Take Home a bit of Spring!
Newsletter 5 – Thursday, March 20, 2014
Hours for our Cottage Grove location are 9am – 5pm, Monday through Saturday.
Lucys Story – Chapter 41
I got the greatest gift EVER from my Doggy Godmother, Sue. You will never, ever guess what it is. Nope, its not a stuff toy or a squeaky ball, or yummy treats. Dont get me wrong…I love them all, but this is something even better than all 3 of those things combined. My Sue gave me a Pet Massager. Yep! I couldnt believe it either. Id never even heard of such a thing. It feels sooo good. It gently tingles as my dad and mom stroke it over my muscles and joints. It feels sooo good, whoops, I guess I already said that, didnt I? Anyway, it feels so wonderful, (Hey, did you notice I changed the words?) that I have been known to doze off during my nightly massage session.
Now, after some time has passed, I have a growing issue with this. When I first got it my dad and mom gave me NIGHTLY massages. Now, after a couple of weeks my massages are down to one about every other day. Whats up with that? Cant they see how much I enjoy it?
Whats a dog to do? Ive got to come up with a solution to this only-every-other-night massage dilemma. If anyone has any suggestions for me please, oh, please send them to me at email@example.com.
Robins and Daffodils are sure signs of Spring!
We have received a birds eye witness report of a robin sighting. Not only of a robin, but also of 6 inch tall daffodil buds. In our greenhouse mind that makes it officially Spring! Can we get a great big alleluia?
By the way, here are just a few of our spring blooming plants that are waiting for good homes:
My father and a friend were talking about the doors they had installed so their animals could let themselves in and out of the house.
My dad asked his friend, who had two massive Great Danes,
Arent you afraid that somebody might crawl through the dogs door and steal something?
if you saw an opening that big, said his friend, would you crawl through it?
Do you like the color red?
Good! We do too! Our glazed oxblood red and deep red pottery has arrived. Take a look at our Lipstick Red pottery. Makes you want to pucker up, doesnt it?
If athletes get athletes foot, do astronauts get mistletoe?
Americas Best Flowers Fundraising Program Extended to April 15
Due to several schools mentioning the fact that Spring Break reduces the time for them to sell America’s Best Flowers gift cards we are extending the deadline to April 15 for all non-profit organizations.
Since Spring 2014 is here 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.
Are you looking for a short-term seasonal job? Do you enjoy people, flowers and dirt? If so, we may have the perfect job for you. We are looking for a few good people to perform cashier duties. Dont be afraid! We have a great team that would train you on the register.
This job opportunity would be from approximately mid-April thru mid-June. We are in need of candidates who can work weekends and a few hours during the week. The total number of hours per week could be between 24 – 30 hours. Other job duties could consist of stocking and cleaning plants, sweeping floors, corralling run away shopping carts. If interested please give us a call at 608-222-2269.
Seen on the door of a repair shop:
WE CAN FIX ANYTHING.
(Please knock on the door-bell doesnt work.)
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.
|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.
Oven dinners are a great way to feed a hungry family as well as chase the chill in the kitchen away. Add the wonderful aroma they create and you have a win, win, win for everyone. Start with an appetizer of chips and salsa. Serve with a tossed salad and follow with a quick bake-in-the-oven-beside-the-casserole brownie and youll see smiles all around. Enjoy!!
Jalapeno Chicken & Rice Casserole
- 2 T butter
- ½ c onion, chopped fine
- 1 T finely diced fresh jalapenos, more if desired
- 2 large eggs
- 1 12 oz can evaporated milk, reduced fat
- 2 c cooked rice, white or brown
- 2 c shredded Monterey Jack cheese, 8 oz pkg
- 1½ c cooked, chopped chicken breast meat
- ¼ c finely chopped cilantro
- ½ to 1 t salt, to taste
Preheat oven to 350. Lightly grease 2-quart casserole. Saute onion & jalapenos in butter over med heat 5 to 10 min, until tender. In a large bowl, whisk eggs and evaporated milk together. Add rice, cheese, chicken, onion mixture, cilantro and salt. Pour into prepared casserole; stir well. Bake 45 to 50 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean.