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Celebrating our January Candle of the Month: Blueberry Muffin

We simply couldn’t resist sharing some of our favorite blueberry muffin recipes in honor of our January Candle of the Month, Blueberry Muffin.  Whether you love a simple, classic recipe or prefer to add a little zest to your muffins, we’ve got the recipe for you!  Try one or try all, and wake up to the delicious aroma of freshly baked muffins complemented by our fragrant candle.  Enjoy!

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Simple Blueberry Muffins: Here’s a simple, classic recipe for those that love the traditional blueberry muffin.  Easy to make and delicious to eat, the perfect way to start your morning!

Recipe courtesy of Martha Stewart Living, July/August 2000

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Blueberry Muffins with Crumb Topping: If you love to add a little crunch to your muffins, this is the recipe for you.  The crumb topping adds just enough sweetness to make this is an irresistible breakfast treat!

Recipe courtesy of foodandwine.com

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Double Blueberry Muffins: What’s better than blueberries in a muffin?  Double the blueberries!  Here’s another classic, yet simple recipe with loads of blueberries in the batter.  A blueberry in every bite, guaranteed!

Recipe courtesy of Food Network

blueberry oatmeal muffins

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blueberry Oatmeal Muffins: A great light recipe that is delicious and easy to prepare, these blueberry muffins will please the entire family!  An added benefit – you can sneak in the oatmeal for that extra fiber without anyone knowing.

Recipe courtesy of Cooking Light

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Lemon Blueberry Muffins: With a sweet-sour glaze and a hint of nutmeg, these are not your ordinary blueberry muffins!  If you love a little lemon zest, you will certainly enjoy this bakery sensation!

Recipe courtesy of Cooking Light

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Blueberry Power Muffins with Almond Streusel:  Packed with Vitamin B and other healthy ingredients, these muffins are the perfect way to jumpstart your day.  Freeze for up to a month for a quick grab, and go breakfast!

Recipe courtesy of Cooking Light

Holiday Candle Round-Up

Are you searching for the perfect holiday candle? Well, you’ve come to the right place! Whether you’re searching for your favorite scent or finding that perfect gift for that special someone, our vast collection of holiday candles will certainly impress! We’ve got sweet, fruity, outdoorsy and more! Our job is to put the essence of the holiday season into a candle so we can add that extra sparkle and illumination that fills a room with heavenly scents. Since our collection of holiday candles is so vast, we’ve done a round-up of our holiday candles by category. Choose one or choose many!

Christmas Cookie Candle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For those that love the aroma of freshly baked Christmas cookies, the decadent scent of hot cocoa, or the crisp, sweet of mint, we suggest: Christmas Cookie Premium Round, Cookies for Santa Premium Round Limited Edition, Gingerbread Cookie Premium Round, Gingerbread House New Kitchen Collection,Chocolate Peppermint Swirl, Peppermint Mocha Limited Edition Premium Round, Peppermint Mocha Décor Collection, and Naughty or Nice Limited Edition Premium New Collection

Christmas Morning Candle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you prefer the natural, woodsy aroma of Christmas greenery, we suggest: Christmas Morning Premium Round Collection, Christmas Tree Filled Glass Votive, Christmas Tree Premium Round, Deck the Halls Limited Edition Premium Round, Deck the Halls Décor Collection, Special Edition Etched Snowflake Décor Glass Pillar, Happy Holidays Premium Round, Santa’s Village Limited Edition Premium New Collection, Winter Wonderland Premium Round, and Holiday Wreath Premium Round.

Christmas on the Beach Candle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you’re seeking the fruitful scent of holiday candles, we’ve got those too! Choose from seasonal or tropical fruits: Christmas on the Beach Limited Edition Premium Round, Christmas on the Beach Décor Collection, Caramelized Pear Décor Collection, Cinnaberries Glass Pillar Collection, Cranberry New Kitchen Collection, Mulled Cider Décor Collection, Mulled Cider Premium Round, and Orange Cinnamon Premium Round.

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Don’t forget about our non-candle scented items such as our Make-A-Wish Tree Ornament Air-Freshener or our Blue, Gold, or Santa Tree Scenter Ornaments!

Here’s to a very happy holiday season!

Update Your Look with New Holiday Décor

Ho, ho, ho! The holiday season is finally upon us! Homes are starting to sparkle with dancing lights and spectacular festive décor. As you unpack your own decorations this year, you may decide an update is in order. Well, we’re here to help! We have found some gorgeous, festive holiday décor that will put you in the right direction for winter wonderland decorating and add that extra holiday hop in your step. Are you ready? Let’s do it!

