• gThankYou! Poll: What’s Your Favorite Ice Cream Flavor?

    Here at gThankYou! in lovely Madison, Wisconsin, we think there’s no more enjoyable and tasty way to beat July’s summer heat than with a cool, creamy treat. And there’s no better time to do it, either. July is National Ice Cream Month, a designation launched in 1984 by the late former President Ronald Reagan, who was famous for more than his style of populace politics and love of Jelly Beans.Ice Cream Cones
    According to the International Dairy Food Association, more than 90 percent of people in the U.S. enjoy ice cream: The industry generates more than $21 billion in annual sales and provides jobs for thousands. About 9 percent of all the milk produced by U.S. dairy farmers is used to produce ice cream.  Wow.
    So, what are the hottest ice cream flavor trends this year? It might not come as a surprise, but flavor-wise, vanilla continues to reign as the top choice among U.S. ice cream eaters, topping sales in both grocery stores and restaurants, says the IDFA .  Why?  This flavor is the most versatile, mixing well with toppings, drinks and bakery desserts.
    In order, America’s top five favorite ice cream flavors currently are:

    1. Vanilla
    2. Chocolate
    3. Cookie ‘n cream
    4. Strawberry
    5. Chocolate chip mint

    Surprised?  Not us.  Data in the NPD Group’s National Eating Trends In-Home Database says the most popular ice cream flavors are: Vanilla (27.8 percent), chocolate (14.3 percent) and strawberry (3.3 percent).
    But this doesn’t stop creative ice cream makers from coming up with all sorts of new concoctions every year. For some, the more strange the flavor, the better. (Maple Bacon Sundae cone anyone?)
    So what’s your favorite ice cream flavor, is it weird or not-so-strange? And, tell us what you think about these new less than traditional flavors below.  Happy licking everyone!
    [polldaddy poll=”5234595″] About Us
    gThankYou, LLC is based in Madison, WI and produces America’s favorite meaningful, affordable and convenient employee gifts.  gThankYou!® Certificates of Gratitude™ are one way savvy companies demonstrate commitment to valued employees and customers. The company is best known for its Turkey Gift Certificates, Ham Gift Certificates, and Grocery Gift Cards.   Other Favorites include our Ice Cream and Pie Gift Certificates.

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  • gThankYou! Guide to the Best Summer Grilling – Grill Your Vegetables

    An early-season heat wave here has us throwing just about everything we wanted to cook on our grill this past week. Groceries I never imagined would grill up nice and tasty have become some of my family’s new favorites. Many of them come from the produce department.Grilled Asparagus, Peppers, Onions, Chevre
    Grilling vegetables intensifies and can change the very character of their flavor profile. We used a lot of plentiful and in-season veggies stocking grocers’ shelves now. According to the folks at Cooks Illustrated, grilling vegetables has become more common. They’re a quick and easy dish, not to mention very tasty:
    “In general, vegetables should be cut to expose the maximum surface area to the grill, which helps them cook quickly and thoroughly. Smaller vegetables, such as cherry tomatoes and button mushrooms, need to be skewered to keep them from falling through the grill, as do slices of some larger vegetables like onions.”
    Great vegetables to grill include zucchini and summer squash, endive and radicchio, onions, bell peppers, tomatoes, mushrooms, fennel, asparagus, eggplant, beets – the list is almost endless.
    Corn is also fantastic! Soak it in the husk (pull out the silks prior to soaking) for several hours and pop the ears right on the hot coals, turning frequently to steam the corn and intensify the flavor. Add a small lump of herbed butter inside the husk prior to grilling for a real treat.
    Testers at Cooks Illustrated recommend using thin metal skewers to evenly, but bamboo skewers will work just as well if you soak them in water prior to use. Another method we like: heavy aluminum foil or an aluminum pie tin. If using aluminum foil, make it into a tray, folding up the sides. A pie tin works well if you poke small holes in the bottom. Place the foil or pie tin on top of your grill grate, and let the heat, turning often.Zucchini Grilling
    Regardless of your method – skewer, foil or pie tin – brush your veggies with olive oil or flavored oil prior to grilling.
    Have a great time experimenting with grilled vegetables. Use them as a side dish or add them to pasta or sandwiches. Here are a few recipes to get you started:

    Please share your favorite grilled veggie concoctions with us here and happy summer eating to all!

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  • Administrative Professionals All – Celebrate!

    Fans of the cable hit show Mad Men recognize just how much office life has changed in the past few decades. Perhaps most notably gone are the multiple secretaries who toiled over many (many) tasks for the ad men, managers, editors, purchasing agents and many (many) more beneficiaries.
    Today — if you’re very lucky —  your office has a bona fide administrative pro or two, along with a whole cast of others who take care of duties big and small, each necessary for keeping business moving efficiently.
    No surprise that the International Association of Administrative Professionals changed the focus of this year’s Administrative Professionals Week (this week, April 24-30) to Celebrate All Office Professionals.
    A bit on their reasoning:

    “The recession has hit everyone in the office. Downsizing has forced all of us to pull together and work harder, not just the administrative professionals in the workplace. IAAP recognizes the hard work and sacrifice from everyone. This year, celebrate all office professionals.”

