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Free Holiday Ham Guide: The Perfect Addition to Your Easter Ham Gift

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Click the image to download your FREE Holiday Ham Guide!

Spring celebrations include graduations, Mother’s Day, baptisms, and of course, religious holidays like Easter. It’s a time for healthy feasting to symbolize the end of a long winter and the beginning of a fresh new season.

Whatever you’re celebrating this spring, if you’re including a ham for the main course, you’ll want to find the easiest, tastiest recipes to consider for preparing the main course for the cutting board. Actually, even before looking for the best recipes to cook your ham, you’ll want to decide between cured and uncured. And remember, with gThankYou! ham gift certificates, it’s easy to give the gift of a main course ingredient to employees, friends, family, and anyone else on your gift shopping list this spring. Our Free Holiday Ham Guide helps!

Cured vs Uncured

There are different types of hams, depending on how they are processed after slaughter. The most common type of ham you see in grocery stores is wet-cured. These are brands like Hormel, Cook’s, and HoneyBaked. Wet-cured hams are soaked or injected with brine then broiled or smoked. Dry-cured hams are rubbed with salt and sugar, dry-aged between three months and three years, and sold raw. You’ll learn about these and other types of ham in our free cookbook.

Best Tasting Ways to Cook Ham

Hams can be cooked in various ways, including baking, boiling, grilling, and deep frying. Glazing is a popular way to bring out rich flavors and add citrus, apple, onion, whiskey, and other undertones to your special occasion ham. Good ingredients for ham glazes include mustard, spices like cloves and cinnamon, honey, brown sugar, molasses, and even soda. You may have a favorite holiday ham recipe, possibly your grandmother’s recipe or one passed down through your family. If not, you may want to browse recipes at Epicurious to find ham recipes collected from Bon Appetit, Gourmet, and other great recipes sources. Consider a deviled ham or a new glaze you’ve never tried.

After It’s Over – Leftovers

Unless you’re feeding a starving hoard, you’ll have some ham leftover, and that’s a good thing. Freeze leftover ham to use in the weeks following your special meal. It’s great for many meals other than sandwiches. Besides the recipes for leftover ham in our free ham cookbook, check out our ideas for ham leftovers, like macaroni and cheese with country ham and shirred eggs and ham.

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.

Plan Your Easter Ham Gift Promotions

Easter

Easter is here, and it’s the perfect time of year to reward both customers and employees alike. Ham is a Spring tradition, and here at  gThankYou we make giving the gift of ham both simple and rewarding.

It’s never been easier to order. You can visit our website for Ham Certificates, Turkey Certificates, and even for Groceries! We are also available to take your order over the phone, seven days a week. Give us a call at (888) 484-1658.

Our certificates are all about gratitude, and we go the extra mile to make sure our customers know it. We offer free Enclosure Cards with every order, and with dozens upon dozens of designs to choose from, we know you’ll be able to find the perfect card for the occasion. We also offer free customization of your favorite Enclosure Card, with a personal message and even your company logo.

gThankYou Certificates of Gratitude are a wonderful way to remind employees and customers that you are thinking of them this Spring. Give the gift of a delicious ham this Easter, we will make the entire process a breeze.

To learn about building a culture of appreciation in your workplace this Spring, download our free guide to “Workplace Gratitude” and start sharing your gratitude today!

Easter

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.

Delight Employees this Spring with gThankYou! Ham Gift Certificates

gThankYou! Ham Gift CertificateSpring has officially started, even though there’s still snow on the ground in a lot of areas. It’s time for spring break, planning Easter with relatives, and thinking about summer plans for the family.  Your employees and clients have weathered the long winter season with you, so it’s time to show them some well deserved appreciation. Why not delight everyone with a gThankYou! Ham Gift Certificate to be enjoyed with family and friends this spring holiday season.

gThankYou! Makes Showing Your Workplace Gratitude Easy

With gThankYou! Ham Gift Certificates, you don’t have to worry about the logistics or coordination of ordering, storing, and distributing a truckload of hams to show you care.  Call us at 888-484-1658 or order online and have your Certificates of Gratitude as fast as tomorrow morning.  We offer free “Thank You” cards to go with your order which can be personalized with your message and company logo if desired.  Click here to see our Spring Thank You Card designs.  We send you a proof for your approval.  It’s that easy.

