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Father’s Day Ice Cream Sandwiches 06.14.2013

So, just a few days until Father’s Day and we have the perfect summery dessert to make for Dad! Our lovely Jordan wanted to make something special for her ice cream-loving Dad and she was kind enough to snap some photos in the process. Thanks, Jordan!

Get your ingredients  from the list in the last image and then get to work!

1. To make the dough:

Beat butter, sugar, and vanilla in large bowl until light and fluffy. Add the egg and beat for 3 minutes. Add the flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt and beat until a soft dough comes together. Make sure the dough is fully mixed.

2. Cutting the Cookies:

Press the dough out on a piece of waxed paper. Cover with another piece of waxed paper and roll with a rolling pin.

Remove the top piece of waxed paper and cut out shapes with a sharp cookie cutter. It is best to leave the pieces in the dough, don;t try to lift out. Lift the whole piece of dough on the paper and put it on a baking sheet and freeze for an hour or so.

3. Baking the cookies

Heat the oven to 325°F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper and remove the frozen cookie dough from the freezer. Using a spatula, carefully transfer each cut-out cookie to the cookie sheet. You can prick each cookie with a fork in a pattern. Bake 6 minutes or until no indentation remains when touched. Let cool for 10 minutes to firm up. Let cool completely before making sandwiches.

4. Assembling the sandwiches

To assemble the sandwiches just put scoops of the ice cream on the cookies and squish!

Have a fun Father’s Day celebrating with the men in your lives!

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and the winner is… 03.04.2013

Thank you ALL for playing along with our giveaway last week! We seriously loved reading all of your comments and seeing which party hostess you were feeling like that day! We were constantly checking the comments to see what you all were saying, so much fun! We used a random number picker and chose our winner: Rachel Lora Simmons!! She’s “Classic with a twist, 100 percent.” Rachel, hope you have fun picking out your set of four monogrammed salad plates!

And, we wanted to thank each and every one of you for playing along, so we’re offering a 10% off promo code on anything in the Ampersand Design Studio Signature Collection!! Cheers to you all! XOXO – Morgan & Carrie

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We paired some of our favorite fashion images with our trend-forward melamine party ware to help you envision your next backyard BBQ, wedding shower,  or evening soiree! So let us know what kind of party hostess you are!! It’s that easy!! We can’t wait to be sending out four matching salad plates of your choice to our lucky winner! (PS, the party hostess you choose does not have to be the plates you choose to order if you win)!  You can peruse the entire Ampersand Design Studio Signature Collection for La Plates right here and see lots of fun options to pick from right here and more here.

This contest will run from today, Wednesday, February 26th through midnight Friday, February 28th. We’ll announce the lucky winner on Saturday, March 2nd!

Here are all the links you need to enter:

• like our Ampersand Design Studio facebook page

• like the La Plates facebook page

• and…IMPORTANT: Don’t forget to leave a comment on this post telling us which party hostess you are!! Even if it’s your imaginary party for now!!

G O O D L U C K ! ! !

Share your picks with Ampersand on Twitter at @AmpersandStudio and instagram at @morgangeorgie, @carriekiefer, or the brand new @Ampersand Studio profile and with La Plates on Twitter at @LaPlates and instagram at @LaPlates!

{want to find all these fashionable ladies above? of course you do! here are the links to the snapshots from some of our favorite fashion bloggers and pinterest stars: Bright & Bold fuschia top  & red full skirt from Atlantic-Pacific, Poolside Casual ombre maxi from Popbee, Margarita in Hand from Like a Princess by Kuka, Mod Minimalist black & white dress from Atlantic-Pacific, Classic w/ a Twist denim, olive hat & red pumps from Frankie Hearts Fashion, and Boho Chic ikat top from Tory Burch}

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  1. Allison

    absolutely in love with these designed pairings! leave it to you two to think of the most creative execution :)

    February 27, 2013 6:49 am
  2. Lynzy

    These plates are so adorable! I am in the boho chic category for sure! :)

    xx Lynzy

    February 27, 2013 12:54 pm
  3. Laura @ chaotic domestic

    I’m probably classic with a twist…

    February 27, 2013 1:11 pm
  4. tamara

    If only I had a pool (and lived somewhere warm enough), I’d be poolside casual for sure. Otherwise, I’m more boho chic.

