Epitome of grace

Graduation Contest Entry #1

My daughter, Adrienne, is the epitome of grace. Unlike her high-strung, Scotch-Irish mother (me!), she truly knows how to exude both confidence and humility in the face of life’s ups and downs and there are so many things that have surprised us through the years! As she graduates from high school this year, it is so hard to believe that a beautiful ballerina has developed from an almost 9-pound bundle of energy and joy that surprised her college student father and myself 18 years ago! When she was a little girl, she was somewhat shy, yet she sat back and took in all that was around her and bounded her way through every new adventure and stage in life – school, friendships, everything! – with a sense of wonder and acceptance that showed wisdom far beyond her years. She is a typical girl who giggles when her dad and brothers are being silly and sometimes cries too easily when she gets frustrated at her inability to master a new dance step, but in so many ways she is NOT typical in her kindness and acceptance of others. Continue reading

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Graduation Contest

Surprise us with a story about your grad and win $100 in graduation announcements!

Graduation Contest

As the proud parent of a graduating senior, you have watched your child grow into a young adult, an individual who has surprised, delighted, amused and amazed you every step of the way. To enter our graduation contest, tell us what surprised you most about your high school or college grad. You could win up to $100 in graduation product at Pear Tree!

It might be a story about his or her perseverance in accomplishing a goal, or courage in facing a challenge. It might be about a difficult decision he or she made that will change her life. Or it might be about a special talent your grad possesses. Whether funny, sad or inspiring, we want to hear your story–and reward you for raising such a great kid!

Graduation ContestSend your entry to contests@peartreegreetings.com with your name, email and phone number and then watch for it to be posted on our blog. But hurry–this graduation contest ends April 1st! The winner will be chosen by judges at Pear Tree Greetings, and will be notified on or before April 9, 2012. The winner will receive a $100 credit to spend on graduation announcements and invitations at Pear Tree! Second prize: $50 credit; Third prize $20 credit. Limit one entry per family, please. Good luck and start writing!

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Secret’s Out Baby Contest

Secret's Out Baby ContestWhen my sister-in-law found out she was pregnant, she was super excited. She knew that her husband would be, too, and wanted to share the news in a fun, memorable way, since this sort of thing doesn’t happen every day! She came up with the idea of putting a bun in the oven—literally. She put a bun on a cookie sheet and put it in the oven. When he came home from work, she asked him to put a frozen pizza in the oven for dinner. When he opened the oven, he was puzzled over what was in there. It wasn’t until he voiced the question, “Why is there a bun in the oven?” that it clicked.

Moments like these are treasured and retold for a lifetime. Share your story by entering our Secret’s Out Baby Contest. It’s simple to enter. All you have to do is tell the story of how you (or someone you know) made the big announcement to their spouse, family or friends that you were pregnant. Friends can vote on your entry via Facebook, Twitter or email, and the winner gets a $1,000 Visa Gift Card, plus $100 to use toward birth announcements at Pear Tree Greetings.

Sound easy? It is! And if you’re not the one having a baby, you can always vote! We’re accepting entries until August 31, so start writing.

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Graduation Contest

grad contestWe are coming to the end of our grad contest and we have received some remarkable stories! From overcoming life’s hardships and making an amazing life for themselves to helping a single parent get through day to day work by caring for his or her siblings to creating their own foundation to raise money to find a cure for a disease to going on youth mission trips to help those in need. These are inspiring, unforgettable and truly uplifting stories. Our 2011 grad contestants are something amazing and we, at Pear Tree, are so proud of them for reaching their goal and continuing to reach for their dreams. Please read the entries and vote for your favorite- they could win up to $6k for their future plans!

Check out our graduation announcement collection to share your journey with family and friends!

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That’s My Grad Contest – Pear Tree Graduation Contest

Congratulations to the parents of the class of 2011!  You have not only survived years of parenting, but you have the most amazing young adult to show for it.  We know the feeling!  It seems like just yesterday you were changing diapers and tying shoes, and now your grad is heading off for a future you could never have imagined. Every proud parent has a story, and we’d like to hear yours.  What makes you feel so lucky to be the parent of a 2011 grad?  Tell us what the past years have been like and what your grad has accomplished—the joys, the setbacks, the proud moments and the challenges you faced together. You could get really lucky and win up to $6,000 for your grad!
DETAILS:
To enter, please share your grad’s story in 175 words or less and upload it along with a photo at Pear Tree Greetings Grad Contest. Entries will be accepted until May 3, 2011, at 11:59 PM. Then it’s up to you to bring in the votes!  Share your entry, via Facebook & email, with family and friends to get votes. Voting will end May 10, 2011, at 11:59 PM. At that time, the top-10 voted entries will become finalists.  From May 10, 2011 @ 12:00 AM to May 17, 2011 @ 12:00 PM, the Pear Tree’s panel of judges will pick the first, second, and third place winners from that group of 10 finalists. The winners will be announced by noon May 18. Judges will base their decisions on the accomplishments of the grad and on how well the story is told.
$11,000 in prizes will be given away to 2011 grads!
$6,000 first place winner
$3,000 second place
$2,000 third place

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Family Recipe Showdown Contest Winners

Congratulations to our Family Recipe Showdown contest winners! After some mouth watering deliberation we’re proud to present to you this year’s winners!

