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Father's Day Ice Cream Sandwiches

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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!

and the winner is...

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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

MONOGRAMMED PLATES GIVEAWAY!!

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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}

holiday sweet treats

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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

Holiday Gift Guide 2012: For the Foodie

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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