The Dreaded Cake-O’-Lantern

Newsletter 34 – Tuesday, October 23, 2012

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

Don’t kick yourself in the spring!

Tulips – Plant ’em Now or Never!
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Spring flower gardens really need to be planted now!  It sounds strange, but FALL is the right time to plant SPRING bulbs!  A little work now and you’ll be rewarded in the spring.  And it’s Bonus Time at America’s Best Flowers!  Our beautiful bulbs are now 20% off.  

By the way, our perennials are now 25% off and our trees and shrubs are 40% off!

Still Stunning, Sensational and Sassy!

Ornamental Cabbage
Ornamental Cabbage
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Take a look at these vibrant colors!  Our brilliant mums, pansies, violas, ornamental kale and cabbage are digging this cool weather.  Stop in and pick up your blast of color!

Easy Fall Decorating

We have mums, corn shocks, pumpkins, ornamental corn, gourds and straw for your fall decorating, but supplies are limited.  Our Autumn Bundle includes one of our larger-than-life mums, a straw bale and a bundle of corn shocks, all at special savings. Add two more mums and save even more. Our Autumn Bundle makes decorating easy, fast and fun.

Need fall gardening supplies?

We have it all!  America’s Best Flowers has topsoil, potting soil, fertilizer, straw and eight different types of mulch for your fall needs.  And don’t forget about your hands!  All of our garden gloves are 30% off.  Buy for yourself or give as a gift for that special gardener in your life.

A day without sunshine is like, you know, night.

Steve Martin

Have you registered for these important dates?

November 17 & 18 – Winter Porch Pot and Wreath Workshop
November 24 – Painting Poinsettia Workshop
December 9 – Holiday Centerpiece Workshop

These workshops are ongoing throughout the day.  More details about the workshops coming in future newsletters.

Please pre-register for the 3 workshop events at or call us at 608-222-2269. 

A Perk of Being Over 50
Your joints are more accurate meteorologists than the national weather service.

Easy Money for Your Non-Profit Organization!

Did you know that we have an easy, fun AND profitable fundraising program for non-profit organizations? Do any of your school sports programs need new equipment or uniforms? What about your school or church music programs?

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 over $10.00, your organization would have raised $125. If you are interested or have questions, please contact Shirley at

Don’t forget!

America’s Best Flowers is going to be open year round.  Please call us at 608-222-2269 for our winter hours.

(a photo of an emu staring at the camera with a neutral expression) Just doing a spot check to see what you are doing ... Yep ...... sitting at your computer again!


America’s Best Flowers wants you to succeed, so if you have gardening questions send an email to our Operations Manager, Al Lunde, at Al will get back to you promptly. We want to be your go-to-greenhouse for answers.

Happy Lucy…Happy Household!

Lucy showing her Badger Colors
Lucy showing her Badger Colors
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Hubby, Lucy and I were ALL dressed in our Badger red on Saturday.  Way to go Badgers!  Yep, Lucy was looking good in her brand new Badger collar!  Thanks to all of you for the emails and phone calls on where to find one. 

Lucy showing her Packer Pride
Lucy showing her Packer Pride
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And what a Packer game on Sunday!  It doesn’t get any better than a Badger Win, a Packer win and a happy Lucy!

Hey, a great big shout out for the Monona Grove High School Silver Eagles football team for a winning weekend. 

Oh, no, I can just see it coming…is there a Silver Eagle dog collar available…where does it end?

`til next week,
    ~ Shirley

Making Money

A young man asked an old rich man how he made his money.

The old guy fingered his worsted wool vest and said, "Well, son, it was 1932. The depth of the Great Depression. I was down to my last nickel. I invested that nickel in an apple. I spent the entire day polishing the apple and, at the end of the day, I sold the apple for ten cents. The next morning, I invested those ten cents in two apples. I spent the entire day polishing them and sold them at 5:00 pm for 20 cents. I continued this system for a month, by the end of which I’d accumulated a fortune of $1.37."

"And that’s how you built an empire?" the boy asked.

"Heavens, no!" the man replied. "Then my wife’s father died and left us two million dollars."

Upcoming Events

Sat, Nov 17 – Sun, Nov 18
Porch Pot & Wreath Workshop

9am – 3pm Pre-registration required

Sat, Nov 17 – Sun, Nov 18
Mini Art in the Garden

9am – 3pm We invite you to stop in and pick up your fresh winter decorating items and, to shop at our mini-Art in the Garden. We are planning on six local vendors joining us for the weekend.

Sat, Nov 24
Painting Poinsettias

9am – 3pm Pre-registration required

Sun, Dec 9
Holiday Centerpiece Workshop

9am – 3pm Pre-registration required

Our Kitchen

By Bev Wilson

What do 2 cake mixes; 2 tubs frosting; 1 red and 1 yellow and 1 green food coloring; 1 bundt pan and an ice cream cone add up to?   Combined with a bit of your time, they will total nothing short of a fabulous pumpkin cake. 

I originally came across this recipe a couple of years ago and was delighted to find such an easy way to create a fun October dessert.  Any cake mixes can be used, though yellow or pound cake will give you the truest interior pumpkin color.  On the other hand, if you want pumpkin taste, start with two batches of the pumpkin cake below, or use your favorite pumpkin cake recipe.

Pumpkin Bundt Cake

Pumpkin Bundt Cake

  • 1 pkg. carrot cake mix
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/2 c. cooked pumpkin
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1 cup finely chopped walnuts, optional
  • 1/4 c. water
  • 1 envelope Dream Whip whipped topping mix
  • 2 containers Buttercream frosting
  • red and yellow food coloring
  • 1 square bottom ice cream cone or similar size Dixie cup

Preheat oven to 350. Spray a 12 cup Bundt pan with non-stick cooking spray. Combine cake mix, 2 eggs, pumpkin and spices; mix at low speed until moist then at medium speed for 2 minutes. Add remaining eggs, water and topping mix; beat at low speed until blended, then at medium speed for 3 minutes.

Pour into pan. Bake 45-55 minutes. Watch carefully so you don’t overbake. Cool 15 minutes. Loosen edges of cake, turn onto platter. Cool completely. 

Repeat above for second cake.

Turn cakes over onto a cutting board.  Using a long serrated knife, cut off the top of the cakes to make them level.


Reserve ½ cup frosting and tint it green for the stem & tendrils.  Place one cake on serving plate, cut side up.  Frost cut surface with untinted frosting. Turn other cake upside down on frosted surface of first cake, bringing cut surfaces together and lining up ridges.  Insert a few skewers, to hold the cakes together, cut off ends with kitchen scissors.

Mix remaining frosting with red and yellow food coloring in a medium mixing bowl, until you have a pumpkin-orange color.

Frost entire pumpkin, to accent ridges created by Bundt pan, gently run a spatula, or your finger between the ridges.

Frost an ice cream cone or Dixie cup to create stem.  Gently insert into center of cake, tipping slightly.  Put remaining green frosting into a Ziploc bag that you have snipped a corner of, pipe tendrils on pumpkin.

For a taller pumpkin, you can bake another cake mix in round layer pan(s) the same diameter as your Bundt pan and insert one layer between cakes. If you do this, be sure to use several skewers to hold it all together.

OR get creative and make your own version of this CAKE-O’-LANTERN that I found on-line, using chocolate frosting, green jelly candies(or green frosting), M & M’s and candy corn.  Whichever way you go, you’ll be baking up some Halloween fun.  Enjoy!!!

The Dreaded Cake-O'-Lantern
The Dreaded Cake-O’-Lantern

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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