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  • Hang on to Summer with Strawberry Freezer Jam & Strawberry Scented Candles

    Fresh Strawberry scented candle & freezer jam recipe

    There is nothing that says summer better than fresh strawberries picked off the vine and sampled right on the spot. For many of us, strawberry picking is a family affair. We bring the whole gang to the field, pick red berries until we can’t remember the color of our fingers and laugh with delight at children smeared with tasty red paint.

  • Let’s Have a Pinkalicious Inspired Pink Party!

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    Let’s Have a Pinkalicious Inspired Pink Party!
    There’s just something so fun and feminine about our Pinkalicious Glass Pillar candle. The classic scent combines juicy grapefruit with lemon and lime to create a sweet, decadent scent with a spunky pink color that screams “Girls just want to have fun!” So let’s have some fun. Let’s have a party – a pink party!   Get the gals together for a special occasion whether for a baby or bridal shower, bachelorette party, birthday dinner, or just an excuse for a fun ladies night.   Here are some tips on how to get started!

  • Take Yourself on a Tropical Getaway

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    Unless you are lucky enough to live in a warm climate during the winter months, chances are you are in the dead of winter and possibly experiencing record snow storms and blizzards. We’re based in beautiful (but cold) Maine so we can sympathize!

  • Holiday Candle Round-Up

    Christmas Cookie Candle
    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!

  • 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

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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

    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.

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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.