Category Archives: candle of the month

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!

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.