    According to labor statistics, there are 4.1 million secretaries and administrative assistants in the U.S. today along with 8.9 million people serving in other administrative support roles. But few “traditional” secretaries still exist. In fact, only 5 percent of the administrative trade group’s membership still has the title. In their place are a slew of administrative pros that perform complex tasks managing projects, putting together budgets, serving as the staff expert on computer software and more.
    Blogging on the Small Business Trends website, Susan Payton of Egg Marketing & Public Relations makes some great points just how much we rely on administrative professionals. In 5 Things an Administrative Assistant is Better at than You, she lists (among other things)

    1. Organizing your calendar
    2. Managing travel plans
    3. Removing the paper pile from your desk

    I could name many (many) more. Where would we be, for example, without the office Excel expert, or the one guy who knows how to replace the toner? 
    We are all, indeed, administrative professionals. Celebrate your success by recognizing the great effort everyone makes pulling together, and take pride in the work you do.
    Please share your own examples of can’t-live-without admin duties performed by someone at your office. Happy Administrative Professionals Week to us all!

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  • Where do you insert a meat thermometer in ham?

    For food safety, a good meat thermometer is an essential kitchen tool. It’s just as important to know how to use it properly. This is the topic of much confusion and consternation. Fret not! We’ll clear it up with a common sense tips on where to insert the meat thermometer in your Holiday Ham.
    Tip # 1: Always use a meat thermometer when baking ham. This applies regardless whether you’re baking a partially cooked or fully cooked ham. It will tell precisely when your ham is done avoiding over-cooked, dry hams or undercooked meat – which can cause food-borne illness.
    You can’t guess at ham doneness by eyeballing or using general per-pound oven cooking times. Ovens vary too greatly, as to peoples’ eyeball perception of doneness.
    Tip #2: Use the thermometer of your choice. There are many types of meat and food thermometers on the market. Choose the one you feel the most comfortable using. They’ll all do the job.

    Tip #3: Insert the thermometer probe into the thickest part of the meat, avoiding the bone. For any bone-in ham, the thickest part is going to be the cut portion of the ham. But when baking a ham, it’s by far best to bake it cut side down to preserve juices. This is necessary if you’re cooking a spiral sliced ham. Solve this dilemma by inserting the thermometer at an angle from above into the thick portion below, while being careful to not insert too far to hit the bone.
    Read more about meat thermometers and food safety from the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service. Enjoy your Holiday Ham, and please share with us, your best tips on using a meat thermometer with Ham.
    For more ham recipes and cooking tips, be sure to download our FREE “Holiday Ham” Cookbook.  Click the image below to download your cookbook now.


    Holiday Ham Cookbook by gThankYou!

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  • How to Cook the Perfect Holiday Ham

    Years after everyone else has forgotten, I’m still a bit embarrassed about the first spiral-sliced ham I served. We splurged on a Nueske’s ham thinking it would be a great treat that was easy to prepare. But it became a bone-dry slab thanks to my confusion about how to go about properly cooking it. Not the perfect holiday ham we expected.

    Seems I’m not the only one who could use a little spiral aid. The fine folks at Cooks Illustrated have come up with a fool-proof method to spare yourself the same ordeal. Simply follow these tips on making the perfect spiral ham posted on Judy’s Kitchen: Holiday Ham 101.
    From Judy:

    “Their fool-proof method produces  moist and delicious spiral-sliced ham.  Soaking the ham in hot tap water for 1-1/2 hours brings the internal temperature of the ham up slowly, reducing the oven time.  Baking at a low temperature (250F) for a short period (about 1-1/2 hours) ensures the ham will stay moist.

    Leave it to the obsessive folks at the Cooks Illustrated Test Kitchen to find the perfect solution to make yours the Best Spiral Holiday Ham without any of the guesswork.
    Happiest of Holidays to you from all of us at gThankYou!

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  • Business Gifting Best Practices Revealed!

    At gThankYou, we’re  in the fortunate position to learn and share information about how corporate gifts – to employees, customers or friends — impact business. Study after study as well as documented experiences shared by firms we serve reveals that corporate leaders practicing workplace gratitude gain a lot of what we like to call Thanks Equity. It can be measured in engaged employees, loyal customers and a healthier bottom line.
    As another year comes to a close, it’s fitting to look back and share the best information we’ve found in the past year plus, a best practices of corporate gifting of sorts.

