Easy Cheesy Crab Nachos

Just made this easy delicious Crab Nacho recipe for my Mermaid so I thought I’d share… hope you like it as much as we did!

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ingredients:

  • 1 cup Monterey jack cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup Cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 8 ounces whipped cream cheese
  • 1 Lb. cups lump crab meat (fresh is best, but imitation as well as canned can work)
  • 1 tbsp. fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 2 jalapeno peppers – or – 2 tbsp. canned mild green chilies
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. seasoning salt
  • 1/2 tsp. chili powder
  • tortilla or pita chips
  • a dollop of sour cream, diced table onion, and black olive to garnish (optional)

In a medium microwave safe bowl combine crab, cream cheese and seasonings.  Stir gently and microwave at 30 second intervals till warm.  Line an oven proof plate with chips, spoon on the crab mix and top with cheese…pop into the oven to melt cheese and sever warm and gooey. Share and feast!

*As a side note you can add anything YOU like to make great variations…limes, shrimp, veggies, cabbage…get creative!

 

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Love, Laughter & Candlelight!

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All simmered up!

I don’t know about you, but I am SO over this heat and ready for fall!  One of my favorite things about Autumn is fragrance.
But are there any alternatives available if  you don’t like or can’t use synthetic scents?

 

I originally searched out nature based scents for my Candles because I know many people (like my daughter Bella) are allergic to some synthetic fragrances. (We offer naturally fragranced candle choices if you have the same sensitivities).

But did you know you can simmer things to make your house smell divine and all the ingredients you need may be in your kitchen right now?  It’s fun, and the list is as only limited by your imagination!

Here is our current favorite: a pot of water simmering, 2-3 lemons, a handful of rosemary from the garden and 2 capfuls (sometimes more if Bella has anything to say about it) of vanilla extract.

simmering home fragrance

There are many ways to release the fragrance.  You can simmer it in a saucepan like I did (just be sure to keep an eye on the water level so it does not run dry and burn…that does NOT smell good). You can also pour all the ingredients into a crock pot to slowly simmer all day adding water as needed.


Some  ingredient ideas are:

  • Oranges
  • Limes
  • Cinnamon Sticks
  • Clove (whole)
  • Mint leaves
  • Cilantro
  • Basil
  • Vanilla
  • Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • Nutmeg
  • Anise
  • Thyme
  • Pine needles

The possibilities are endless.

How does fragrance affect your mood?

The Health Benefits of Cinnamon.

Spice for your Spirit.

Happy Blending!

Love, Laughter & Candlelight!


My love affair with Essential Oils…

This coming fall season I hope we can help you fall in love with the transformational and earthy scent of Essential Oils.

Natural oils are something we wish to promote and offer as a valuable option to the chemical laden scents on the market today.  Nature’s Essential oils smell wonderful AND they can aid healing, help balance emotions and transform mood with just a few sniffs!

Everyone loves to get a massage, but sometimes we forget how healing simple touch can be.
Ancient people knew of the skin balancing and healing use of Essential Oils, it seems to me we should re-learn some of these natural tricks instead of our chemical and process laden drugstore offerings.

Here is a quick easy recipe for a Foot Soak we love that you can do at home yourself.  It feels blissful during these hot merciless end of summer days!

You will need: Neroli, Lavender & Chamomile essential oils. (Can be purchased online or at your local health food store).

Add 4-8 drops of each oil to a large bowl filled with water.  Stir the water to mix the oils.  Soak your feet for 15 minutes to give your skin time to absorb some of these wonderful oils and relax!

Love, Laughter & Candlelight!


Blue Moon Candles SALE EVENT is here!

Only once in a BLUE MOON will you find Candles and Perfume like this on SALE for prices like this!  Check our website for details.

We want to celebrate this rare occurrence with limited time Blue Moon Fragrances!
OK…Are YOU ready for the BLUE MOON tonight? We are *SO* excited we are featuring these fragrances and having a great sale starting NOW!

Limited time fragrances:
Blue Moon: Only once in a Blue Moon will you find a fragrance this good! Custom Blended here-you will not find this exclusive candle ANYWHERE else! Strong, sweet, dark and smoky, perfect for fall nights. Rich sweet caramel, infused with a dash of cardamom and a hints of honeyed tobacco pipe smoke. Bellissimo!

Aqua Di Luna:Top notes of lavender, rosemary and menthe are freshened by bergamot. Middle notes of jasmine, geranium, sandalwood, iris and oakmoss lead to bottom notes of musk and ambergris.High Tide: Let the Moon’s pull lure you into this fantastic fragrance… Newly fallen coconuts halved to reveal creamy, sweet perfection!

Blue Mousse: The perfect decadent dark chocolate! Blended intense raw cocoa, a splash of sweet cream and just a hint of torched sugar… drool worthy!

The Blue Hour: The blue hour comes from the French expression l’heure bleue, which refers to the period of twilight each morning and evening where there is neither full daylight nor complete darkness. The time is considered special because of the quality of the light at this time of day. Soft Sweet Pea, Blackcurrant for contrast and Bilberries for charm, the deep warmth of Rosewood, gentle Almondwood, richest Sandalwood and French cedar. Transformational.

