Newsletter 35 – Thursday, November 25, 2010
Christmas waves a magic wand over this world,
everything is softer and more beautiful.
Norman Vincent Peale
From Our House to Yours
The entire crew at Americas Best Flowers wishes you and yours a wonderful holiday season filled with peace, joy, beauty and love.
We look forward to seeing you at the Garden Expo in mid-February., and anxiously await the new gardening season and our April 1 reopening next year. If there is anyway we can help, please let us know. Call or write anytime, email@example.com. We are always glad to hear from you.
Where do Santas reindeer get their morning coffee?
Gift Cards for Christmas
Theres plenty of time to order your gift cards from Americas Best Flowers and have them arrive in time for Christmas. Just give us a call (608-222-2269) and we will mail them for you. Our gift cards have no service charges or expiration dates. A gift card from Americas Best not only shows you care, but it gives the recipient a promise that spring really will come again.
Why does Santa Claus go down the chimney on Christmas Eve?
Because it soots him
If holiday preparations are getting you stressed,
take a few minutes for this bit of holiday fun.
Where do Santa’s reindeers like to stop for lunch?
Whats 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. Weve listened to your requests for naturally grown plants, so next year our herbs and vegetables will be grown in a custom soil mix and fed with natural fish emulsion. So now, besides growing Americas Best Flowers we will also be growing Americas Best Herbs and Vegetables. How cool is that!?
Who sings "Love Me Tender" and makes Christmas toys?
Santa’s little Elvis
Field Trips and Tours?
Americas Best Flowers offers FREE tours and field trips for just about any type of group, including pre-school and elementary classes, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to helping you plan your best event ever.
If athletes get athlete’s foot, what do astronauts get?
2011 is Just Around the Corner
We are so excited about the many events, classes and workshops that weve already scheduled for the 2011 season. Be sure to mark April 2 on your calendar for our first class of the year on veggie and fruit gardening. Learn how to start your own seeds, and how to take care of them. The class will be at 10 AM and immediately after, you can purchase seeds and plant them up right here in the greenhouse. Well 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, well 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 email@example.com
What reindeer has the cleanest antlers?
Why does Scrooge love Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer?
Because every buck is dear to him
- 2 large egg whites, at room temperature
- ¼ t cream of tartar
- 1/8 t salt
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- ½ t vanilla extract
- 1 drop red food coloring
- ½ cup crushed peppermint candy
Preheat oven to 225°. Line 2 cookie sheets with foil.
Beat the egg whites in a large mixing bowl at medium speed until foamy. Add the cream of tartar and salt and continue to beat until soft peaks form. Gradually beat in the sugar, one tablespoon at a time, then continue to beat until stiff. Beat in the vanilla and food coloring. Gently fold the peppermint candy into whites with a rubber spatula just until blended.
Spoon the meringue into a large pastry bag fitted with a 1/2 star tip. Pipe kisses onto prepared cookie sheets. Bake 1 hour 15 minutes. Turn off oven. Cool in oven at least 1 hour 30 minutes to overnight. Carefully remove from foil. Makes 4 dozen.
- 3 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- 2 t baking powder
- 1/2 t salt
- 1 cup butter, softened, (no substitutions)
- 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
- 1 t vanilla extract
- Confectioners Icing (Recipe below)
Combine the flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl. Beat the butter and brown sugar in a large mixing bowl at medium speed until light. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating until light and fluffy. Beat in the syrup and vanilla. Gradually beat in flour mixture at low speed just until combined. Divide dough into quarters. Wrap dough and refrigerate 4 hours or overnight.
Preheat oven to 350°. Grease 2 cookie sheets. Between 2 sheets of wax paper, roll one quarter of dough 1/8 inch thick (keep remaining dough refrigerated). Remove top sheet of wax paper. Cut with floured cutters into desired shapes.
Transfer cut-outs to prepared cookie sheets. Bake 8-10 minutes, until edges are golden. Transfer the cookies to wire racks to cool completely. Repeat rolling and cutting remaining dough, re-rolling scraps. Decorate with Confectioners Icing as desired. Makes 6 dozen.
- 2 cups confectioners sugar
- 5-7 t milk
Place the sugar in a small mixing bowl. Stir enough of the milk to make the icing smooth and spreadable. Color as desired. Makes ¾ cup.
Sam and Ruth from Maine just bought a new car for Christmas
when winter hit with all its fury.
I wonder if the car has seat warmers, Ruth said
It sure does, said Sam, looking up from the owners manual.
Right here on page 12, – Rear Defrosters.