Monthly Archives: August 2014

Comparing Apples to Apples: Satisfy Your Senses with Candles and Pie

Fall is right around the corner so get prepared for crisp autumn breezes, beautiful foliage, and apples (lots of apples!).  We are inspired by the season’s go-to fruit and dedicated our apple-based candles, Crisp Apple Premium Round and Baked Apple New Kitchen, as a few of our August Candles of the Month.

Crisp Apple Premium Round Scented Candle

 

Village Candle Baked Apple Scented Candle

To satisfy your taste buds while enjoying the decadent aroma of these apple-scented candles, we’ve provided some of our favorite apple pie recipes.  So grab your apron, and get ready to bake!  And don’t worry these recipes are as easy as, well, apple pie.  Enjoy!

Perfect Apple Pie

Here’s a super easy, basic apple pie that the entire family will enjoy!  Click on the link for the recipe as well as coupons or promotions available at your local grocery store.

*Recipe courtesy of Pillsbury.com.

 

Apple and Cherry Pie with Oatmeal Crumble Topping

This one is slightly more advanced in the prep, but it’s certainly worth the extra effort!  Chef Emeril Lagasse provides a recipe for apple pie with a twist, adding cherries and a sweet oatmeal crumb topping.  Delicious!

Emeril_Apple-and-Cherry-Pie

*Recipe courtesy of Emeril Lagasse on foodnetwork.com.

 

Simple Blueberry Apple Pie

Here’s a down home recipe from Sunny Anderson on the Food Network.  A homemade pie crust, fresh blueberries, and Golden Delicious apples come together making this a simply irresistable dessert.

Simple Blueberry Apple Pie

*Recipe courtesy of Sunny Anderson on foodnetwork.com.

 

Caramel Apple Pie

This recipe won 1st prize for best apple pie in the 2003 Food Network Challenge.  Given an “intermediate” rating on foodnetwork.com, this recipe is going to provide more of a challenge for the average baker.  Put your skills to the test and prepare this tasty treat!

*Recipe courtesy of Marles Riessland on foodnetwork.com.

 

Do you have a favorite apple pie recipe or baking tips?  Please share!

Back to School Gifts: Teacher Appreciation Candles

Hard to believe, but summer is almost over and the kids are heading back to school!  A nice way to kick off the school year is to give your child’s new teacher a “Back to School” gift.  It’s the perfect ice breaker for the first day of school and a token of your appreciation for the love, support, and knowledge the teacher will provide throughout the coming year.

Scented Candle Teacher Thank You Gift

What do you give you might ask?  We’ve got the solution!  Our apple-scented and teacher inspired candles, #1 Teacher and Teacher Thank You, paired with a basket of school supplies or a gift card to Wal-Mart or The Dollar Store (teachers often pay out of pocket for their own school supplies), makes for thoughtful gifts sure to warm the hearts of teachers everywhere.

Scented Candle #1 Teacher Gift

Get the kids involved in the gift giving as well!  This will give them a better understanding of the child/ teacher relationship and allow them to further appreciate the new person giving them direction and order.  So get your pens and pencils ready, it’s time for homework and school projects again!

Why are apples associated with teachers?
Symbolism – The apple is a symbol of variety, change, and growth.  Without love and support, the fruit becomes bitter and undesirable.

History – Dating back to the 16th century, in countries such as Denmark, Sweden and the United States, educators were often paid by the parents with foods such as fruit and potatoes (teachers didn’t earn enough to sustain the cost of living).  At the time apples were considered a “luxury” fruit as they were difficult to plant, cultivate and harvest.  Teachers were made to feel special when gifted with an apple.

The Bible – Teachers and the apple are also often associated with the special story in the Bible, in which Eve ate the fruit from the Tree of Knowledge.