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Posted on Nov 18, 2011 in Food, Giveaway | 173 comments

Not Too Shabby (Giveaway!)

Wow guys. I really commend you all for sticking with me through these past couple weeks of doldrum-dwelling and Debbie Downer-ness. Seriously, if I had any “I put up with Gretchen!” medals, you would all have earned one. (Sounds like a good idea for my next t-shirt design, eh? Haha.)

I’m finding that continually trying to dig myself out of my cooking rut is a good way to keep my chin up. You know, kitchen therapy and all that. That being said, I still needs my comfort food. Enter last night’s dinner:


This deliciousness was comprised of baby red potatoes, earth balance (vegan butter), salt, pepper, minced garlic, a wee bit o’ bacon, and a splash of cream — all smashed together. Oh, and dill. Obviously loooots of fresh, flavorful dill. Yum.


I am not ashamed that I had mashed potatoes for dinner! (Sidenote: I am also not ashamed of my plans to see Twilight tonight with my roomie! SHAZAM.) Even so, I did force myself to have some asparagus as well… which was cooked in the aforementioned garlic and bacon. Heh.


Totes balanced, right? πŸ˜‰

Anyway, I’m finding that today I’m in a slightly less glum mood, and it is Friday after all! So I’m trying to pass on these moderately elevated feelings to you! Huzzah! I’ve got a fun giveaway for you courtesy of the kind folks at Shabby Apple! After all, we’re all still trying to enjoy the little things, right? And what’s more enjoyable than getting free stuff? Oh yeah, getting super adorable, vintage-inspired free stuff!

The winner will be able to choose one of the following items:

Adelaide Skirt or The Queen’s Rose Cameo Necklace

Pretty, right? Shabby Apple carries a whole line of jewelry inspired by Alice in Wonderland. Love. So, the deets for entry:

Mandatory: “Like” Shabby Apple on Facebook and leave a comment here saying you did so.

Additional Entries: Don’t forget to leave separate comments for each one!

1. “Like” Honey, I Shrunk the Gretchen! on Facebook.
2. Follow me on Twitter.
3. Follow Shabby Apple on Twitter.

There you have it: four ways to enter, four ways to win! The winner will be randomly chosen on Tuesday, November 22nd. Apologies to my international friends — Shabby Apple has stipulated that this giveaway is open to US residents only. May the odds be ever in your favor!

Have a great weekend, friends!


  1. i follow you on twitter @cookveganlover

  2. i follow shabby apple on twitter

  3. I liked Shabby Apple on FB.

  4. I like you on FB

  5. I follow you on twitter @lessofjes

  6. i already follow you on twitter!

  7. I followed Shabby Apple on twitter

  8. I like you on FB!

  9. I liked Shabby Apple on FB!

  10. I already like Shabby Apple on Facebook!! I want the skirt so bad!!

  11. I follow you on Twitter πŸ™‚ (@jlobug)

  12. I am now following Shabby Apple on Twitter πŸ™‚

    P.S. Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

  13. I liked Shabby Apple on Facebook!

  14. I obvs already like you on Facebook! =]

  15. And I already follow your every waking thought on twitter! =]

    Happy Friday Gretchen!

  16. Liked Shabby Apple on FB.

  17. I like Shabby Apple on FB!

  18. Following you on Twitter (@candlegrrl)

  19. I follow you on twitter (@lemongroveavenu)!

  20. Following Shabby Apple on Twitter!

  21. P.S. Those potatoes look totally NOM!

  22. I liked you on FB! I love your blog!

  23. I liked Shabby Apple on FB!

  24. I’m not entering the giveaway – just wanted to say that I loved getting to see the Hunger Games trailer on the big screen before Breaking Dawn and that every time I watch it I’m sad we don’t get to hear Effie say “May the odds be ever in your favor.” Big sigh. I’m so excited for that movie.

