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Double Chocolate Potato Chip Cookies (Perfect for a Summer Picnic!)

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Now that the weather is finally starting to warm up, I’m breaking out our picnic basket, stuffing it with goodies, including the most amazing double chocolate potato chip cookies, and heading to the beach. We like to keep our picnics simple: chips or bread, cheese, nuts, plenty of fruit, sometimes I’ll mix in hard-boiled or deviled eggs, and an easy-to-throw-together cookie or dessert; a.k.a. finger food. We also bring hats, a blanket, throw or scarf to sit on, sunscreen, and a few shovels and buckets for Scarlett.

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We recently discovered Jordan Lake here in Durham, and although it is technically a lake, there are seven sandy beaches scattered throughout the 14,000-acre property. It’s probably the closest I’ve felt to home since being here in North Carolina and I relished every second of the warm shoreline. I’m guessing it will become our new favorite summer hangout, and so, easy picnics will most definitely be on the agenda all summer-long.

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As for the double chocolate potato chip cookies, you’d be amazed at how simple this decadent dessert is to throw together. And for the record: this recipe was adapted via a recipe I found and re-created years ago here on the blog, aptly named the “Win Friends and Influence People Cookies“; so that should tell you everything you need to know. (You’ve gotta admire my 2011 photography skills!)

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I added the LAY’S® Classic Potato Chips component because I can’t get enough of the salted dessert trend, and classic potato chips just scream “summer” to me. Trust me on this one: that sweet and salty crunch on each bite is pretty incredible. You can taste that subtle chip crunch on the finish and it feels like potato chips and double chocolate anything were just meant to be.

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How to Make Double Chocolate Potato Chip Cookies

Makes about 48 cookies

INGREDIENTS

1 & 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 sticks unsalted butter (1 cup), softened
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 & 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
One 12-ounce package semisweet or bittersweet chocolate chips (2 cups)
2 cups of crumbled LAY’S® Classic Potato Chips

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DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Position the racks in the upper and lower thirds of the oven.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt.
  3. In a large bowl, with a mixer on high speed, beat the butter and sugars until light and fluffy; about 4 minutes.
  4. Beat in the eggs, one at a time. Mix in the vanilla until combined. Add the flour mixture and combine thoroughly. Stir in the chocolate chips and crumbled Lay’s potato chips and mix once more.
  5. Drop rounded tablespoons of the mixture onto un-greased baking sheets about 2 inches apart. Bake for about 8 minutes, until puffy and the bottoms are golden brown.
  6. Allow to cool on baking sheets about 2 minutes, then transfer potato chip cookies to wire racks to cool completely.


 

Recipe adapted via Glamour’s Win Friends and Influence People Cookies

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Recipe Hack: If you are looking to squeeze in even more time in the sun, use pre-made cookie dough to shorten prep time!

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Who knew adding a bit of salted potato chip crunch to something sweet could produce something so utterly delicious?

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These potato chip cookies travel well, so they’re great to bring for any of your summer occasions, like Memorial Day and Fourth of July, picnics, or for a weekend away.

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You can check out more great summer recipes on the Frito-Lay Pinterest board!

Photo by Annie Watts Photography for Glitter, Inc.

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How to Throw a Picnic This Holiday Season

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From festive cocktail parties, to cookie exchanges and classic holiday gatherings, with the holiday season comes so many reasons to celebrate and entertain. When it comes to holiday parties, I try to keep things as stress-free as possible, so that we can all enjoy the festivities. My mom always taught me that it’s about being together, laughing, and making great memories, not on what china you used or whether a proper invitation was sent.

One of my favorite easy entertaining hacks: disposable tableware. My current favorite and go-to for entertaining this holiday season is Chinet® Cut Crystal® tableware. From cups to glasses, plates, and cutlery, all of it is disposable, but still beautiful. The Chinet® Cut Crystal® line makes cleanup easy so you can spend more time with the ones you love. The clear design of the line just makes it so that it matches no matter what your party theme is.

This year, I’m branching out with my holiday entertaining. I’ve wanted to throw a little celebratory picnic since we moved into our new house. Our backyard is just so pretty and the weather here is perfect straight through December since it doesn’t typically start to get too cold until the end of the year.

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There’s nothing like a great picnic basket. I’d been hunting for one for ages and finally came across this picnic basket that serves four and has compartments for wine bottles, loaves of french bread, and/or flower bouquets, and I was sold.

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Chinet® Cut Crystal® plastic cutlery fit perfectly. And the whole look fit perfectly with my new gingham napkins.

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Layering blankets and pillows helped to make the small gathering feel cozy and comfortable, and very laid-back.

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I’ll always love a great cheese platter. There are so many fun variations and combinations, and it’s a great meeting place for guests to snack and chat.

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I also packed berries, candied roasted almonds and pecans, a loaf of bread, and dinner from our favorite local Mediterranean restaurant. The less hassle, the better.

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I served apple cider and prosecco in Chinet® Cut Crystal® 14 oz. tumblers and stemless wine glasses.

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For dessert, I heated up a rustic apple tarte (from Trader Joe’s!) and sprinkled a bit of powder sugar on top.

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Remember: holiday entertaining should be fun and simple!