Spring "Thank You" CardAll varieties of gThankYou! Gift Certificates are good for any Brand of merchandise selected, at virtually any grocery store nationwide.  Recipients love the convenience to buy what they want, where and when they want.  You’ll love how easy it is to share your workplace gratitude.

In this economy, employees especially appreciate practical gifts that can be shared with family and friends as shown in research by consumer and corporate incentives company Parago.

Share our FREE Ham Cookbook!

Please enjoy and tell recipients about our FREE Holiday Ham Cookbook.  The perfect complement to a thoughtful gift of a gThankYou! Ham Gift Certificate. Download the cookbook now by clicking on the image below. 

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This cookbook can also be found and downloaded from the gThankYou! website under the “Information for Recipients” tab.

Want to get creative when distributing your spring ham gift certificates? Combine your gift with another to engage colleagues and have fun at work too, such as:

  • Offer a cooking class on great glazes for ham or easy sides to go with a ham dinner.
  • Send recipients home with an apron imprinted with the company logo.
  • Throw a quick afternoon party to publicly recognize great work and share your gratitude with the workplace.
  • Allow employees to delight top customers or clients with the unexpected gift of a Ham Gift Certificate.

So this spring, build loyalty, engagement and delight with the unexpected gift of a Ham for the spring holidays.  gThankYou! Ham Gift Certificates make it easy for you to share your workplace gratitude, and are loved by recipients.

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.

Easy Employee Recognition with gThankYou! Turkey or Ham Gift Certificates

Turkey or Ham Gift Certificate by gThankYou!Any day is a good day to share your thanks and appreciation with hard-working employees and colleagues.  The spring holidays, Passover (14th to 22nd) and Easter (20th) are an especially good time to celebrate employees with a thoughtful gift of a Turkey or Ham Gift Certificate by gThankYou!  A meaningful yet affordable gift that can be shared with families to enjoy for the holidays.

The coming month, April, is full of celebrations so if honoring the spring holidays isn’t the right thing for your company, take advantage of any of the other fun occasions to engage employees and celebrate in your workplace.  Spring is a great time to make a break from the grey overhang of winter and celebrate the potential of the year ahead.

Why not consider celebrating National Walk to Work Day (4th), Volunteer Recognition Day (20th), Earth Day (22nd), Administrative Professionals Day (23rd) or Take Your Daughter to Work Day (24th), to name just a few? Peruse the less established, unique or for-fun holidays and you’ll find even more opportunities to create fun in the workplace, such as International Moment of Laughter Day (14th), Reach As High As You Can Day (15th) and National High-Five Day (17th).

Holidays are vital to honoring tradition and sharing what’s meaningful to us, of course, but when it comes to the workplace the most important celebration is the everyday culture of gratitude you create for employees all year-long.

A company loses out when it makes a big show of celebrating employees only during the obligatory times, like Thanksgiving. Research into workplace retention repeatedly shows that when employees don’t feel appreciated, they’re more likely to look elsewhere for employment.

Remember the children’s story about the tortoise and the hare? The hare brags about being the fastest runner around, but in the end, the tortoise ends up beating him in a race by staying focused and consistent. Workplace gratitude is similar — a big splashy holiday party is fun, but soon forgotten if your overall employee recognition program isn’t a consistent and everyday aspect of your company’s culture.

Gratitude is so engrained in our society in other ways — what are the “magic words” we teach toddlers as soon as they can talk? — but it’s often neglected in the workplace. Tony Schwartz, CEO of The Energy Project, writes in an article for the Harvard Business Review “Why Appreciation Matters So Much”:

…we’re not fluent in the language of positive emotions in the workplace. We’re so unaccustomed to sharing them that we don’t feel comfortable doing so. Heartfelt appreciation is a muscle we’ve not spent much time building, or felt encouraged to build.

Fortunately, resources abound for managers looking to improve their fluency in the language of positive emotions like gratitude. Sharpen your skills by practicing random acts of kindness in your workplace (never underestimate the power of goodwill!) or trying one of our 6 Simple Steps to Building Employee Happiness.