    1. Gaining worker buy in by offering an office picnic.
    2. Making Thanks easy by lowering the transaction cost.
    3. Health and happiness through giving.
    4. Recognition helps gain competitive advantage.
    5. Giving builds customer loyalty.
    6. Gratitude is the best recruitment and retention tool.

    More innovative corporate leaders are recognizing the value of Thanks Equity. You probably won’t find it on any P&L, but it does mean a lot to an organization’s health. Please share with us your stories of how workplace gifting helps your company.

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  • NEWS RELEASE: New gThankYou Holiday Enclosure Cards offers Seasonal Salutations

    gThankYou (www.gthankyou.com) has made it simpler to customize your Employee Gift Program. A new batch of Holiday Enclosure Cards has been added to help tailor your year-end gift of Thanks. From heartfelt to fun, each card has a new, brilliant holiday image and message certain to make your gift special.
    “Year end is a key time for companies to recognize achievement. We continue to add new gift cards to our selection to make it easier for leaders to customize their Thanks to each employee,” says gThankYou President Rick Kiley. “We’ll even imprint your corporate logo and name, and the name of your recipient onto each card.”
    Choose from among these new designs:

    • Festive Ornaments
    • Starry Night
    • Christmas Pets
    • And more

    Adding enclosure cards to your order of Turkey, Ham, Grocery or Dessert Gift Certificates is simple. Just pick your card design, send us an optional message and logo and we’ll include a card for each Gift Certificate you order. We offer customization at no extra charge.
    gThankYou Gift Certificates come with your choice of new seasonal, Turkey Gift Certificates, Ham, Grocery or Pie Gift Certificates online in a variety of denominations. They’re easy to order as well as simple and quick to distribute to employees who can then redeem them at nearly any grocery store for the Turkey, Ham, Ice Cream or Groceries of their choice. Learn more at www.gThankYou.com or by calling 888-484-1658.
    About gThankYou.com
    A popular choice for employee gifts and rewards, gThankYou® Gift Certificates help companies celebrate success! gThankYou, LLC (www.gthankyou.com) is based in Madison, Wisconsin. Find out more about gThankYou on the company’s website. Plus, read more about how Thanks can boost your company at the gThankYou.com blog (https://www.gthankyou.com/blog/). Contact: Rick Kiley, President, gThankYou, LLC, info@gthankyou.com, 888-484-1658.

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  • Turkey Sandwich Top Ten

    A colleague this week told me his family decided to celebrate Thanksgiving at a restaurant this year. It was great, he said, because no one had to cook or clean. But (here comes the lament) no one had Turkey Dinner leftovers, either.
    What a pity. Some of the best meals we have all year make good use of Thanksgiving leftovers. But the best of the best – and why I will year after year roast, grill or otherwise cook a Thanksgiving turkey – are the fantastic turkey sandwiches.
    More people use leftover turkey and other Thanksgiving fixings in sandwiches, making them into treasured gourmet meals.
    In honor of favorite Turkey Sandwiches all, we present our picks for the Top Turkey Sandwiches of all time.  It’s a virtual Hall of Fame of favorite sandwiches made to be served for lunch or dinner, some hot some cold.

    1. Homage to Thanksgiving Monte Cristo:  We alter this All Recipes version using a layer of leftover stuffing in between two generous layers of turkey surrounded by bread, pan fried in Panko Bread Crumbs. Yum.
    2. Gourmet Turkey Sandwich: It’s so much fun using fresh cranberry sauce (this year’s version courtesy the Barefoot Contessa), in sandwiches. Years ago, we discovered what a great sandwich condiment cranberry sauce makes. Add the cream cheese and grainy mustard  and it’s a truly gourmet sandwich.
    3. The Leftover: As demonstrated by this recipe on wikiHow, people put all manner of leftovers together to create the perfect concoction. Stuffing is great. We also like to do sweet potatoes as a layer (cranberry sauce, turkey and sweet potatoes). Experiment with what you have left over and Viola! You have your own new favorite.
    4. Turkey Cheddar Apple: We like to serve this grilled. Grilled or not, you can not go wrong pairing tart apple with tangy cheddar and turkey!
    5. White Bread -n-Mayo: This version is done with Hellman’s on Challa bread. I add iceberg lettuce for a distinct crunch.

    Customize by using your favorite bread, but always choose quality bread for the best leftover turkey sandwiches. Add  your favorite fresh veggies, too. Don’t have leftover turkey? No problem. Roast a small turkey. That’s what my friend who ate Thanksgiving at a restaurant did!


