A Patriotic Snack to try this Independence Day

image courtesty of bonappetit.com

I love the look of this red, white and “blue” Blackberry Salad, don’t you? I found this easy Bon Appetit recipe through one of my new favorite sites, SousStyle, and thought it would be perfect for our upcoming Fourth of July festivities. I’m so looking forward to watching the local fireworks show with the family, enjoying some barbeque and trying these out!

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh tarragon
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 pint fresh blackberries, halved if large

Preparation

  • Whisk oil, herbs, and lemon juice in a small bowl. Season to taste with salt and pepper. DO AHEAD: Vinaigrette can be made 1 day ahead. Cover and chill. Let return to room temperature before continuing.
  • Gently fold in blackberries.

Et voila! Ready to enjoy. What are some of your favorite things to do to celebrate the 4th?

How to Make a Mother-Daughter Business Work

image courtesy of snoringscholar.com

We had the pleasure of speaking with AMEX Open Forum about our experience making a mother-daughter business work. As you can imagine, this topic is close to our heart and something we think about every single day. It’s also quite personal, but we’d love to share our experience and some advice with you, our wonderful readers.

Many of you are yourselves small business owners and whether you work alone, with a family member or with close friends, the challenge is pretty universal. The important thing is that we’ve all built something we’re proud of and when that goes well, this fulfillment brings us even closer to the ones we love.

We’d love to hear about your own experiences with working closely with family and friends. Any advice you’d like to impart? Tweet us your thoughts @LinneasLights or visit our Facebook page to continue the conversation.

Last Minute Father’s Day Inspiration

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With Father’s Day coming up on Sunday, I always find myself scrambling for ideas up to the last minute. Does the same thing happen to you?

One sweet idea is giving him something homemade, made with love. For my husband, I love the idea of my daughter and I baking the cute sugar cookies pictured above together, and found this easy enough recipe from Martha Stewart.

Since you’re probably here though as a fan of ours (lucky us!), did you know we have a pretty new masculine candle, Vetiver? Earthy, rugged and altogether masculine with notes of vetiver, light musk and ozone. It’s actually one of my favorites as well, so now you can share your passion with the man in your life!

Check our site for a list local retailers if you want to pick this up near you, though we recommend calling first to make sure it’s in stock!

Here’s to a wonderful Father’s Day and spending a beautiful day with the ones we love.

A Few of our Favorite Pinterest Accounts

Image courtesy of burpee.com, via Gigi Guerra's Pinterest

Have you all been as sucked in by the Pinterest craze as we have? Once we started, it was like falling down the rabbit hole! So much inspiration, and truly something for everyone. We’re still learning the ropes and would love to hear from you with things you’d like to see more of from us. More behind the scenes? More candle beauty shots? More pure inspiration? Let us know via Twitter @LinneasLights, and we’ll do our best to feed your cravings.

In the meantime, we wanted to share some of the Pinterest accounts we’ve come across recently that always brighten our day:

Madewell creative Gigi Guerra has style we admire: http://pinterest.com/gooberish/

And some of our favorite bloggers:

http://pinterest.com/ohjoy/?d

http://pinterest.com/cocokelley/

http://pinterest.com/manrepeller/

http://pinterest.com/caseykettleson/

Who else should we be getting to know? Can’t wait to hear from you and in the meantime, here’s a little love from us: http://pinterest.com/linneaslights/