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Congratulations to our Chili Contest Winner!


ChiliCompetition 13 300x200 Congratulations to our Chili Contest Winner! would like to congratulate Gary Lackey on winning the “My Chili is the Best Because …” Recipe Contest!

Gary submitted the following entry:

“My Chili is the best because … it was the recipe my dad always used. I have memories of making chili with my dad. We would join him in putting in more chili powder when our mom wasn’t looking. It is still something we treasure and laugh about to this day.”

It’s beautiful memorable moments like this that we strive to create with our unique personalized gifts – we always feel honored when our customers share their stories with us!

For winning the contest, Gary has won his very own personalized You Name It© Bamboo Cutting Board!

Thank you to Gary and to all the A Personal Touch readers who sent in their answers – we had a blast reading all your touching and funny entries!

PMall Loves Pets!


petdrivelogo 300x91 PMall Loves Pets!It’s true – loves pets! And this year the PMall Charity Committee has decided that our first charity drive of 2012 will be the PMall Pet Drive!

We here at the Mall are collecting nonperishable donations, such as canned food, grooming brushes, newspapers, and even gift cards for pet stores from February 1st through March 15th for our local animal shelters.

We plan to divide up all the donations we receive and distribute them evenly to the local agencies of PAWS, The TLC Animal Shelter, Animal Welfare League of Chicago, and the Anti-Cruelty Society.

As the saying goes, “No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted,” and we’re excited to help in any way we can!

If you would like to join in and help the cause, you can click on any of the above agencies to be directed to their website where you will find directions on how to donate or for other ways you can help.

If you’re as crazy about pets you may also want to check out our beautiful Pet Gifts Store, where you’ll find personalized memorial gifts, pet accessories, gifts for pet owners and so much more!

Happy Gifting!

Tell Us Why Your Chili is the Best & Win!


ChiliCompetition 12 Tell Us Why Your Chili is the Best & Win!With National Chili Day being celebrated Thursday, February 23rd and with the winter’s “chili” weather hitting us hard, it seems like now is the perfect time for A Personal Touch to host a chili recipe contest!

People can be very particular and territorial about their chili. Depending on where you live, some people say that real chili isn’t made with beans, while in other parts of town they’ll say it’s not chili unless it has beans. And then there are the people who like to have fun with traditional recipes and add a new twist ingredient to them like cinnamon or even chocolate!

But no chili is complete without the main staples like meat, onions and tomatoes – all of which are ingredients that require a whole lot of prep work. That’s why the winner of the contest will be awarded their very own personalized You Name It© Bamboo Cutting Board so that they have a beautiful place that they can use to create their masterpiece!

Since all “chili purists” seem to claim that their masterpiece recipe is the best in the world … we want to hear why your recipe really is the best for the “My Chili is the Best Because …” Recipe Contest!

To enter, all you have to do is send an email with the subject line, “Chili Contest” to with the following information:

- In a few sentences, tell us what it is about your chili recipe that sets it apart from all the rest.

- Please include your full name and email address so we know how to contact you if you’re the winner.

Just make sure to have your emails sent to us before the deadline at midnight on Thursday, February 23rd. We will announce the winner of the contest, who will be judged by creativity and uniqueness and selected by the A Personal Touch Staff, here at the blog on February 24th.

We look forward to hearing all your special recipes … our mouths are already drooling!

Good luck!

“What’s the Secret to Your Stuffing?” Contest Winner Announced!


ThanksgivingBlog2 Whats the Secret to Your Stuffing? Contest Winner Announced!Thank you to everyone who submitted their delicious Thanksgiving Stuffing recipes to’s “What’s the Secret to Your Stuffing?” Contest hosted by the A Personal Touch Blog!

After drooling over all the entries, the A Personal Touch staff finally narrowed it down and found our favorite recipe!

The winner of the most original “What’s the Secret to Your Stuffing?” contest recipe is Michele Lange with her Sage Sausage Stuffing!

