Lady’s Story Chapter 42 

Dear Santa,

The posse is all here and soooo excited to see you again!  We’re planning a big party for you, Rudolph and the whole gang!

There’s gonna be fish for the penguins, apples and carrots for ALL the reindeer, snow cones for Frosty, biscuits for me and very, very special milk and cookies for you!

Take care, Santa, and drive carefully!

Your devoted (and perfect?) pup,
~Lady

O Tannenbaum, O Tannenbaum!
Hello Edward,  
The modern day Christmas tree is believed to have originated in Germany, some time in the 16th century. Evergreens had special meaning for people in the winter and some people even believed they had the ability to ward off witches, evil spirits, ghosts, illness and other sorts of depravity. The Christmas tree tradition began when devout Christians brought evergreen trees into their homes to decorate. It is believed that Martin Luther was the first person to add lighted candles to a tree.
In America, the Christmas tree was not accepted until the mid to late 19th century. In fact, most Americans saw them as a pagan symbol. By the beginning of the 20th century, homemade ornaments were popular on trees. The electric light bulb made it possible to add lights to a tree, so decorated and lighted trees began appearing everywhere. With that, an American tradition was born.

If you’ve ever seen “A Charlie Brown Christmas” you know that picking out a Christmas tree is not easy! Poor Charlie Brown! Here at America’s Best Flowers, we do not have any Charlie Brown Christmas trees, but rather beautiful Canaan Fir trees. Our staff can help you pick out a Christmas tree that’s just right for you.

Canaan Fir are gorgeous trees with a strong, pyramidal form. Their boughs are dense with lustrous dark to bluish-green needles that have whitish-silver undersides. They have great needle retention, so you don’t have to worry about needle-drop before you get to the big day. The delightful scent of the of the holidays will fill your home, as Canaan Fir are wonderfully fragrant!
Our trees are grown by a tree farm right here in Wisconsin and delivered direct to our door. When you purchase a tree from us, we will give the tree trunk a fresh cut, so it’s able to absorb water when you put it in the tree stand. Add some Tree Moist Christmas Tree Granules or Auraco Christmas Tree Preservative to increase moisture retention and keep your tree fresher and greener. If having a beautiful, real tree is part of your holiday tradition, stop out and let us show you one of our Canaan Fir trees. Charlie Brown would have been proud to call any of these magnificent evergreens his own!
Did you hear that Santa knows karate?
He has a black belt.

POINSETTIAS!!!

Our beautiful poinsettias are in all their Christmas Glory right now!  
You really need to stop in and see the amazing reds, whites, glitters, marble, burgundy, cinnamon and blue? Yes even Blue!

We also have some incredible hanging baskets in red or red and white, and you just have to see our Giant Poinsettia Trees.  We have been nurturing our poinsettias for months to get them just right for you! 

When you purchase your poinsettia we will top it off with foil and a bow, which is included in the price.  If you have animals in your house you don’t have to worry.  Poinsettias are NOT poisonous! That’s a myth.  We also have handmade wreaths and porch pots for sale, as well as fresh roping and Christmas Trees. 
 
What did Frosty’s girlfriend give him when she was mad at him?
The cold shoulder!

40% OFF All Christmas Jellybean Rugs and Christmas Flags!!!

These make great gifts for family and friends! To those entertaining this holiday season, a festive Jellybean rug to adorn their doorstep is the perfect gift!
Upcoming Events – Mark your Calendars!!!

Wreath Workshop 
 Saturday, December 9, 2017  1-3
Cost $35.00

During this workshop, you will create a one-of-a-kind wreath that will match your decor. Includes one custom-made bow and a selection of accent pieces to choose from to add character and whimsy to your wreath.

A Merry Little Centerpiece 
Saturday, December 16, 2017  1-3
Cost $35.00
Whether it is a chic farmhouse-style look or sparkle and glitter, 
express your style as you create your centerpiece.

Enjoy this workshop filled with holiday warmth and festive spirit. A variety of fresh greens, fresh flowers and various decorative elements are all included in this workshop. 

Come with friends and enjoy creating a centerpiece to match your style while creating memories to remember. 
Two expert floral designers will be here to assist you with any questions. 
Call (608) 222-2269 to register or message us on our facebook page @americasbestflowers. We are only offering a very limited number of spaces for these workshops, so call early!


Snicker Bar Cookies

This recipe comes from The Loomis Girls’ Family Cookbook. My five sisters, myself, our children and grandchildren have gotten together for some three decades. We pick one day to bake, eat and share our baked goods and love. This is one of my favorite cookies that I make every year!

Ingredients
(this is a double batch)
1 cup vegetable shortening 
1 cup margarine
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup peanut butter
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
3 1/2  to 4 cups of flour (depending on how sticky the dough is)
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons of baking soda
2 Bags of bite size Snicker candy bars

Preheat oven to 350°F. Cream together margarine, vegetable shortening and sugars, add eggs and vanilla, then peanut butter. Then mix in the dry ingredients. Mix well. Roll into balls and insert the candy bar into the middle of the ball. Bake in a pre-heated oven for 10 to 12 minutes.

Recipe written by Margaret Elmore

SEE YOU SOON!!!