    About gThankYou, LLC

    Turkey Gift Certificates and Turkey Or Ham Gift Certificates by gThankYou! are two of America’s favorite employee gifts and can be redeemed for any Brand (Turkey or Turkey Or Ham), at virtually any Grocery Store in the U.S.
    gThankYou, LLC provides company leaders with a variety of easy, meaningful and affordable ways to recognize and reward employees, holiday time or anytime. gThankYou! Certificates of Gratitude and our free Enclosure Cards are personalizable including incorporating your company logo. And, nearly all orders ship same day.
    gThankYou, LLC (www.gthankyou.com) is based in Madison, Wisconsin. Contact: Rick KileyChief ThankYou! Officer, gThankYou, LLC at info@gthankyou.com or 888-484-1658.
    Follow the Company Blog – “Celebrating Work”.
    Join the Conversation @gThankYou 
    Watch our gThankYou! YouTube Video – “Learn More About Us”.
    “G” logo and “Certificates of Gratitude” are trademarks and “gThankYou” is a registered trademark of gThankYou, LLC.

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  • A Lesson in Appreciation

    Around Thanksgiving each year, teachers invariably urge students to talk and write about what they are Thankful for. (Insert groan here if you remember this exercise.)
    This is not an easy task for child nor adult. So, it’s with utter amazement and heart-melting admiration that I learned this year about one 10-year-old child’s poignant expression of gratitude before his class this Thanksgiving.
    When asked by his teacher to share what he appreciates, this kid thought and thought. Finally, he told classmates how he really is grateful for how his mom pours milk on his breakfast cereal every day.
    What sounded trivial to him turned into a lengthy classroom discussion about how the little things we do for each other daily really add up to make a big difference. And his simple expression of Thanks became not so little anymore.
    The simple truth is that small good things we do in our homes, communities and, yes, workplaces, every day add up in ways we probably don’t realize.
    Another truth: Thanks is a powerful tool that pays big dividends when shared. It needn’t be a big gesture, either.
    Happy Thanksgiving to all of you from all of us at gThankYou.

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  • NEWS RELEASE: New gThankYou Enclosure Cards will Tickle your Turkey Bone

    gThankYou (www.gthankyou.com) today made it even easier to boost your Thank You power with new, free enclosure cards just right for your Thanksgiving gift program. Choose cards that are funny, from the heart or that display a wonderful autumn image – including a new card that’s guaranteed to get a smile (see it below).
    “Many customers are surprised when they find out that by ordering our Gift Certificates for Turkey, Ham, Groceries or Pie, they also get our free Enclosure Cards,” according to gThankYou President Rick Kiley. “It’s part of the convenience that has made us one of Corporate America’s favorite employee gift suppliers.”
    This season, there are abundant ways to say Thank You. Choose from any of the following new designs.

    Our Enclosure Card service includes customizing at no charge.  We’ll print your cards with any message, company logo or names of gift recipients to make your employee gifts stand out – all free and with no obligation.
    gThankYou Gift Certificates come with your choice of new seasonal,  Turkey Gift Certificates, Ham, Grocery or Pie Gift Certificates online in a variety of denominations. They’re easy to order as well as simple and quick to distribute to employees who can then redeem them at nearly any grocery store for the Turkey, Ham, Ice Cream or Groceries of their choice. Find out more at www.gThankYou.com or by calling 888-484-1658.
    About gThankYou.com
    A popular choice for employee gifts and rewards anytime, gThankYou® Gift Certificates help companies celebrate success! gThankYou, LLC (www.gthankyou.com) is based in Madison, Wisconsin. Find out more about gThankYou on the company’s website. And read more about how Thanks can boost your company at the gThankYou.com blog (https://www.gthankyou.com/blog/). Contact: Rick Kiley, President, gThankYou, LLC, info@gthankyou.com, 888-484-1658.

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  • Top Pie Picks

    gThankYou recently added Pie Gift Certificates to our lineup for one reason:  customer request. The fact that customers were asking us to include a Gift Card for pie underscores the popularity of this comforting pastry in our hearts.

    Fun at the Great American Pie Festival

    According to the experts at the American Pie Council, we serve up 186 million pies purchased at grocery stores annually. That’s about $700 million in pie sales at markets alone!
    More and more, gourmet pies are sold alongside traditional choices right in your supermarket. But what are the most popular pies today? I don’t want to start a debate or anything, but here’s what the Pie Council found in a 2008 survey by it conducted with Crisco.:

    1. Apple (19%)
    2. Pumpkin (13%)
    3. Pecan (12%)
    4. Banana Cream (10%)
    5. Cherry (9%)

    Another pie favorites list published in the Nation’s Restaurant News in 2005 named the top 10 pies served in restaurants across the U.S.:

    1. Apple
    2. Chocolate or French Silk
    3. Coconut or Coconut Cream
    4. Pecan
    5. Berry (all kinds)
    6. Key Lime
    7. Lemon
    8. Pumpkin
    9. Cherry
    10. Banana or Banana Cream

    We haven’t even touched on the kind of pie people most like to make (and eat) at home. Perhaps rhubarb – our pick — and other regional favorites would show up on that list. What’s your favorite to buy in a store, order out or make at home?