Free "Thank You" Card from gThankYou!Holidays come and go, but a culture of gratitude is forever.  gThankYou! Certificates of Gratitude provide leaders with affordable, meaningful and convenient ways to share your workplace gratitude any day. This spring, delight employees with an unexpected treat of a Turkey or Ham Gift Certificate or one of our other popular gift certificate varieties. Be sure to choose one of our free new spring “thank you” card designs to personalize your appreciation.

To learn more about building a culture of appreciation and gratitude, download our free guide to Workplace Gratitude and start sharing your thanks today!





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.

Employee Appreciation Gift Certificates by gThankYou! Delight All

PDF Fan with CardResearch shows that acts of altruism, such as sharing gThankYou’s employee appreciation gift certificates, are as uplifting an experience for the giver as they are for the recipient.

Even better, such behavior fueled by compassion, kindness and generosity tends to spread “like wildfire,” according to studies reviewed by Stanford University’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education — adding to the increasing body of evidence that emotions are as contagious as the common cold. (If you’re interested in reading about more compassion-related research, Huffington Post has a helpful RSS feed of articles from Project Compassion Stanford.)

Being compassionate often requires a shift in perception. On Huffington Post, Emma Seppala, Ph.D., illustrates the power of this mindshift with a Buddhist myth about lunch in hell vs. lunch in heaven. In hell, diners are placed before a scrumptious buffet but cannot eat because the forks are too long. As a result, the diners live in eternal frustration and hunger. In heaven, diners are placed before the same buffet and eat heartily by using the same long-pronged forks to feed each other.

“The same circumstances can be experienced very differently depending on our attitudes and behavior,” Seppala writes. “Scientific data suggests that compassion is the intelligent way.”

Here are three scientifically proven ways a generous act like sharing employee appreciation gift certificates can be a win-win for you, your employees and the overall culture at your workplace.

1. It inspires others. A researcher at the University of Virginia describes the feeling generated by altruism as a state of “elevation” — like a chemical high — and suggests this may be the force behind the chain reaction of giving. The appreciation you show coworkers and employees is likely to spark a wave of goodwill in your workplace that can affect even those who aren’t the direct recipients, such as clients or customers.

2. It’s energizing. Depression and anxiety — individual or collective — are linked to self-preoccupation, an energy-sapping emotional state that is draining on everyone who comes in contact with it. When you share gifts, you shift the focus to others and to a culture of giving. Self-absorption dissipates and your whole workplace is energized.

3. It breeds happiness. Generosity wakes up the “pleasure centers” in the brain — the same ones activated by chocolate, money and sex — and actually makes us happier than if we were just buying something for ourselves.

Speaking of happiness, Pharrell Williams sings in his hit song “Happy” that happiness feels like a “room without a roof.” It’s a great turn of phrase, and it also describes well the expansive potential that researchers have discovered in the act of giving. The more you give, the more you get and the happier everyone is. Try it today.

When was the last time you experienced the “chain reaction” effect of generosity? How do you spread altruism in your workplace?

For tips on sharing your employee appreciation, download our FREE “Ultimate Guide to Employee Gift-Giving” by clicking below.

 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.

gThankYou! Candy Gift Certificates Show You Care

Candy Gift Certificates by gThankYou!There’s really only one reason to celebrate Valentine’s Day, or any other holiday in the workplace – it’s because you’re creating a company culture that employees love and are proud of.  gThankYou! Candy Gift Certificates are an easy and affordable way to show you care, Valentine’s Day or whenever you want to share your workplace gratitude.

gThankYou! Candy Gift Certificates come in $5 and $10 values and are good for any Brand of candy, at virtually any Grocery Store in the U.S.  All purchases come with free “Thank You” cards that can be personalized with your message and company logo.  To order our limited edition Candy Gift Certificates, call 888-484-1658.

Valentine Heart on NotepadBuilding a beloved company culture isn’t easy.  Among other things, it takes senior leadership vision and an ongoing passion for creating a workplace that supports employees.  The benefits of a great culture are well documented, including:

1. Attracting and keeping great people
2. Helping people deliver their best work
3. Contributing to the bottom-line

So take advantage of Valentine’s Day and break out the workplace fun.  Share an unexpected gift of a gThankYou! Candy Gift Certificate or have a mid-afternoon Valentine cookie or ice cream social break.  Either way, you’ll be sure to delight colleagues and share the company love.





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.

