Spice up your Life

Newsletter 4 – Wednesday, April 6, 2011

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

Herb Garden Design

Saturday, April 9 at 10 am Mari Lynn Haugh, of the Madison Herb Society, will be here for another herb class.  Her series of classes has been a favorite, with her often speaking to a standing room only crowd.  This year her emphasis will be on planning and design of herb gardens.  This is the perfect time of year to start thinking about planting or expanding your herb garden.  And this is the perfect year to do it.  America’s Best has more herbs to choose from than ever before and all our herbs and vegetable transplants are being naturally grown.  We are using our own customized soil mix (which you can buy!), compost tea fertilizer and biological controls for insects.  One more way America’s Best is providing kid-friendly and pet-safe plants. So grab a friend and come on out Saturday morning.  You’ll be glad you did.

Every evening I turn my worries over to God.
He’s going to be up all night anyway.

Mary C. Crowley

Upcoming Events

Sat, Apr 9
Class – Herb Gardens

10AM Mari Lynn Haugh, of the Madison Herb Society walks you through planning and designing your herb garden.

Sat, Apr 16 – Sun, Apr 17
Open House

FREE hot dogs and popcorn. 11-3PM

Sat, Apr 23
Community Egg Hunt

Ongoing from 10am-2pm Rain or Shine! FREE candy. Children 6 and under. Bring your camera to take pictures with the Easter Bunny.

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.

No one ever really dies as long as they took the time to leave us with fond memories.

~Chris Sorensen

Monday evening, April 4, Bonnie Marshall, our Special Events Coordinator and Fundraiser Director passed away unexpectedly with her family at her side.  She will be sorely missed by us all.  We loved her dearly.

A New Home

Our Bonnie doesn’t live here any more.
New address: Pearly Gates of Heaven
Entry Date: Monday, April 4, 2011.
We have on good authority she loves her new home.

Bonnie Marshall, as we'll always remember her

She was our everything.  The spunky little redhead who bounced into the room.  A joy who filled the hearts of those who knew her.  The spark that ignited ideas and excitement.  She laughed with us, at us and for us.  And did she love to cook!  Our time spent together was immeasurable.  No one will ever replace her.

Visitation will be Thursday afternoon, April 7 from 2 – 4 at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 2670 Milwaukee Street in Madison. The funeral service will follow at 4.

When you are sorrowful look again in your heart,
and you shall see that in truth
you are weeping for that which has been your delight.

Kahlil Gibran

Bonnie’s Kitchen

It’s definitely time for comfort food around this place. This recipe is one that Bonnie loved. She made it for family and friends whenever they needed the comfort of a home-cooked meal. We hope you enjoy.

Winter Vegetable Chicken Soup

Bring 8 to 10 cups water and 3 bouillion cubes to boil in a large soup pot.  (The recipe calls for vegetarian cubes but Bonnie liked to use chicken)

Dice and add 1 small celeriac (celery root).  Simmer 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, sauté 2 handfuls fresh shitake mushrooms, sliced, set aside.

Dice and add 3 large carrots to broth.  As they boil, slice 2 small (or 1 large) fennel bulbs; add to broth.

Add shitake mushrooms and ¼ c chopped fresh parsley (or 2 tbsp dry). Bonnie always used fresh.

Cube 6 – 8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs into broth.

Add 5 – 8 coarsely diced garlic cloves.

Optional:  Add ½ pkg. wide noodles – Bonnie preferred this without.

Soup is done as soon as noodles are cooked. 

Serve immediately!  Yum Yum!

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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