Friday, November 21, 2014

Swift & Supersonicly Snappy Short Review #44: Alamo Candelaria's Candelaria

New vendors rule!
Old vendors drool!*

*not (always) factually accurate
Alamo Candelaria's Candelaria
Cold Rating6/10
Lit Rating: 7/10
Throw Rating7/10
Overall Rating7/10; new vendors. Gifts from friends (with nice handwriting)! Really clever and cute "stamps" in the wax. HUGE tart, probably could/should have cut it in half. Hatred of cutting wax. Messy fingers, ruined clothing (just recently, Tuesday). Stronger while warming than while sitting in a bag. Having no idea what's in a scent because the vendor's website is closed! Slight perfume notes and fruit? Upper medium throw in bathroom warmer. Candelaria is a fantastic word. Lasted 6.5 hours, probably could have dumped it out around 5-5.5 hours. Meticulous calculations.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Swift & Supersonicly Snappy Short Review #43: Flaming Star Scents' Pink Peppermint

Ahhhhhhhhh. mint, my lovely little friend.
I hope our adventures never end.
Flaming Star Scents' Pink Peppermint
Cold Rating5/10
Lit Rating: 5/10
Throw Rating5/10
Overall Rating5/10; average all the way around. Nothing to write home about. More sweet than pink or peppermint. In fact, hardly any pink sugar in this. Beginning to YOLO and melt mints during the day, too. Love the light pink wax. Scent shots looking bigger than they do on websites and in photos. Vendors randomly changing their names (Flaming Star Scents is owned by Marcy who used to be Pics, Petals & Scents). Cute little sun logo! Lasted about 4 hours with an average throw in the bedroom. Overuse of the word average. Average = math = UGH. Mean, median, mode.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Swift & Supersonicly Snappy Short Review #42: Enchanted Candle Company's Nod & Dream

Lavender has been a big hit during the nighttime melting sessions for us lately.
Nod and Dream - It will be hard not to nod and dream with this relaxing blend of lavender, vanilla, and chamomile
Enchanted Candle Company's Nod & Dream
Cold Rating7/10
Lit Rating: 6/10
Throw Rating6/10
Overall Rating6/10; intoxicating lavender, slight sweetness from the vanilla, and the other things which I can only assume is chamomile (which I don't think I like). Only decent throw for something that's usually as powerful as lavender. Needing a stronger herbal note to nod off to beddy-by land. Lavender Vanilla from B&BW is what I imagine heaven smells like. Cooking with lavender? Vanilla overpowering everything. Lasted all night, medium throw, needed something else when I woke up. What does chamomile smell like straight up? I think I had it in a tea the other day and didn't care for that, either.

Haul: VCMA Halloween Sampler!

Sometimes I go through phases where I actively try to avoid Facebook, not because of the drama llama rearing its ugly head or awkward quizzes, but because of WAX. Yes. WAX. It gets to the point where, if I am on Facebook, sometimes I will go through the many wax groups I am part of and browse for sales because I am bored. NO. BAD LOLO. *swats hand* I was am *trying my best* to go through one of those self-imposed Facebook bans/going it is less-es right now, and it was working until BEEZY. But, I only got a few scents, so I will share those with you.

I also go through phases where I do and I don't want to share my hauls. Not because they are embarrassing or I am ashamed of the amount of wax that I bought because, let's be real here, we passed that stage a loooooooooooong time ago. I just don't want it to come off as braggy. I know that sounds stupid, but sometimes I (and many others, so why I feel this way makes no sense) are very lucky to place orders when wax vendors like Beezy/SMT/Rosegirls who only open every so often here and there, so I just don't want it to seem like a "Dumb and Dumber" HAAAAAAAAAA-HAAAAAAAAA!! IN YOUR FACE!!!!111~~`` moment.

