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The Summer ParTEA Recipe Contest may be the PMall.com Staff’s favorite contest yet!
We received several recipes and we couldn’t believe how unique each of them were and how delicious they sounded – we have enough recipes to keep our taste buds happy for the rest of the summer!
Thank you to all who participated in our contest, we can’t thank you enough for sharing all your recipe secrets. While all of your entries had our mouths watering, there was one particular recipe that stood out from all the rest.
Congratulations to Liga Gorrick for winning our Summer ParTEA Recipe Contest with her recipe for Rhubarb Ice Tea!
Thanks to Liga’s special recipe, she has won her very own Personalized Beverage Server with Stand that she can use to serve her Rhubarb Ice Tea for many summers to come!
Here is Liga’s winning entry for all of you to enjoy:
My name is Liga Gorrick and my favorite drink in a hot summer day isn’t the regular ice tea everybody serves. It’s the amazing Rhubarb ice tea with its freshness and the beautiful pink color. As I grew up there always was plenty of rhubarb in my mom’s garden during summertime. Mom was really good making something yummy out of it. One of my all-time favorites is this rosy ice tea (especially accompanied with rhubarb tart or pie). It tastes like summer and childhood to me. My mother made it just with rhubarb alone, but I’ve been “playing” with the ingredients over the years and have discovered that I like it best with a little bit of ginger or with hibiscus tea.
- 8-10 large rhubarb stalks
- 8-10 cups of water (1 cup for each rhubarb stalk)
- 1 small ginger root (about 2 inches long)
- Honey (sugar, Splenda or any other sweetener)
Wash and clean the rhubarb (do not peel- the peel is what gives that lovely pink color), cut into about 1 inch chunks. Wash, peel and cut the ginger in thin slices. Add the rhubarb and ginger to the water in a large saucepan and bring it to boil, then simmer covered for 15-20 min. Take the saucepan off the heat and let it cool for a while. Strain the tea; add honey (sugar/Splenda) to the desired sweetness. Chill the tea completely and serve with plenty of ice. I like large pieces of ice that doesn’t dilute the drink so quickly.
For variety you can serve it with a little bit of fresh peppermint, substitute the ginger for a few strips of lemon peel or use rhubarb alone. You can also brew a few bags of hibiscus or green tea in the rhubarb tea while it’s still hot. Hibiscus tea makes it brighter pink or even red. It also gives a stronger, more sour taste. Enjoy!
Right away we knew we loved the recipe, but when we saw how tasty and refreshing the Rhubarb Tea looked in the picture Liga included, we knew we had a winner! Congrats again to Liga and thank you to all who participated in the PMall contest.
Make sure you keep checking back here for more contests and tips and tricks to make your parties and personalized gifts extra special!
Below are some of our other favorite fan entries for you to enjoy. They may not have won the contest but they’ve won a place in our hearts and cookbooks!
Katie Kitterman’s Pineapple iced tea
- 1 quart water
- 7 tea bags
- 1 cup unsweetened pineapple juice
- 1/3 cup lemon juice
- 2 tbl sugar
Brew tea, stir in the rest then let it sit (overnight if possible).
Jennifer Jonas’s Ice Tea Recipe
- 3 Family Sized Lipton Tea Bags
- Pot of water
- 1 1/2 cups of Sugar
- 1 Can Frozen Lemonade Concentrate
- Cold water
Place tea bags in pot of boiling water & steep about 10 minutes. Put sugar in gallon tea pitcher. Pour warm tea over sugar & stir to dissolve completely. Pour lemonade concentrate in & top off with cold water. Stir well & refrigerate for delicious sweet tea (makes 1 gallon).
“What I love most about it: This recipe has been shared with me by my mom. We love this Lemonade Sweet Tea on hot summer days here in Texas. It’s very thirst quenching & refreshing (especially when it’s 107 degrees here).”
Juliet V’s Blended Masala Iced Tea
- 6 to 8 tea bags
- 4 cups water
- 4 cups cold water
- 3 pods cardamom
- 1/4” ginger diced
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 6 cloves
- 1/2 cup sugar or 1/4 cup honey (optional)
- Lemon/lime to garnish (optional)
Combine all ingredients except honey or sugar and cold water. Boil for 10 minutes. Strain. Put the cold water into a pitcher. Pour the hot tea over the cold water. You put the cold water in first, because the hot tea could melt the pitcher because it is hot. Add sugar or honey to sweeten it, stirring till dissolves. Put the pitcher into the fridge to cool. You can add slices of lime or lemon to the pitcher to give it a refreshing taste.