For the record, TJ’s rustic apple tarte is delicious, and always a crowd-pleaser.

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Because we used Chinet® Cut Crystal® clear disposable cups, plates, and cutlery, our picnic party cleanup was a breeze, allowing me to focus more on spending time with friends and family and less on clean up. Such a win.

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If you throw your own fall picnic, be sure to let me know in the comments or tag me in your creations (@glitterinclexi) when you share to social media!

Photos by Annie Watts Photography


Lexi

Little Love Notes

Tea Table Purse Hands

Hello, Friday!  I had yet another crazy week.  I had to hold down the fort (a.k.a., the law office) while boss (a.k.a., dad) was out of town for the week with my fam.  By the way, downside to growing up, not getting to go on every family vacation.  This weekend we’ll be celebrating my mama, finally trying to clear out the storage room (errr, I mean, nursery), and as an almost-mom myself, I’ve vowed to give myself at least an hour of “me time” at some point this weekend (cue the good book and a plate of cookies.)  What are your big weekend plans?  (And Happiest of Mother’s Days to all you mamas out there!)

Dear last minute impromptu party, how cute would this Mother’s Day picnic lunch be for your own little family?

Dear Sunday morning breakfast, or you could always start your Mother’s day right with this simple-enough recipe for charred tomatoes with fried egg on garlic toastyum.

Dear dreamiest of mother’s day shoots, these girls – Bel and Beau, Kelli Murray, O My Darlings, and Jeadore – rock it as fashionable mamas.

Dear hair envy, I’ve got it in a major way … and apparently there’s a $32 hair tool that will change my life.

Dear spectacularly bad reality television, my DVR is set to record I Wanna Marry “Harry”, no lie.

Dear New York, yet another reason I wish I was there:  the inaugural exhibition for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Anna Wintour Costume Center, is now showing.

Dear Sarah Jessica Parker, you take being scolded by Anna Wintour in the best of form, and I love you all the more for it.

Dear Julia Child, you are a wise woman.  {“People who love to eat are always the best people” print.}

Dear working girls, 11 killer career tips from #girlboss (a.k.a., Sophia Amoruso, the founder and CEO of cult online retailer Nasty Gal.)

Dear in-need-of-a-perfect-new-tote-wallet-clutch-makeup-bag-and-coffee-cup-for-Summer, enter my fantabulous giveaway with Henri Bendel and try to win that $700+ prize!

Image via Gary Pepper Girl // Photos by Carin Olsson


Lexi

Luxe Beach Set-up

When I think of the beach I usually think of sand stuck to my feet, tangled hair, and a lot of sunscreen (okay, maybe I’m not that cranky about the beach, but the tangled hair, at least in my case, seems inevitable.)  This luxe beach set-up, however, is every inch glamorous and inviting and a wedding or event set beachside, on rustic picnic tables complete with burlap table cloth, gold and ceramic flower vases, bright fuchsia blooms, candles, and a white fur shrug, are my kind of beach soiree.

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Lexi

Picnics + Dining Al Fresco

Ever since traveling 1,000s of miles away to actually get a tan (note: we live in Miami), I realized the hubby and I could stand to, well, stand in the sunshine.  I go from home to car to work to car to home.  Not good.

So I’m going to be industrious, and force our butts outside – Martha Stewart style.  The plan: dining al fresco.  I love the idea of a picnic – they look so lovely in pictures; then again, I’m not exactly “one” with nature, I’m more “allergic” to nature.  So I’m thinking baby steps – -we have this great outdoor set-up on our little deck and we never ever use it.  Operation, dinner outside, in motion.

Do you do dinner outside?  Do you ever just plop down on the grass and enjoy the great outdoors?

I’ve got to get on this, or else we’ll wind up just purchasing one of these crazy picnic table contraptions via Architizer and calling it a success …

Images via: Classy in the City // Pinterest // Architizer


Lexi

Picnic Wedding Ideas

I’ve had a seeming infatuation with baskets since my early years, watching Yogi Bear fight so hard for that pic-a-nic basket.  (Watch cartoons, they’re good for you.)  So it’s no wonder, I could focus on only one thing when I saw this park wedding over at Forget Me Knot Weddings months ago.  Baskets!

Plus the picnic-themed party idea is just plain adorable.

The bride, Danni, from the duo, Danni + Nick of ohellofriend, explains the baskets:

‘We reversed our wedding schedule around and started with the reception first, because we wanted to get married at sunset. guests arrived and gathered to share a picnic basket lunch. There was no seating at the park, so we went all out with picnic blankets.’

I’m a huge fan of collecting something for the wedding – it adds a personal touch and the eclectic mix speaks volumes about a well-thought-out wedding. {More on that here.}

Plus, the picnic theme has the wheels in my head turning – what a cute menu you could come up with:

  • wax-paper wrapped sandwiches (turkey/avocado/brie, mozarella + tomato, etc.)
  • cups of potato salad, cole slaw, veggie salads
  • cupcakes, cookies, brownies
  • fresh fruit
  • homemade potato chips in kraft paper bags
  • lemonade, iced tea

Valentine’s Day picnic, anyone?

Images via: Forget Me Knot Weddings // Photographs by Christian Cruz


Lexi