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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!

 

Quick & Easy Halloween Decorating Tips

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Whether you’re having family and friends over for a party or just passing out candy, your front door is sure to be the center of attention this Halloween. That’s why PersonalizationMall.com has put together some great outdoor decorating tips that are fun, festive and sure to impress your guests!

witch 273x300 Quick & Easy Halloween Decorating TipsSince an A Personal Touch blog post wouldn’t be complete without some inspiration from Pinterest we wanted to share this funny photo (at left) that we came across the other day.

We’ve seen “crashed witches” before but we were really impressed (and couldn’t stop laughing) when we saw the “Don’t Text and Fly” warning sign these people hung up on their front porch. We love the originality they added to the decoration and the good message it sends out to trick or treaters of all ages!

But our love of original decorations doesn’t stop there!

PMall.com’s Personalized Halloween Gifts Store has a wide selection of cute and creepy gifts that will help your front door stand out from the rest of the neighborhood this Halloween.

hauntedhouseyardstake Quick & Easy Halloween Decorating TipsThe Haunted House Personalized Yard Stake can be personalized with any 2-line message and is a great way to show everyone where the party’s at!

The best thing about our yard stakes are that the signs are actually magnets so it’s the gift that keeps on giving. You only have to buy the yard stake once then you can check out all of our other Personalized Yard Stake Magnets and personalize a different design to use for each holiday, season, birthday or more!

When your guests spot your yard stake they’ll know they’ve come to the right place and as they head to your door they’ll love being welcomed by Personalized Jack-O-Lantern Pumpkins that you can display right on your front porch! jackolanterns Quick & Easy Halloween Decorating TipsThese realistic pumpkins come in a large and small size and can be personalized with any title, first or family name.

You can personalize a large pumpkin with your family name, create a small one for each of your family members or any combination you can come up with! In addition to the jack-o-lantern design, the pumpkins can also be personalized to display “Happy Halloween,” any first or family names, initials and more as you can see in our Halloween Decorations and Accessories Department. Any of the designs that you pick will look great and (unlike real pumpkins) you’ll be able to use them for many years to come!

halloweendoormat Quick & Easy Halloween Decorating TipsThe last tip we wanted to share is one of our customers’ favorite Halloween gifts. Even if you’re not having a big party, you’re sure to have kids and parents running up to your door all night. Our Halloween Character Collection Personalized Doormat is the perfect way to greet them! This popular design lets you turn each of your family members (even grandparents and pets!) into costumed cartoons and is also available to be personalized on several different gifts such as a coffee mug, slate plaque, yard stake, candy bowl and more. Your kids will love seeing themselves as cartoons and your trick or treaters will have something fun to look at while they wait for you to answer the door. If you’re headed to a family or friends’ Halloween party, be sure to keep this or any of our Personalized Halloween Doormats in mind – they make a great hostess gift!

Before we go we wanted to let you know about 2 exciting Halloween Contests that PMall has going on right now!

On our Facebook Fan Page we’re hosting a Pumpkin Decorating Photo Contest where we’re asking our fans to upload a photo of their carved or decorated pumpkin. The 3 photos that earn the most votes from our fans before the contest ends on Tuesday, Oct. 30th will be named the winners and will be awarded a $50, $35 or a $25 PMall.com gift card!

Great news for Pinterest fans! The Ghostess With The Mostess Halloween Pinterest Contest is going on now and it’s really easy to enter! As you can see from the rules on the contest site all you have to do is pin the contest graphic and 3 of your favorite PMall.com Halloween Gifts with the hashtags #PMall and #Halloween in the description before the contest ends on Thursday, Oct. 25th 2012. One winner will be picked at random and will win all 3 gifts he or she pinned!

Good luck to everyone who enters one or both of the contests! Be sure to shop for your Personalized Halloween Decorations & Gifts soon so you can have them in time to greet your trick or treaters and have a Happy Halloween!

