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Beautiful arrangement for Oprah Winfrey waiting for delivery.

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Have you hugged your Earth today?

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Ok, so is it Administrative Professionals’ Day, Administrative Assistants’ Day, Admin Day or Secretaries’ Day?

Who knows…..

One thing’s for sure, if there’s a special person in your office that makes you look good, remember – this Wednesday, April 23rd is the day to shower them with gifts.

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p.s.  Maybe get them a hot cup of coffee also!

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For many of us, Easter evokes memories of egg decorating, gift baskets, chocolate bunnies, local church services, family gatherings, parades, and, of course, the Easter Lily. Its beautiful trumpet-shaped blossoms symbolize purity, hope, and life, the spiritual essence of Easter and all the promises of spring. Easter lilies are mostly given along with Easter gifts.

We can thank Louis Houghton, a World War I soldier, for the popularity of the Bermuda lily better known as the Easter lily. In 1919 he brought a suitcase full of hybrid lily bulbs to the southern coast of Oregon and gave them to family and friends to plant.  The climate there was ideal for growing this lily, a native of the Ryukyu Islands of Japan, and by 1945, over one thousand west coast growers were producing bulbs for the commercial market. Despite a sales window of only approximately two weeks each year, Easter Lilies are the fourth largest potted plant crop in the U.S., ranking among poinsettias, mums, and azaleas as America’s favorite blooming plants.

History, mythology, and art are filled with stories and images that speak of the beauty and majesty of the elegant white flowers. One of the most famous Biblical references is in the Sermon on the Mount, when Christ said, “Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they toil not, neither do they spin and yet Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.”Often called the “White-Robed Apostles Of Hope,” lilies are said to have been found growing in the Garden of Gethsemane after Christ’s agony. At Easter time, Churches bank their altars and surround their crosses with masses of Easter Lilies, to commemorate the resurrection of Jesus Christ and hope of life everlasting.

The pure white lily has long been associated with womanhood, too. In early paintings, the Angel Gabriel is pictured extending a branch of pure white lilies to the Virgin Mary, announcing that she is to be the mother of the Christ Child. In other paintings, saints are pictured bringing vases full of white lilies to Mary and the infant Jesus. Tradition has it that when Eve left the Garden of Eden she shed real tears of repentance, and from those remorseful tears sprung up lilies. The spiritual principle held here is that true repentance is the beginning of beauty.A mark of purity and grace throughout the ages, the regal white lily is a fitting symbol of the greater meaning of Easter. Gracing millions of homes and churches, the flowers embody 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. So when you give Easter baskets to your family, don’t stop with decorated eggs and chocolate rabbits; include a few Easter lilies and maybe even plant some cedars.

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Today a one-of-a-kind luncheon with more than 700 women and men in St. Louis was held at the Ritz-Carlton to benefit the Friends of St. Louis Children’s Hospital Endowment Fund for Camp Rhythm, a summer camp specially designed for children with heart problems.  This stunning event at The Ritz-Carlton is the most talked about event of the spring with very elaborate table tops created by local designers.

Here Scott Hepper shows off his work. Always a big hit with everyone in attendance.

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In store special $10 for 10 stems of Tulips

Only until April 28th

 

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Our wholesale bunch special at all Walter Knoll Florist locations

 

April 1st thru April 14th is our annual Spring Fling

 

Larkspur bunches for $10

 

Assorted Colors, In Store Purchase Only

10 Stems only $10

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My Lemony Cakes are popular on Facebook today, so let me share the recipe with you.

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LEMONY CAKES  Makes 2 (8-inch) loaves

2 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
2-1/2 cups granulated sugar, divided
4 extra-large eggs, at room temperature
1/3 cup grated and then finely minced lemon zest
3 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon kosher salt
3/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice, divided (5 or 6 large lemons)
3/4 cup buttermilk, at room temperature
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

For the glaze:
1-1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
3-1/2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice

Preheat the oven to 350 F. Grease and flour 2 (8-1/2 X 4-1/4 X 2-1/2-inch) loaf pans. Line the bottoms with parchment paper.

Cream the butter and 2 cups granulated sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. With the mixer on medium speed, add the eggs, 1 at a time, then the lemon zest.

Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a bowl. In another bowl, combine 1/4 cup lemon juice, the buttermilk, and vanilla. Add the flour and buttermilk mixtures alternately to the batter, beginning and ending with the flour. Divide the batter evenly between the pans, smooth the tops, and bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour, until a cake tester comes out clean.

Combine 1/2 cup granulated sugar with 1/2 cup lemon juice in a small saucepan and cook over low heat until the sugar dissolves. When the cakes are done, allow to cool for 10 minutes. Remove the cakes from the pans and set them on a rack set over a tray or sheet pan; poke some holes in them (I use a broken wooden knitting needle but you can use a toothpick) and then spoon the warm lemon syrup over them. Allow the cakes to cool completely.

For the glaze, combine the confectioners’ sugar and the lemon juice in a bowl, mixing with a wire whisk until smooth. Pour over the tops of the cooled cakes and allow the glaze to drizzle down the sides.

Blanche is 88 today and Janet made her a big Lemony Cake to celebrate.

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No time to cook you say?  Well Walter Knoll Florist has just the cake or sweet treat.

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Spring is less than 2 weeks away, and just to get you in the mood Walter Knoll Florist is bringing in spring flowers – lots of them – and to really REALLY get you in the mood, we are also bringing back our Spring Fling bunch specials – 10-stem Iris bunches for $9, 10-stem Daffodil bunches for $8 and 10-stem Tulip bunches for $10.  Stop into one of our stores and pick up a bunch of each!

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Iris, Daffodils & Tulips

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Have you heard the news?  It’s true!  St Peters Florist has merged with Walter Knoll Florist.

All St Peters Florist customer accounts have been transferred to Walter Knoll Florist.

Michelle Jessup, owner or St Peters Florist for 15 years is now at Walter Knoll Florist and will continue to take care of your orders.

Please Click Here to Visit the Walter Knoll Florist Home Page

Walter Knoll Florist’s nearest store to St Peters is in O’Fallon at 2516 Highway K. Same center as Pasta House.

For a list of all WKF locations Click Here.

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