    February 27, 2013 2:49 pm
  5. Amanda

    Classic with a twist! Love all of the designs though!

    February 27, 2013 3:28 pm
  6. megan

    Love this! I try to be Mod Minimalist when hosting. Streamlined decor with hints of special details here and there to keep the event personalized. Thanks!

    February 27, 2013 3:35 pm
  7. Alissa Oleksa

    Love the collaboration! I’m obviously margarita (or two) in hand…( ;

    February 27, 2013 3:42 pm
  8. Emily Hawkins

    I consider myself a classic with a boho twist kinda gal. Love these plates so much – my mind is spinning with ideas for a party now!

    February 27, 2013 3:44 pm
  9. Lindsay Kahler

    Love these color combos!! I would probably be best classified as Margarita in Hand! Shaken or frozen!

    February 27, 2013 3:54 pm
  10. Mandi Davis

    I am boho chic!

    February 27, 2013 3:58 pm
  11. kate

    I love these plate designs. Definitely am a Mod Minimalist!

    February 27, 2013 4:05 pm
  12. Paige Bennish

    All these styles are great but I think I’m more of the Margarita in Hand type of lady!

    February 27, 2013 4:07 pm
  13. Jeannine

    Classic w/a twist!

    February 27, 2013 4:07 pm
  14. Brooke Williamson

    I’m definitely a “classic with a twist” kinda girl!! These are so AMAZING!

    February 27, 2013 4:46 pm
  15. Kelly

    It’s a toss up between classic with a twist and mod minimalist, but I think mod minimalist is the winner. Truly though, I adore them all!

    February 27, 2013 4:49 pm
  16. tobe | BIA

    duh. margie in hand (errr….usually.)

    February 27, 2013 5:57 pm
  17. Lisa M.

    Love these monogram plates! I am a pool side casual kinda gal! Great giveaway! Thanks.

    February 27, 2013 6:23 pm
  18. Rhayni

    Mod Minimalist on the outside… Bright & Bold in the inside!

    February 27, 2013 6:35 pm
  19. jbkcmom

    Margarita in hand, but it would be a cocktail other than a margarita. Tequila and I aren’t friends.

    February 27, 2013 7:21 pm
  20. Emily R

    Definitely bright & bold …you can never have too much color!

    February 27, 2013 7:31 pm
  21. megan

    love all the designs – I’m classic with a twist!

    February 27, 2013 7:31 pm
  22. Allie

    What a great giveaway! I am boho chic, definitely.

    February 27, 2013 7:52 pm
  23. Rozlyn

    I could be any of them – depending on my mood. :0

    February 27, 2013 8:08 pm
  24. kelsey bang

    super cute giveaway! bright and bold for sure :)

    February 27, 2013 9:18 pm
  25. ampersand

    we’re loving hearing which party hostess you guys are! lots of margarita-drinkers, eh? us too. One of us has been known to call them Morg-aritas even. just saying.

    February 27, 2013 9:22 pm
  26. Rachel

    Margarita in hand, no doubt. Love, love the color combination and of course, margs!

    February 27, 2013 9:52 pm
  27. Em Byerly

    I’m a bright & bold person! Hosting wise- our big event is always a derby party! Mint juleps, steamers across the porch, and everyone dressed up- hats included.

    February 28, 2013 1:52 am
  28. Ali

    I love the classic with a twist well really all of them are absolutely darling.

    February 28, 2013 3:05 am
  29. Kate

    These plates are too cute! I’m definitely boho chic! xoxo

    February 28, 2013 4:09 am
  30. Christine Kelly

    Hmmm…hard to choose, boho chic or poolside casual? Poolside casual! It’s Texas!

    February 28, 2013 5:39 am
  31. Megan

    All are so lovely, but I am totally bold and bright! I love loud pops that ate totally eye catching!

    February 28, 2013 5:43 am
  32. Tia

    These are great! So torn between the margarita in hand and the boho!! But I think I would go with the yellow since it would match my kitchen.

