Friday, September 10, 2010
It's better to light a candle ...
~ Eleanor Roosevelt
I love candles! Always have, always will. I can remember making candles at a young age. I must have driven my mother nuts with my melting of parafin on the kitchen stove. She would constantly stand there and warn me of the fire hazard. Looking back, I know I must have driven my mother nuts with so many of my hare-brained "creative" ideas. She was sweet enough to let me experiment and I am forever grateful for her understanding.
Candles are one of the best ways to create mood and ambiance in your home. I even like to use them when I have had special breakfasts, brunches and lunches, a few simple white votives (unscented of course around food). Sunlight does not keep me from lighting a candle. I have really appreciated the dimmer switches we had installed on our lights. Lowering the light a little in daytime makes more contrast for the candlelight.
One can't stress enough safety when using candles. I was reading one tip of writing down the locations of lit candles in your home so after a dinner party you can go around and extinguish them. Another tip is to to turn off all the lights in a room to see the lit candles so you can extinguish them.
Lately I have decided to use only good quality candles, I want to be able to smell some of the scent. The ones of higher quality have much better scents, more like a faint perfume. I have an Estee Lauder candle scented with the fragrance of Pleasures, I am anxious to use it. Other favorites brands are Trapp and Niven Morgan.
Want a peanut butter and jelly sandwich to taste even more delicious? Eat it by candlelight!