Snow Tired

Newsletter 3 – Thursday, February 28, 2013

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

Yes, we are open for business!
Monday – Saturday

Plant a seed with us…

Between 10:00-11:00am this Saturday, March 2, at our Vegetable Gardening Class.  Our very own Al Lunde will show you just how easy it is to grow vegetables and/or flowers!  Large yard, small yard or no yard, (such as a balcony) it doesn’t matter!  Al will demonstrate how you can grow beauty and produce just about anywhere!

Q: What do you call a fake noodle?
A: An Impasta

Indoor Planting Supplies

Do you need supplies to start your indoor plantings?  We have Jiffy seed starter pots, growing trays, domes and potting soil to get you going and growing! 

Livingston, I presume?

No, not Doctor Livingston…Livingston Seeds!  Bring your seed list to the greenhouse and   enjoy a visual tour of all the gorgeous and colorful packs of Livingston vegetable and flowers seeds.  Along with your yearly favorites, you just might be enticed to plant something new and different this year.

(Bit of trivia here – Did you know that it is actually Doctor Livingstone, not Livingston?)

Q. What do you call an old snowman?
A. Water!

Melissa & Doug are back!

We’ve expanded our Melissa and Doug line of children’s products!  And, Marty, our Retail Manager, being the dedicated professional he is, has made it a point to test many of the Melissa and Doug products while setting up the displays. (It’s been a long time since I heard a grown man giggle, folks!)  We have, not only the Melissa and Doug garden tools and accessories, but also the Bella Butterfly Bug Houses, butterfly nets, worm and flower water sprinklers, kick balls, bubble wand sets, flashlights, shovels, Scootin’ Turtle Cement Mixer Trucks and so many more fun things.  What fun Easter gifts these would make!

Some drink at the fountain of knowledge.
Others just gargle.

Fantastic Opportunity for Non-Profit Organizations

Do any of your school sports programs need new equipment or uniforms?  What about your school or church music programs?  Have you heard about America’s Best Flowers’ Fundraising Program?  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

Lucy speaks?!

The other morning when I was bending over putting on my shoes, Lucy made a grunting sound.  I looked up and, to my great dismay Lucy wasn’t even in the room.  Good golly, Miss Molly, was that me?! 

Begrudgingly, I pulled the scale out from waaay under the dresser and very delicately stepped on.  Stepping on it delicately does make a difference, you know!  (It’s my story and I’m sticking with it!)  Ouch, I almost got whiplash turning my head around to see who else was on the scale with me.  Once again, I was the only one in the room.

Has any one else out there put on a few pounds over the winter?

`til next time,
    ~ Shirley

"Okay, show of hands... Who's tired of snow?"

Upcoming Events

Sat, Mar 2
Vegetable Gardening Class

10-11am Learn how to grow your own vegetables

Sat, Mar 30
Community Egg Hunt

10am – 2pm – Rain or Shine! FREE candy! Children 6 and under. Bring your camera and have your picture taken with the Easter Bunny. Accepting items for the Cottage Grove Food Pantry.

Sat, Apr 6 – Sun, Apr 7
Herb Container Workshop

10am – 4pm – FREE soil and assistance. Create an herb container garden. Bring in your own containers or buy some of ours.

Sat, Apr 13
Make & Take Terrarium Workshop

10am – 4pm – FREE soil and assistance. Create your own terrarium. Bring in your own terrarium container or buy one of ours.

Sat, Apr 13 – Sun, Apr 14
Universal Saw & Tool Sharpening

10am -4pm – Get those tools ready for easier gardening.

Sun, Apr 14
Make & Take Miniature Garden Workshop

10am – 4pm – FREE soil and assistance. Create your own miniature garden. Bring in your own containers or buy some of ours.

Our Kitchen

By Bev Wilson

(We didn’t think you would mind if we repeated a yummy breakfast recipe from our March 31, 2011 newsletter.  What a perfect way to start a cold and snowy Wisconsin morning!)

This recipe is from my Mom’s best friend’s church cookbook. Whenever I make it my kids just flip. This works well as a make-ahead breakfast dish.

Cheddar Apple Breakfast Lasagna

Cheddar Apple Breakfast Lasagna

  • 1 c sour cream
  • 1/3 c brown sugar
  • 1 (9 oz) pkg French toast (12 slices)
  • ½ lb sliced boiled ham
  • 2 ½ c (10 oz) shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1 can (20 oz) apple pie filing
  • 1 c granola with raisins

In small bowl, blend sour cream and brown sugar; chill.  Place 6 French toast slices in bottom of greased 9 x 13 pan.  Layer ham, 2 cups of the cheese and remaining 6 slices of French toast.  Spread apple pie filling over top.  Sprinkle with granola.  Bake in preheated 350 oven for 25 minutes.  Top with remaining ½ c cheddar cheese and bake about 5 minutes more until cheese is melted and casserole is hot.  Serve with sour cream mixture.  Makes 6 servings.

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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