Archive for November, 2012

Side Dishes That Steal The Show Contest Winner Announced!

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apron1 300x300 Side Dishes That Steal The Show Contest Winner Announced!Congratulations to Rhonda J Elfstrand - the winner of PMall.com’s Side Dishes That Steal The Show Recipe Contest!

Rhonda submitted her recipe for the tasty and popular Strawberry Pretzel Salad which turned out to be our favorite!

Here is the winning recipe:

“Mix 2 cups of crushed pretzels, 2 tablespoons of sugar, and 1/2 cup of melted butter and then press into the bottom of 9×13 pan. Bake for 10 minutes at 400 degrees and allow the crust to cool completely before making the middle and top layers. Then beat 8 ounces of cream cheese and 1 cup of sugar until smooth. Fold in 8 ounces of Cool Whip until it is all incorporated. Spread the mixture evenly (beware the loose crumbs of the crust) on the cooled crust. For the top layer sprinkle 6 ounces of stawberry Jello on 2 cups of near boiling water into a large bowl and stir well. Carefully add 10-16 ounces of frozen strawberries and stir until Jello is slightly thickened (the frozen strawberries do a “quick set” of the Jello). Pour the mixture evenly over the middle layer, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until needed – at least two hours.”

This side dish has always been one of our favorites and we were so thankful that Rhonda shared it with all of us!

For submitting the winning recipe, Rhonda has won the Give Thanks To The Cook Personalized Apron and Potholder!

Thank you to all of our fans who submitted their favorite side dish recipes! Keep checking back here for the latest news and contests from PersonalizationMall.com!

Recipe Contest: Side Dishes That Steal The Show!

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SideDishes Blog v1 300x300 Recipe Contest: Side Dishes That Steal The Show!Thanksgiving dinner always revolves around one thing – the turkey.

We always feel bad for the stuffing, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, etc. … it’s almost as if we can picture the side dishes looking at the beautiful turkey and saying, “Marsha, Marsha, Marsha!”

But not this year!

This year is going to be different because PMall.com is moving the spotlight over with the “Side Dishes That Steal The Show” Recipe Contest!

We’re asking you to share your favorite side dish recipe with us for a chance to win a prize!

 

All you have to do to enter is send an email to social@pmall.com with the subject line “Thanksgiving Recipe Contest” with the following information:

- Your full name and an email address that we can use to reach you if you win the contest

- The name and recipe for your favorite Thanksgiving Side Dish and a few words about why you love it so much.

apron 150x150 Recipe Contest: Side Dishes That Steal The Show!And that’s it! Please make sure you send in your emails before the end of Thanksgiving Day on November 22nd, 2012. We will announce the winner here on our blog on Friday, November 23rd.

What are you playing for you ask?

Well the winner, who will be chosen by the A Personal Touch staff, will win their very own Give Thanks To The Cook Personalized Apron and matching Potholder!

That way you can cook in style the next time you’re preparing your favorite side dish!

We can’t wait to see all the recipes start rolling in!

Good luck!

 

Now’s The Time To Start Your Photo Calendar!

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This time of year feels like the calm just before the storm … it’s that little bit of time before the hectic Christmas shopping season begins. That’s why we wanted to remind you that now is a great time to start searching for, planning and taking pictures for the photo calendars you’ll be creating as Christmas gifts this year.

blogcalendar 300x300 Nows The Time To Start Your Photo Calendar!PMall.com’s Personalized Calendar Department is full of great design options for you to choose from so you can find the theme that best suits your personal taste.

Check out the Seasons Change Photo Wall Calendar (at left), which is always a customer favorite or take a look at our other photo calendars, including our newest design, the Picture Perfect Photo Wall Calendar.

Once you’ve selected your favorite calendar design it’s time to start uploading your photos! We always think the calendars turn out best when the theme of the photos compliments the month it will be shown with and since our calendars require at least 12 photos (some designs let you personalize each month with more than 1 photo), it may take some time to find the pictures that will fit perfectly with each month.

That’s why we thought we’d give you a heads up so you could start planning out your calendar now before the crazy Christmas season begins!

If you’re unsure of which photos to use for your calendar, take a look at the following photos we thought we’d share to help you get inspired:

 

A shot of the kids in their red, white and blue outfits watching the 4th of July parade would be the perfect photo for July:

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Goofy faces can make the cutest photos. This silly photo of the kids on their first day of school is great to use for August or September:

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It’s not too late to take a photo of your kids playing in the leaves, which would work well for October or November:

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Find the photo you took of the kids making a snowman or snow angels from last winter and pair it with January:

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We hope we’ve been able to inspire you to create your own personalized photo calendar now while you have time before the Christmas rush! If you have any photo ideas for certain months please share them in the comment section!

Ideas For Cute & Clever Christmas Card Photos

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dearsantacamilypicture Ideas For Cute & Clever Christmas Card PhotosDo you have that one family member or friend who sends out the cutest or most clever Christmas card you’ve ever seen year after year?

You wonder how they came up with that creative family photo (like the photo at left), where they found the beautiful card or how they had the time to stuff each card with their photo and include a personalized greeting.

Forget about being jealous this year because we’ve got some cute family photo inspiration to share with you plus when you purchase cards from PMall.com’s Personalized Christmas Cards Store we make it so quick and easy you’ll wonder how you ever sent Christmas cards without us!

Start by browsing through our Personalized Digital Photo Cards and Postcards until you find the design that fits your family’s personality perfectly.

We have photo cards that come in all different shapes and sizes – we even have cards that double as Christmas ornaments and Calendars!

xmascard 300x300 Ideas For Cute & Clever Christmas Card PhotosOne of our most popular designs, the Our Family Gatefold Photo Christmas Card (at right), is a great way to feature one large family photo and your personalized holiday greeting. However we also offer several designs that feature a collage of photos in creative ways, so decide on how many photos you’d like to have and then select the best card.

Now it’s time to take a family photo that will stand out from the rest!

Below are some of the Pinterest photos that we’ve been repinning to our Christmas Cards Board because they have us laughing, smiling or saying “awwwww!”

One of the cute trends going around this year is having strings of Christmas lights included in your family photo in some creative way. These are a few of our favorite examples:

 

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There are so many adorable Christmas baby photos out there and we could never pick just one … but we did narrow it down to four of the cutest we’ve seen:

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Still looking for more ideas? We’ll leave you with a couple more Christmas family photo ideas below but remember to keep visiting our Pinterest Board because we’re always adding new pictures!

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