Make Super Bowl Monday A Workplace Win: Engage Employees

How to Engage Employees the Monday After the Super Bowl

Photo Credit: NFL

The Challenge:
To Engage Employees on a Notoriously Unproductive Day in the Workplace, “Super Bowl Monday.”

It sounds like every manager’s nightmare. How do you get people excited about being at work when they’re nursing hangovers and all too eager to discuss the previous night’s game instead staying on task? It’s a tough crowd. If they’re not rewatching the funniest Super Bowl television commercials on YouTube, they’re busy rehashing the game and collecting on betting pools with coworkers.

This Super Bowl could cause more distraction than usual. It’s the first outdoor, cold-weather Super Bowl in league history, and forecasters are calling for snow and frigid temps throughout the weekend at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey. The NFL has a storm-contingency plan in place that could move the game to the Friday before or even, yes, the Monday after. There are even efforts to make Super Bowl Monday a National Holiday, an unlikely future event.

So engaging employees this Super Bowl Monday is a challenge you’ll definitely want to take on. With the right attitude, you could boost productivity and keep everyone happy in your workplace on Monday, Feb. 3.

Here’s How: Throw an Unexpected Mini-Party and Hand Out Small Gifts.

For a breakfast get-together, bring in doughnuts, fresh-fruit and extra-strong coffee, or order in a light lunch for everyone. Stock the break room with healthy snacks plus RedBull and energy bars.

It may seem counter-intuitive to throw a party for employees who are feeling partied-out or distracted, but it will give them time to talk about the Super Bowl with coworkers — and then get back to work, focused and at least somewhat refreshed.

A workplace party is unexpected on Super Bowl Monday and a good way to reward employees for coming in when many of their coworkers plan ahead not to come into work. More than 10 percent of people surveyed in a recent Glassdoor study said they planned to take the day off following the Super Bowl, with some even admitting that they’ll call in “sick,” according to Susan M. Heathfield’s article “Make the Super Bowl a Workplace Win.” And that doesn’t take into account the employees who straggle in late! Needless to say, the ones who do show up may be feeling a tiny bit of resentment toward work — so take advantage of the situation by giving them what they least expect but want the most.

Consider also handing out a surprise treat to each employee at the party. Small, unexpected gifts like this help engage employees and keep them satisfied at work. In his LinkedIn blog post, “3 Reasons Why the Smallest of Gifts Matter,” Accretive Solutions CEO Richard A. Moran says these “tokens of gratitude “are important all year-long and can build an organization and a reputation.”

How about a $5.00 ice cream, pizza or candy Certificate of Gratitude Gift Certificate?

“The workplace consists of very few pleasant surprises. We all know of the unwelcome surprises like cost-cutting and bad apple people, but think of the last time you had a nice surprise, no matter how small. A pleasant and welcome surprise goes a long way,” Moran writes.

So reclaim the notoriously unproductive Super Bowl Monday with a recognition that great engagement with employees is priceless, and by making it a fun day for everyone, it will build good will, productivity and an improved focus on work.

Here’s to a happy, productive Super Bowl Monday!

To learn more about gThankYou! Certificates of Gratitude, download our free guide below:


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.

Happy National Pie Day from gThankYou!

Pie Day

Photo Credit: Joselito Tagarao via Flickr

Join gThankYou! today, Jan. 23, in celebrating National Pie Day! (Not to be confused with National Pi Day on March 14, the holiday honoring the mathematical concept. However, tucking into a slice of mouth-watering pie is an appropriate way to celebrate both!)  In addition to our popular Turkey and Ham Gift Certificates of Gratitude, gThankYou! also offers Pie gift certificates for workplace gift-giving. Like all our certificates, Pie Gift Certificates of Gratitude are convenient to redeem: recipients choose any pie they want (bakery fresh or frozen), from any grocery store they want, anytime they want.

We all know pie as an all-American treat that’s come to be a tradition on the Thanksgiving table to the Fourth of July picnic. But it wasn’t always that way.

Here are some interesting facts you may not know about the now-iconic dessert, thanks to information dug up by the American Pie Council, TIME magazine and What’s Cooking America.