Full Moon: Almost impossible to describe, this strong and complex fragrance oil has notes of resins, patchouli, vetiver, myrrh, herbs, woods grasses and anise. It has a smoky depth accented with a fresh and herbal top-note, and has unisex appeal. Perfect for dancing in the light of a full moon.

Celtic MoonSpice: A wonderfully fragrant blend of warm spices, cinnamon, clove and nutmeg. This reminds me of being snuggled inside a cabin in front of a cozy fireplace on a cold crisp fall night.


What is a Blue Moon anyway?

“O, swear not by the moon, th’ inconstant moon, That monthly changes in her circled orb…” -Juliet, Romeo and Juliet, 2:2:115

The night walked down the sky with the moon in her hand.  ~Frederick L. Knowles

There are nights when the wolves are silent and only the moon howls.  ~George Carlin, Brain Droppings, 1997

Moonlight is sculpture.  ~Nathaniel Hawthorne

There is something haunting in the light of the moon; it has all the dispassionateness of a disembodied soul, and something of its inconceivable mystery.  ~Joseph Conrad

Look how the pale queen of the silent night
Doth cause the ocean to attend upon her….
~Charles Best, “A Sonnet of the Moon”

How like a queen comes forth the lonely Moon
From the slow opening curtains of the clouds
Walking in beauty to her midnight throne!
~George Croly, Diana

Give me my Romeo; and, when I shall die,
Take him and cut him out in little stars,
And he will make the face of heaven so fine
That all the world will be in love with night
And pay no worship to the garish sun.
~William Shakespeare

Love, Laughter & Candlelight!


Candle SALE!

Candle SALE!

Full Moon Candle Sale! FREE Shipping on any order totaling $50 or more, 20% Off on both of our Black Container Candles and both sizes of our Luxury Container Candles *AND* a FREE perfume sample with Every order! Sale starts NOW and lasts until Sunday 8-5 at Midnight! EMAIL your order/shipping address to lisa@bluemooncandles.com to have the discount applied.


SHARK WEEK is coming! SHARK WEEK is coming!

Oh the joys of Shark Week!  I. Can. Not. Wait!

This year celebrates 25 years of Shark Week!  “Night after night of bite after bite”.

How do you celebrate? We are creating a new Candle, Perfume and cupcakes too!  Pictures for the products will air between now and Monday on our Website as well as here and our Facebook page.

Here is a link to our last year’s style Candle.
https://bluemooncandles.wordpress.com/2011/07/29/shark-week-is-almost-here-3/

Love, Laughter & Candlelight!


The BIG tooth!

Did you know that the Megalodon was the biggest prehistoric shark that ever lived?!  It was the biggest predatory marine creature in the history of the planet.

Megalodon Jaws Museum of Natural History

The Megalodon shark earned its name “giant tooth” for their monstrously large choppers!  Over half a foot long, serrated, and heart-shaped (by comparison, the biggest teeth of a Great White Shark are only about three inches long).

Sharks are constantly shedding their teeth over the course of a lifetime–Megalodon teeth have been found all over the world, from antiquity to modern times.

In 2008, a joint research team from Australia and the U.S. used computer simulations to calculate Megalodon’s biting power. The results can only be described as terrifying: whereas a modern Great White Shark chomps with about 1.8 tons of force, Megalodon chomped down on its prey with a force of between 10.8 and 18.2 tons–enough to crush the skull of a prehistoric whale as easily as a grape.

Megalodon’s size has been a matter of debate. Over the past century, paleontologists have come up with estimates ranging from 40 to 100 feet, but the consensus today is that adults were 55 to 60 feet long and weighed as much as 100 tons!

Shark fossils are extremely rare because sharks have no bones, only cartilage, which does not fossilize well. Their teeth, however, are very hard. Their teeth are made of a bone-like material coated with hard enamel and they fossilize very well. Megalodon teeth are similar to those of the Great White Shark, but are much bigger, thicker, and with finer serrations.

Scott & Bella were sent this Megalodon tooth from their friend Teresa Shaw at Aquatic Pleasures Dive Center in North Carolina.  It was discovered during their dive at Meg Ledge off the coast in Wilmington North Carolina about 24-40 miles off shore in 100-110 foot deep water.  The day of the dive Aquatic Pleasures Dive Center recovered hundreds.  You can contact them direct at their website www.DiveNowWorkLater.com to purchase one, or better yet-Dive with them to find one yourself!  They have another dive scheduled June 16th and 17th-book your spot TODAY and create your own adventure!

For every inch of tooth (tip at gum line point to tip of end of tooth) is approximately 10-12 ft of shark. This tooth is about 5 inches so this came from a massive shark.

It is awe inspiring to me that you can hold a bit of pre historic history in your hand.  Part of a savage beast that lurked in the deep and terrorized the seas all those years ago, the perfect gift for any Sea lover.

The cure for anything is salt water – sweat, tears, or the sea.  ~Isak Dinesen

Love, Laughter & Candlelight!