Now Playing: A BBQ Playlist from top designer, Rebecca Minkoff

Image courtesy of Rebecca Minkoff

While making our plans for Memorial Day this weekend, I realized we had all the fixin’s for a great BBQ but one thing was missing… a killer playlist! Thankfully, the always cool designer Rebecca Minkoff had just the thing on her blog: a great playlist perfect no matter what your weekend plans bring.

Click here for the mix I can’t get enough of!

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!

Smile for Indiana

Image courtesy of United State of Indiana

I’ve been feeling a ton of Indiana love with Spring in the air, and I recently stumbled across this sweet “Smiling Indiana” poster from a local company called United State of Indiana. It really sums things up nicely, doesn’t it?

Smile. You’re home.

The poster is available here for a very reasonable $15 if you’re feeling the Hoosier love too.

Have a wonderful weekend!

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Linnea’s Lights Mini Votives: 15 hour burn time

With Spring and Summer around the bend, I look forward to some weekend trips out of town. One of the first things I pack are a selection of our smaller candles in my favorite scents like Cashmere, Ocean and Sweetgrass. Petite but as powerful as our traditional size candles, our mini votives come in a variety of classic Linnea’s Lights scents. Without taking up much space at all, they make great hostess gifts if you’re staying with friends or family, or perfect if you just want to make a new space feel like home! They can be lit alone or try combining different scents together and enjoy a unique atmosphere.

Our mini votives are available online at Urban Farmhouse for just $15. Which scents will you bring on your next trip?

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!

Eggs and the Spring Equinox

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The Equinox is upon us; the earth is perfectly balanced between darkness and light. As the day and night find their balance on March 20th and 21st, so apparently, does an egg. A friend of mine told me that during the Spring Equinox you can stand an egg on end… incredible right?

It turns out that the tradition goes back to China. The egg, a universal symbol of fertility, was balanced on end during the Equinox to symbolize that all of nature was in harmony. This ritual has been carried over to many traditions, including in part the western tradition of the Easter Egg. But, while the idea of standing an egg on end during the equinox is rich with symbolism and meaning, there’s a catch… With a little patience and persistence one can actually balance an egg on end all year round!

Have you given this a try?

Exciting News: We’re on Pinterest!

After hearing the buzz and so many of you talk about your love of Pinterest, we’re thrilled to join the club. What a great way to keep up with our favorite designers, venders, friends and fans, and we hope you’ll enjoy what we share with all of you. Linnea’s Light’s board features our newest spring and summer-inspired scents, exciting news from this here blog, beautiful pictures of our lovely candles, and much, much more. Go check it out for yourself here! Won’t you welcome us to Pinterest with a friendly follow? Find us at http://pinterest.com/linneaslights!

Happy Easter & Passover!

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With both Passover and Easter coming up this weekend, I’m sure everyone is busy planning menus and prepping for lots of time spent with family and friends. I’ll be celebrating Easter and since I always love a craft project the family can do together, Dyeing Easter eggs has always been a favorite family activity. Today I’m busy getting our crafting supplies in order.

I happened upon this easy tutorial and am intrigued by the Homemade Dyes D.I.Y. in this post from AllRecipes.com:

To make your own natural dyes, boil common ingredients in water with a tablespoon of vinegar until the desired shade is reached. Strain to remove solids.

  • Yellow: Yellow onion skins, ground turmeric
  • Orange: Same as yellow, with added beet juice
  • Pink: Cranberry juice concentrate
  • Red: Beets, paprika
  • Blue: Canned blueberries, red cabbage, grape juice concentrate
  • Green: Spinach and/or kale
  • Brown: Strong brewed coffee or tea

Many of these can be made with ingredients we have laying around in the pantry, so I think we’ll give some of these colors a whirl. How will you be celebrating your respective holidays this weekend?

The Perfect Getaway: Park City

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I’m currently in Park City enjoying the beautiful mountains and shops with my daughter, Hannah.  We are here for a friend’s bat mitzvah and decided to stop into visit one of our retail partners, a breathtaking luxury boutique hotel in Park City, Utah, called the Washington School House Hotel.

The Washington School House is an iconic historic landmark and after the completion of a total interior renovation, this fabulously preserved 1889 limestone gem reopened in December 2011. The concept? To provide a level of chic sophistication to a discerning traveler that is outside the box. We were fortunate to meet Jessica, the general manager & Haley, front desk. Jessica gave us a view of one of their lovely 2 story king rooms and everything about this boutique hotel of 12 special rooms is lovely, curated and elegant.

You can get all the specifics on the hotel on their website link but some of my favorite highlights included the gorgeous artwork throughout, the found opera mirror from France above the mantle in the gathering room, and the meticulous attention to detail in designing and decorating this gem in Park City. I look forward to coming back and indulging in this lovely hotel in the future and I highly recommend you come for a visit!

Leap Year Celebrations

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Did you know this is a Leap Year? I was looking at the calendar this week, and somehow that fact snuck up on me! It got me thinking: What is a leap year and where did it come from? Leap years happen every four years, making every fourth year in the Gregorian calendar 366, not the usual 365, days long. Because it takes slightly longer than 365 days for the earth to orbit the sun, an additional day was added to compensate for the additional time required for a full orbit.

In honor of the 29th of February, I wanted to share some ideas on how we can make this extra day extra special! According to old Irish legend, Leap Day was the only day on which a woman could propose to a man. If the man said no, he would have to provide a gift to the woman, usually in the form of money or lavish garments. Another perk is that many airlines offer special Leap Year discounts on certain flights and hotel packages. Who knew?! This year, I will be celebrating the 29th by baking and decorating these adorable little leap frog cupcakes with the kids. How are you celebrating Leap Year?