Sushi Cake

by Hidemi W.

sushi cakeIngredients:

  • 2 cups Uncooked Japanese Rice or Sushi Rice
  • 1/2 cup Rice Vinegar
  • 4 tablespoons Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Avocado
  • 2 oz Philadelphia Cream Cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/2 tablespoon Lemon Juice
  • 2 tablespoon Mayonnaise
  • 2 Eggs
  • 8 oz Smoked Salmon

Directions:

  1. Rinse rice several times in running water until water gets clear. Drain in a colander. Cook in a sauce pan with a lid or rice cooker according to package directions. Note, just a little bit less water than package directions so that rice is cooked a little bit harder. (To make perfect sushi rice, rice should be cooked little bit harder than regular rice)
  2. While rice is cooking, in a small bowl, combine rice vinegar, sugar and salt. Mix well.
  3. Make finely scrambled eggs. In a lightly oiled frying pan, pour the beaten eggs and stir with 4-5 chopsticks quickly and constantly to make finely scrambled eggs. If you don’t have chopsticks, make sure to stir quickly and constantly with fork, not to stir roughly.
  4. In a bowl, scoop avocado pulp and mash. Add cream cheese, and mayonnaise. Mix well.
  5. When rice is done, transfer to the medium bowl and add 2 and mix gently. Don’t stir too much. Let it cool.
  6. In a cake pan, place plastic wrap on the bottom of the pan, and put in scrambled eggs. Then place half of the sushi rice. Flatten the rice with fork (wet with water). Then put avocado cream cheese mixture on the sushi rice, and place the rest of the sushi rice. Press with wet fork hard to settle. Let it stand for about half an hour until sets.
  7. Turn the cake pan upside down onto the plate. Remove plastic wrap. Put smoked salmon shaped roses and a couple of leaves of spinach. Serve.

*To make rose-shaped smoked salmon, cut each piece of smoked salmon into half-1 inch length. Roll one piece by one piece with fingers until the size you want to make.

Peanut Butter Creams

by Elizabeth H.

peanut butter creamsIngredients:

  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup peanut butter

Directions:

  1. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. Drop small round balls of dough onto waxed paper.
  3. Chill for at least a half hour.
  4. They are ready to eat!

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Contest! Family Recipe Showdown

family recipe contestIt’s that time of year again. Time to pull out the tried-and-true family recipes—the ones you wouldn’t dare alter, the ones that make your family celebrations yours and yours alone. These recipes, carefully copied from Grandma’s or Mom’s or Aunt Judy’s originals, are dog-eared and splattered and dusted with a fine layer of flour, but the results are no less delicious.

This holiday season, that precious index card or scrap of paper could win you free Christmas cards (up to $100 worth) plus free printed recipe cards to share with your friends! All you have to do is share your family recipe, your memories of what makes it special, and a photo of the finished dish. Here’s how to enter:

Send the following by November 15th, 2010, to contests@peartreegreetings.com.

  • Your family recipe
  • 250 words or less about your memories surrounding your dish
  • A photo (less than 2MB) of your dish

Limit one recipe per entry, per person; but if you write a blog and post your entry with a link to blog.peartreegreetings.com (and confirm with us your blog post by sending the link to contests@peartreegreetings.com), you will receive 3 entries for your 1 recipe. We will choose 4 random entries, and 4 additional entries will be chosen by our Pear Tree team. The eight finalists will be posted on our Pear Tree Blog on 11/16/2010, to be voted upon by our readers. One vote per email address for the voting period. Voting ends 11/21/2010. The entry with the most votes will be chosen as the winner and receive $100 towards Christmas Cards, plus 50 free recipe cards. (See rules)

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BOO-tiful Halloween Photo Contest Winners

Thanks for all of your votes… Over 800 voted for your favorites! It took awhile, but we’ve tallied them up. Below are the top three most voted (We will be reaching out to the winners via email). Please congratulate our wonderful winners. I’m sure each got plenty of candy yesterday!

The winners are:

1. #7 – Raggedy Ann & Andy

2. #4 – Pumpkin Princess

3. #3 – Kitty

Hope you had a wonderful Halloween with your families. Now, how long can you hide that candy for?

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BOO-tiful Halloween Photo Contest Finalists

Boo-tiful Halloween Photo Contest entries are in and we’ve seen everything from pumpkin cuties to silly monkeys. There’s just no shortage of adorable pictures, creative costumes, and fall fun! We’ve had a tough time picking out the best ten, but we did the impossible. Here are our picks.

Vote for your favorite entries by adding a comment for the entry number. We will count unique comments for each entry and pick our top three winners. Every vote counts, so vote by 10/30!

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BOO-tiful Halloween Photo Contest

Halloween Photo Contest

You’ve scoured the pumpkin patch. You’ve stuffed the scarecrow. Maybe you’re one of those crafty types that we all gush over (but secretly envy) who make your own costumes. You’ve found a costume your kid loves, and now they won’t take it off. And why should they? They’re can’t-help-but-giggle adorable. You’ve snapped photo after photo of all this Octobery goodness and now you’re in luck! This is the contest for you. Presenting the Pear Tree BOO-tiful Halloween Photo Contest!

What you could win:

Grand Prize (1) – $100 Visa gift card
Runner Up (2) – $50 credit toward Christmas Cards from Pear tree

How to enter:

Email your best photo (please only one entry and photo per person) to contests@peartreegreetings.com. We’ll select what we feel are the 10 best photos, post them here on our blog, and then you, the readers, can vote for your favorite by leaving a comment on the post.The photo with the most comments from unique visitors wins!

The nitty gritty:

Submit your photo from now until October 23rd. Voting begins October 24th and ends October 30th (hint: the more people you tell about your entry in the contest, the better chance you have at winning that sweet gift card). Official Rules

So get to it! Dress up the munchkins. Carve those pumpkins. And snap away. What’s the worst that could happen? You’ll have a memory forever, and a great feature for your very own halloween photo card. Good luck!

See our finalists

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