goat cheese tart with joan of arc {a recipe}

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Warm weather is here, which means I’m constantly on the lookout for light, easy to prepare meals that are perfect for both entertaining and weeknight family dinners. This goat cheese tart, featuring Joan of Arc® Traditional Goat Cheese, fits the bill.

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My family LOVES goat cheese, and the Joan of Arc® brand includes a variety of French and French-style cheeses that are perfect when I want a quick and easy ways to go gourmet. Paired with a simple green salad, this tart was loved by all members of my family.


1½ cups all-purpose flour 
2 4 oz. logs of Joan of Arc® Goat Cheese 
10 ounce package 
Kosher salt 
13 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, divided 
3 to 4 tablespoons ice water 
¾ cup chopped shallots (3 to 4 shallots) 
1 cup heavy cream 
3 large eggs 
¼ chopped basil leaves 
1/8 teaspoon black pepper

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

First, we’ll make the crust. Put the flour and ¼ teaspoon salt in the bowl of a food processor fitted with the steel blade. Cut 12 tablespoons (1½ sticks) of the butter into large dice, add to the bowl, and pulse until the butter is the size of peas. With the machine running, add the ice water and process until the dough becomes crumbly. Dump the dough out on a floured board, gather it loosely into a ball, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

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After removing dough from the refrigerator, roll the dough on a well-floured board and fit it into a 9-inch tart pan.

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Butter one side of a square of parchment paper and fit it, butter side down, into the pan. Fill the foil with rice or beans. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove the beans and foil from the tart shell, prick the bottom all over with a fork, and bake for another 10 minutes. Here’s what the crust will look like after removing it from the oven…

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While your crust is baking, heat the remaining tablespoon of butter in a small pan and sauté the shallots over low heat for 5 minutes, or until tender. Place the goat cheese in the bowl of the food processor and pulse a few times. Add the cream, eggs, basil, ¼ teaspoon salt, and the pepper and process until blended.

Scatter shallots on bottom of crust, then top with goat cheese mixture (you’ll probably have some mixture leftover).
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Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 35 minutes, until the tart is set and golden brown on top. Let cool and serve.

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So tell me, what is YOUR favorite way to use goat cheese?

For more recipes and inspiration, please visit Joan of Arc on Facebook, and Pinterest!


Glade-inspired flower pretzel candies {a recipe}


I fully admit it-I am so ready for Spring to be here! This Winter has been cold, snowy, and long, and I am ready for the scents, sights, and sounds of Spring. Anyone else with me?

With the changing of the seasons on my mind this past weekend, I decided to infuse a bit of Spring into my home with the help of Glade and their new Limited Edition Spring Collection-Poppy Groove™ and Hello Spring™.

After using my Wax Melt Warmer to infuse Poppy Groove™ into my home, I immediately fell in love with the sweet (not cloying!) and exotic scents of flowers in bloom. I believe scents can inspire emotion, and this scent definitely inspired my fun and playful side!


And what can I say about Hello Spring™? Only this: it’s fresh, clean and my new favorite Spring scent. After giving my home a dose of Spring fragrance, I can honestly say that it felt like Spring was in my home, which inspired an easy and fun Flower Pretzel Candy recipe!

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These were so simple, so fun, and definitely Spring-inspired. So let’s get started. Here’s what you need:

-Pretzel snaps
- chocolate-caramel candies
-Spring-Colored chocolate candies

Preheat your oven to 250 degrees. Take a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper, and place 8 or so pretzels on it. Top each with a chocolate caramel candy. I found that if you do more than 8 or so at a time, the candies start to harden before you can finish assembling the flowers.


Place in the over for 3-5 minutes, just until the candies are soft. Pull the pretzels out of the oven, and center a chocolate candy in the middle, and press down. Take 6 more candies and press gently around the center candy.


Let cool, and you’re done!

I think I’ll package these in cello bags and hand out over the weekend…there may still be snow on the ground, but I can share the Glade scent-inspired Spring treats while they last (which may not be long)!

Need a burst of Spring in your home and mood? Check out the line of Spring scents from Glade, and let them inspire you own Spring recipe or DIY!

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I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.


throw a comfort foods party with marie callender’s pot pies {plus free printables}

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #WarmthInACrust #CollectiveBias

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I’ll admit it: Winter has never been my favorite season. Because of this, I always try to find ways to enjoy the season more. Whether it’s planning a get together with friends, indulging in some favorite comfort foods or putting together and enjoying a Winter-inspired tablescape, truly making an effort to enjoy the season makes Winter much more enjoyable than it would be otherwise. I did all three of the above this past weekend and held a Comfort Foods Party featuring some yummy eats, including Marie Callender’s Pot Pies! I’m so excited to share it with you all today–and be sure to scroll all the way through the post-I’m sharing free printables and recipes throughout!

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When I think of comfort foods, I think of easy-to-prepare and delicious dishes that warm you from the inside out. With the recent cold-front moving through, pot pies are the perfect comfort food to warm you up. Paired with sides such as homemade mac n cheese, mini cornbread muffins, and hot apple cider, this Comfort Foods party was a definite hit.

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Want to throw your own Comfort Foods get-together? These free printables will help you get started! Click here to download the gold “Gather Together” printable, and click here for the Comfort Foods Party invitation! The invite printable allows you to print 3 invitations per 8×10 sheet of cardstock, and, of course, it’s blank so you can fill in your own information.

As we all know, a great party is all in the details. Take a look at some of the easy touches that made this tablescape extra inviting…

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Wooden flatware in drawstring bags add a fun touch, as do confetti dot cloth napkins and mismatched white plates.

tassle garland

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And can we talk for a minute about this lovely (and easy!) backdrop? I call it my “dollar-eighty-nine” backdrop, because it literally cost, you guessed it, $1.89 to make. I started by taping lengths of streamers to the wall, carefully twisted each 5 times, and secured it with a piece of tape at the bottom. So easy.

Of course, we all know that a party is only as good as it’s food, and the obvious choice for our main dish were Marie Callender’s pot pies-homemade gravy mixed with vegetables and all white-meat chicken, in a golden, perfectly flaky crust that’s made from scratch. Yum.

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Interested in learning more about Marie Callenders? Visit their site here for information on their products, special offers, and more, and potpieplease for great recipe ideas.

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We love cornbread muffins in our house, and this Basic Mini Cornbread Muffin recipe is a favorite!

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Love mac n cheese? You’ll love it even more once you discover how easy it is to cook it in the crock pot (why had I never tried this before?!). I used this Crockpot Mac n Cheese Recipe.

Interested in hosting your own Comfort Foods Party? Be sure to print off the free printables, and head to Walmart, which is where I picked up our Marie Callender’s Pot Pies. Walmart has a huge selection and great prices for Marie Callender’s products. Also, be sure to check out Marie Callender’s Facebook page for updates, new product info, and great ideas using Marie Callender’s products.

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Lastly, be sure to visit Marie’ Callender’s Comforts From Home Project to help support our troops overseas. What a worthy cause!

 So tell me-what are your best ideas for enjoying Winter a bit more and beating the Winter blues?

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