      • I am so sad I didn’t get to see any good trailers before I saw Breaking Dawn. My sister and I got to see an advanced screening and the only trailer we saw was for “Man on a Ledge.” Trailers are my favorite part!

  25. Despite the setback for us in Canada, don’t worry, I still like you on FaceBook. Your post is making me want mashed potatoes, except I usually make mine with parsley instead of dil.. Yum! Parsley! Maybe we should try combining the two???

  26. I like you! Officially. Cause it’s on Facebook.

  27. I like Shabby Apple, too!

  28. I follow you on Twitter! But I swear I’m not a stalker.

  29. I “liked” Shabby Apple on facebook!

  30. I already follow you on twitter… and i like you on facebook (and in real life) so i’ll combine these into one additional entry pour moi.
    Thanks for doing this giveaway- fuuunnn! (ps those smashed potates look delish!)

  31. Aaaand I follow Shabby Apple on Twitter, too. Have superb weekend, Gretchen!

  32. Not entering, but I wanted to comment to say that I would totally buy a shirt that says “I put up with Gretchen!” Especially if it looked something like this.

  33. LOVE that skirt!!

    I already follow you on twitter!

    I’m now following Shabby Apple on Twitter, I liked ’em on FB, and it if were possible, I’d love you on Facebook. As it is, there is no love button so I just clicked the like
    And ps – those taters are making my mouth water!!

  34. Liked Shabby Apple on facebook

  35. I liked Shabby Apple on FB

  36. I liked you on FB

  37. I am now following you on Twitter

  38. I’m now follwing Shabby Apple on twitter

  39. I just liked Shabby Apple, Gretchen. That skirt is GORGEOUS. AND… I totally had mashed “potatoes” for dinner last night too! Although, mine were of the mashed cauliflower type and surprisingly delish!

  40. Loved that skirt, and followed you on twitter

  41. Annnnd loved that necklace, and followed shabby apple on twitter too. Shazam.

  42. I like Shabby Apple of Facebook!

  43. I like Honey I Shrunk the Gretchen on Facebook too!!

  44. I liked Shabby Apple on FB. That skirt is too cute!

  45. I liked Shabby Apple on Facebook – and I already like you! <3

  46. I liked them! (PS – The necklace is… amazing!)

  47. I’m following you on Twitter!

  48. I’m following Shabby Apple on Twitter!

  49. I like shabby apple on fb

  50. I like you on fb

  51. I like you on Facebook

  52. I’M folloing you on twitter

  53. I’m following shappyapple on twitter

  54. I’m following shappyapple on fb

  55. And I love reading your blog so inspirational have a wonderful weekend

  56. I like you on facebook!

  57. I follow you on twitter.

  58. I follow Shabby Apple on facebook

  59. I follow Shabby Apple on twitter

  60. I liked Shabby Apple on fb – Awesome giveaway btw!

  61. I already follow you on Twitter:)

  62. Yay for asparagus! I went to wal-Mart yesterday and they had it on sale for $1.28/lb, I am still a little too excited about that!

    I like Shabby on FB!

  63. I follow you on twitter πŸ™‚

  64. And I now follow Shabby on twitter

  65. I liked Shabby Apple on FB

  66. I am following you on Twitter

  67. My FB page liked your FB page πŸ™‚

  68. I follow you on twitter!!

    Oh and also, I now want smashed potatoes because of your post. So thank ya very much.

  69. I “liked” Shabby Apple on FB πŸ˜€

  70. I’ve already “liked” YOU on FB for a while hehe πŸ˜›

  71. I follow you on twitter – @courtincolorado

  72. Liked you on fb! PS your blog just told me I was posting too many comments too quickly and to slow my roll. Haha.

  73. Well, it didn’t actually say “Slow your roll” it just said “slow down.” I wish you could make it talk gangster to me. “Yo b, slow yo roll aiight?” Can you make that happen? πŸ™‚ Also, I already follow you on twitter, does that count?

