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 like shabby apple on FB

  2. i like you on FB

  3. i follow you on twitter @cookveganlover

  4. i follow shabby apple on twitter

  5. Just liked Shabby Apple on FB.

  6. I liked Shabby Apple on FB.

  7. I like you on FB

  8. I follow you on twitter @lessofjes

  9. larasays:

    i already follow you on twitter!

  10. I followed Shabby Apple on twitter

  11. Marissasays:

    I like you on FB!

  12. Marissasays:

    I liked Shabby Apple on FB!

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

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

  15. I follow Shabby Apple on Twitter!

  16. I already like your page on FB!Duh!

  17. I already like your page on FB!

  18. I liked Shabby Apple on Facebook

  19. I already follow you on Twitter!

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

    P.S. Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

  21. I liked Shabby Apple on Facebook!

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

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

    Happy Friday Gretchen!

  24. Liked Shabby Apple on FB.

  25. Like you on FB.

  26. I like Shabby Apple on FB!

  27. Following you on Twitter (@candlegrrl)

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

  29. Following Shabby Apple on Twitter!

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

  31. Heathersays:

    I liked you on FB! I love your blog!

  32. Heathersays:

    I liked Shabby Apple on FB!

  33. 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.


      • Katesays:

        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!

  34. 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???

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

  36. I like Shabby Apple, too!

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

  38. Jen Robinsonsays:

    I “liked” Shabby Apple on facebook!

  39. Jen Robinsonsays:

    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!)

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

  41. 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.

  42. 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!!

  43. Stevesays:

    Liked Shabby Apple on facebook

  44. Stephanie Peasesays:

    I liked Shabby Apple on FB

  45. I like Shapbby Apple.

  46. I like you too πŸ™‚ [and Honey I shrunk the Gretchen]

  47. Stephanie Peasesays:

    I liked you on FB

  48. Stephanie Peasesays:

    I am now following you on Twitter

  49. Stephanie Peasesays:

    I’m now follwing Shabby Apple on twitter

  50. 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!

  51. And… I already follow you on twitter πŸ™‚

  52. Liked shabby apple on FB

  53. Loved that skirt, and followed you on twitter

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

  55. I like Shabby Apple of Facebook!

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

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

  58. Erinsays:

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

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

  60. I’m following you on Twitter!

  61. I’m following Shabby Apple on Twitter!

  62. Jomariesays:

    I like shabby apple on fb

  63. Jomariesays:

    I like you on fb

  64. Melissasays:

    I like you on Facebook

  65. Melissasays:

    I’M folloing you on twitter

  66. Melissasays:

    I’m following shappyapple on twitter

  67. Melissasays:

    I’m following shappyapple on fb

  68. Melissasays:

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

  69. I like you on facebook!

  70. I follow you on twitter.

  71. I follow Shabby Apple on facebook

  72. I follow Shabby Apple on twitter

  73. Love that skirt! I liked Shabby Apple on FB.

  74. Aaand I like you on FB.

  75. I follow you on Twitter (even though I’m still trying to figure out how to use it hahaahah).

  76. Kim @ Vertige de la Cuisinesays:

    I liked Shabby Apple on fb – Awesome giveaway btw!

  77. I already follow you on Twitter:)

  78. 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!

  79. I follow you on twitter πŸ™‚

  80. And I now follow Shabby on twitter

  81. Tessasays:

    I liked Shabby Apple on FB

  82. Tessasays:

    I am following you on Twitter

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

  84. I liked SA on FB.

  85. I follow you on twitter!!

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

  86. I like Shabby Apple on Facebook!

  87. I follow Shabby Apple on Twitter!

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

  89. I like you on Facebook!

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

  91. I follow you on twitter – @courtincolorado

  92. I liked Shabby Apple on Facebook

  93. Liked Shabby Apple on fb!

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

  95. 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?

  96. And now I follow Shabby Apple too!

  97. I liked Shabby Apple on FB.

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

  99. I am following you on Twitter.

  100. I am following Shabby Apple on Twitter.

  101. 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!

  102. I WANT TO WIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love you and I love Shabby apple.

  103. following shabby apple on twitter

  104. Holy canoli cute skirt!

    I like you on fb!

  105. Holleysays:

    I like you on FB

  106. And, i like Shabby Apple on facebook.

  107. Holleysays:

    I like Shabby Apple on FB

  108. Oh, by the way, i follow you on twitter.

  109. 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!

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

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

  112. Jennysays:

    i liked shabby on fb!

  113. Jennysays:

    i’m following shabby apple on twitter!

  114. Jennysays:

    annnd i liked you on fb! πŸ˜€

  115. Athenasays:

    I already follow SA on FB.

  116. Athenasays:

    I follow you on Twitter @GoddessFoodie.

  117. Athenasays:

    I like you on FB.

  118. Athenasays:

    I follow SA on Twitter.

  119. I follow SA on Twitter!

  120. I like SA on FB!

  121. Liked Shabby Apple on FaceBook.

  122. Liked “Honey, I Shrunk the Gretchen!” on FaceBook.

  123. Followed @shrinkinggretch on twitter

  124. Followed “@shabbyapple” on twitter.

  125. I liked Shabby Apple on Facebook!

  126. I follow you on Twitter. Duh.

  127. And I like HISTG on Facebook! (Which I’m sorry I wasn’t already doing!)

  128. I liked Shabby Apple on FB!

  129. And Liked YOU on FB!

  130. AND Followed Shabby Apple on Twitter

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

  132. I like Shabby Apple on FB πŸ™‚

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

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

  135. Elizabeth Reisnersays:

    I like SA

  136. Elizabeth Reisnersays:

    I like HISTG

  137. 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!

  138. Kristen Msays:

    Following you…

  139. Kristen Msays:

    Following @shabbyapple…

  140. Kristen Msays:

    Like Shabby Apple…

  141. Kristen Msays:

    Like you…! πŸ™‚

  142. I like you on FB

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

  144. I liked them on fb!

  145. I’m following you on Twitter,

  146. Blythesays:

    I like Shabby Apple on facebook.

  147. Blythesays:

    I like you on facebook.

  148. Blythesays:

    I follow you on facebook.

  149. Blythesays:

    I follow Shabby Apple on twitter.

  150. Kate M.says:

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

  151. Kate M.says:

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

  152. Amandasays:

    I liked Shabby Apple on Facebook!

  153. Amandasays:

    and I also follow them on twitter!

  154. Amandasays:

    aaaaand I like you on facebook!

  155. Amandasays:

    and finally, I follow you on twitter, duh.

  156. 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™‚

  157. … and followed Shabby Apple!

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

  159. I liked Shabby Apple!

  160. and I favebook you!

  161. Miriamsays:

    I ‘liked’ shabby apple on FB!

  162. Miriamsays:

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

  163. Miriamsays:

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

  164. Miriamsays:

    Followed Shabby Apple on twitter!

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