Anyways, this is uber late and, once again, I fail, but today I am going to share with you my VCMA (Veteran Candle Makers Association) Halloween sampler. But, I took the pictures, so you will have to deal! MWahahaha!! *eye-roll at how late I am* This purchase happened on a day when I was bored and happened to be at the right place at the right time. And boy, am I glad! It was about $20-$25 shipping, I cannot remember the exact price point.
The sampler came with this cool Halloween pen. I LOVE PENS! I love themed pens even more! It writes really well and has pumpkins on it, so there ya go!
The first vendor in the VCMA sampler is Makes Scents Candle Shoppe. YAY! This vendors has been on my "to buy from next" list, but I haven't jumped the gun and I don't know why. I have only tried one thing from her in the past, which was a tart from a round robin, and it was great. Other people have compared this vendor to CFTKR in that she uses paraffin and gives a ton of samples, but I noticed that even her scent descriptions are CFTKR-esque! Woot! When I start buying again in 2072 (because seriously, that's when I will be out of wax at this rate), she is next!
Pumpkin Marshmallow Latte- Pumpkin spice, rich espresso and sticky marshmallows…what a fantastic combination! 
This scent smells incredible and I usually hate coffee scents. It's rich and creamy, but also has a pumpkin note, the one that I love. Mmmmm, can't wait to melt this.
Halloween Treat Bag - Everything you’d find in a trick or treater’s bag….caramel apples, marshmallows, candy corn and a little bit of magic!
Halloween Treat Bag is very much a candied apple scent with other nondescript sweets in the background. Now that I know candy corn and marshmallows are in there, I guess that's where the slight hint of creaminess is from, but to me, it is sickeningly sweet smelling with a little bit of candy apple. Nice, but not my favorite. Strong on cold sniff, though.
Pomegranate Cider - Tart pomegranate with spicy notes of cinnamon and clove and nutmeg. This fragrance wax will bring a warm and cozy feeling to any room.
 I have really come around to pomegranate scents this year! Plus, it's fun to spell and write. P-O-M-E-G-R-A-N-A-T-E. heheheh! I really liked this one as I already melted it. It was spicy, fruity, bright and fun. I give it a 7.5/10. The throw could have been stronger, but in the bathroom, it smelled amazing. The scent didn't linger, though, and was helped by a great cold and warn sniff smell overall. Very, very cozy.
Cinnamon Orange Swirl - The sweet, zesty orange scent blends deliciously with the cinnamon swirl.
On cold sniff, this smelled like it was going to be super strong, but in reality, it was a nice, mellow orange cinnamon scent. I melted this one, too, and gave it a 6/10. I loved the overall scent, but felt it could have been a little stronger.
Rustic Lodge -  This warm and cozy blend has notes of fresh green apple, honey, cinnamon, nuts, creamy caramel, maple sugar, spiced cider, and warm French vanilla. 
To me, Rustic Lodge has always been a more masculine sounding name, so I was taken aback when it still smelled like a craft store. This was nice and had a decent strength with good lasting power. so When I saw this was apples and honey and sugars and vanillas, I was shocked. I got mainly an apple scent from this, but there was definitely something more musky in there, which you wouldn't know by looking at the scent list above. Good one. 7/10.
The next vendor in the sampler is Sugar and Spice Gourmet Soy Candles. I have ordered from Shanna several times in my life and LOVE her stuff. She is an excellent, consistent vendor. If I'm not mistaken, she's the one who puts these samplers together and ships them out with all the vendors inside. Cool! Her website is being redone, and some of her scents are unavailable anyways, so I will go through them with descriptions as best I can.

