Wishing you a Peaceful Easter!

Newsletter 9 – Thursday, April 17, 2014

Updated Hours

Beginning Monday, April 21 our Cottage Grove location will be open Monday through Friday 9-7, Saturday 9-6 and Sunday 9-5. We will be closed Easter Sunday.

Lucy’s Story – Chapter 45

Lucy looking back towards the house while standing in the snow
"I’d especially love a blow-dry right now … brrr!"
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It’s plain and simple I love my mom’s hair blower.  On cooler mornings, after I’ve been freshened up with a warm wet washcloth, my mom will get the hair blower out and direct the warm air all over my body as she gently strokes me, in sync, with each wave of the hair blower.  Is this a great way to start a day or what?

Tuesday was a bonus triple-hair-blower-day for me.  After my initial blow dry I just stood there and kept looking (lovingly, of course) at my mom.  As usual she read my mind and immediately picked up the hair blower and ran it all over my body again. Gosh, it felt good.

Satisfied, I went into the living room and let my mom use the hair blower on her own fur, well, for a while anyway.  The lure of the hair blower pulled me into the bathroom once again.  I stood next to my mom and, bless her heart, I got my third blow dry treatment.

Shhh, can I tell you my secret? I really do enjoy the feel of the warm air blowing over me, but what I truly love is my mom’s touch. With each and every caress I feel her love flow straight to the very depth of my heart.

I’m so happy!

~Lucy

How do you get down from an elephant?
You don’t, you get down from a duck!

From Savannah

The Return of the Silly Pink Wabbit

A cartoon bunny sitting on a pile of decorated Easter eggs
Our Pink Easter Bunny will be here!
Don’t forget your cameras!

Our resident Easter Bunny just can’t wait to see you at our Easter Egg Hunt this Saturday, April 19, from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM. Rain or shine (it’s an indoor egg hunt!)

This is an on-going four hour event, so don’t worry about getting here right at 10:00 am.  Sleep in, have a leisurely breakfast with the family and then pile everyone in the car and come on out and join us for the fun!

The silly pink wabbit has hidden plastic eggs throughout the greenhouse.  From 10:00 – 2:00 pm kids can hunt for eggs.  The kids bring their bounty up to the front of the greenhouse and exchange them for a small bag of candy.  Bring your Easter egg basket, or a bag to carry all your eggs in.

While you’re here stop and say ‘Hi’ to our live bunny and chickens.

Also, if you would be so kind…we are accepting donations for the Cottage Grove Food Pantry.

Whether the weather be cold
Or whether the weather be hot
Whatever the weather
We’ll weather the weather
Whether we like it or not.

Anonymous

Treat Your Lawn with Milorganite

If you’re just itching to get outside and do some yard work, start with your lawn.  After picking up the sticks and debris recent storms have left behind and gently raking up any leftover leaves, it’s time for a spring application of Milorganite.

This bio-based product has been feeding lawns and golf courses in and around Wisconsin for over 85 years. The 6-2-0 formula is perfect for lawns. It is all natural, high in iron and calcium, and its slow release of nutrients feeds the lawn over an extended period of time. Milorganite has also been noted as a deer repellent. By using it to feed the lawn, it may also help to keep those deer moving on to the next yard!

The first day of spring is one thing, and the first spring day is another.
The difference between them is sometimes as great as a month.

Henry Van Dyke

Send Al your gardening questions!

America’s Best Flowers wants to help you succeed in your gardening efforts. If you have gardening questions send an email to our Operations Manager, Al Lunde, at abflunde@yahoo.com. Al will get back to you promptly. Let America’s Best Flowers be your go-to greenhouse for answers.

Upcoming Events

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 children’s 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.

Sat, Apr 26 – Sun, Apr 27
Container Workshop

10am-4pm – FREE soil and assistance. Create a beautiful container garden in our greenhouse and we’ll clean up the mess. Bring in your own pots or buy some of ours.

Fri, May 2 – Sun, May 4
St. Vincent de Paul’s ‘Pick-A-Pack’ Event

Come out and donate a $1.99 pack of tomatoes or Lady Bell peppers for their gardens. The veggies will be used for their Community Food Pantry. For every 4 pack sold, America’s Best Flowers will donate $.50 towards the SVDP gardens.

Sat, May 3 – Sun, May 4
Container Workshop

10am-4pm – FREE soil and assistance. Create a beautiful container garden in our greenhouse and we’ll clean up the mess. Bring in your own pots or buy some of ours.

Spring is when you feel like whistling even with a shoe full of slush.

Doug Larson

Our Kitchen

I have such fond memories of dying Easter eggs, both as a child using the PAAS Easter egg kits with those oh-so-fun stickers, as well as with my own children, using whatever was in vogue. 

In our current world of using all that is natural, I thought you might enjoy the following links.

With so many different options to try, you may end up with a lot of boiled eggs.  In my opinion there is no better use for them than by treating your family to a big plate of deviled eggs.  Here is Judy’s favorite recipe for it.  She always substitutes sweet pickle juice for the vinegar, and suggests you taste before adding the salt.

Classic Deviled Eggs

  • 12 hard cooked eggs, peeled
  • ½ c mayonnaise
  • 1 ½ t white wine vinegar
  • 1 ½ t Dijon mustard
  • 1/8 t salt
  • dash of hot sauce (optional)
  • Garnish: paprika
Directions

Slice eggs in half lengthwise, and carefully remove yolks, keeping egg whites intact.

Grate egg yolks using small holes of a box grater.  Mash yolks together with vinegar.   Add salt and hot sauce to taste. 

Spoon or pipe yolk mixture into egg whites.  Sprinkle with paprika if desired.

Another great way to use boiled eggs is to pickle them.  By including a few beets, you get beautiful magenta colored eggs, just perfect for serving at Easter.  Below is an easy recipe which starts with a can of beets.  If you want to start with fresh beets, check out

Bev’s Mom’s Beet Pickles, and Beet Pickled Eggs from the Houston Chronicle.


Bright, Bold and Beautiful Pickled Eggs

  • 8 boiled eggs
  • 1 15 oz can sliced beets with liquid
  • ½ c white vinegar
  • ½ c white sugar
  • ½ c water
  • 1 cinnamon stick broken into 1” pieces
Directions

Peel eggs and place in a glass container.  A large mouth jar works well.

In a saucepan, combine vinegar, sugar, and water.  Stir well.  Carefully add beets along with their liquid and cinnamon.  Bring to a boil and stir until sugar is completely dissolved.  Cool for a few minutes and then pour liquid over eggs.  Store beets in a separate container.  Cover and chill for 4 hours or overnight.  The longer you leave them in the liquid, the brighter their color will be. They will keep up to a week in the refrigerator. 

SEE YOU SOON!!!
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