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2013 Thanksgiving Recipe Contest Winner Named

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sidedishescontestfbpromo403 2013 300x300 2013 Thanksgiving Recipe Contest Winner NamedCongratulations to Hidemi Walsh – the winner of PMall.com’s Side Dishes That Steal The Show Recipe Contest 2013!

Here is Hidemi’s winning recipe for Brown Butter Sweet Potato Crumble:

For the topping:

  • 1/4 cup All-purpose flour
  • 2 cups Granola
  • 2 tablespoons Brown Sugar
  • 1/4 cup Raisins
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons Butter

For Brown Butter Sweet Potato:

  • 2-3 Sweet Potatoes (about 1 pound)
  • 3 tablespoons Butter
  • 2 tablespoons Honey

Directions: Peel and cut the sweet potatoes in half length-wise then slice them 1/4 inch thick. Put the sweet potatoes on a microwave-safe plate, cover in plastic wrap and microwave on high for 3-4 minutes or until tender. In a skillet, melt butter over medium heat until foaming subsides. Turn off the heat and let stand until browned. Then stir in honey and sweet potatoes. Toss to coat well. Transfer the sweet potatoes into an 8×8 baking dish. Start making the topping in a medium bowl by mixing together flour, granola, cinnamon and brown sugar. Add the butter and work it in with your fingertips until well blended and crumbly. Fold in raisins. Sprinkle the topping over the sweet potatoes. Bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees F for 25-28 minutes.

Doesn’t that sound absolutely delicious!? Thank you again to Hidemi for sharing this tasty recipe with us!

For submitting the winning recipe, Hidemi has won a $50 PMall Gift Card that she can use on any personalized gifts that she’d like!

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!

Thanksgiving Recipe Contest: Side Dishes that Steal the Show!

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sidedishescontestfbpromo403 2013 Thanksgiving Recipe Contest: Side Dishes that Steal the Show!Thanksgiving is just a few weeks away which means it’s time for the “Side Dishes That Steal The Show” Recipe Contest!

We’re once again moving the spotlight over from the turkey to the side dishes as we ask our fans to send in their favorite Thanksgiving side dish recipes.

Feel free to share any recipe you’d like. We encourage you to share your modern twist to a traditional recipe, your family’s favorite side dish, or you can even share a recipe for a unique dish that isn’t typically served on Thanksgiving … we want to see them all!

And don’t think that you’ll be sharing your family recipes for nothing – one lucky PersonalizationMall.com fan will win a $50 PMall Gift Card!

To enter the recipe contest, 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 are selected as the winner of the contest.

- The name and recipe for your favorite Thanksgiving Side Dish with a few words about why you love it or why it’s special for you and your family.

Once you’ve sent the email you’re officially entered into the contest!

Please make sure you send in your emails before the end of Thanksgiving Day on November 28th, 2013.

The A Personal Touch Staff will read through all of the entries and determine a winner and the winner will be announced here on the A Personal Touch Blog on Friday, November 30th.

Thanksgiving will be here before you know it, so you better get moving because it’s time to break out the cookbooks!

Good luck to all of our fans!

Wedding Gift Guide: Ideas For Throwing a Recipe or Kitchen Themed Bridal Shower

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Calling all family and friends of the bride-to-be! We know how stressful it can be to put together the logistics of a bridal shower, not to mention the immense pressure you feel to create a beautiful, special and memorable day that you know the bride will love. But never fear – PMall is here! We’ve put together some great tips so you have everything you need to help you host the perfect bridal shower!

kitchencookies1 Wedding Gift Guide: Ideas For Throwing a Recipe or Kitchen Themed Bridal ShowerThese unbelievable, almost-too-pretty-to-eat Kitchen Cookies from The Adventures of Sugarbelle blog had us instantly inspired to come up with ideas for a kitchen themed bridal shower (we first saw the picture on Pinterest, but you can find the recipe and decorating tips for creating these beauties here). We think these pretty treats would not only add some fun to each table, they’ll also make great favors that each of your guests can take home with them!

