Presenting the Lucky Winner

Written on Tuesday, December 29th, 2009 at 2:42 pm by Liz
Filed under Lifestyle, Sharing Success.

Hi everyone!

There are only a few days left before the end of the year, and we’re pretty excited about the New Year and all the activities we have in store for it. As you may already know, my eldest son Chandler celebrated his 13th birthday on December 20 (Happy Birthday Chandler!), and we had a bunch of his friends and lots of snowball fights! But, that’s another story for another time. <g>

Our main focus today is the winner of our Looking Inside the Thompsons’ Holiday blog poll contest. First and foremost, I would like to thank all of you who participated in the contest. We had a great turnout, which goes to show that the topic of food surely gets a lot of attention! <g> The menu this year is amazing and filled with delicious recipes! Those at the food bank will truly enjoy it…

To bring others who may not know about the contest up to date, here’s a recap of how we whipped it up. Since our big feast with family and friends took place during Chandler’s birthday, we decided to push through with the usual Christmas dinner but with an added twist to it. Instead of letting our family and friends vote on what we’ll serve from the compiled list of options for the holiday menu, we opened the voting to you, our readers. And instead of serving the food to our family and friends on Christmas day, we’d donate all of them to the food bank. It’s a great way to honor and continue this time-tested holiday tradition of ours. <g>

The Mouthwatering Feast

I am thrilled to be sharing some of our remarkable family traditions with a lot of people this year. The chance to give more and help through a meaningful feast warms our hearts.
Without further ado, here are the dishes that won your palates and will surely touch a lot of mouths and hearts.

1.) Cheese Plate 25%

Shrimp Cocktail 21%

Crab Dip 19%             (This is my Great-Grandmother’s recipe and is ALWAYS a big hit)

2.) Turkey 26%

Grilled Salmon 21%

Roast Beef 17% = Country Ham 17%

3.) Potato & Leek Soup 42%

4.) Sweet Potatoes 19%

Roast Potatoes, Carrots, & Onions 17%

Mixed Wild Mushrooms 14% = Apple Pecan Dressing 14%

Mashed Potatoes 13%

5.) Green Beans with Balsamic Vinegar 30% = Spinach Souffle 30%

Roasted Brussels Sprouts 19%

6.) Baked Apples 50%

7.)  Apple Pie 14%

Pumpkin Pie 13%

Cheesecake 12% = Pecan Pie 12%

Crème Brulee 9%
All Those Who Made It Possible

A toast to all of you for helping us keep the spirit of giving alive. Your choices will help bring holiday cheer and smiles to many people’s faces and make them feel the holiday spirit even for just one night.

As promised, all those who participated got a digital copy of my book, “Successisms.” (email from mejie @ Congratulations! I hope you’ll have fun reading through the pages as I enjoyed putting the book together. May the inspiring quotes from all those famous people bring significant changes to your lives as well.

The Big Winner

Now for the Grand Prize winner of the course I wrote, “The Science of Creating Your Dreams.”   Allow me to congratulate Kevyn Malloy, a personal coach . She’ll be receiving a copy of this course, which is normally worth $147 but is now hers for FREE!

The family holiday tradition she shared in her post reminds me so much of our own holiday dynamics, and how wonderful and intense it gets in our household this time of the year – especially at the onset of the dinner menu voting and even more during the actual preparations! <g> Let me share with you below, in her own words, the holiday tradition Kevyn enjoys with her family.

“We have a family holiday tradition which is to make crab balls (they require at least 4 participants to make) as an appetizer. There is a lot of family teasing that goes on (who ate the most last year, who can’t roll a round crab ball, who went to wash their hands and came back to find them all gone!) and the little kids think that it is very funny to watch the adults “argue”. Even when we are not in the same house, crab balls are a must, and there are telephone calls to check to see if they are being done properly!”

Thank you for sharing this wonderful tradition with us Kevyn. I hope you don’t mind if we include crab balls to our menu next time. <g>
Again, congratulations to all the winners, and thank you once again for supporting our online Holiday dinner poll contest this year. We appreciate your support. I wish you’ll participate again next time, for we love having you here!

If you are planning to adapt your own version of our Thompson holiday tradition, we hope it would bring as much fun, excitement and laughter to your family as it has to ours.

Enjoy the rest of the holidays!

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