February 24, 2012

goofballs and a giveaway

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There are many words in the English language that could be used to describe me. Quirky is a good one. Efficient would be another. A word you won't find on that list is stylish.


No, I've never cared much about the latest trends. The worst thing of which you could accuse me regarding those is that I usually eventually do follow them, just a few months years too late.

That said, I have to give a huge shout-out to the phenomenal crew at Shabby Apple. They have supplied me with a gorgeous and OH-so-stylish dress from their nifty Mad Hatter collection that elevates my level of sophistication simply by hanging in my closet. Now, if only I had an event to which I could wear it...


Good news--you, too, can be stylish, with the help of Shabby Apple! One lucky commenter will win her (or his...) very own dress! Just take a moment to peruse their lovely and fashionable dresses--you'll find everything from little black dresses to fun and flirty frocks. The winner has his or her pick (no exchanges, please)!


To be entered in the giveaway, leave a comment here. Tell me the latest fashion trends in your area of the world. For extra chances to win, do one or both of the following, being sure to leave another comment to let me know what you've done:
*Like my Facebook page
*Like Shabby Apple on Facebook

Other fluff:
*There's a 10% off coupon that all of you can use. Just enter "asoutherngrace10off" at checkout. The coupon will be active for 30 days.
*This giveaway is open to US residents.
*Comments will be open from today until next Friday, March 2nd. I'll contact the winner shortly thereafter, so be sure to leave me a way to contact you. Good luck!

(I am an unrepentant) Goofball(s)
1 cup butter
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 cups dates, chopped
2 eggs, slightly beaten
5 cups crispy rice cereal
1 cup coconut

Melt the butter in a large saucepan. Add the sugar and bring to a boil. Add the dates and cook 5 minutes, or until the dates are cooked down. Cool a bit, then add the eggs slowly. Boil for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the cereal until coated. Cool until able to handle and then form balls, roll them in coconut, and cool them completely on wax paper.

78 comments:

shaz said...

Awww, I'm not eligible, boo! That dress is so gorgeous. Please wear it soon. You never need a reason for a dress :) I admit to being highly unstylish, but I do love a good dress.

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

What a pretty dress. A pity the giveaway is only open ti US residents...

What a lovely treat!

Cheers,

Rosa

jose manuel said...

Que exquisitez

Pam said...

I love Shabby Apple!!! A trend here?? Let's see I'm surrounded by 14 years olds all day long, my life is one big trend. Um...super skinny jeans, that I am sure cuts off all their circulation!

Lauren @ Healthy Food For Living said...

What a fantastic giveaway! I'm not one to necessarily pay attention to style trends, but it seems as though most Bostonians are rather relaxed when it comes to clothes.

The Blonde Duck said...

I've been eyeballing these forever. Now that you made them, I can approve!

Randi Lynne said...

Very pretty dress! I am not aware of many fashion trends; I should really work on being more stylish. :)

Sue/the view from great island said...

What an amazing giveaway! I am nuts about paisley and floral fabrics. When they're not in vogue I search them out at thrift stores. I love Shabby Apple's beautiful prints.

Melanie said...

You know what's a trend that I've never given into to? Tucking your pants into your boots. I KNOW, it's everywhere and sometimes I feel like the only woman on earth who doesn't do that, but to be honest (and no offense to anyone), I think it looks stupid. Are you riding a horse today? No? Then stop it. Although it does make sense in rainy climates, like the Pacific Northwest, where the hem of your pants get wet a lot. OK, I'll stop ranting now. :)

Helene said...

I like your dessert, anything with dates and I eat it.

Megan said...

We have a lot of brightly colored skinnies with boots, and loose, flowy tops around here. Or belted button up shirts. Cardigans are pretty popular too. I love Shabby Apple dresses (not that I've ever owned one). Their dresses are absolutely gorgeous.

Faith said...

First I have to say, those Goofballs look delish!

Thanks so much for hosting this giveaway, they have some adorable dresses! In my neck of the woods it's pretty chilly so winter coats and boots are pretty much the fashion right now...and I love it, lol!