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves – the first thing you need to do after setting a date and securing a location is work on the bridal shower invitations. But before we talk about creating beautiful bridal shower invitations like this, this or this, we need to go over the focal point of the kitchen themed shower. 

The purpose of any bridal shower is to help the bride start off her married life with a kitchen and home full of everything she needs but with our personalized tips and ideas, you’ll also be helping her build a kitchen and home that’s hers.

recipe cards 300x300 Wedding Gift Guide: Ideas For Throwing a Recipe or Kitchen Themed Bridal ShowerThe From The Kitchen Of… Personalized Recipe Cards, which come in both 3×5 and 4×6 sizes, or any of our other Personalized Recipe Card Designs will help you achieve both of those goals because while they do make a great gift (a gift that she’ll actually use!) all on their own … they will be extra special when you announce that you’ve had the bride’s family and friends fill them out with their favorite recipes!

In order to surprise her with this gift you’ll have to personalize enough cards (they’re sold in sets of 24) so you can include 1 or 2 of them with each of the bridal shower invitations (we also suggest personalizing an extra set of recipe cards that you can leave blank so when you present them to the bride she can add her own favorite recipes to her collection). When you’re creating the invitations, make sure to include a line somewhere on the invite that says “Please fill out the recipe cards and bring them to the shower. Write down 1-2 of your most favorite recipes to help us start the bride’s recipe collection!” Send the invites off and you’re well on your way to creating a one-of-a-kind gift that will be a bridal shower show stopper!

recipe box1 300x300 Wedding Gift Guide: Ideas For Throwing a Recipe or Kitchen Themed Bridal ShowerThe final part of the gift is to personalize the From The Kitchen Of… Bamboo or Clear Acrylic Recipe Box for the bride. We suggest trying to match the theme of the recipe box to the theme of the recipe cards, however we also offer different designs for you to choose from in our Personalized Recipe Box Department, including a Personalized Recipe Binder that would also work well for this gift. These recipe boxes are excellent additions to anyone’s kitchen – the lids on the bamboo recipe boxes feature a slit that can hold a recipe card upright while you’re cooking and the acrylic recipe box lids not only hold the recipe cards upright, they also protect them from food splatter!

We suggest quietly collecting all of the recipe cards from the guests as they arrive so when the bride opens the recipe box you’ve personalized for her, you can surprise her with all of the recipe cards that her loved ones have filled out. Just think of how special it will be for her to receive secret family recipes, the directions for making her future husband’s favorite meal from his mom, or the recipe to her favorite dessert that her aunt makes and brings to every holiday party. You’re not only setting her up with a good start to a recipe collection, you’re giving her the opportunity to surprise her husband with his favorite dinner from growing up, or to recreate her favorite holiday meals that she’s enjoyed since she was a little girl – there won’t be a dry eye in the place!

Of course we also have a way for you to lighten the mood again – bridal shower games! Now stop groaning (yeah, we heard you!), these aren’t the same ol’ games that you’ve seen done a million times … they’re kitchen-themed and interactive! We loved all of the ideas they offered on this Kitchen Bridal Shower Games post, but especially the Spice Quiz. To set up the game you remove the labels from 10 jars of spices and assign each of them a number. Pass the spices around to each of the tables and ask the guests to guess which spice it is that they’re seeing, smelling, and (if they’re brave) tasting. The person with the most correct guesses wins and the bride can keep all the spices to stock her kitchen!

If you’re looking for bridal shower gifts in addition to the recipe cards and boxes, check out our Personalized Entertaining and Home Gifts Store - especially the Kitchen and Grill Department or head over to the Kitchen, Bar and Home Department in our Personalized Wedding and Anniversary Gifts Store where you’ll find more great bridal shower gift ideas that every bride will love.

If you have any other tips for throwing a kitchen bridal shower please share with us and all of our fans by posting in the comments below!

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!

 

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