Pies go way back. The earliest evidence of pie-like meals dates to the ancient Greeks, who are believed to have invented pastry dough, but the Egyptians were eating honey folded inside a flat cake as far back as 9500 BC. The Romans spread the idea across Europe and published the first pie recipe, for a rye crust filled with goat cheese and honey. By Medieval times, “pye” was a popular dish in England. These early pie-lovers favored a thick crust (“coffyn”) and savory fillings, usually fowl. Often the legs were left on the bird and hung over the edge of the pie, acting as “handles” for the eater to grab. Fruit pies emerged sometime in England in the 1500s. Queen Elizabeth I — or someone in her kitchen — is credited with the invention of the cherry pie.

There was no pumpkin pie at the first Thanksgiving. The Pilgrims cooked fowl and venison at the first Thanksgiving feast, and some of this meat may have been baked in a crust, but there’s no historical evidence for a sweet pie the way we make it now. The pumpkin pie didn’t gain widespread appeal until the early 1800s and has its origins in a 1675 British recipe that called for spiced and boiled squash. From the late 1800s to the 1940s, the popularity of sweet pies exploded. A cookbook in the late 1800s had recipes for eight sweet varieties. By 1947, the Modern Encyclopedia of Cooking counted 65.

That pastry topping isn’t just for looks. Early American settlers used the crusty tops as a preservative, and to keep the filling fresh during the winter months.

Mark Twain used pie as a pick-me-up. His favorite way to beat the blahs was to eat at least half of a huckleberry pie, washed down with a quart of icy milk.

Pie throwing, or pieing, dates back to slapstick comedy routines of the early 1900s. It’s since also come to be used as a prank and to make a political statement. Famous targets for a pie-in-the-face include Andy Warhol, Bill Gates, George W. Bush and Rupert Murdoch.

The American Pie Council suggests celebrating the traditional crusty dessert — the “ultimate comfort food” — by giving the treat to hometown heroes, like the local police or fire department, sharing slices with coworkers, making a pie from scratch with children or surprising a new neighbor with a welcome pie.

What’s your favorite pie and why? Tell us in the comments!





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.

5 Easy Holiday Ham Leftovers Your Family Will Love

First, a universal truth: the best way to enjoy holiday ham leftovers may be straight out of the refrigerator, bits of crunchy glaze still clinging to the edges.

But there is the old saying that eternity might be defined as two people and a ham. After a few late night snacking binges, you may want to do something more substantial with that beautiful holiday ham.  After all, you may still have family visiting so why not try these easy and delicious ways to make the most of your ham leftovers, whether it’s for breakfast, lunch — or another midnight snack!  Your family and friends will thank you.

Ham and Cheese Breakfast Casserole

Ham & Cheese Breakfast Casserole

Ham & Cheese Breakfast Casserole from Eating Well

Breakfast casseroles are among the most forgiving of family-friendly dishes. Put whatever you have lying around the fridge, from bell peppers and caramelized onions to broccoli and asparagus, into a casserole like this one from EatingWell, and it’s a good bet it will be delicious.

Even better for post-holiday noshing, this casserole is “light,” made healthier “primarily by losing a few egg yolks and using nonfat milk. Gruyère cheese has a delicious, nutty aroma and flavor, which means that with the relatively small amount in this recipe you still get a big impact.” What a great way to start your morning.

Baked Croque Monsieur

Toaster oven croque monsieur photo by Daisy Bun

Toaster oven croque monsieur photo by Daisy Bun

Warm, gooey and sinfully simple to make, Ina Garten’s croque monsieur sandwich is baked in the oven with a bit of Dijon mustard for spice.

Mini Cuban Sandwiches

mini_cuban_sandwich photo by bigpan

Mini Cuban Sandwiches from Food52, photo by bigpan

What makes a great Cuban sandwich something people will drive across town for is that combination of spicy mustard, sour pickles, salty and sweet ham and juicy pork.

These mini versions from Food52, are “easy to make (and) delicious to eat … good for kids or adults.” The recipe author says they can be made ahead and eaten cold or reheated, and the mini version is perfect for a crowd.

Macaroni and Cheese with Country Ham

Mac and cheese with ham from Saveur, credit Ben Fink

The idea of putting everything and anything into macaroni and cheese isn’t new. There’s mac and cheese pizza in WisconsinZingerman’s Roadhouse in Ann Arbor has no fewer than a half-dozen variations on the menu at any time: pimento bacon macaroni, an andouille sausage mac, a version with smoked chicken, fresh corn, green chiles and monterey jack, “three peppercorn goat cheese” and a baked ziti with heirloom tomato sauce and fresh herbs.