Faith said...

I liked you on FB! :)

scrambledhenfruit said...

I've never been a fashion trendsetter, I'm afraid. Working with kids all day, when I buy clothes I look at two things: They have to allow me to sit comfortably on the floor and everything I wear has to be washable. A pretty dress would be a lovely addition to my weekend wardrobe though. :)

gracie-cat said...

Not sure what the current trends are since the only exposure I have to fashion exists while I watch Project Runway... but within the circle of people I know, we are all excited about my friend Mary's lovely crocheted hats!! Thanks for the giveaway! - from one Grace to another :)

gracie-cat said...

Also liked your page on Facebook!

gracie-cat said...

AND liked the Shabby Apple page on Facebook! Thanks again!

Debbie Grace said...

I love the dresses at Shabby Apple and have my eye on the "Sierra Nevada" dress! :)

I'm in the south so frilly springtime and Easter dresses are always a fav!

jwfong said...

I love the Malt Shop dress! Not too much fashion here in Louisiana...

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jwfong said...

I like you on facebook as Jessica F!

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jwfong said...

I like Shabby Apple on facebook as Jessica F!

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Beth said...

Unfortunately, I can't enter because I'm Canadian -- but good luck to the rest!

A Plum By Any Other Name said...

From one goofball to another, cheers! A dress that lovely doesn't need an event. It is the event. Lace, much like cake, will never go out of style. ;)

Sarah said...

I love all the floral prints for Spring that are out there now.

Andrea said...

I'm from Maine and this winter we heard a lot about LLBean boots being on trend! I've always had LLBean boots since it is cold and snowy here but this year they were a big seller because people found them stylish ;)

Julie M. said...

I'm in your camp. My idea of style is the $5 clearance sale on jeans at the local target (I've been known to buy three pairs at a go when they hit that price). I could definitely stand to up my fashion level a bit. Thanks for the opportunity!

Cara said...

Love that dress! I don't know what would be considered trendy here... except for maybe breaking out flipflops because it doesn't feel at all like February?

Cindy said...

Hahaha! The only fashion trend in East Tennessee is camouflage. ;)

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Cindy said...

I like you on Facebook via Cindy A.

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Cindy said...

I like Shabby Apple on Facebook via Cindy A.

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I Wilkersson said...

What can I say... my kids threaten to nominate me for "What Not to Wear" The dress is lovely (I guess I have some taste) though. ingerjw(at)yahoo(dot)com

Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic said...

I'm a little obsessed with fashion and my latest favorite trend is bright colors :)

Ashley said...

I live in a college town and so I see a lot of the hippie chic fashion. Its awesome and I wish i could pull it off!

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Ashley said...

I like Shabby Apple on fb :)

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Becki's Whole Life said...

My latest fashion trend is to not wear pajamas to the bus stop in the AM....ha ha...Love Shabby Apple though:-)

I'm gonna try these goofballs...I love larabars so I will REALLY love the extras that your goofballs have like the coconut and rice krispies! Yum!

Becki's Whole Life said...

I Like A Southern Grace on FB

Becki's Whole Life said...

Like Shabby Apple on FB, too.

LilSis said...

I can't believe that I didn't already "like" you on FB, but now I do...

LilSis said...

The fashion trend in my area of the world is pretty much the same year round since we're coastal; shorts, flip flops or UGG's and a tank or bikini top... but not for me being over 40!

Rose @ RoseBakes.com said...

Fashion Trends... can I say I don't know? I'm about as fashionable as a paper bag! How about comfortable? That's always fashionable, right? At least for me!

Angie's Recipes said...

A very pretty dress...stylish.
Goofball looks fantastic.

Vianney Rodriguez said...

great giveaway!! great snack for the kiddos!!

Foodycat said...

I bought a couple of Shabby Apple dresses after the last giveaway you did with them. Gorgeous stuff! Such a pity I am not eligible.

The goofballs also look good.

Joanne said...

Not gonna lie..I am absolutely the opposite of stylish also. But I LOVE shabby apple products! So perrtttyy.

