Day. The Cinnamon Cream is to die for. My daughter made this for me the year before last and all I can say is, YUMMO!

Chocolate Chip Pancakes with Cinnamon Cream

  • 1 ? cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 T sugar
  • 2 t baking powder
  • ? t salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 large eggs, separated
  • 3 T butter, melted, plus 4 T, divided
  • ? cup miniature semi-sweet chocolate morsels
  • Cinnamon Cream (recipe follows)
  • Maple syrup (for serving)

Preheat griddle to 350 degrees. In a small bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.

In a large bowl, combine milk, egg yolks, and 3 T melted butter, add to flour mixture, whisking until smooth.

In a small bowl, beat egg whites at medium-high speed with an electric mixer until stiff. Gently fold into batter. Gently fold in chocolate morsels.

Melt 2T butter on hot griddle. Ladle about ? cup batter for each pancake onto hot griddle. Cook pancakes for 2 to 3 minutes, or until tops are covered with bubbles and edges look cooked. Turn and cook the other side. Repeat procedure with remaining 2T butter and remaining batter.

Cinnamon Cream

In a medium bowl, beat a half-pint of cream at medium-high speed with an electric mixer until thickened. Gradually beat in small amounts of confectioner?s sugar and cinnamon, to taste, beating until stiff peaks form. Cover and chill. Good quality cinnamon is a must for this.

Serve pancakes with Cinnamon Cream and maple syrup.

While assembling some furniture, Mary asked her roommate’s
five-year-old son to bring her a screwdriver.
"Do you want a ‘Daddy’ screwdriver or a ‘Mommy’ screwdriver?" the boy asked.
Confused with the question, Mary said, "Bring me a ‘Mommy’ screwdriver."
The child came back and handed her a butter knife.

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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