host a popcorn bar with Wet-Nap®

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It’s hard to believe, but we’re over halfway through summer! If you’re anything like me, you’ll want to squeeze every bit of fun that you can from these last few weeks until school stars up again. In that spirit, I put together a simple popcorn bar with easy clean up inspired by my summer go-to–Wet-Nap®! Keep reading for the easy how-to, free printables, and a coupon!

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To put together your own popcorn bar just gather some popcorn, easy mix-ins, containers, and Wet-Nap® Wipes (I found a great selection of them at Wal Mart), which are safe on hands and make clean up a breeze. I used mini mason jars to hold my mix-ins, which included chocolate and butterscotch chips, sprinkles, jelly beans and sunflower seeds. I also used plastic salt and pepper containers to hold garlic parmesan and cinnamon toppings.

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Decorated kraft berry boxes were a cute way for kids to hold their creations. I wrapped the top of the boxes with pom pom trim, wrapped yarn that coordinated with my tablescape around the rest of the box, and added a round kraft label with each child’s name.

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Like the chalkboard sign I created? It’s available as a free printable! Just click here to download and print!

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I used a chalkboard to hand-letter my Popcorn Bar sign, but I also created a printable sign for you to print and display…

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Just click here to download your chalkboard Popcorn Bar printable sign!

To get the most out of your summer, visit Walmart for all your Wet-Nap® needs: 110-Count Hands, Face, & Body Cleansing Wipes, 24-Count Packettes Antibacterial Hand Wipes and 40-Count Canister Antibacterial Hand Wipes.

Keep up with Wet-Nap® on Pinterest, Facebook, & YouTube! 

 

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What are you and your family doing to make the most of these last weeks of summer?

    


easy iced coffee + coconut & chocolate chip scones

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As a mom of two, as well as a business owner, my summer days can be hectic. I absolutely adore my life, of course, but by the afternoons, I’m ready for a small break.

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Folgers gets this. They understand my love of great iced coffee and have come to the rescue with Folgers Iced Café Coffee Drink Concentrates, a line of concentrated coffee, sweetener and flavor enhancers (and no sugar or preservatives) combined in a portable squeeze bottle.

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Just add a couple squeezes to cold milk, stir, add ice, and enjoy!

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I sometimes like to add a little sweet treat to my afternoon iced coffee break, so I baked up some yummy Toasted Coconut and Chocolate Chip Scones. The recipe is easy and your house will smell divine as you’re baking them.

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Here’s what you need:

1 c. unsweetened coconut
2 1/4 c. flour
1 tbsp. sugar
1 tbsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
6 tbsp. very cold butter
1 egg
3/4 c. heavy whipping cream
1 c. semisweet chocolate chips or chunks

Step 1: Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spread coconut onto your baking sheet and toast for 7 minutes or so (keep an eye on it so it doesn’t burn). You’re looking for it to turn golden brown and fragrant. Set aside.

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Step 2: Combine dry ingredients (flour, sugar, baking soda, salt), and cut in butter using a pastry blender (or your fingers). Don’t overmix; you just want it to resemble coarse crumbs. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture.

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Step 3: Combine egg and whipping cream. Beat lightly with a fork.

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Step 4: Add egg mixture to flour mixture. Add toasted coconut and chocolate chips. Using a fork, stir gently until just combined.

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Step 5: Flour your countertop, knead dough for about 12 strokes. Gently pat dough into a rectangle (approx. 10″x4″), and cut dough to create 12 rectangles. Place on a baking sheet and brush rectangles with additional whipping cream.

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Step 6: Bake until golden brown, 15 minutes or so. Remove scones from baking sheet and serve warm.

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These Toasted Coconut and Chocolate Chip Scones are the perfect accompaniment to my afternoon coffee break.

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I’ve shared with you my favorite summer afternoon pick-me-up, what’s yours?

 

    


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.

Ingredients:

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!