Orange you glad it’s time for Dollar Days?
Newsletter 25 – Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Youll love your garden … Its our promise!
Begins Saturday, September 10
Talk about a $weet $melling Deal!
America’s Best Flowers Dollar Day$ starts this weekend, Saturday, September 10 and runs through Sunday, September 18. Dig out those orange ABF dollars from your glove compartment, the floor of your backseat, the bottom of your purse, the kitchen drawer, wherever you may have stashed them and come out and shop for a little of Mother Nature to take home.
Theres no such thing as an expiration date on our orange dollars. In fact, if your dollar has faded and is more pink than orange, its ok with us! We are all about changing colors. Your orange ABF dollar$ may be used for up to 50% off your purchase, tax excluded, of course (we cant leave out Uncle Sam!) Our Buy One Get One Free pricing on summer annuals and 20-40% off perennials, trees and shrubs remain in effect. Combine that with your dollars for additional savings.
There are no restrictions on what you can buy. If its in stock you can buy it, so now is the time to get your favorite plant, tree or shrub. Or maybe you’ve had your eye on a special piece of pottery. Choose whatever your heart desires. The orange buck stops here!
Remember, at America’s Best Flowers the orange dollar is not the ROOT of all evil, but rather a source of butterflies, bees and blissful beauty. See you Saturday!
I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers.
Art in the Garden
Local Artisans featured
Saturday, September 17, 9am-3pm
Ahhh, the kids are back in school. Why not take some time for yourself and come to Americas Best Flowers 2nd Annual Art in the Garden? Spend a relaxing day strolling through not only our flower gardens, but our art garden as well. Experience the creativity, panache and flair of over 30 Wisconsin artists. Items include jewelry, paintings, weavings, stone carving, pottery, leaf casting, woodworking, textiles, photography and much more! All of this in addition to our gorgeous selection of flowering baskets, spectacular mums and other fall flowers.
While youre here, two popular local musicians, Bill Lockwood & Sam Verdeccia will entertain you with their smooth sounds. So come out and enjoy a day of shopping, music, country air and flowers this Saturday, September 17 from 9-3. Rain or shine well be here!
Local Food Drive
It has been Americas Best Flowers pleasure to bring you peace and beauty for another season. Times are tough for many people of our area. Americas Best Flowers would like to be able to help our local food pantry in their effort to end hunger in our area. Will you help? We would appreciate your kind donation of a canned food product. A collection bin will be available in the main greenhouse for your donations.
In a gentle way, you can shake the world.
Mountains of Mums
America’s Best Flowers fields are overflowing with 6,000 early, mid and late blooming mums in more than 30 shades of white, yellow, gold, bronze, red, burgundy, lavender and purple. We home grow our big beautiful mums outside in two- gallon pots. You have to see them to believe how full and lush and bursting with blooms they are. We think youll agree they are the best mums in town.
I saw a bank that said it offered 24 Hour Banking.
But I didnt go in. I didnt have that much time.
Remember last spring when you saw all those beautiful daffodils and tulips in your neighbors yard and how you wished you had some too? Dont let that happen again. September is the time to plant bulbs for next springs bloom. Our shipment of fall bulbs has arrived. Tulips, daffodils, crocus, hyacinth, allium and more are just waiting for you to take them home. Bulbs are an investment in the future and a great way to use your ABF Dollar$. Be sure to check out the additional savings available when you buy three or more packages of the same price.
When you plant your bulbs is the perfect opportunity to dig in a generous amount of plant food. Never again will you have the chance to get the fertilizer directly under the bulbs in the root zone of your plants. This year we are featuring Hi Yields Dutch Bulb Food and Bone Meal. Both products do a wonderful job providing your bulbs with the nutrients they need to provide maximum flower power next spring. In years to come, be sure to continue feeding your bulbs with a top dressing of the fertilizer throughout the growing season.
The best advice on fall bulbs is to plant them. The next best is dont wait, every year the new varieties, like Wave Daffodil disappear fast. Stop out soon for the best selection.
The market is weird.
Every time one guy sells, another one buys,
and they both think they’re smart.
ITS SCT AGAIN
You read it right, its scarecrow time again. Almost.
We have been busy little bees getting new hats, clothing
and accessories to help you create a one-of-a-kind scarecrow.
The straw-stuffing starts Saturday, Sept. 24
and runs through Sunday Oct. 16
with new extended hours on weekdays (10am 5pm)
to provide a fun after-school adventure.
So get your thinking hats on and come on out.
Remember there is a nominal fee for the kit and
garage sale prices on the clothing,
but you are welcome to bring your own clothes.
This is a great group activity,
so Scout Leaders out there should give us a call
to set up a time for an activity your scouts will remember forever.
Groups of adults love doing it, too!
Q: How to make a million in the stock market?
A: Start with two!
A long term investment is a short term investment that failed.
|Sat, Sep 10 – Sun, Sep 18|
Fall Dollar Days
Redeem your collected orange ABF dollars for up to 50% off your total purchase.
|Sat, Sep 17|
Art in the Garden
9am – 3pm Local artisans and crafters will be displaying and selling their merchandise. Please note that the artists will not accept Orange Dollars.
|Sat, Sep 24 – Sun, Oct 16|
10am – 5pm Make your own scarecrow and we’ll clean up the mess. Family fun!
|Sat, Nov 19|
Winter Porch Pot & Wreath Workshop
10am – 4pm Please call ahead to register 222-2269.
The most successful investor was Noah.
He floated stock, while everything around him went into liquidation.
Refrigerator Bran Muffins
- 3 C Bobs Red Mill wheat bran, divided
- 1 C boiling hot water
- 2 eggs
- 1 ½ C brown sugar
- 2 ½ C flour
- ½ C oil
- 2 C buttermilk
- 2 ½ t soda
- ½ t salt
Because I can never leave a recipe alone & to make it more nutritious I added:
- 1/3 c ground flaxseed
- 2 T buttermilk
- ¾ C raisins (more if desired)
- 1 ½ t vanilla
Pour boiling water over 1 ½ C of the bran. Let stand while mixing other ingredients, except dry bran, together. Add dry & wet bran. Mix well. Store in airtight container in refrigerator for up to 6 weeks.
To bake preheat oven to 400. Spray pans with non-stick cooking spray. Fill muffin tins ¾ full. Bake 8-10 minutes for mini-muffins or 15-20 for regular.
In a pinch sour milk may be substituted for buttermilk Add 2 T lemon juice or vinegar to 2 C measuring cup. Add milk to make 2 cups. Let stand a few minutes. Ive never tried that to know how well it keeps.
Back when I made this regularly, I doubled the batch using a whole quart of buttermilk. I also covered the top of the dough with Saran Wrap inside the Tupperware container I used. Each time I baked muffins, I would recover with clean plastic wrap, pressing it down over the dough and around the edges to create an airtight seal. If air comes into contact with the dough, it will turn dark. This does not hurt anything but it is not appealing to look at.
A Chemist, An Engineer & An Economist
A chemist, an engineer and an economist are stranded on a deserted island.
They carry with them some canned food,
but have no ordinary means of opening the cans.
The chemist suggests gathering some wood and starting a fire
and then holding the cans over the heat,
counting on the expanding contents to burst open the cans.
The engineer thinks it would be better
to try smashing the cans open with some of the rocks lying around.
The economist begins, "Assume we had a can opener…"