Individual Tapered Candles with Christmas Greenery & Berries

Individual Tapered Candles with Christmas Greenery & Berries: Let’s start with what we love most…candles! This easy-to-create display makes for a beautiful centerpiece when placed in a grouping or at individual place settings. It also makes for a beautiful arrangement your guests can take home as a parting gift. Works well with our high quality tapered candles…in any color!

Hanging Candlescape

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hanging Candlescape: Take candles where they don’t usually go…hanging from a chandelier! This gorgeous display will illuminate your room with beauty and elegance. For a different look, try our Special Edition Etched Snowflake Décor Glass Pillar candles. It’ll be your holiday statement piece!

Indoor Holiday Garland

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Indoor Holiday Garland: Who says a garland-trimmed door has to stay on the outside? Take it inside this year for a door that will garner as much attention as your Christmas tree!

Peppermint Candy Vase

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Peppermint Candy Vase: This gorgeous centerpiece is not only a show stopper, it’s fragrant as well and will work beautifully with any of our peppermint scented candles – Chocolate Peppermint Swirl, Peppermint Mocha Limited Edition Premium Round, Peppermint Mocha Décor Collection! Looks like a great theme idea here!

Floating Candle Mason Jars: Simple and pretty! Use a mason jar, fill with water, and add cranberries with tree trimmings. Float with any of our tealights to create a beautiful seasonal display.

DIY Holiday Card Display

 

 

 

 

 

DIY Holiday Card Display: Are you always searching for ways to display those adorable family photo cards that arrive in the mail every year? Well, we’ve found the answer with this adorable, creative, and easy-to-assemble card display. Craft it once and use year after year!

DIY Mistletoe Ball

 

 

 

 

 

 

DIY Mistletoe Ball: Kissy kissy! Everyone needs a little holiday cheer and sometimes a peck on the cheek or smooch on the lips will do the trick! Here’s a quick lesson on how to easily create your own mistletoe. Fun for kids and grown-ups!

Delicious Bread and Butter Recipes Inspired by Our Newest Candle: Warm Buttered Bread

Now you can take yourself on a virtual trip to a Paris bakery with the aromatic sensation of our newest candle, Warm Buttered Bread! Just sit back, relax, and let your senses go wild! If you wish to share the enjoyment, make it a favorite gift for the holidays (or all year long for that matter!). Paired with freshly baked homemade bread and an assortment of butters, it’s an irresistible gift that will make anyone smile. Check out the simple recipes below for delicious breads and butters that even the pickiest eater will enjoy!

Village Candle Butter Bread

Honey-Whole Wheat Bread

This recipe is delicious and nutritious! Smothered with one of the flavored buttered recipes below, it’s like heaven!

Betty Crocker Bread Recipe

Recipe courtesy of Betty Crocker

Cinnamon Streusel Quick Bread

This amazing recipe is so easy and wonderful. It’s the perfect amount of sweet and makes for a great dessert or breakfast bread.

Betty Crocker Cinnamon Bread Recipe

Recipe courtesy of Betty Crocker

Banana Walnut Bread

Who doesn’t love banana bread? Start your day with a warm slice of this yummy breakfast treat.

Food Network Banana Bread Recipe

Recipe courtesy of Food Network

Gold Medal Classic White Bread

Here’s another classic must-have recipe. Again, pair with any of the flavored butters, and you’re in for a treat!

Classic White Bread Recipe

Recipe courtesy of Betty Crocker

Zucchini Bread

This may be the easiest way to squeeze zucchini in your diet. Even if zucchini isn’t your favorite food, you’ll enjoy this delicious bread!

Betty Crocker Zucchini Bread Recipe

Recipe courtesy of Betty Crocker

Pumpkin Bread

A wonderful, seasonal staple that can be enjoyed all year long! Make sure to add this to your Thanksgiving menu or give as a gift for those you are thankful for.

Food Network Pumpkin Bread Recipe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recipe courtesy of Food Network

Six Fancy Flavorful Butter Recipes

Butter, butter, and more butter. Need we say more? These delicious recipes are the perfect complement to all of your favorite baked breads.