Grandparents Day Contest Winners Announced!

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GrandparentsDay2012 Blog 403x403 V3 300x300 Grandparents Day Contest Winners Announced!We were truly touched by all the loving words we read while going through all the “What Makes Your Grandparent So Grand?” Contest Entries!

Thank you for sharing all your sweet stories with PersonalizationMall.com … don’t forget to share them with your grandparents on Grandparents Day, which is coming up on September 9th.

It wasn’t easy, but we were able to select our 3 contest winners! Congratulations to Ryan Zahara, Maria Mahaffey and Brittany Addison who have been selected as our 1st, 2nd and 3rd-place winners!

Ryan has won the 12×18 Photo Sentiments Canvas with the following entry that he wrote about his grandparents, Zeke and Charlotte Clark:

“A grandparent is a special gift. The memories of countless books read, racing Hot Wheels on the carpet for hours, running through the grass with Papa’s dog, baking cookies with Grandma, having sleepovers so Mom and Dad could have a break, drawing lessons from Papa and endless encouragement. Grandparents are like second parents, your second home away from home, with two people that love you just as much as your parents do, with added experience.”

Maria Mahaffey won a Photo Sentiments Table Top Canvas for Josephine and Anthony Pisoni with the following creative entry:

“G-ive me unconditional love

R-est my head on their shoulders to comfort me

A-re there to play with me every day to make sure I’m safe while Mommy and Daddy go to work

N-eed nothing but smiles to make me happy

D-on’t waste a single moment with me because they know nothing is as important as family”

And finally, Brittany Addison is the winner of the Photo Sentiments Coffee Mug thanks to the following entry that she wrote for her Patricia Addison:

“My grandma is grand because she is FUN! Grandma played waitress with us even though we asked for the same sandwich every day (cut into “fishy” shapes). She let us put barrettes in her hair and even went in public with her new ‘do! She played spinning tops and even made up her own games for us. We love her!”

Congratulations to all our winners and thanks again for everyone who entered the contest. Make sure you keep checking back here for new contests and enjoy your Grandparents Day!

 

Contest: What Makes Your Grandparent So Grand?

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grandparentscontestblogfinal 300x300 Contest: What Makes Your Grandparent So Grand?Grandparents Day is on September 9th this year and we thought – what better way to celebrate than bragging about how amazing your grandparents are and winning a personalized gift from PMall.com just for them that they’ll treasure forever?!

That’s why we’re having a Grandparents Day Contest and we’re asking our fans … “What Makes Your Grandparent So Grand?”

To enter the contest, send an email with the subject line “Grandparents Day” to social@pmall.com with the following information before the contest ends at midnight on Tuesday, September 4th, 2012:

- Your full name and email address that we can use to contact you if you win

- Your grandparent’s full name

- In 60 words or less, tell us what makes your grandparent so grand!

The PMall.com staff will select the top three most unique entries and determine the first, second and third place winners. We will post the names of the winners here on the A Personal Touch Blog on Wednesday September 5th.

We bet you want to know what you can win, huh!? Well, the first-place winner will win a 16” x 20” Photo Sentiments© Canvas which will be personalized with a picture of the winner and their grandparent and the winning text they submitted so that they can let their grandparent know just how much they mean to them with a special gift!

Second place will win a Photo Sentiments© Table Top Canvas with their own picture and submission and third place will win a Photo Sentiments© Coffee Mug that will be personalized with their picture and submission.

So don’t forget to get your submissions in before the contest ends September 4th! Good luck to everyone and we can’t wait to read all your entries!

We Have A Summer ParTEA Recipe Contest Winner!

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SummerPartea Blog v1 300x300 We Have A Summer ParTEA Recipe Contest Winner!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:

Hello,

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.

tea contest winners photo 300x200 We Have A Summer ParTEA Recipe Contest Winner!All you need is:

  • 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!

Best regards,

Liga

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).

“It’s delish!”

 

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.”

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