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?

Introducing the Wild Fern Candle

Spring is a time of magic, as the natural world miraculously comes alive after the barren winter. Because this is such a wondrous season, I wanted to create a new scent to pay homage to the enchantment of nature.

Our new Wild Fern candle is a verdant escape, with crisp & fresh leafy greens, stems and herbs blended with sheers woods. I tried to capture the essence of the warming earth, of soft sunlight and intense green. The fern is ancient, older than the dinosaurs and predating flowering plants by two hundred million years. It derives its name from its aesthetic likeness to a feather, and has long been associated with fairy lore for its powers of invisibility and supernatural protection.  It is suggested that the person who breaks the first fern frond of Spring will have good luck all year round. Step inside the fairy ring and become enchanted with redolent primeval forests of vivid green.

And good news! Our friends at Uber Boutique and Design just got some of the new Wild Fern and Peony candles in, so I hope you’ll enjoy!

Announcing our new Peony Candle for Spring 2013!

Each spring the earth comes alive again, blossoms and green abound. To celebrate the season of renewal, we’re thrilled about our newest releases. First up is our new Peony candle, inspired by my favorite flower.

Timeless, lush & creamy peony petals, green stems & wildflowers, Indiana’s state flower takes center stage, with notes inspired by the lush blooms of a perennial favorite. Cultivated in Asia for thousands of years, prized for its vivid beauty and warm floral scent, the peony is regarded as a symbol of happiness and prosperity. In the Middle Ages, Peony seeds were swallowed whole to ward off bad dreams and the flower is still used today in alternative medicine. Awaken your inner healer and allow the spacious aroma of freshly cut peony to soothe the senses.

Keep up with us on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest to be first to know just as soon as this launches in a shop near you!

New Arrival! Our Private Pour for terrain in Hydrangea

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We are thrilled to let you know about our newest creation, a private Linnea’s Lights pour of Hydrangea in two colors of a custom clay pot (blue & purple). We created a letterpressed seeded cover to plant inside the vessel once the candle is finished and this special candle is now available exclusively at terrain.

Inspired by the early summer garden and poured especially for terrain, this candle boasts the scent of hydrangeas in bloom, mingled with fragrant lily of the valley and fresh, green notes. Nestled in a pretty clay pot, each candle includes a paper tag studded with wildflower seeds to plant once the wax has burned through. Combining natural soy wax, lead-free cotton wicks, and pure scents, Linnea’s Lights clean-burning candles are carefully hand-poured in small batches.

Get yours here now!

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!

Our Secret Garden: Introducing New Garden Mint Candle

In eager anticipation of relaxing afternoons spent at home gardening, Linnea’s Lights is proud to present its fresh Garden Mint candle. There’s no finer feeling than planting new seeds with love, allowing mother nature to work her magic, and with some  of our own delicate nurturing, seeing what grows.

Garden Mint ~ Known for its therapeutic properties and cooling scent, Garden Mint thrives no matter how green the gardener’s thumb. A perfect aroma to take the edge off summer’s fiery heat, watery notes of garden mint leaves mingle with cucumber, spearmint and hints of citrus. Cooling.

Linnea’s Lights® candles combine natural soy wax, lead-free cotton candle wicks, pure essences and fine fragrances to create clean burning, perfectly scented and highly aromatic candles. Each signature double wicked glass candle provides over 60 hours of illumination and is mindfully packaged in recycled materials, printed with soy inks and hand stamped.

Each 9 oz. candle is $30. Pick yours up now at Oliver’s Twist!

New Scent for Spring: Wild Honeysuckle

Happy spring! With March 20th ringing in the official start of the new season, say hello to sunshine, spring flowers, and longer days. In honor of spring, I’m excited to introduce to you our newest scent of the season: Wild Honeysuckle!

Inspired by childhood memories of searching for a single dewdrop at the center of fresh flowers under the warmth of the Texan sun. Sweet honeysuckle nectar mingles with leafy vines and a hint of mandarin and musk. Energizing.

Doesn’t it sound lovely? I like to have Wild Honeysuckle lit in the background to give me an extra boost of energy while I get myself ready in the morning. You can get yours here from Terrain, a terrific spot to find all things home, garden, and beauty. When do you feel most energized?

Shopping for last minute Mother’s Day gifts?

Mother always told you not to wait until the last minute, but here you are again: Mother’s Day is just around the corner and you’re still waiting for inspiration to strike! Well, we’re here to help with great gift ideas from some of our favorite partners.

Mom’s green thumb may leave something to be desired, but that doesn’t keep her from planting her favorite perennials each season. Get her something that will remind her of you all year round with Terrain’s Heirloom Seed Collection, which happens to complement our very own Heirloom Tomato candle perfectly!

Since you’ve got her to thank for your baby blue’s, give her something that brings out the best in her eyes, with these stunning London Blue Topaz Chandelier earrings from AshBlue.

A personal favorite, Vosges Haut Chocolat has something special for any sweet tooth. Perfect for Mother’s Day, she’ll melt when she opens Vosges’ delicious Exotic Truffle Heart Collection.

And of course, Mom’s favorite flower is one of our latest Spring scents. The new Lavender and Mimosa candles are now hot off the press from Orange & Pear!

Wishing you a very Happy Mother’s Day from all of us at Linnea’s Lights!