Monthly Archives: October 2009

Chocolate Chili <3

This is a favorite of my family & friends.  Full of spices and flavor and a touch of chocolate…nothing like it on a cold autumn night!

This is great with warm fresh cornbread & honey!

chocolate chili



  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 pounds sirloin steak, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 2 pound ground beef
  • 12 ounces chorizo all beef sausage, (or soy) casing removed, cut into 1/2 cubes
  • 1 large yellow onion, coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 cup chili powder (new mexico)
  • 2 tablespoons garlic salt
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 2 (14.5-ounce) cans beef broth
  • 2 (14.5-ounce) cans diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 1/4 cup Van Houten cocoa
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 2 green jalapenos, slit lengthwise 3 times each (Less if you like it mild)
  • 3 tablespoon yellow cornmeal
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Garnish with Cheddar and sour cream, if desired.




Place oil in a large, heavy pot over medium heat. Brown the sirloin in batches. Remove to a bowl with a slotted spoon. Add ground beef, chorizo and onions to the pot and brown. Make sure to break up the meat. Return sirloin to the pot. Stir in remaining ingredients, except for garnishes. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, simmer for 2 hours. Stir occasionally, breaking up tomatoes. Before serving, discard cinnamon stick, bay leaves and jalapenos. Garnish, if desired.

Soooo yummy!  😉

Love, Laughter & Candlelight,


Dreams of Dracula™ perfume WINNER! :)

We wish everyone could win this great perfume!  But alas…only one can win it for free.

It will be listed on our site for sale this week, but our winner gets it First and FREE tonight!


Thank you to all of our friends that spread the word about our products and site.  The best compliment you can ever give us is to refer us to your friends & family.  We are grateful!

On to the good stuff.  We have switched to for the drawing service (rather than the name in the hat) to make things more legit.

The winner of this drawing is Danyale Hammiel Small! Congratulations Danyale!  Your perfume is sealed away in its dark casket ready to wing it’s way to you today!  Email me ( and let me know your chosen shipping address and it will go right out.

There are TONS of upcoming events and loads of free giveaways.  Stay tuned here and on our FaceBook Fan page for advanced notice, secret sales and one of a kinds!

Our next giveaway starts later this week!

Love, Laughter & Candlelight!

One more way to Win!!!

We are so excited!  We have teamed up with one of our favorite sites ever, Bitten By Books for an additional giveaway!

See the giveaway contest Here.

Check out Bitten by books– If you love books with a paranormal flare *and you know WE do!* (Think Twilight, Charlaine Harris Sookie Stackhouse series).

Become a Fan of Blue Moon Candles on Facebook to get insider info and secret sales *more coming up soon*!

Come by~Get Bitten!  ❤

wordless Wednesday


Blue Moon Candles interviewed by Artist Cindy Thorrington Haggerty!

Well, this has been a wonderful Fall and full of surprises so far!

Imagine our delight to find out that we were  featured in an interview by the artist Cindy Thorrington Haggerty on her site Peaceful Art Jewelry Design!

We have had a wonderful time collaborating with Cindy on some fantastic Candles!

Crystal Palm Wax Bubbles and Butterflies

Her site has fantastic art as well as jewelry of all kinds, to die for!

This  interview was written by Cindy herself & Dana (Mystic) and had some really great questions.  I hope you will enjoy reading our answers as much as I did answering them!  Click Here for Lisa of Blue Moon Candle’s Interview by Cindy Thorrington Haggerty of Peaceful Art Jewelry Design.

Check Cindy’s site for her Christmas interview of Artist Jasmine Beckett-Griffith & her Wood Designer husband Matt of!

wordless Wednesday…


☥Vamptastic Halloween Scent Event!☾

We have *tons* of secret sales and free giveaways planned that will be exclusively for our *Facebook Fan Page and Blog followers only.*

Our first will be a giveaway for one of our 3oml Perfumes in *Dreams Of Dracula™*(Reminiscent of a classic sophisticated Vanilla liqueur, this version is infused with undertones of rich oak. Fascinating and powerful, this strong fragrance is also beautiful. A mesmerizing and provocative scent that you can’t get enough of.) or *Vamp™* (This is an alluring fragrance created from a blend of intensely rich-smelling Oriental flora accentuated by deep, earthy wood tones and spices. No matter what your day brings, you can always be in touch with your inner, wildly sensuous self!)
Winners choice on the fragrance.

The perfume bottle is the one shown, it is clear glass with a shiny silver
sprayer and matching silver overcap, and has a silver fleur de lis charm with Swarovski crystals on it.


This fragrance will come enveloped in crimson velvet in its very own
black wooden casket with a crimson glitter cross on the front.

Retail price on this set would be $75.00.

Here are all the gory details. Ways to win *this* ~Entry open to all US residents as well as Canada.

1. Become a follower of our blog or become a fan of our Facebook fan page and leave a comment on either site telling us what your favorite Fall or Halloween fragrance is.


2. Tweet about our contest on twitter-make sure to add us @bluemooncandles so we count that as your entry.

Our goal is to spread the word about or candle products and new coming soon bath & body products, and to get you some FREE goodies to try out!

Good Luck!  This fragrance is to die for!


Easy Potato Bacon Cheddar Soup! *It’s what’s for dinner!*

Tonight I remembered how much I like reading blogs that share the writers favorite tried and true recipes.  Like most people I am busy almost all of the time, and coming up with dinner ideas is sometimes last on my very long list.

So…tonight I am going to share with you.  This is what I am making right now!

Potato & Smoked Bacon Cheddar Soup!

(One of the best thing about this dish is that it is flexible.  Like my Gran I never really measure much, just eyeball it and tweak it to be the way you like it!)  This can serve anywhere from one to as many people as you’d like.


3 large russet potatoes (1 large russet potato per serving.-add more for more people) Peel & dice into small chunks.

1 large onion diced (I like Vidalia)

4  14.5 oz. cans of chicken broth-you can make this fresh or cheat and use canned -it is yummy either way.

3 cloves of garlic diced

1 package of your favorite bacon (I like Applewood Smoked bacon from Niman Ranch and it’s nitrate free too!) You can cheat and use precooked bacon if you are in a rush.

2 tablespoons of butter

dash of smoke seasoning to taste.

1-3 cups of cream or half and half to taste.

Cheddar cheese to taste (I like Cracker Barrel brand aged new york cheddar.)

Melt the butter in a large saucepan, then saute the onion, garlic & potatoes until beginning to brown.  Add in the Chicken broth, bacon (keeping out a little for garnish) and a dash of smoke flavoring. Cook until the potatoes are tender.  Then add the cream.

To thicken the soup give a few quick blends with a stick beater, or stir in about a half a cup instant potato flakes, or more if you like it thicker.

Top with extra bacon and shredded cheese! Serve with crusty warm french bread…YUM!


What is your favorite fall evening recipe?