Friday, September 16, 2011

Super Fun Giveaway & Potatoes/Potahtoes

How Do You Say Hello GIVEAWAY 

OK, so I said I had an idea in mind for the chevron pattern I used for the free gift tag printable from Wednesday.  Here it is and it could be yours!

The happiest little way to say hello. 

Let me rephrase that, the happiest little way to say hello in eight different languages.

Each set has 8 note cards and 8 white envelopes, is printed by me and packaged nicely with a Bates Mercantile Co. belly band.

TO WIN TWO NOTE CARD SETS (one for you and one for you to giveaway as a gift if you so desire, or keep both of these note cards if that's the way you want to be):

Easy as 1-2-3. Make sure you complete all three to be entered. Earn an extra entry by completing step 4!

1. Follow this blog- Mercantile Muse.  You can do that via email, google, or rss feed and you'll find all those options right on this page.  Comment below this post, that you are now following and how. If you already follow, comment below and include how.

2. Like Bates Mercantile Co. on facebook and comment there that you liked us and that you're entering the giveaway. Also include in your comment here that you liked us on facebook. If you already 'like' us, just say so in your comment.

3. Visit the Bates Mercantile Co. shop on etsy and let us know what your favorite item is in your comment below.

To earn an extra entry, and make me really, really happy:

4. Refer a friend to Mercantile Muse who becomes a follower. In your comment below, please mention which new follower you referred.

The winner of this giveaway will be chosen at random from those who entered according to the steps above and will be announced next Friday.

I really love these note cards and know the winner will too. This is a brand new design and you saw it here first. It's not even listed in our shop yet!

Rachael Redeems Herself With a Spud

I've mentioned a couple of times this week that I enjoy the recipes in Rachael Ray's magazine EveryDay, but that sometimes I have to do some tweaking. Well, last night I made her 'pressed potatoes' for a Thursday Night special appetizer and all I can say is, we made another batch and called it dinner because they were so good.

It was easy as pie.

Small Red Potatoes or other thin skinned potato
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Sea Salt
Black Pepper
Scallions/Green Onions- chopped
Sour Cream
Preheat oven to 450F

Boil the red potatoes (use however many you're in the mood for). When fork tender, drain the pot and drizzle with some evoo over them, add sea salt and crushed black pepper and garlic.  Mix until all coated.  Grease a cookie sheet.  Put each potato on cookie sheet and press with the bottom of a glass to 'smoosh and semi-flatten'.  Pop in the oven for approx. 20 minutes and flip after 10.  Cook longer if you want them crispier.  Take out of oven and serve on dish topped with scallions and dollop of sour cream.

Have a closer look.

Hey, wipe that drool off your keyboard!

Oh my, my, my, my. Our new favorite way to have potatoes. Gar has even requested them again tonight and I'm more than happy to oblige. These pressed potatoes were that good. Well, that and Gar is Irish after all.

Birthday Shout Out

Happy Birthday to our niece Rachel, whose talents know no bounds......dancer, singer, curry chef, spoon-on-the-nose balancer extraordinaire (don't be alarmed, just an old Dignam Family tradition).

Hope you're letting Dublin know who the Queen of the Day is Rachie! Sorry Rache, I couldn't resist the photo.

Feel Good Friday

We love these girls (and the arrangement ain't bad either)!  Click the link if you get this via email and don't get the video.

Here's hoping you have a great day, and even more fantastic weekend.  Our big plans include: a campfire if wind dies down, pressed potatoes, wood splitting, basement clean up. I know, I know......thrills galore! How about you?


  1. Your recipe caught in a moment when I am am easy prey - before dinner - and I loooove potatoes!


  2. Ok, I am totally going to have to try those potatoes. I wanted to do it tonight but I have no small potatoes on hand. :(

    I would love to enter your giveaway and am a faithful follower!

  3. I love all the prints in your shop, but that little brown bean pot caught my eye immediately. So fun!

  4. Hi! I follow on gfc and liked on facebook (Kimberly fine Wright). I love the Stationery Set - Printable: Miss Maudie's Margarita Madness, it's so cute.
    Halochanel at gmail dot com

  5. So Kimberly.......odes that mean that you enjoy a margarita like me? LOL!!

  6. Hi Pamela! Yes! I love me some margaritas! Thank you for not giving up on me, I'm thrilled to have won these notecards, there fantastic :)

  7. well, i meant 'does', that mean you love margaritas. LOL. at least you still understood. i have a new favorite marg at my friends restaurant, the rosalita. they make it with their own homemade thyme syrup, milagro tequila and pink grapefruit juice. it's so refreshing and such a nice change from your basic sour mix marg. Margs are my favorite. Congrats on the win!~!!

  8. Thank you! The Rosalita sounds right up my ally! Sounds so yummy!

  9. it's so good i may have to start making my own thyme syrup.


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