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  • Look to the Professional Gift Pros

    Those in the business of Thanks rarely get a chance to see it in action first-hand.  But that’s what happened recently when gThankYou was among a select group of professional gift pros highlighted in a story in the October Business Beat Magazine. The feature in the publication of the Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce explores the wide array of opportunities for giving professional gifts, noting that many firms choose to recognize employee accomplishments and occasions.

    The heart of the message: “a gift lets you know you’re appreciated.”
    And that’s really at the heart of why we’re here, to help company leaders appreciate employees, customers and friends. But it’s how we help that means the most to both employees and employers. Explains gThankYou President Rick Kiley of our popular Turkey Gift Certificates, the gift that launched it all and continues to be popular during the holidays, particularly around that season of gratitude, Thanksgiving:

    “It’s so convenient for employees, and gives them flexibility and choice. They can redeem the certificate at their convenience and choose the turkey that suits them. It’s a very meaningful, highly visible gift that puts the employer front and center.”

    That convenience and meaning allows gThankYou certificates convey appreciation in a way that builds relationships and engages employees.
    It’s a rare treat for us to have such an “aw, shucks” moment. But having our work highlighted in this way gives us a glimpse of the appreciation that comes through recognition. Sort of a validation that what we’re doing really works. It certainly has given us a boost to work even harder to spread Thanks around.

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  • NEWS RELEASE – Pie Gift Certificates, New from gThankYou!

    Corporate America’s Top Employee Gift source gThankYou! has added new Pie Gift Certificates to its popular line of workplace gifts. Theses new gift certificates increase the array of delicious and thoughtful employee Gift Certificates and give employers more convenient and meaningful ways to recognize employee achievement and customer success.6-Slice Pie“Everyone loves pie,” says gThankYou President Rick Kiley. “Ours comes in every flavor imaginable without the inconvenience of lugging and storing, serving and slicing.”
    Employers choose the perfect gThankYou Pie Certificate dollar amount for their reward and recognition program to celebrate sweet success. Denominations range from $5 to $10. Recipients can redeem gThankYou Gift Certificates at virtually any supermarkets for the pie or similar dessert they choose.
    gThankYou Pie Gift Certificates can also be used to purchase cake, cheesecake or a similar treat.  Nearly all supermarkets and mass merchant grocers honor gThankYou Certificates.  Details are on the FAQ for Givers section of the gThankYou! website.
    Pie with SlicePersonalize each Gift Card free of charge for employees or customers with one of the new Pie Enclosure cards, seen here, or any of the Company’s Enclosure Card options. New Pie Enclosure Cards feature an assortment of wedges arranged artfully on a plate, and a slice embellished with a creamy dollop. As a extra service, gThankYou prints your choice of free Enclosure Card with your company name and the name of the recipient; company logos can also be included.
    Complete information regarding gThankYou! Pie Gift Certificates is on the gThankYou website.  Details include:

    Famous for its popular Turkey, Ham, Grocery and Ice Cream Certificates, gThankYou is the top choice gift for employees. gThankYou Gift Certificates are as convenient and easy for firms to give as they are meaningful, appreciated and simple for employees to redeem.
    About gThankYou, LLC. gThankYou helps companies celebrate with employees, customers and friends with Gift Certificates that are simple to purchase, easy to distribute and convenient to redeem. gThankYou Gift Certificates create an ideal opportunity for workplace leaders to recognize successes. gThankYou, LLC is based in Madison, Wisconsin. Learn More about gThankYou on the company’s website. And find out how rewards can boost your company’s bottom line at Celebrating Work, the blog of gThankYou.

    Contact: Rick Kiley, President, gThankYou, LLC, info@gthankyou.com, 888-484-1658.

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  • NEWS RELEASE: New Free Enclosure Cards from gThankYou!

    gThankYou!, a workplace gifts leader, today released its new line of autumn Enclosure Cards to compliment its Turkey Gift Certificates, Ham Gift Certificates and Grocery Gift Certificates.
    gThankYou! customers can choose from an array of fresh fall designs to gThankYou Enclosure Card-Falling Leaveshelp say “Thank You!”, from Corporate America’s favorite employee gift certificate source.
    The new Enclosure Cards feature a wind-swept Maple ablaze in color, a happy pumpkin patch scarecrow and delightful harvest icons. These designs help employers put the personal touch on gThankYou’s popular Gift Certificate line.  Artist Amy Pierquet of Waterfront Graphic Design, created each of the designs to make your companies’ gifts stand out.
    gThankYou Enclosure Card-Scarecrow“As business picks up, industries are using our Employee Gift Certificates more to keep employees as well as customers happy and engaged,” gThankYou President Rick Kiley explained. “gThankYou is honored that it has become a favorite with companies who wish to pair a traditional ‘Thank You!’ with modern convenience.”
    Many employers choose to personalize Employee Gift Certificates from gThankYou with Enclosure Cards. It’s a free service that makes employee gifts extra special. Just as ordering gThankYou! Certificates is easy, adding Enclosure Cards is also simple.  Customers choose a design, select a message to imprint, decide whether to add a company logo and the names of Certificate recipients.
    Easily order Turkey Gift Certificates, Ham, Grocery or Ice Cream Gift gThankYou Enclosure Card-Fall4SquareCertificates online in a variety of denominations. They’re simple and quick to distribute to employees who can then redeem them at nearly any grocery store for the Turkey, Ham, Ice Cream or Groceries of their choice. Find out more at www.gThankYou.com or by calling 888-484-1658.