    • Hahahahahaha, I will definitely work on that, yo. πŸ˜‰

  74. I liked Shabby Apple on FB.

  75. I liked your site on FB and added you to my blog list on my blog.

  76. I am following you on Twitter.

  77. I am following Shabby Apple on Twitter.

  78. First off, I already like you on facebook–because I love your blog! πŸ™‚ And I also now like Shabby Apple on FB. That rose necklace is really cute!

    But, I also wanted to comment that smashed potatoes are my favorite! I love red skinned potatoes, and I hate peeling potatoes, so it works out great! Now, I might just have to make some for dinner. yumm!

    • I know! Who has the patience to peel potatoes? Just SMASH ’em! The skins are so gooood!

  79. following shabby apple on twitter

  80. I like you on FB

  81. I like Shabby Apple on FB

  82. Also, in conclusion, I follow Shabby Apple on twitter!

    And, i LOVE smashed red potatoes omg. I like to smash in roasted garlic…cheddar cheese….buttermilk…yeah so when I do mashed potatoes I don’t do healthy. Nuh uh no way. Hope you enjoyed yours thoroughly!

  83. I “liked” Shabby Apple on Facebook. The cameo is GORGEOUS!!

  84. and i liked honey i shrunk the gretchen on fb. seriously stoked about this giveaway.

  85. i liked shabby on fb!

  86. i’m following shabby apple on twitter!

  87. annnd i liked you on fb! πŸ˜€

  88. I already follow SA on FB.

  89. I follow you on Twitter @GoddessFoodie.

  90. I like you on FB.

  91. I follow SA on Twitter.

  92. I liked Shabby Apple on FB!

  93. And Liked YOU on FB!

  94. AND Followed Shabby Apple on Twitter

  95. AND am already following YOU on twitter πŸ™‚

  96. I like Shabby Apple on FB πŸ™‚

  97. I thought I already liked your blog on FB but apparently I didn’t…good thing I do now! πŸ™‚

  98. I follow you on twitter too! πŸ™‚

  99. I like SA

  100. I like HISTG

  101. Haaaayyy! Giveaway time, woot! That necklace is gorgeous. I hadn’t heard of Shabby Apple, but I decided to ‘like’ them on facebook because I am all about the vintage style. I’m going to *not* be annoying and post a million comments on here to up my chances of winning, because that’s how I roll. Thanks for the opportunity!

  102. Following you…

  103. Following @shabbyapple…

  104. Like Shabby Apple…

  105. Like you…! πŸ™‚

  106. I like Shabby Apple on FB, Wow they have great things.

  107. I liked them on fb!

  108. I’m following you on Twitter,

  109. I like Shabby Apple on facebook.

  110. I like you on facebook.

  111. I follow you on facebook.

    • I mean…on twitter. Awk.

      • @bmetetc

  112. I follow Shabby Apple on twitter.

  113. Shabby Apple has the best stuff!! Liked them on facebook πŸ™‚

  114. I also like you on facebook (and also just like you in general lol)

  115. I liked Shabby Apple on Facebook!

  116. and I also follow them on twitter!

  117. aaaaand I like you on facebook!

  118. and finally, I follow you on twitter, duh.

  119. Good morning! I was introduced to your blog via a recommendation from BacktoHerRoots. Love the blog! Drinking a cup of coffee and eating a cookie (oh, the holidays!) while I read your recent posts! I just followed you on twitter!

    • Yay! I’m so glad you found me. I definitely want a cookie now. Isn’t Cassie from BTHR amazing? πŸ™‚

  120. … and I like your page on facebook! YAY!

  121. I liked Shabby Apple!

  122. and I favebook you!

  123. I ‘liked’ shabby apple on FB!

  124. I ‘liked’ Honey, I Shrunk the Gretchen on FB (and was surprised to find I hadn’t already done that!).

  125. I’m already following you in twitter! πŸ™‚

  126. Followed Shabby Apple on twitter!


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