Newsletter 6 – April 9, 2009
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Egg Hunt this Saturday at ABF
Spring is truly in the air at America’s Best Flowers. Finally! If the beautiful blossoms of Easter Lilies, daffodils, tulips and pansies aren’t proof enough, this Saturday, April 11, at 10 am we will host a community egg hunt for children six and under. Our famous pink Easter Bunny will be here, so bring your cameras. This rain or shine event is always great fun for the children so please plan to join us. While you are here you can pick up pots of spring flowers and an Easter Lily to decorate your Holiday table.
How does the Easter
Bunny stay in shape?
He eggercises by
doing hareobics! Joke 1
Let Your Lilies Bloom
Nothing says Easter like the purity and grace of a regal
white lily. Gracing millions of homes and churches, the flowers symbolize joy, hope
and life. Whether given as a gift or enjoyed in your own home, the
Easter lily serves as a beautiful reminder that Easter is a time for
rejoicing and celebrating. To
learn more about the history of the lily as a symbol for Easter, visit http://www.just4kidsmagazine.com/justask/EasterLily.html
Once the holiday has past, Easter
lilies can be planted outside to bloom for years to come in your summer
garden. The following website tells you how. http://gardening.about.com/od/springinthegarden/a/EasterLily.htm
How many hairs are
in a rabbit’s tail?
None, they’re all
on the outside. Joke 2
Open House Next Weekend
Next weekend, April 18 & 19 is our annual Open House. This is always a great opportunity to come out and see what the season has to offer, including ready-to-plant pansies, and our first shipment of perennials, shrubs and trees. We will be serving hot dogs and popcorn to all of our loyalty customers from 11-3, so we invite you to join us for lunch. If you haven’t received your invitation in the mail, please contact Bev at 222-2269 so we can get your address updated in our computer.
What did the bunny
say when he only had thistles to eat?
Thistle have to do!joke 3
While visiting with one of the founders of the Dane Buy Local organization this week, I discovered something a bit unusual about America’s Best Flowers. We are what they refer to as Buy Local/Buy Local or Buy Local squared. This special group of businesses is not only locally owned, but they also locally produce the products they sell. This approach has a double positive impact on the community by providing additional jobs, which results in a boost to the local economy.
America’s Best Flowers has long been known for the
beautiful flowers we grow right here in Cottage Grove.
Please keep in mind that they are grown by a wonderful group of
your neighbors, people of all ages who count on you to appreciate their
efforts. We ask that you
support them, as well as your local economy by buying your plants from
us. You’ll be so glad you did.
For more information about Dane Buy Local visit http://danebuylocal.com
What do you call a
rabbit with fleas?
Bugs Bunny. joke 4
“A Taste of Italy”
A new line of seeds has just arrived from Thompson &
Morgan that you’re sure to love. Especially chosen to grow well in
North America, the varieties offer something ‘new under the sun’ for
you to try. Be sure to take the time to read the back of the packages
for some excellent recipe ideas for each variety. We will be featuring
one variety each week, beginning in last week’s newsletter with the Pomodoro tomato.
If you’ve never tasted the peppery bite of an arugula
salad, have we got the seeds for you. From our “The Taste of Italy”
seed collection, we encourage you to try Rucola
Coltivata/Cultivated Rocket lettuce. Here’s just one
and Fennel Salad: Place
washed rocket leaves in a salad bowl. Drizzle with olive oil and cover
with thinly sliced fennel. Pour on lime juice, drizzle with olive oil
and grate parmagiano over the top. YUM!
What do you get when you cross a bunny with a spider?
Egg Hunt 10 AM Join the Easter Bunny and our staff for this
‘Sweet’ event! Rain or Shine!
- Children 6 and under,
Sunday we will be closed to allow our associates to spend time with
House – We invite our loyalty members for FREE hot dogs and
popcorn from 11-3.
Day Celebration – FREE CHILDREN’S ACTIVITIES 10-2 PM. Bring a
white T-shirt to paint, make seed balls and more!
Day - Receive a FREE Black Hills Spruce with purchase. While supplies last. Limit
1 per family.
for other spring events, including Container
The first Saturday in May is our annual “SALSA
SATURDAY,” when we celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Latin
music, free samples of chips and salsa, and you can even plant a salsa
container that weekend at our workshop. Win a $50 gift certificate for
the best salsa in our Salsa Recipe Contest.
Special Mother’s Day
activities, on Tuesday and Thursday, May 5 & 7 at 6:30 pm.
You can plant up a beautiful ceramic herb or flowering pot or a
Topsy Turvy tomato planter for mom.
We will have free classes on vegetable and perennial gardening continuing
throughout the season, along with our Make
and Take Workshops.
We also promise many exciting surprises. Our goal is to hold
events that are interesting and helpful to our customers. Remember to
give us your input. We’re listening!
‘What does the
Easter Rabbit get for making a basket?
Two points just
like everybody.’ joke 6
for a yummy dessert to make for Easter? Here you go! This recipe comes
from a co-worker, Jesse Steinke. It is sooooo good, and you're sure to
get kudos for making it!
1 1/2 cups chocolate wafer
crumbs (If you don't have chocolate wafer crumbs, which I usually don't,
use graham cracker crumbs and add 1 or 2 Tablespoons cocoa powder.)
2 Tablespoons sugar
1/4 cup melted butter
1/4 cup semisweet chocolate
1/4 cup whipping cream
3 8 oz. packages cream
1 cup sugar
1/3 cup baking cocoa
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups semisweet
1/4 cup whipping cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
a small bowl, combine cookie crumbs and sugar, stir in butter.
Press onto the bottom and 1 1/2 in. up the sides of a greased 9
in. spring form pan. Bake
at 350 deg. for 10 minutes. Cool
on wire rack. Reduce heat
to 325 deg. In a saucepan
over low heat, melt chocolate chips. Stir until smooth. Remove from
heat, add cream and mix well. Set
aside. In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth.
Add cocoa and beat well. Add
eggs, beat on low just until combined.
Stir in vanilla and reserved chocolate mixture just until
blended. Pour over crust
and bake for 45-50 minutes or until center is almost set.
For topping, melt chocolate chips in saucepan over low heat,
stirring until smooth. Remove
from heat. Stir in cream
and vanilla and mix well. Spread
over filling after cheesecake has cooled enough for any cracks to close
(there may still be a few small cracks).
Refrigerate overnight. Carefully
run a knife around edge of pan to loosen. Remove sides of pan. Just
before serving, garnish with whipped cream and miniature kisses if
desired. (I have never done
that step.) Yield 12servings.
the best way to catch a unique rabbit?
‘nique up on him.
do you catch a tame rabbit?
way, unique up on it. joke
SEE YOU SOON!!!
the Holy Spirit Guide You! God Bless