    Download Our FREE Thanksgiving Enclosure Card Catalog



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    About gThankYou, LLC

    Turkey Gift Certificates and Turkey Or Ham Gift Certificates by gThankYou! are two of America’s favorite employee gifts and can be redeemed for any Brand (Turkey or Turkey Or Ham), at virtually any Grocery Store in the U.S.
    gThankYou, LLC provides company leaders with a variety of easy, meaningful and affordable ways to recognize and reward employees, holiday time or anytime. gThankYou! Certificates of Gratitude and our free Enclosure Cards are personalizable including incorporating your company logo. And, nearly all orders ship same day.
    gThankYou, LLC (www.gthankyou.com) is based in Madison, Wisconsin. Contact: Rick KileyChief ThankYou! Officer, gThankYou, LLC at info@gthankyou.com or 888-484-1658.
    Follow the Company Blog – “Celebrating Work”.
    Join the Conversation @gThankYou 
    Watch our gThankYou! YouTube Video – “Learn More About Us”.
    “G” logo and “Certificates of Gratitude” are trademarks and “gThankYou” is a registered trademark of gThankYou, LLC.
     

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  • News Release – gThankYou! Summer Enclosure Cards

    gThankYou!, America’s employee gift certificate leader, announces New Free Enclosure Card designs.
    What’s better than a triple scoop cone on a hot summer day? A free enclosure card from gThankYou that says “Thanks for a job well done!”.  Corporate America’s favorite employee gift source is pleased to offer four new free enclosure cards this summer to help make workplace gift giving more personal and simple.

    Triple Scoop Enclosure Card

    Triple Scoop Enclosure Card

    Designs include an Ice Cream Sundae (complete with chocolate sauce and acherry on top), a tempting Three-scoop Waffle Cone, a
    Sizzling BBQ Grill and an a collage of Favorite Summertime Activities. All gThankYou Enclosure Cards are displayed on the company’s website.  Each design was developed by artist Amy Pierquet of Waterfront Graphic Design.
    “There’s nothing more fun to eat than ice cream, and nothing that makes for a better celebration,” says gThankYou President Rick Kiley of the new card options sure to make anyone smile.  They’re the perfect compliment to our new Ice Cream Gift Certificates.
    These cards make giving gThankYou Gift Certificates

    Summertime Favorites Enclosure Card

    more convenient and meaningful.  Add a custom message and  your company logo to personalize your gift, and make it more special.
    A popular choice for employee recognition and reward programs, and end-of-quarter employee gifts, gThankYou Gift Certificates give employers the ease of selecting new Ice Cream, Turkey, Ham or Grocery Gift Cards in a variety of denominations. Employees have the convenience of deciding the type of Ice Cream, Turkey or Ham they want by redeeming gThankYou! Gift Certificates at any grocery store.
    About gThankYou.com. gThankYou® Certificates of Gratitude™ are an ideal employee gift. Turkey Gift Certificates, Ham Gift Certificates, Ice Cream Certificates and Grocery Gift Certificates are favorites because they are fun, meaningful, affordable and appreciated by all.
    Convenience is the top reason companies choose gThankYou Gift Certificates.  gThankYou Certificates can be ordered quickly online or by telephone, are easy to distribute to employees, and can be redeemed at virtually any grocery stores for the ice cream, turkey, ham or groceries that employees choose.  gThankYou Gift Certificates create a perfect opportunity for workplace leaders to recognize success.
    gThankYou, LLC (www.gthankyou.com ) is based in Madison, Wisconsin. Find out more about gThankYou on the company’s website. And read more about how Thanks can boost your company at the gThankYou Blog. Contact: Rick Kiley, President, gThankYou, LLC, info@gthankyou.com, 888-484-1658.
    Certificates of Gratitude™ is a trademark and “gThankYou” is a registered trademark of gThankYou, LLC.

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  • Celebrate National Ice Cream Day! Grilled Ice Cream & More

    Ice cream makes everyone smile! Delight employees by celebrating National Ice Cream Day in your workplace!