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Recipe courtesy of Southern Living

Our Favorite Candles for Cold and Flu Season

“Flu Shot” signs are everywhere and it’s a constant reminder that along with fall’s crisp air and beautiful foliage, so comes cold and flu season (what a buzz kill!). Fortunately, there are ways to help prevent and/ or cope with whatever nasty bug you caught or are about to catch. Whether your choice of treatment is pharmaceutical or not, almost everyone seems to have some sort of remedy ranging from onions in socks to good old fashioned homemade chicken noodle soup, sipping whisky, or even sex! Check out this funny article from Shape magazine to see what others have said. What you may not know is that one of the best ways to combat the cold or flu is through essential oils and aromatherapy. They can help ward off illness or speed up recovery by boosting immunity. They also can help with the discomforts of colds when used in baths, chest rubs, compresses, and inhalants. Eucalyptus oil is particularly helpful in that it fights bacterial, viral, and fungal infections while also relieving congestion. Other oils that do the trick include orange, juniper, pine, basil, and ginger. Here’s a list of some of our candles that are great to have on hand in case you feel an illness coming on. While our candles may not cure the common cold, they will surely help to create a soothing environment to help encourage relaxation and healing.

Eucalyptus: Country Pine Cone New Kitchen, Citrus Herb Village Classics Village Candle Citrus Herb Scented Candle Village Candle Country Pine Cone Scented Candles Pine: Forest Pine Glass Pillar, Redwood Forest, Siberian Pine Radiance, Happy Holidays Premium Round Village Candle Forest Pine Scented Candle Village Candle Redwood Forest Scented Candle Village Candle Happy Holidays Scented Candle Juniper: Christmas Tree Premium Round, Forest Pine Glass Pillar Village Candle Christmas Tree Scented Candle Orange: Canyon Sunset Premium Round, Golde Safari Limited Edition Label, Cranberry Orange New Kitchen, Orange Cinnamon Premium Round Village Candle Canyon Sunset Scented Candles Village Candle Golden Safari Scented Candle Village Candle Cranberry Orange Scented Candle Village Candle Orange Cinnamon Scented Candle Ginger: Gingerbread Cookie Premium Round, Gingerbread House New Kitchen, Celebration Village Candle Gingerbread Cookie Scented Candle Village Candle Gingerbread Cookie Scented Candle Village Candle Gingerbread House Scented Candle Do you have a special home remedy to fight the cold or flu? What scent do you find most soothing when you’re not feeling well? Please share!

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!

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*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.

 

 

 

Living the Salt Life: Ideas for Beach-Inspired Home Décor

Did your recent beach vacation leave you wanting more?  Or do you have constant visions of seashells, white sand, and the beautiful blue ocean on your mind?  At Village Candle, we also are inspired by the beach which is why we’ve chosen our Walk on the Beach Décor Collection candle as our July Candle of the Month.

Village Candle Fun In The Sun Scented Candle

Village Candle Fun In The Sun Scented Candle

Village Candle Beach Party Scented Candle

Village Candle Beach Party Scented Candle

There’s no better time than now to share some of our favorite beach-inspired home décor ideas.  From decorating tips to DIY ideas, your “beach get-away” is closer than you think!

DIY Wooden Bathroom Shelves
These shelves are shown in a bathroom, but would look great in any little nook.  Complete with a rustic finish and you’ve got a beach inspired look (plus additional storage) without spending too much.

DIY Wooden Bathroom Shelves

DIY Wooden Bathroom Shelves, Image Courtesy of {mis}adventures of the cranes (misadventuresofthecranes.blogspot.com)

 

DIY Thrifty & Pretty Driftwood Mirror
We are obsessed with this mirror, and it only cost $3 to make!  It is absolutely gorgeous and makes for a beautiful statement piece in any home.

DIY Driftwood Mirror

DIY Thrifty Driftwood Mirror , Image courtesy of CityFarmhouse.com

 

Seashell Letters
The letters spell “BEACH” but you could spell anything – think child’s name for a nursery, last name for a casual family room, “BATH” for a bathroom, or something fun for the kitchen.  Purchase the letters shown here or make them yourself!

Seashell Beach Letters

Seashell Beach Letters, Image Courtesy of Lulla.com

 

Seashell Embellished Sconce
This sconce is amazing and will add drama to an otherwise empty wall space.

Seashell Embellished Sconce Beach Decor from Better Homes and Gardens

Seashell Embellished Sconce, Image Courtesy of Better Homes and Gardens (BGH.com)

Nautical Inspired Rope Ties for Grommet Drapes
These drape ties are yet another fabulous, inexpensive way of adding beach-themed décor to your home.  Added bonus – they are easy to install!

Nautical Inspired Rope Ties For Grommet Drapes

Nautical Inspired Rope Ties For Grommet Drapes, Image Courtesy of SeasideInspired.Blogspot.com

 

7 Steps to Casual Beach Décor
Coastal Living magazine offers tips to transforming your home into a casual, beach inspired environment.

