Nothing says “I love you” like Red Velvet…

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When I was in elementary school I used to stay up late the night before Valentine’s Day writing valentines to all my friends and licking all those horrible tasting envelopes. Now that I have my own kids, I do my best to spare them the hand cramps and the bad taste in their mouths. So, the night before Valentine’s Day we make cupcakes for all of their friends, because although everyone has a secret fondness for ‘Sweethearts’, nothing says “I love you” like Red Velvet! I came across this wonderful recipe on www.marthastewart.com, enjoy!

Red Velvet Cupcakes

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups cake flour (not self- rising), sifted
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon red gel-paste food color
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons distilled white vinegar
  • Cream Cheese Frosting

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line standard muffin tins with paper liners. Whisk together cake flour, cocoa, and salt.
  2. With an electric mixer on medium-high speed, whisk together sugar and oil until combined. Add eggs, one at a time, beating until each is incorporated, scraping down sides of bowl as needed. Mix in food color and vanilla.
  3. Reduce speed to low. Add flour mixture in three batches, alternating with two additions of buttermilk, and whisking well after each. Stir together the baking soda and vinegar in a small bowl (it will foam); add mixture to the batter, and mix on medium speed 10 seconds.
  4. Divide batter evenly among lined cups, filling each three-quarters full. Bake, rotating tins halfway through, until a cake tester inserted in centers comes out clean, about 20 minutes. Transfer tins to wire racks to cool completely before removing cupcakes. Cupcakes can be stored overnight at room temperature, or frozen up to 2 months, in airtight containers.
  5. To finish, use a small offset spatula to spread cupcakes with frosting.

Note

Makes 24 cupcakes. Gel-paste food color is much more concentrated than the supermarket liquid variety; if you substitute the liquid, you may need to add an entire bottle (1.5 ounces) to achieve the desired shade.

Featured Press: Linnea’s Lights on The Everygirl

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We’re so excited to share with you that Linnea’s Lights candles have been featured in a recent photoshoot on The Everygirl blog! Another one of our favorites, Cassandra LaValle of popular lifestyle blog Coco + Kelley, styled a table that took our breath away and I can’t tell you how thrilled we were to take part. I fell in love with the beautiful nautical wedding table, photographed by the oh-so-talented James Moes. We were absolutely blown away by the attention to detail – gorgeous place settings, sophisticated place cards, charming seashell adorned chairs, and of course, perfectly-themed party favors courtesy of yours truly! Our Sea Salt scent went along perfectly with the theme of the wedding, and we’re just so glad we were able to take a part in it. You can get your own Sea Salt candle here!

Plus, enjoy a few more of these stunning outtakes, over on Coco + Kelley. We are head over heels!

What does your ideal wedding table look like?

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!

Mimosa… not just a drink

We were thrilled about yesterday’s  NylonMag.com feature on our Mimosa candle. They said it perfectly when they said ~

“Mimosas make cameos at weekend brunches and lazy days lounging in the park, but what about your bedside table?”

We agree our Mimosa candle is perfection for your bedside table or to set the mood for a weekend brunch.

Pick one up today at Ash Blue

White Coral

The precious and endangered white coral of the Maldives was the inspiration for this scent.  A seductive oasis of untouched beauty, this candle adds the enchantment of the “far away” to any space. When lit, cardamon’s resinous aroma entwines with the bright citrus of neroli, uplifting mandarin and soft woods. This bewitching scent creates a captivating and calming hideaway.

Available at Candles Off Main

Ocean

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Lynn and I have shared so many good times on our visits to both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, enjoying fond memories of both coasts. Who could forget the taste of Maine lobster fresh from the ocean or those breathtaking views we glimpsed from the cliffs of HWY 1? Always in motion, the salt water of the ocean is a proven antiseptic and has been used to cleanse and purify for as long as man has existed. This fresh, pure scent inspires the feeling of floating and weightlessness.

Our Ocean candle is available from Juxtaposition Home & Studio.

lavender…

Lavender

Revered in ancient Rome for it’s healing properties and relaxing scent, lavender once cost Roman’s the equivalent of a month’s wages or more.  An exquisitely luxurious flower, lavender is said to sooth headaches and improve sleep quality.  This scent infuses lavender’s healing effects with rosemary’s sensual woody undertone and lively citrus top notes, releasing the true power of this transcendent flower. Lighting this candle releases a tranquil and refreshing scent guaranteed to lighten any mood.

Available at Sesame and Lilies

Magnolia

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When Lynn met Danny, he was a southern gentleman from North Carolina. Together, they looked forward to their frequent trips back South. Their favorite way to pass the time while on vacation was by sitting on rocking chairs, sipping iced tea and enjoying the fresh, southern air. This was Lynn’s special creation, which she made after Danny passed as a lasting way to remember their times together. Intoxicating, powerful and luxuriant, the magnolia flower captures their time together perfectly. Charming and beautiful, this special Magnolia candle blossoms with a hint of southern peach.

Find out for yourself at Number Four Eleven.

Sweetgrass

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I so look forward to the scent of spring meadows after a long winter, as they’re bursting with sweet violets and fresh grass. Culled from this sweet inspiration, this scent is soft & clean. This candle represents the perfect blend of fresh grass & sweet violets.

Pick up Sweetgrass at Mohr & McPherson (Boston, MA).

Skip the Boiled Eggs & Consider These Fun Easter Ideas

The days are getting warmer and the flowers are starting to bloom … bring on the Spring clean{s}ing!  Here are a couple of our favorite boutiques that are great for finding gifts to freshen up the home.

Terrain

While you might not be looking for bright eggs in the green grass this year – Terrain has several (good-looking) reasons for you to be playing in the grass.  How about brightening up the view from your window with the ‘Wildflower Collection‘? After the seeds are all planted and it is time to head inside you can take the relaxing and refreshing smell of the garden inside with you!  Linnea’s Lights Heirloom Tomato – with subtle scents of fresh sliced tomatoes and clean citrus it’s sure to do the trick.  Now sit back, inhale the refreshing scents and watch your garden grow!

Orange and Pear

Yes, you can have a sophisticated style that is still fun and festive!  Orange and Pear is full of several great gifts for the home, but our favorite are these ornithology coasters.  Each coaster features one colorful bird egg in the center, which means they’ll be perfect for Easter Brunch, but we bet that you’ll love them so much you’ll find yourself using them even after Easter has come and gone.  Create the perfect afternoon by accompanying them with a nice meal, fresh lemonade and a  Linnea’s Lights Lemon Verbena Candle,  to warm and brighten the table with fresh lemon and green floral scents making the indoors sunny no matter what the weather may be outside.

Good luck lightening up!