Thursday, August 19, 2010

Fantastic Cookies!!

So... I'm kind of a Wes Anderson fan, as some of you may have gathered from certain items in the shop. The Fantastic Mr. Fox which came out last year is one of his most creative and artistic movies thus far. I love it. My husband loves it. My baby loves it. If you haven't seen it yet, it comes highly recommended. And you can find some really fun behind-the-scenes stuff here.

The movie refers several times to "Mrs. Bean's Famous Nutmeg Ginger Apple Snaps," which are highly coveted cookies baked by a villainous wife. I admit they sound delicious, and seeing teenage boy foxes risk their lives for a bite or two convinced me they would be. As part of the behind-the-scenes fun on the official website for the movie, an original recipe of sorts was published for the enjoyment of the fans. Mario Batelli (who makes a cameo appearance as chef rabbit) created this recipe, so I was excited to try it. But... I was less than impressed with the results. I mean, maybe I did it wrong... but I remember thinking "If these snaps are famous, then they must have very different tastes on the farm."

After watching the movie again recently, I decided to give it another shot. Maybe someone else had amended the recipe. Made it better. Improved it. A little googling revealed that someone had! The recipe that I used for my second round is found here.

I was so excited when these nostalgic goodies came out of the oven - looking, smelling, and tasting delicious! The coveted cookie had been redeemed! They were quite enjoyable and didn't last long on the plate.

I think they would make a great addition to any recipe box. Fun for Thanksgiving, with a glass of cider. Or maybe just on a rainy day with a good movie - preferably a stop-motion flick about crafty animals looking for adventure... and the meaning of life. :)
Special thanks to A Baker's Doesn't for the delicious recipe!

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Lovie Giveaway!

This month, I'm happy to announce that I'm celebrating the First Anniversary of opening my Etsy shop! I can hardly believe it's been a whole year. It's such a dream-come-true to be able to craft for living... especially being able to work part-time at it while staying home with my baby. I am so thankful to all the friends and customers who have supported and encouraged me.
To celebrate (cue confetti) I'm hosting another GIVEAWAY! This week, I have chosen one of my new deluxe loveys as the prize. Even if you don't have a baby, I encourage you to enter - they make great baby shower gifts!
It's designed to be an uber-soft beautiful something that your baby or toddler can snuggle with - in the car, stroller, on the couch, anywhere! One side has a designer fabric pattern and the other has a minky fabric, which is so delicious to the touch. And all this is framed with a silky satin binding along the edge. At 18" x 18" it's small enough that they can carry it themselves without tripping too much like they do with those bigger blankies.

You can check out the listing here.

Directions to enter the giveaway are below. Good luck everyone! Thanks for participating! =)

1. Mandatory entry: Become a fan of Lil Hipsters on Facebook, come back and comment, confirming your name!

Extra Entries (must have mandatory entry completed before you can gain extra entries).
~~Leave a comment for EACH additional entry!~~
2. Visit
Lil Hipsters and tell me your favorite item in the shop.
3. Follow my blog.
4. Grab my button and leave a link of where I can find it - 3 entries (leave three comments!)

Entries must be received by August 13th, 2010 at 9PM PST. The winner will be announced on the 14th. Open to US residents only. I will select a winner using a random number generator and I will email the winner. The winner will have 48 hours to respond to my email before I select a alternate winner.

Your comments on this blog are your entries
**You must leave an email address in your comments so I can contact you if you're the winner!**

August 14th update:
The WINNER is Justine M! Thanks to everyone for participating. Stay tuned for future giveaways and fun! =)

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