    February 28, 2013 1:52 pm
  33. Danielle

    So many I like! I’d probably go with the mod-minimalist.

    February 28, 2013 2:29 pm
  34. Julia Dzafic

    Ok I love every single one of these plates but my style is bright and bold. For dinner parties I dress in brights, serve brightly colored food and decorate with as much color as possible.

    February 28, 2013 2:54 pm
  35. Melinda Singer

    Mod minimalist! With a bold splash of color…maybe red or GOLD (not yellow).

    February 28, 2013 3:45 pm
  36. erika

    i am definitely the mod minimalist hostess… so perfect!

    February 28, 2013 4:08 pm
  37. Ning fathia

    I’m a true and true classic with a twist girl. I can imagine a nautical theme party by a sea cabin, serving fresh seafood on a La Plates plate!

    February 28, 2013 4:28 pm
  38. Kayley

    I am most certainly classic with a twist those are absolutely adorable with a pop of color !

    February 28, 2013 6:09 pm
  39. Jenny

    My family wants to celebrate may 1 that I’ve been well for one year!!!

    February 28, 2013 6:49 pm
  40. julie

    this is a tough one! I think that I am a mix between bright and bold and boho chic with bright and bold i think slightly having the advantage! :)

    February 28, 2013 7:39 pm
  41. Nicolle

    These plates are FANTASTIC! Is it possible to be a perfect blend of the Mod Minimalist and Classic with a Twist because that’s where I am!

    February 28, 2013 7:45 pm
  42. Heather

    Margarita in Hand. If I wasn’t pregnant right now, that is … :)

    February 28, 2013 7:52 pm
  43. Elle

    These are all so great! I’m definitely the mod minimalist or classic with a twist!

    February 28, 2013 8:13 pm
  44. Allison

    While I’d love to be “Margarita in Hand” or “Boho chic”, in all honesty, I’m probably “Classic with a Twist.” Love, love this collaboration, ladies!

    February 28, 2013 9:04 pm
  45. Fabianna

    Definitely Classic with a Twist! Love this giveaway! So fun :)

    February 28, 2013 9:09 pm
  46. Angie Atkinson

    Classic with a twist! Love them all!

    February 28, 2013 9:09 pm
  47. Alex

    I love the classic with a twist!

    March 1, 2013 12:05 am
  48. carlie

    Love them all, but probably Classic with a Twist!

    March 1, 2013 2:46 am
  49. Melanie

    Definitely classic with a twist!

    March 1, 2013 2:56 am
  50. Kari Lavelle

    Love them all! Today, I’ll be bright & bold. :)

    March 1, 2013 4:33 am
  51. Ingemar Hulthage

    Classic with a Twist

    March 1, 2013 6:34 am
  52. Dave Levin

    Mod Minimalist

    March 1, 2013 3:39 pm
  53. Chanyn

    I love the mod minimalist and the bright and bold! I could be either depending on my mood… All of the designs are very pretty!

    March 1, 2013 4:17 pm
  54. Kathryn

    I love Classic With a Twist! So perfect!

    March 1, 2013 5:37 pm
  55. Kayley

    Love the POOLSIDE CASUAL!!! ❤

    March 1, 2013 5:52 pm
  56. Rachel Lora Simmons

    Classic with a twist, 100 percent.

    March 1, 2013 6:22 pm
  57. Sandie

    Bright and Bold! Love them all! Thanks for the chance to win.

    March 1, 2013 6:49 pm
  58. Susan

    Mod minimalist with a boho twist. I like things simple, but when it comes to accessories, piled on!

    March 1, 2013 8:23 pm
  59. Laura Bogart

    Dreaming of the pool…relaxing with a much anticipated adult beverage! So poolside casual for me!

    March 1, 2013 8:29 pm
  60. Melissa

    love love love your laplates collection! i think i am a classic with a twist kinda’ gal!