Here is the winning recipe for your enjoyment:

Sage Sausage Stuffing


1 lb sage breakfast sausage (Jimmy Dean’s)

5 stalks chopped celery

2 medium onions, chopped

2 medium/large red delicious apples, diced

1 package Pepperidge Farm corn bread dressing crumbs

1 package Pepperidge Farm sage and onion dressing crumbs

2 - 32 oz boxes of chicken broth

1 stick of butter

3 eggs (beaten)

Directions: Fry sage sausage. When medium done, add chopped celery, onion, diced apples (do not peel), and butter.  Finish cooking until sausage and cooked through, about 10 more minutes. Add dressing crumbs to sausage mixture and mix thoroughly. Add one box of chicken broth and mix. Add eggs and mix well. Add half to 1 full box until desired wetness. Spray non-stick spray in  9 x 13 pan. Bake at 350 for 40 minutes covered and 10 more minutes uncovered. Serve with your Thanksgiving best! 

This stuffing is fabulous because of the secret ingredient…sage sausage. It is also easy to make which is exactly what you want when you are cooking up a storm on Thanksgiving Day.  

Thank you!

Michele Lange

We’d like to thank Michele and all of the A Personal Touch readers for sharing their secret ingredients with all of us … we can’t wait for Thanksgiving to come around again so we can try them all ourselves!

We hope everyone had a lovely Thanksgiving and don’t forget to keep checking in at for all your Holiday shopping needs. There will be great deals and sales on our beautiful and unique selection of personalized gifts throughout the rest of the Christmas shopping season!

Happy Gifting!

Tips to Put the “Thanks” back in Thanksgiving!


imstuffedtshirt Tips to Put the Thanks back in Thanksgiving!Thanksgiving is only a few days away … do you have your holiday to-do list prepared? With all the grocery shopping and cooking that comes with making a beautiful Thanksgiving dinner for your family, it can be hard to focus on anything else that day. That’s why we here at’s gifting blog, A Personal Touch, have prepared a couple easy Turkey Day tips for you to use in order to make this Thanksgiving even more special than years past!

Thanksgiving day is a great day for family photos, especially because people tend to include pictures taken that day in their family Christmas cards. It’s important to have the little ones looking their best, but it can be hard to put them in a pricey outfit knowing that it soon will be covered in gravy, cranberry sauce and stuffing! That’s why it’s a great idea to personalize our adorable I’m Stuffed© Youth T-Shirt for your son or daughter! You can have their first name personalized under our boy or girl turkey design on an infant t-shirt, infant romper, infant bib or toddler hooded sweatshirt, too! They’ll not only look festive and cute in their turkey t-shirt, they’ll be thankful they’re dressed in comfortable attire while they are running around playing with their siblings and cousins!

turkeycenterpiece Tips to Put the Thanks back in Thanksgiving!With all the hustle and bustle of the holiday season it’s important to make sure everyone remembers what Thanksgiving is all about.

We came across a great idea from that offered the idea for this Turkey centerpiece project that can help remind children of the real meaning of Thanksgiving. It’s a simple project that you can do with your kids that also can be used as a beautiful centerpiece for your table.

You start by making the body of the turkey with a Styrofoam ball that you can paint brown or cover in brown yarn. Next you attach a smaller Styrofoam ball that you have already painted or covered in yarn and it will be the turkey’s head. Don’t forget to add the eyes, beak and red gobble neck! Then use different color construction paper to cut out feathers for the turkey. Tape toothpicks to the back of the feathers and leave one blank feather at each place setting on the table with a crayon or marker. Once your guests arrive, or when you’re sitting down for dinner, ask each guest to write down something that they are thankful for on their feather. Before eating, every one can go around one by one and say what they wrote down on their feather. Once they have announced what they are thankful for, they can stick it into the main turkey body so that by the time everyone has had their turn, you’ll have a beautiful and full-feathered turkey centerpiece! It’s a great idea, isn’t it?

We hope these tips have helped you plan for a special Thanksgiving Day with your family. Do you have any tips or Turkey Day projects you can share with the A Personal Touch readers? If so, please comment below … we’d love to hear them!

Happy Thanksgiving!

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