These date balls look addictive. SO moist and pop-in-your-mouth-able!

Natasha Price said...

These look so scrumptious with dates, I like the rice crispies in these too!

Jennie35 said...

I love the Tanglewood dress! Girls still wearing cowboy boots here!

jillian said...

Hmm fashion trends here include: skinny jeans with boots and scarves.

Valerie said...

Layers is still the favorite fashion trend in my part of the world!

Valerie said...

I already like you on fb!

Valerie said...

Also, I like Shabby Apple!

Barbara said...

Fun goof balls and an adorable dress, Grace.
Fashion trends in Florida? Hmmmm. Always jeans.

Rosita Vargas said...

Una exquisitéz elegante y tentadora,abrazos hugs,hugs.

Lisa-Marie said...

I want to eat some goofballs NOW.

Also, I realise I can't enter, but i now want about 6 dresses. I particularly like 'Alice', 'The Red Queen', and the pinstripe flared one in the 1943 collection.

I am going to have to find out if the do international shipping!

Gloria said...

look really delicious Grace... and the giveaway Im so far I know:(

Noelle said...

The only fashion trend happening in a college town are uggs and sweat shirts nothing too exciting here.

Noelle said...

I like you on Facebook~!

Noelle said...

I like Shabby Apple on Facebook. BTW your link to Facebook for the company does not work.

Magic of Spice said...

Love the name of these adorable treats!
And lovely giveaway for sure :)

Heidi said...

The riding boot trend is still really popular here. Which always gives my friends and I a chuckle because we actually do ride. And ours never look that clean ;-)

Hungry Dog said...

I still feel like I can't get away from (other people wearing) skinny jeans. Also, here, the biggest fashiony thing is riding a bike. Which makes me mostly unfashionable, except for once in awhile on the weekend!

Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather said...

Such a pretty dress!!!! Latest trend here??? Hmmm I'm not very trendy but the hubs + I have been loving flannel. It's totally coming back right??

Sarah said...

Well, if Shabby Apple can me look that thin and tall, I will buy a dozen dresses! I doubt you deliver to Canada, but in the off chance you do, count me in.

Robin Sue said...

Love the goofballs and the dress! Love Shabby apple too. I already like your FB page!!

Juliana said...

So interesting the goofball, dates, crispy rice and coconut...sounds indeed very tasty.
Nice giveaway Grace...hope you are having a great week :)

lisa is cooking said...

My mom makes a very similar cookie ball, but she rolls hers in powdered sugar rather than coconut. And, they're some of my favorites! I have to try them with coconut.

Regarding fashion trends in my area. February is almost over which means summer is pretty much here. Tank tops and flip flops are probably more of a necessity than a trend, but that's what I see.

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

That is such a pretty dress! I love Alice in Wonderland and that fits right in! :D Now for a photo of you wearing it! ;)

April @ PolkaDots n' PinkySwears said...

Skinny jeans w/ flats!! :)

Pam said...

It's been cold so usually jeans but a girl could always use a dress. Those little goofballs would be a big hit here in my home.

Aunt Kristina said...

I am so out of touch with fashion...this would definitely be a step in the right direction!

Aunt Kristina said...

I liked you on facebook!

Aunt Kristina said...

Liked shabbyapple on facebook.

Jaime said...

those look so good!!!

not sure what's fashionable right now b/c i don't keep up much LOL but I guess with babies "jeggings" seem to be all the rage ;)

Mimi said...

Those goofballs look fantastic. As for fashion I'm always the last to know. Winter boots are on the way out but I not sure what's on the way in.
Mimi

Emily said...

Aww Grace! I love the dress you picked out! It's very cute. I picked out a dress from their site, but have yet to wear it. I haven't gone anywhere fancy enough!

JD said...

Seeing as the weather here has been incredibly unpredictable (from freezing to 70 degrees in a single day, numerous times a week), we're all layering like cakes here to keep our bases covered. (Mmm, layer cakes.) Thanks for the giveaway!

JD said...

Also, I liked your page on Facebook!

JD said...

Lastly, I shared the FB-love to Shabby Apple, too.

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