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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

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    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

  • 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.

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    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

  • 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.

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    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.

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    *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!

  • 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.

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    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.

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    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!

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    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

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

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    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.