Thanksgiving Day

Newsletter 34 – Thursday, November 18, 2010

As we express our gratitude,
we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words,
but to live by them.

John Fitzgerald Kennedy

Thank You
For all the times you ‘came on out’,
and took home our plants to care about.
For being there in good and bad
When days and days of rain we had.
For all the calls, the emails, too,
Giving us the chance to talk to you.
For smiles and hugs, so warmly shared.
The many ways you’ve shown you cared
For being the most important part
Our thanks to you comes from our hearts.

By Beverly Wilson

Gift Cards for Christmas

Let us help you get a jumpstart on your Christmas shopping.  A gift card from America’s Best Flowers is the perfect answer for all the gardeners on your list.  Our gift cards have no service charges or expiration dates.  Just order them over the phone (608-222-2269) and we will mail them for you. A gift card from America’s Best not only shows you care, but it gives the recipient a promise that spring really will come again.

What do you call a bunch of turkeys playing football?
Fowl play!

What’s the BIG NEWS for 2011?

Herbs, herbs and more herbs.  We will be a MUCH bigger herb grower in 2011, offering more than 100 different varieties, carefully chosen to perform well in this area.  We’ve listened to your requests for naturally grown plants, so next year our herbs and vegetables will be grown in a customized soil mix and fed with natural fish emulsion. So now, besides growing ‘America’s Best Flowers’ we will also be growing ‘America’s Best Herbs and Vegetables’. How cool is that!?

Why do pilgrims pants keep falling down?
Because their belt buckles are on their hats!

Field Trips and Tours?

America’s Best Flowers offers FREE tours and field trips for just about any type of group, including pre-school and elementary classes up to 2nd grade, horticultural students, garden clubs, senior groups, assisted living groups, and more.  You can custom plan your event with scavenger hunts, growing seeds without soil, making seed balls, pizza garden ideas, and so much more!

For more information call us at 222-2269.  If we are away from the phone, please leave a message and we will get back to you as soon as possible.  Or send an email to  We look forward to helping you plan your best event ever.

What sound does a space turkey make?
Hubble, Hubble, Hubble.

2011 is Just Around the Corner

We are busy planning for the 2011 season and are so excited about the many events, classes and workshops that we’ve already scheduled.  If you’re organized enough to have a 2011 calendar started, please mark April 2 for our veggie and fruit gardening class.  Learn how to start your own seeds, as well as the ‘what, when, where, and why’ to plant.  The class will be at 10 AM and immediately after, you can purchase seeds and plant them up right here in the greenhouse. We’ll provide FREE SOIL AND CLEAN UP THE MESS.  What a way to kick off your gardening season after a long Wisconsin winter.

In April we will host our annual Community Egg Hunt and Earth/Arbor Day celebrations.  As spring progresses, we’ll have numerous herbal classes, container workshops, demonstrations and much, much more to help you gear up for gardening.  Watch for additions to the schedule as spring gets closer, by checking our website.

Your patronage and support have made it possible for us to be able to have so many free classes and educational opportunities. We are always open to ideas, so feel free to contact us with them at

If the Pilgrims were alive today, what would they be most famous for?
Their AGE

A lady was picking through the frozen turkeys at the grocery store,
but couldn’t find one big enough for her family.
She asked the stock boy, "Do these turkeys get any bigger?"
The stock boy answered, "No ma’am, they’re dead."

Bonnie’s Kitchen

Happy Thanksgiving from our kitchen and dining table to yours! There is NOTHING like Thanksgiving dinner. I can still picture last year’s holiday table; all the food, my family and friends, and the special warm and fuzzy feeling in all our hearts. God is indeed good. These recipes can be started ahead of time and will serve 12.

Corn Pudding

A delicious side! This can be prepared through Step 3 up to 1 day ahead. Bag buttered crumbs; store at room temperature. Refrigerate casserole in covered baking dish. Bring to room temperature before baking.
  • 2 T stick butter
  • 12 saltine crackers, finely crushed
  • 1 pkg. (2.8 oz.) leek soup and dip mix
  • 2 t dry mustard
  • ½ t dry ground nutmeg
  • 1 c heavy whipping cream
  • 2 large eggs plus yolks from 2 large eggs
  • 2 cans (15 ½ oz.) whole kernel corn, drained
  • 2 cans (14 ½ oz.) cream style corn
  • 1 jar (12 oz.) roasted red peppers, drained, patted dry and chopped
  1. Heat oven to 350°. Lightly grease a shallow 3 qt. baking dish.
  2. Melt butter; toss with cracker crumbs to moisten evenly.
  3. Whisk soup mix, dry mustard, and nutmeg in a large bowl to blend. Whisk in cream, eggs and egg yolks until very well blended. Stir in remaining ingredients. Pour into prepared baking dish.
  4. Sprinkle cracker crumbs on pudding near edges of dish. Bake 35-40 minutes until a knife inserted near center comes out clean and temperature at center just registers 160° on an instant-read thermometer. (Center will jiggle when dish is moved; that’s ok).

Rosemary-Garlic Mashed Potatoes

This can be prepared up to 1 day ahead. Spoon into an oven-to-table or microwave-safe serving dish. Refrigerate covered. Reheat in microwave, covered with lid or vented plastic wrap or in a covered baking dish in 350° oven for 30 minutes.
  • 4 ½ lb. Yukon Gold or all purpose potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • 6 large cloves garlic, peeled
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary or ½ t dried
  • ½ stick butter
  • 3 oz. 1/3 less-fat cream cheese (Neufatchatel)
  • ½ t each, salt and pepper
  • Garnish: rosemary

1. Cook potatoes, garlic and rosemary in a large pot in liberally salted water to cover 25 to 30 minutes, until potatoes are tender when pierced. Remove and reserve 1 cup of cooking water. Drain potatoes in a colander; remove rosemary sprigs, if using.

2. Return potatoes and garlic to pot. Add next 4 ingredients; mash until almost smooth. Gradually add reserved water and mash until smooth and fluffy. Spoon into serving dish and garnish.

We visited our newly married daughter,
who was preparing her first Thanksgiving dinner.
I noticed the turkey thawing in the kitchen sink
with a dish drainer inverted over the bird.
I asked why a drainer covered the turkey.
Our daughter turned to my wife and said,
”Mom, you always did it that way.”
“Yes,” my wife replied, “but you don’t have a cat!”

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
608-222-2269 Fax 608-222-1234 Cell 608-698-5627