“I love this tea because it gives me the essence of different spices and soothing/calming effect, which embodies the full flavor of a tea.”
There’s nothing better than a nice, refreshing sip of chilled ice tea on a hot summer’s day!
Whether it’s a concoction of tea and lots of other ingredients or regular tea with a new twist you’ve added to help spice it up, share your favorite tea recipe and you could win PMall.com’s Summer ParTEA Recipe Contest and take home your very own Personalized Beverage Server with Stand so you can serve and enjoy your delicious tea in personalized style at your next party!
To enter the contest, send an email with the subject line “Summer ParTEA Contest” to email@example.com before the contest ends on August 1st, 2012 with the following information:
1. Your full name and email address where we can contact you if you’ve been selected as the winner.
2. Your favorite Ice Tea Recipe and what you love most about it.
And it’s as easy as that!
The PMall Staff will read the entries and select their favorite recipe and the winner will be announced here on the A Personal Touch Blog on August 2nd.
So start trying out new tasty combinations or pull out your recipe book and find that trusty recipe you’ve loved for years – just make sure you do it before the contest ends!
We can’t wait to read all your entries – our mouths are watering just thinking about it!
With PMall’s Christmas in July Sale going on this week I was looking through all of the beautiful Personalized Christmas Ornaments and started to realize just how special some of these ornaments can be!
There are a few unique PMall designs that are extra special because they help you capture a specific moment in time so in the future you’ll be able to use the ornaments to remember some of your favorite Christmas moments!
The My Wish List© Personalized Ornament, which you can personalize with any name, year and 4 items, can act like a mini scrapbook that helps you preserve some of your favorite holiday memories without all the mess! In the future you’ll look back and be thankful that you personalized the My Wish List design for each of your children year after year, because you’ll be able to reminisce about what toys and gifts they loved most each Christmas while they were growing up!
This adorable ornament can help you look back and remember some of their funniest and sweetest memories like when your son was going through his superhero phase and only wanted Spider-Man action figures and clothes (by the way, if your son is going through that phase now, you should check out our brand new line of Personalized Spider-Man Gifts!), or when your daughter asked Santa for a little brother or sister.
The ornament is usually only $12.95 but thanks to the Christmas in July Sale it’s marked down to just $10.35 from now through Sunday! Start your new tradition now and you’ll love having the opportunity to share all the fun stories with your kids when they’re older (especially when your daughter is older and fighting with her new younger sibling you can pull out the ornament and remind her that this is what wanted! )
PMall’s exclusive designs not only help you capture your kids’ precious moments, but your whole family’s favorite moments, too! With the Our Family© Engraved Message Ornament you can create your own mini scrapbook that can display an entire year’s worth of family events. You can have this elegant glass ornament laser engraved with up to 9 lines of personalization – those 9 lines can include your family’s name, address or your favorite family highlights of the past year, such as your vacation spots, activities, inside jokes and anything else you can think of! This beautiful ornament is usually $14.95 but is currently 70% off and can be personalized for only $4.48! Now that’s a deal you can’t pass up! Just think you’ll be able to start a new tradition where every year when you’re decorating the tree, you’ll be able to look back as a family and remember each year’s fun vacations and important accomplishments and help decide as a family what you’d like to include on the following year’s ornament!
But you don’t need to have kids to create one of these “scrapbook ornaments.”
The Our Life Together© Personalized Couple’s Ornament is the perfect way for newlyweds to remember the details of their wedding while also starting their own ornament collection as a married couple! The stunning glass ornament is usually $14.95 but is on sale for only $4.48 until Sunday and can be engraved with the couple’s names and up to 9 lines of personalization. If you’re personalizing it as a wedding keepsake you can include the ceremony’s location, date, the first song you danced to, the flowers you used and more.
However, I think this design is a perfect way to celebrate your anniversary year after year – after all, who says you have to save this beautiful gifts for Christmas!? Each year you can personalize it with all your firsts (vacation, purchasing a home, adopting a pet, etc.), triumphs (promotions at work, buying a new car, getting pregnant) and struggles that you went through and overcame together (losing a job or loved one) so you can look back and be proud of what you have made it through together as a team.
