Newsletter 3 – Thursday, March 6, 2014
Hours for our Cottage Grove location are 9am – 5pm, Monday through Saturday.
Lucys Story – Chapter 39
The only being getting a good nights sleep lately at our house is Lucy. With these bitter cold nights she snuggles in between her people which, I know, I know, makes you go ahhh. But Lucy dreams…a lot! And when she dreams her Labrador retriever legs are moving at full dog throttle.
Let me remind you that Lucy weighs 70 pounds and when all four legs of a 70 pound dog are in motion in a relatively confined space, somebody is going to suffer and its not Lucy. Need I say more?
The other night or morning, not sure which it was, it was dark thats all I know, Lucy was dreaming and running around in her sleep. I woke up, which isnt unusual cause the entire bed is in motion, I look over at Hubby and, honestly, it looked like he was teetering on the edge of the bed. How he could sleep in that position is beyond me. He must be getting accustomed to Lucys nighttime wanderings.
Ive suddenly noticed how inviting Lucys official dog bed is looking lately. Its on the floor right next to my side of the bed in front of a heat vent. Hmmm, warm, cozy and motionless…who knows where sleep deprivation can take you?
`til next time,
Back by popular demand!
Our Blue Zebra Primula was such a big hit last season that we sold every single one of them! These gorgeous flowers will add the perfect finishing touch to any garden or planted container.
Q: How many chiropractors does it take to change a light bulb?
A: Only one, but it takes six visits.
Polar vortex and wind chill words we are tired of hearing!
March brings warmer weather and thoughts of planting gardens. Americas Best Flowers has the supplies to get your garden growing. Now is the time to start your tomato and pepper plants. Check out some of our products:
Again, its not too early to start planning your garden!
Have you ever wondered how all our flower pots get planted?
Well, stop in anytime between 10:00am and 4:00pm, Monday through Friday and watch as our production staff gets busy.
When you look at the thousands and thousands of plants we have at our greenhouse its pretty amazing to think that our staff planted them all.
I told my doctor I broke my leg in two places. He told me to quit going to those places.
Americas Best Flowers Fundraising Program
Spring 2014 is right around the corner! People are beginning to think about vegetable gardens, shade trees, flowering shrubs and glorious flowers.
What perfect timing for your non-profit organization to participate in Americas Best Flowers fundraiser program. Non-profit organizations earn 25% of the proceeds from each gift card they sell. For example, if your organization sells $500 of our gift cards, which are available in any denomination over $10, your organization would earn $125.
Please contact us if your non-profit organization is in need of funds for things such as (but by no means limited to):
- Local charities, (i.e. food pantry)
- Church mission trips
- New equipment or uniforms for your school sports program, or
- New equipment or uniforms for your school band or orchestra
Americas Best Flowers gift cards are valid at both our Cottage Grove and Edgerton locations.
If you are interested or have questions regarding our easy and profitable program, please contact Shirley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If mini-marts are open 365 days a year, 24 hours a day and 7 days a week,
why do the doors have locks on them?
|Sat, Apr 12 – Sun, Apr 13||
Spring Flower Show
We have your all-time favorite plants plus a few new ones for the season. We also have a HUGE selection of new pottery.
|Sat, Apr 12 – Sun, Apr 13||
Herb, Terrarium & Miniature Garden Container Workshop
10am-4pm FREE soil and assistance. Create your own herb container garden, terrarium or miniature garden. Bring in your own containers or buy some of ours.
|Sat, Apr 12 – Sun, Apr 13||
Universal Saw & Tool Sharpening
10am-4pm Get those tools ready for easier gardening.
|Sat, Apr 19||
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 26||
Earth Day Celebration
10am-2pm FREE childrens activities 10am-2pm. Bring a white T-shirt to paint, make seed balls, plant cat grass, and more.
|Sat, Apr 26 – Sun, Apr 27||
Arbor Day Celebration
Receive a FREE Black Hills Spruce with purchase, while supplies last. Limit 1 per family.
There is nothing better on a cold winter day than a bowl of homemade soup. And we know that good food and good friends go together, so we thought it would be nice to reminisce and remember together with this recipe.
Its 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!