    We’re halfway through July and would be remiss if we didn’t mention that this month is National Ice Cream Month! In fact, this Sunday, July 18, is National Ice Cream Day. It’s apt to point out the many ways to celebrate everyone’s favorite frozen treat.
    As the story goes, former President Ronald Reagan in 1984 named July National Ice Cream Month and the third Sunday in July National Ice Cream Day. In true populist fashion, he proclaimed the celebration pointing out that a full 90% of Americans love ice cream. Sounds about right.
    There are so many ways to celebrate with ice cream from an old-fashioned Ice Cream Social to trying new concoctions.

    The World Dairy Diary Blog recently featured the dessert by self-proclaimed Grillmaster Rick Browne. It’s a version of Baked Alaska you can make on the grill. (Is there anything you can’t prepare on the grill?) Check locally to find ice cream festivities where you live this weekend.
    Here’s some ways people are celebrating Ice Cream this year:

    • Scope out freebies, like these at Buffalo’s Perry’s shops.
    • Go for some artisanal treats. Because we in the U.S. eat more ice cream per person than any other country, every town and city has its own special scoop shop, with specially made Ice Cream, like these in Minneapolis.
    • Play Ice Cream Trivia while enjoying your favorite dish or cone. This BuzzFeed post, “17 Things You Might Not Know About Ice Cream”  has good bit of history to get you started!

    Remember, you have the whole of the month to celebrate. How will you mark this cool occasion?

    National Ice Cream Day!

    Share your “thanks” with ice cream! We provide free customizable Enclosure Cards with any purchase of gThankYou! Ice Cream Gift Certificates. Celebrate your employees on National Ice Cream Day!

     

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  • Ice Cream or Custard?

    Last week, Vice President Joe Biden stumped for Wisconsin Democratic Senator Russ Feingold in Southeastern Wisconsin when he made what he may not have realized is a political gaffe here. Stopping to scoop cones at Kopps Frozen Custard in Glendale, Biden asked, “Where’s the ice cream?”
    An employee reportedly informed the vice president that the shop served custard, not ice cream.
    Biden’s mistake illustrates a really good point. Most people don’t know the difference. That strikes me as somewhat odd, because I sense most do grasp the difference between ice cream and other frozen treats like, for example, sherbet or granita.
    In the interest of clearing up the confusion, here’s a primer:
    Let’s start with the misunderstood frozen custard. It’s not soft serve ice cream. But it is unmistakable from any other type of ice cream once in your mouth and belly. It’s much richer than ice cream, made with egg yolks in addition to cream and sugar and contains more milk fat. Its extra creaminess also comes from a different churning process.
    From the folks at WiseGeek:

    “Frozen custard gets its creaminess from a higher percentage of butterfat compared to standard grade ice creams. In order to be considered a true custard, the mix must contain at least 10% butterfat, but it’s not unusual to see butterfat percentages as high as 18% or more. The beaters inside the chamber of a frozen custard machine turn much more slowly than those in a soft-serve ice cream or frozen yogurt machine. This slow churning prevents excessive air from being mixed into the custard as it freezes.”

    Various regions stake claim to serving the first custard — Chicago and New York among them. But I’ve never seen a concentration of custard stands and devotees as in Southern Wisconsin. There are three local stands within a bike ride or walk from my house alone. (It’s a true mystery why our city keeps appearing on lists of the healthiest places to live.)
    And now, for comparison, let’s discuss Ice Cream. Epicurious’ food dictionary describes Ice Cream as such:

    “…ice creams with solid additions must contain a minimum of 8% milk fat, while plain ice creams must have at least 10% milk fat. French ice cream has a cooked egg-custard base. Ice milk is made in much the same way as ice cream, except for the fact that it contains less milk fat and milk solids.”

    So, there you have it. Custard is denser and richer than ice cream or other frozen treats. Perhaps the White House staff can bone up on regional culinary specialties next time Biden travels, lest they want to endure another classic Biden blunder.

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  • The Weirdest Ice Cream Toppings

    Weirdest Ice Cream Topping? How about popcorn?
    What’s the most unusual thing you’ve eaten on top of your ice cream? How about buttered popcorn?
    The best thing about ice cream is the countless ways there are to serve it. It’s the ultimate customizable treat with toppings, mix-ins and variations to please everyone.
    What's your favorite ice cream topping?But what’s the top ice cream topping? According to WiseGeek, hot fudge, caramel and butterscotch sauces are the most popular, with strawberry sauce and maple syrup following. My favorite, particularly with a bowl of quality vanilla, is homemade rhubarb sauce.
    There’s so much more than sauce, categorized like this:  fruits, candies, nuts and other fun other stuff — think sprinkles and whipped cream.
    Some of the more unusual toppings listed by Quazen include warmed peanut butter, chocolate-covered coffee beans, green tea and canned pumpkin. I still say the most odd has got to be buttered popcorn. (I’d love to hear from anyone who has tried this – doesn’t the topping get mushy?) Says Quazen:

    “Ooooo, gross! Nope. Give it a try. Microwave some buttered popcorn, then sprinkle a handful on top of a bowl of vanilla ice cream (or any choice of your own). It’s fantastic, with a nice mix of sweet and salty.”