Whether it’s for your anniversary, your kids or your entire family, you are sure to find the perfect PMall Personalized Christmas Ornament for you! So put down the glue stick, close the scrapbooks and stow the memory boxes … forget about all of the fuss and head over to PMall to create a one-of-a-kind keepsake before the Christmas in July Sale ends Sunday, July 8th!
It may only take you a couple minutes to create your gorgeous personalized ornament, but you’re sure to enjoy your little time capsule for many years to come!
Our Mr. & Mrs. Self-Inking Address Stamper has been making the rounds on Pinterest - so much so that it was featured on Pinterest’s Popular Page and has made appearances on the main Wedding & Events Page numerous times!
People have been “pinning” it like crazy onto boards with names like ”Wedding Gift Ideas” “Products I Love” and “I WANT!” with brides leaving comments saying the stamp was their “favorite wedding gift,” a ”time saver and life saver!” or their “secret weapon!” With all the buzz our personalized gift has created, we wanted to make sure we shared what everyone is talking about with our A Personal Touch readers!
There seem to be 4 main reasons why people are falling in love with our stamp:
1. The “cute” design! We’ve never seen the word “CUTE!” written so much! Brides love the hearts and the ”Mr. & Mrs.” theme and since it’s a PMall exclusive design, they know they’re getting a one-of-a-kind gift they won’t find anywhere else!
2. It’s “very affordable!” The stamp is only $24.95 (or hurry over to PMall now because as of this posting, the stamp is on sale for just $21.20!) so you can save a bundle buying the one stamp instead of paying big bucks for a large amount of return address labels, especially because …
3. It’s self-inking! You don’t have to spend extra money on a separate ink pad plus you get to pick out which color you want the stamp to be (you have the option to choose 1 of the 5 available colors: black, blue, red, purple and green)! And last but not least …
4. It “saves soooo much time!” Instead of spending a ton of time writing each return address label by hand, peeling off stickers or licking gross-tasting labels, all you’ll have to do is press down once and you’ll have a professional-looking stamp that adds a personal touch to your invitations or Thank You notes!
See for yourself what everyone is talking about by reading the comments people are writing on just one of several “pins” that we’ve seen all over Pinterest!
But don’t worry; you don’t have to be a bride or wedding guest to enjoy the benefits of this cute gift idea! PMall’s Personalized Stationary Store has a wide selection of Personalized Return Address Label Stamps that people are falling in love with, too!
So now that you know all the benefits and have heard all the great things people are saying, head over and check out all of PMall’s Personalized Address Stamps so you can start saving time and money like everyone else!
Don’t give Dad just any ol’ picture frame this Father’s Day – make it special by creating a personalized frame just for him!
There are photo frames that are perfect for dads with all kinds of hobbies such as, fishing, golf, hunting and even Rock N’ Roll! But today I wanted to share an outside-the-gift-box idea on how to personalize PMall’s unique Loving Them Collage© Frame so that it’s tailored specifically for your Dad (or husband if you’re helping your little ones)!
The collage frame can be personalized to say “I” or “We” love Dad, Daddy, Papa, Grandpa or any other name you’d like for just $39.95. The message will be cut out on a white matte board so that you can uniquely display your favorite family photos! But since we like to think outside the gift box here at A Personal Touch, I have a creative way for you to fill your frame so that it’s truly one-of-a-kind … after all, Dad deserves the best!
Instead of having the kids pose for staged photos to display in the frame, take individual pictures of each kid holding up a sign that says what they love most about their dad like the photo we found on Pinterest (at right).
Have your kids sit down and think really hard about what they love most about their dad. It could be because he watches cartoons with them Saturday mornings, or helps them with their homework or any fun thing your little ones can dream up. Then write down their answers on individual chalk boards, white boards or posters and have each child smile for a photo while holding up their sign!
The result is a beautiful frame personalized with all the cute little things that your children love most about their father. Your little ones will love being able to actually help create a Father’s Day Gift instead of just going to the store plus their Dad will love the personal touch his kids left on his gift!
If you’re short on photos and need help filling out the extra letters in the frame, another great outside-of-the-gift-box idea is to display your children’s colorful artwork like the little girl is doing in another photo we found on Pinterest (at left)!
Dad is sure to love this thoughtful gift and will have fun proudly displaying it at home or at work so he can show it off to all his coworkers!
Hurry over to PMall’s Father’s Day Gifts Store now so you can place your order and have it in time to wish Dad the best Father’s Day ever!