Mother’s Day: Inspiration And Advice From Famous Moms

image courtesy of Huffington Post

With Mother’s Day this weekend, I’ve been thinking back on great advice mom has given me over the years and about how motherhood has changed me personally. I really enjoyed flipping through this slideshow, chock full of inspiration from famous moms like Tina Fey, Meryl Streep, Hillary Clinton, Amy Poehler, Natalie Portman, J.K. Rowling and many others.

Jena Pincott has just published a gorgeous new quote book for moms called Mom Candy: 1,000 Quotes of Inspiration for Mothers. The collection is filled with delightfully relatable musings from interviews, memoirs, poems and more by notable women.

What’s your favorite quote about parenthood? Share it with me on Facebook or Twitter. And Happy Mother’s Day!

Celebrating Cinco de Mayo

Photo by: Con Poulos; Image courtesy of Bon Appétit

Celebrating Cinco de Mayo is always a fun way to enjoy the warmer weather and eat some great Mexican food and fruity drinks with friends. This year I wanted to think outside the margarita box and thankfully, Bon Appétit posted great ideas for what to drink on Cinco de Mayo: Margaritas, Palomas, Micheladas, and Aguas Frescas.

My favorite of the bunch is this Watermelon-Ginger Agua Fresca. How delicious does this sound? You can make it easily to drink straight, top with sparkling water, or spike with vodka, gin, or tequila. In case you want to try it out this weekend, here is the recipe which makes about 8 cups.
Another way to garnish? Spread our Sea Salt candles around the dinner table. Mexican, margaritas, agua fresca and salt go hand in hand!

Easter Centerpieces & Deviled Eggs

Photography by Kessara Dhana, taken at the Linnea's Lights Studio

With Easter prep in full swing, we’ve been dyeing our eggs and decorating the house for our Sunday guests. For the centerpieces, I’ll use a sprinkling of our new Spring candles: Wild Fern and Peony. Gently scented for the season, I love the way the cream-colored candles in our glass votives look against the classic pastel dyed eggs.

We’ll inevitably have eggs leftover and it’s got me craving Deviled Eggs. After some research, the Deviled Egg has a much richer history than I imagined. Long before they were set out at dinner parties by 1950’s hostesses, they enjoyed popularity all over the world. The Deviled Egg has its origins in Ancient Rome, with the first recipes coming from 13th century Andalusia. Originally they were stuffed with things like raisins and sweet herbs. The term “deviled” comes from the 18th century term that referred to foods that used spices or condiments with a lot of heat. There are different versions of Deviled Eggs all over Europe, Romania, Sweden and Russia. Here is a recipe for one of my favorite versions, Russian Stuffed Eggs:

Ingredients

  • 1 Dozen large eggs
  • 2 to 6 oz smoked salmon
  • 4 to 6 oz of mascarpone cheese or other cream cheese
  • 3 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • salt, nutmeg and pepper to taste
  • *1 tablespoon mayonnaise (optional)
  • A sprinkling of paprika

How to make it

  • Boil a dozen eggs for 10 minutes and cool completely
  • Slice eggs in half (long way) and remove yolks
  • Smash yolks and mix in salt, nutmeg, and pepper
  • Process the smoked salmon and mix with the eggs yolk
  • Mix with the Mascarpone cheese and * Mayonnaise and parsley chopped
  • Re fill eggs with yolk mixture and garnish with parsley or olives
  • Sprinkle with Paprika.

Enjoy & happy Easter!

Happy Mother’s Day!

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Happy Mother’s Day everybody! Every year, I always look forward to celebrating this special day with my family. We usually start off the day with a family brunch with cute little finger sandwiches, blueberry waffles, and coffee brewed from my favorite coffee beans.

I always feel that the best gifts are ones that come from the heart. Gift your own unique bouquet for mom – a bouquet of Linnea’s Lights newest scents Rose, Violet, and Wild Honeysuckle. Or feel free to mix and match!

What are you getting for Mom this year?