    March 1, 2013 8:39 pm
  61. Katie Dosenbach

    hi girls! loving the classic with a twist!! xo

    March 1, 2013 9:43 pm
  62. Jennie Bixler

    boho chic

    March 1, 2013 10:41 pm
  63. Jennifer

    I’m in love with the Bright & Bold! My husband and I are refurbishing our 1960’s canned-ham camping trailer and the interior is going to have splashes of these colors. These plates would be perfect! Great Job!

    March 1, 2013 11:03 pm
  64. Ann Greenleaf

    Oh how to choose? All so cute. I think I’m margarita in hand but desire to be mod minimalist.

    March 2, 2013 12:22 am
  65. Amy Schumm

    All of these plates are so great!
    I love the colors and designs. There is something about the green and yellow that keeps grabbing me so I pick the Margarita in Hand set! :)

    March 2, 2013 12:28 am
  66. Sarah

    Poolside casual! I just need the pool now:)

    March 2, 2013 2:03 am
  67. HollyJ

    Mmm… Classic with a twist is my fave but hard to choose!! Loving all your new products, ladies!

    March 2, 2013 3:50 am
  68. Pat Pelland

    Mod Minimalist

    March 2, 2013 4:52 pm
  69. ampersand

    Rachel Lora Simmons,
    We just wanted to let you know that you are our La Plates + Ampersand Design Studio WINNER!!!!

    Thanks for playing along with us, we’re thrilled you won and we hope you have a great time picking out your set of 4 monogrammed salad plates!

    Check your inbox for details :)

    Morgan & Carrie

    March 4, 2013 5:30 am
  70. ampersand

    AND, thank you to every single one of your for your fun entries–we are wishing we could organize a party for all of us to get together, but for now, we want to thank you by giving you each 10% off of anything in the Ampersand Signature Collection for La Plates. Use code AMP10 at checkout!

    March 4, 2013 5:31 am
  71. Lindsey McClennahan

    I am margarita in HAND! I ate a lime with salt last night… and opened all my windows today because I a DYING for it to be summer! Those plates would make my almost summer dreams just THAT MUCH CLOSER!

    March 4, 2013 3:28 pm

holiday sweet treats 12.20.2012

here’s what i’ve been up to lately: baking some sweet treats! i couldn’t settle on just one because they all sounded so delish, so all three of the above just HAD to happen this year! if you want to bake up some holiday cookies and treats this year, here are the recipes we fell in love with:

1. nutella-stuffed brown butter + sea salt chocolate chip cookies

2.candy cane marshmallow pops (perfect for dipping in hot chocolate!)

3. peanut butter pretzel bites

and my pinterest “i heart food” board has even more ideas!

happy holidays

– morgan

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  1. Kory

    Those peanut butter pretzel things look delicious! I might have to make those, like asap!

    December 20, 2012 6:46 pm
  2. Gaby [The Vault Files]

    oooou, nutella chocolate chip cookies? love the sound of that! they look amazing!

    December 20, 2012 9:23 pm
    • ampersand

      Thanks, Snappystreet! We hope you had the chance to make some sweet treats and that you also enjoyed your Christmas and New Year! Cheers!
      Gaby & Kory, I got to sample Morgan’s treats and they WERE most amazing! :)

      January 2, 2013 3:37 am
  3. Snappystreet

    Merry Christmas!
    It is warm and sunny here in Sydney, Australia, but I want to make all of these yummy warm winter treats!
    I hope you enjoy this special time of year with family and friends! x

    December 20, 2012 10:46 pm

Holiday Gift Guide 2012: For the Foodie 12.10.2012

I’ve gotta say, as a domestic-wanna-be, myself, I would be THRILLED to find any of these foodie items under the tree! That rainbow-striped olive oil! Are you kidding me? And the electric french press in red?!? WHAT?? OK, I will stop gushing over what’s basically turned into my own personal wishlist. But, seriously… (Zack, are you taking notes?) Ha!

1. New York City Gingerbread Tin 2. Bistro Electric French Press 3. In Good Company Bowl 4. ‘Intenso’ Extra Virgin Olive Oil 5. Black and Oatmeal Linen Bib Apron 6. The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook 7. Chalkboard Spice Jars 8. Wooden Tasting Spoon Set

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