Beach Decor Dining Room Coastal Living

7 Steps To Casual Beach Decor Via Coastal Living (coastalliving.com), Photographer: Mark Lohman, Stylist: Francoise O’Neill

Do you like this beach-inspired decorating theme? What ideas do you have to transform your home into a beach oasis? Which of our beach-themed scented candles would you use?

Village Candle Walk On The Beach Scented Candle

Village Candle Walk On The Beach Scented Candle

Village Candle Summer Breeze Scented Candle

Village Candle Summer Breeze Scented Candle

 

Celebrating our June Candle of the Month: Flavorful Recipes for Iced Tea

There’s nothing like a cold glass of old-fashioned southern iced tea during the hot summer months.  Not only is it a refreshing beverage, but tea is also loaded with tons of healthy antioxidants (the same ones found in red wine) and helps fight cancer and heart disease.  In fact, we love sweet tea so much that we named our Sweet Tea New Kitchen Collection candle as our June Candle of the Month!  So in honor of our favorite summer drink, we’ve provided helpful tips to making the perfect batch as well as delicious recipes to add a little extra flavor.  Enjoy!

Scented Candle of the Month: Sweet Tea Village Candle

June Village Candle of the Month: Sweet Tea

Easy Steps to Brewing Iced Tea

  1. Place 3-5 tea bags into 2 cups of boiling water.
  2. Steep black tea for 5 minutes and green tea for 2-3 minutes. Remove tea bags after allotted time.
  3. Pour the concentrated tea into a pitcher and add 2 cups water.
  4. Before chilling, let tea sit to room temperature to avoid clouding.
  5. To sweeten your iced tea, add you can add granulated sugar until it dissolves (this only works when the tea is hot!).  If the tea is cold, add simple syrup or try a flavored syrup (see recipes below) and stir until the syrup is dissolved.

Simple Syrup

Combine ¾ cup water with ¾ sugar in a saucepan and bring to a boil.  Stir until sugar is completely dissolved. Yields 1 cup (serving size 1 tablespoon)

Fresh Peach Syrup

Mash 1 cup peeled, ripe peach in a bowl.  Add hot simple syrup to peaches and let sit for 30 minutes.  Strain the mixture through a sieve and discard solids.

Mint-Lime Syrup

Place ¼ cup chopped, fresh mint leaves and 3 (2-inch) strips of lime in a small bowl.  Add hot simple syrup, cover, and let sit for 30 minutes.  Strain the mixture through a sieve and discard solids.

Raspberry-Chambord Syrup

Place 1 cup fresh raspberries in a small bowl and mash with a fork.  Add hot simple syrup and 2 tablespoons of Chambord.  Cover and let sit for 30 minutes.  Strain mixture through a sieve and discard solids.

Lavender Syrup

Rinse 1 tablespoon dried lavender buds (stems removed) under cold water, and place in a small bowl.  Add hot simple syrup, cover, and let sit for 30 minutes.  Strain mixture through a sieve and discard solids.

Cucumber-Ginger Syrup

Place ½ cup grated, peeled cucumber in a small bowl with 5 (¼ inch) pieces of peeled, fresh ginger.  Add hot simple syrup, cover and let stand 30 minutes.  Strain mixture through a sieve and discard solids.

 

Recipes courtesy of Cooking Light. 

Celebrate Father’s Day with our Limited Edition Black Bamboo Candle!

“A Father is neither an anchor to hold us back, nor a sail to take us there, but a guiding light whose love shows us the way.”

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Inscribed on our limited edition Father’s Day candle, this quote is symbolic of Dad at the helm, laying the foundation of teachings that we apply in all aspects of our lives, from the playground to adulthood.

When we are young, Dad is our Superman.  He is strong and wise and can do no wrong.  We love him when he is home and miss him terribly when he is away.  He’s silly, but at the same time, he is tough.  It’s the combination of the two that make such an impact on our lives.  As we grow, and perhaps after we have our own children, we realize how much Dad did for us, how much he loves us, and how much he taught us.

There’s always a special place in our hearts for Dad. This Father’s Day, show your appreciation for all he’s done with a gift that will warm his heart.  Our limited edition 16 oz Village Classics Black Bamboo candle, inscribed with this sentimental quote and beautifully packaged in a designer gift box, is the perfect way to show him how much he means to you.

An appropriate aroma for Dad, he will enjoy the sophisticated, cool, calming nature of this candle.  Look for it proudly displayed on his desk or wherever he enjoys a moment of relaxation (while deciding that you are his favorite child!).

While this candle is the perfect gift for Father’s Day, it is also a great Father’s candle for ANY day – dad’s birthday, Christmas, or just because!

From all of us at Village Candle, we wish all the Dads out there a very happy and special Father’s Day!