    If you need new topping ideas find them at Good Housekeeping! And if you like from-scratch, try this recipe for toffee sauce from ice-cream-recipes.com. Add texture with this Graham Cracker Crunch topping recipe from All Recipes.
    Ready for an ice cream party? Why not share some of these crazy concoctions with colleagues and have fun scoring favorite winners (and loosers). Not a bad way to take a break and get to know your co-workers better!

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  • News Release – Ice Cream Gift Certificates, New from gThankYou

    NEWS RELEASE:Ice-Cream-Gift-Certificates
    Celebrate Success with New Ice Cream Certificates from gThankYou. Employee gift expert gThankYou has introduced Ice Cream Gift Certificates, a new and fun way for companies to engage employees and say “Thank You” for a job well done. Ice Cream Gift Certificates are the perfect, and tasty, addition of your company’s recognition and reward program.
    I Scream, You Scream…
    “There’s nothing more fun to eat than ice cream, and the season is upon us,” says Rick Kiley, president of gThankYou, Corporate America’s favorite employee gift source. “There’s nothing that makes for a better celebration with friends and the entire family.”
    Fun Varieties
    Choose gThankYou Ice Cream Certificates for a variety of celebrations:

    • The Sundae –  good for one container of ice cream up to a $5 value
    • The Double Scoop – redeemable for two containers of ice cream up to a $10 value
    • The Triple Scoop — purchases three containers up to a $15 total value.
    • The Ice Cream Social – up to a $20 value good for four containers of ice cream.
    • The Extravaganza – up to a $25 value toward five containers of ice cream.
    • The Ultimate Scoop – an ice cream lovers dream good for six containers at up to $30 value.

    Plus, add $5 or $10 to your certificate for mix-ins and toppings like nuts, candies, whipped cream and sauce.
    Each certificate is redeemable at any grocery store for any brand of ice cream, frozen novelty or similar frozen dessert in the appropriate denomination and container count. Employees can also choose the brand and type of toppings of their choice, if included in the certificate.
    More Information
    There’s a lot more information about gThankYou® Ice Cream Gift Certificates at the Company’s website, including:

    About gThankYou, LLC gThankYou helps companies celebrate with employees, offering Gift Certificates that are simple to purchase, easy to distribute and convenient to redeem for employees, customers and friends. gThankYou Gift Certificates create an ideal opportunity for workplace leaders to recognize successes. gThankYou, LLC is based in Madison, Wisconsin. Learn More about gThankYou on the company’s website. And find out how rewards can boost your company’s bottom line at Celebrating Work, the blog of gThankYou.
    Already known for its popular Turkey Gift Certificates, Ham Gift Certificates and Grocery Gift Certificates, gThankYou is the top choice gift for employees; as convenient and easy for firms to give as it’s meaningful and appreciated and simple for employees to redeem.
    Contact: Rick Kiley, President, gThankYou, LLC, info@gthankyou.com, 888-484-1658.

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  • 101 Uses for Leftover Ham

    We make egg salad once a year. Bet you guessed that it’s the week following the annual visit from that famous bunny, who leaves colorful, hard-cooked eggs all around our house — in the yard if the snow isn’t too deep.easter bunny
    Likewise, I have favorite recipes I pull out annually following the big Holiday Ham Dinner. I make ‘em once a year and they’ve become almost as much a tradition as what we do on Easter itself.
    In my estimation, there are probably about 101 ways to use up a bone-in ham. Boneless, too – although I favor a ham bone to make a rich soup stock.

    Favorite Leftover Ham Recipes

    While I love a thick sliced ham sandwich any day – here are our favorite ham dishes I rotate from year to year that I hope you love too. The great thing about ham is you can use it to make the ultimate in comfort food (think mac’ n cheese with ham) or dress it up in elegant appetizers or entrees!

    More Recipe Choices

    That’s not quite 101 leftover ham recipes so let’s include these tasty suggestions from good go-to resources to broaden your choices :

    Send in your family favorites to info@gThankYou.com so we can include them on the blog! There are so many more than 101 choices.

    Happy cooking and happy eating!

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How gThankYou Certificates Work

Step 1

Order Certificates

Choose the gThankYou Certificates you want and order them online or by telephone.

Step 2

Ship directly to your business

Your order is delivered by UPS. Nearly all orders ship the day received. Overnight shipping is available.

Step 3

Distribute to your employees

Personalize your gThankYou Certificates with Recipient and Giver names (optional) and give them to employees.

Step 4

Redeem at any grocery store

Recipients redeem Certificates at major U.S. grocery stores and select the items they want.