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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. 

MOM1

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

With Mother’s Day fast approaching, many of us are struggling to find the perfect gift for all of the wonderful mothers in our lives.  A bottle of perfume, spa gift card, and coupon book of IOUs are lovely gifts, but haven’t you done that before?  Think outside the box this year, and consider a themed gift package inspired by one of our exquisite, handmade candles paired with a potted plant or tree, floral bouquet, or herb garden.  It makes for a beautiful, well-thought out gift that capture her favorite aroma both indoors and out.

Unless you already know your Mother’s favorite scent, the first step is to do your homework.  Does she prefer a floral fragrance or more of a citrus scent?  No matter her favorite aroma, the options are endless with this themed gift idea.  We will provide some direction, but you can add your own personal touch to make it that much more sentimental.

You can buy this special edition, laser-etched candle here. Limited quantities!

Spring Blossom:  For the Mom who loves to garden, capture the essence of spring with scents from our floral collection inspired by the season’s most fragrant blooms. Some of our favorites include Gardenia Premium Round, Hydrangea Premium Round, Cherry Blossom Radiance Collection, and Cherry Blossom Premium Round. Visit your local florist or nursery, and select the same flower as the candle that you can pot or have the florist assemble a beautiful bouquet.  Complete the gift basket with a gift card to the nursery and new gardening supplies – gloves, kneeling pad, shovel, pruner, etc.

Citrus Grove: If Mom loves a zesty, sweet citrus aroma, she will enjoy any of our citrus-based candles such as Lemon Pound Cake Premium Round, Pinkalicious Glass Pillar Collection, Cranberry Orange New Kitchen Collection, or Orange Dreamsicle Limited Edition.  Pair with a lemon tree or a citrus cocktail tree that grows multiple citrus varieties so she can add garnish to her favorite drink (available at Lowe’s or online retailers such as directgardening.com).  Complete the package with lemon infused olive oil, soaps, or citrus-flavored foods.

Herb Garden:  For the Mom that loves to cook, choose an herb-scented candle from the Citrus Herb Village Classics Collection or the Citrus & Sage Décor Collection.  Next, select Mom’s favorite herbs and plant an herb garden in a large planter for easy picking as she prepares one of her fabulous gourmet meals.  To complete the garden, purchase special labels for each herb that was planted.  Another idea is to add pre-mixed tins of dried herbs from a gourmet market or jars of individual dried herbs with fun labels that will help organize the pantry.

Homemade Treats: If the aroma of freshly baked apple pie or blueberry muffins is reminiscent of special times with Mom in the kitchen, this gift will truly warm her heart.  Pair a Blueberry Muffin Premium Round candle with a blueberry plant (found at berriesunlimited.com) or a Baked Apple New Kitchen Collection candle with an apple tree (summerstonenursery.com).  Add a personalized or monogrammed apron with baking supplies or specialty ingredients from a gourmet market.  Include a card that recollects your childhood memory of her making these homemade treats at home.  A very happy Mom is guaranteed with this gift!

To make this Mother’s Day gift even more special, get the kids involved.  Visit your local craft store to purchase a flower pot, some paint, and get those little hands painting!  Nothing is more special than tiny handprints and fingerprints!   It’s also a great way for the children to take part in the gift giving, so they too can show their appreciation for Mom or Grandma.

To all of the Mother’s reading this blog, we want to wish you a very happy Mother’s Day!

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