This marvelous version from Saveur, ideal for ham leftovers, adds cayenne pepper for a little kick and repurposes leftover biscuits for a buttered crumb topping.

Shirred Eggs and Ham

Break out the cast iron skillet for this filling, simple breakfast.

Shirred Ham by Mary Britton Senseney

Shirred Ham and Eggs by Mary Britton Senseney

Shirred eggs are simply eggs baked with heavy cream, tomato sauce and, of course, your leftover ham cut to fit the skillet. This recipe, republished on Huffington Post, comes from The Lodge Cast Iron Cookbook: A Treasury of Timeless, Delicious Recipes (2012). Not counting the time it takes to heat up the oven, these eggs and ham take only five minutes.

For more leftover ham recipe suggestions, download our popular “Holiday Ham Guide” today. Just click the image below!

Holiday Ham Guide

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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.
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Top 10 Holiday Gift Ideas to Delight Employees

Holiday Gift Ideas

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Not all holiday gift ideas work, as Inc.’s Bill Murphy Jr. found out this month when he asked his readers for the best and worst gifts they’ve ever received in a business setting.

Topping the list are nail clippers, an ill-fitting jacket emblazoned with the company logo, pajamas, “some kind of contraption to flush a toilet” and a European vacation slideshow presentation shared as a “gift” from one tone-deaf executive to his drastically downsized staff.

Each of these misguided gifts violates what Murphy calls the “no-nos of holiday gift-giving.” In short: don’t be too cheap, don’t re-gift and don’t give useless junk or weirdly personal items.

Why not? Because no employee ever dreamed of receiving a nail clipper from his or her boss.

What delights employees are holiday gifts that are meaningful, thoughtful, convey gratitude and are personalized without being too personal.

Gift-giving can be a minefield — and doubly so in the workplace — but options abound if you avoid the common pitfalls Murphy identifies and stick with holiday gifts that reflect and reinforce a positive image of yourself, your company and, most importantly, the employee. (Hint: nail clippers don’t fit the bill.)

Here are the top 10 holiday gift ideas that experts agree will make an employee’s “best of” list.

10) Say “Go-Go-Gadget!” and summon the latest high-tech electronics — Inc. identifies this year’s coolest gadgets, from noise-canceling headphones to a wristband meter that tracks your steps.

9) Business Insider suggests a membership to a gardening seeds club, for a gift that keeps on giving (and growing!).

8) Another Business Insider tip is to buy each employee land on a Scottish estate. Plots start at $49.99, and sales help fund woodland rescue, maintenance and new land acquisition to save it from development. Best of all, each purchase gives the owner a legal title of “Lord” or “Lady” in Scotland!

7) Susan Heathfield, a management consultant and writer of the Human Resources site at About.com, suggests small but meaningful gifts that can be monogrammed, such as a nice pen, luggage or leather notebook.

6) Food tops Margie Zable Fisher’s list of employee gifts under $50 at Entrepreneur.com, with helpful suggestions of classy treats at three budget levels.

5) A charitable donation on behalf of the employee is among the gift suggestions on Shrad Rao’s Wagepoint blog.

4) Forbes contributor Deborah Sweeney suggests a book, explaining: “Traditionally they aren’t considered the most exciting gift in the world, but I find that’s only true if the person giving you the book doesn’t understand what you like. Give a meaningful book that you know your employee will love on a subject that they would actively read about. Not sure what that is? Have a quick one-on-one lunch together to find out!”

3) Another of Sweeney’s holiday gift ideas is a bouquet of flowers. Since the holidays coincide with the winter solstice and the shortest day of the year, it couldn’t be a better time to brighten an employee’s day with a colorful array of flowers.

2) An online study in recent years found that employees overwhelmingly appreciate receiving a health club membership.

1) Gift cards and gift certificates are named again and again as a favorite holiday workplace gift in an informal survey by Suzanne Lucas at Inc., because they’re convenient, practical and flexible, not to mention easy to “dress up” and personalize as needed.

What’s the best holiday gift you’ve ever received from a boss and why? Share your story in the comments.

Want to read more about best practices in employee gift-giving? Download our “Ultimate Guide to Employee Gift-Giving” by clicking below:

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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.