Week 37 (12/7/2006)
“Miracles are not limited to the holidays.” A Dove chocolate wrapper
How privileged we are to be in the business of miracles! From the tiniest seeds we sow in January, to the incredible colors the poinsettias wear at Christmas, all of us at America’s Best Flowers witness miracles on a regular basis.
Thirty years ago, in early December, my best friend gave birth to her first child. I remember holding her son atop my own swollen belly and thinking there could never be a greater miracle. And then my son was born! How much more Mary must have known the meaning of a miracle upon the birth of Christ!
As we prepare to celebrate His birth, I encourage you to reflect on the miracles we see every day…the sun faithfully rising…snow gently falling…a squirrel knowing exactly where to dig for his long-buried meal…a broken bone healing…yeast changing flour into bread…electricity brightly lighting our nights… The list goes on.
The next few weeks are among the busiest of the year for most of us. As we hurry about to decorate, to shop, to cook, to send cards, and to party; the miracle of Christmas can get lost. So take a moment for yourself. Come to our sanctuary, where miracles happen everyday. Take a quiet stroll through our greenhouses full of beautiful poinsettias and lush tropical plants, and feel your stress melt away. Let America’s Best Flowers help you refocus so the true miracle of Christmas will be with you throughout this holiday season.
“Van Gogh came from quite a large family, and most of us don’t know anything about the others. His dizzy aunt’s name was ‘Verti Gogh.’”
DECORATE FOR FUN THIS YEAR?
America’s Best Flowers has colorful tinsel trees, in shades of silver, purple, red, lemon and teal, which will bring excitement to your holiday decorating this year. These 6 ft. Jackson Spruce trees come complete with 450 lights, creating a striking appearance, especially after dark. Combine with a 2 foot version, and a sparkly cone tree or two in the same or contrasting colors, and you will have a bright, whimsical display.
FOR EVEN MORE FUN…..
America’s Best Flowers can paint poinsettias to match your tinsel tree or to coordinate with any décor. Using paints developed in Europe especially for poinsettias, we take the traditional poinsettia to a new level. By applying multiple colors, along with sprinklings of glitter, our talented staff is creating floral expressions fit for a king. Come on out today and let us help you add zing to your holidays.
“His cousin from Illinois was ‘Chi-ca Gogh.’”
Don’t Miss Out - Christmas Tree “For The Birds” Workshop
This Saturday, December 9 at 10:00 AM, we will show you how to make Christmas fun for the entire family, by decorating a small tree with edible ornaments for the birds. We’ll provide assistance and all materials needed. Pre-registration is required. Call 222-2269. Class size is limited. We’re filling up fast, so call today! There is a $25.00 fee, which includes the cost of a small living evergreen tree and all materials required to make the ornaments.
“His bird loving uncle was ‘Fla-min Gogh.’”
UPCOMING EVENTS at America’s Best Flowers
Create a Holiday Centerpiece – Saturday, December 16 at 10 AM. Create an elegant holiday centerpiece using fresh greens, candles, berries, and more, for your home. We’ll provide assistance and all materials. Pre-registration required. $35 fee includes the cost of the centerpiece. Call 222-2269 for additional information.
“His nephew who drove a stage coach was ‘Wells-far Gogh.’”
DID YOU KNOW?
The official Christmas tree of the White House is the Fraser Fir? The silvery underside of its needles and the sturdiness of its dense branches makes the fraser fir a beautiful tree. America’s Best Flowers has frasers along with balsam fir, canaan fir, white pine, and scotch pine. Our fresh-cut trees are inside an unheated greenhouse for your shopping convenience.
“His sister who taught positive thinking was ‘Way-to Gogh.’”
CHRISTMAS COOKIE RECIPE CONTEST
What’s your favorite Christmas cookie recipe? Bonnie’s is Cherry Coconut Bars and she will share it with you in next week’s newsletter. You can win a Free 8” Poinsettia from America’s Best Flowers if your recipe is selected as a weekly winner. Please e-mail your recipe by separate e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Cookie recipe for Bonnie”. We have had problems with our direct links, so please do not use them. Good luck!!! Our poinsettias are so outstanding this year they need to be seen to be believed. Winning recipes will be printed in our weekly newsletters.
“His ballroom dancing aunt was ‘Tang Gogh.’”
This is a great recipe for gift giving at holiday time. Everyone likes it and it’s easy! The flavor improves with age. Wrap airtight and store at room temperature, or freeze up to 3 months.
Chocolate Banana Fruitcake
¾ c water
¼ c golden rum or ¼ c apple juice mixed with 1/8 t rum extract
1 large egg
1 T vegetable oil
1 package (14 oz.) banana-bread mix
1 c chopped walnuts
¾ c semisweet chocolate chips
1 jar (8oz.) maraschino cherries, drained, and halved (3/4 c)
1. Heat oven to 350F. Spray bottoms of two 7 ¼ X3 ¾ X2” loaf pans with vegetable cooking spray. Line bottoms with waxed paper and spray again.
2. Mix water, rum, egg and oil in a large bowl until blended. Stir in remaining ingredients.
3. Pour into prepared pans. Bake 45 minutes or until pick inserted in centers comes out clean.
4. Cool in pans on wire rack 20 minutes. Loosen edges with a thin knife, invert on racks and cool completely.
Makes 2 loaves, 12 slices each. Per slice: 142 calories, 2 g protein, 20 g car, 6g fat.
“His fruit loving cousin was ‘Man Gogh.’”
Here’s one of my family’s favorite cookie recipes!
Holiday Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
1 c butter flavor Crisco
1 c firmly packed brown sugar
½ c granulated sugar
2 T milk
2 t vanilla
2 ½ c oatmeal, quick or old fashioned, uncooked
1 ½ c all-purpose flour
1 t baking soda
½ t salt (optional)
1 c semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 c holiday colored M&Ms
1 c chopped nuts
Heat oven to 350F. Beat first 6 ingredients until smooth. Add combined oats, flour, soda and salt; mix well. Stir in remaining ingredients. Drop by rounded tablespoons 3” apart onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 8-10 minutes for chewy or 10-12 minutes for crisp cookies. Cool 2 minutes; remove to wire rack. Cool completely. Makes about 4 dozen.
An old snake goes to see his Doctor. “Doc, I need something for my eyes, I can’t see very well these days.”
The doctor fixes him up with a pair of glasses and tells him to return in 2 weeks.
When the snake comes back, he tells the doctor he’s very depressed.
The doctor says, “What’s the problem? Didn’t the glasses help you?”
“The glasses are fine doc, but I discovered I’ve been living with a water hose the past two years.”