Mac Apple Leaves Marshmallow Fireside is a combination of Leaves (BBW type), Marshmallow Fireside (BBW type) and Macintosh apples. I have melted this before and was excited to have another one. WOW, talk about quintessential fall! I LOVE this scent and it is ridiculously strong on cold sniff. Yum! This one is an 8/10.
Campfire Marshmallows smells a little bit like marshmallow fireside in that it has a smokey marshmallow smell to it, but with a slight graham cracker note and maybe even some chocolate mixed in he background?? I like it, and again, it's strong, too.
Pumpkins in the Fire is another scent I have tried already. It was nice, but there's a slight perfumey note that is a little bit off-putting to my nose. I don't know if it's muskiness or just the way one of the notes in this scent is, but it makes me like it less. At least it's strong, which could be good or bad in this case?? 6.5/10.
Pumpkin Pecan Waffle CB (Cookie Butter) Crack...totally not anything I'd ever be into all wrapped into one scent. I was determined to give this scent the old college try, and I did and liked it, surprisingly! It had a soft cookie note in the background mixed in with a warm, rich pecan waffle scent, all topped off with waffles and a liiiiiiiittle drippingly decadent butter note to tie it all together. OH MAN, where will the bakery loving end?! 6.5/10 because the throw was less than I expected.
Ghost Munch ~ *Sugar & Spice Exclusive Blend!*blend of caramel apple, toasted marshmallow, candy corn and zucchini bread...just awesome! #1 best seller!
I already know I don't like Ghost Munch because the zucchini bread is all I ever smell, so I will be gifting this to a friend who I know loves it. :)
The last vendor in this sampler is Can-Do-Candles, another vendor I have tried in the past. In my opinion Can-Do does amazing with fresh and overly fruity scents, but some of her sugary and vanilla scents are lighter in throw. Her website is also closed in preparation for Thanksgiving, so no scent descriptions here, either.
Cider Webs is a very appley scent with another note in the background I can't quite make out...caramel? Sweetness? There is spice here, too, but it's overpowered by the apple scent. Love!
On cold sniff, Black Licorice smells just like the real thing and is pretty overpowering! While melting, quite a bit of the punch is taken away in the throw, but it was still nice. I don't know if I'd ever go out of my way to buy it, though. 5.5/10.
Autumn Spice is just that, spiced! Cute mold, too!
I looooove Leaves (type), which is apples, crispy crunchy leaves and other fruits and a BBW dupe, and Donna's version is delicious smelling and strong. I will melt this one soon and report back!
Pumpkin Marshmallows smells soooooooo good on cold sniff. Creamy, sweet, and very true to the pumpkin smell. Yum!
Pumpkin Butt was the first thing I melted from this sampler. LOOK AT THAT FACE! How adorable! This was a combo of pumpkin and sugar butt, which is some sort of a vanilla scent, I think? Either way, excellent scent and great throw. 8/10. The sweetness and pumpkin worked together instead of against each other and it lasted for 8 hours in the bedroom, though the throw decreased by a bit after about 5-6 hours.

And there's my VCMA sampler! I don't feel as bad being late since I have melted some of these and being able to report back to you on performance. Have a wonderful weekend, all!

Friday, November 14, 2014

Swift & Supersonicly Snappy Short Review #41: Aunt Smellman's Frost Bit

November means cooler weather (except last week) and MINTS!!!!!
Frost Bit - Sweet minty freshness with a hint of vanilla bean.
Aunt Smellman's Frost Bit
Cold Rating6.5/10
Lit Rating: 4/10
Throw Rating: 5/10
Overall Rating5/10; sweet mint mixed with an even sweeter vanilla. Based on cold sniff, I expected something much more minty as opposed to something sweeter. Nothing to write home about, unfortunately. Medium throw. Melted this all night, but only had scent throw for the first 2 hours (when I woke up, it smelled like wax in the room). Minty scents always go in our bedroom. Never being satisfied with the amount of mint in a scent, even if it's straight peppermint...wanting to find the one thing that blows me out of the water. Never having a white Christmas. No frost nipping at my nose. Thinking of Frost Bit as something more menthol related. Aunt Smellman a mixed bag of amazing fruity scents but just okay other scents. Little tiny pieces of glitter in the wax warmer for weeks on end.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Wickless Wednesday: Attempting to Bake with Lolo - Apple Cinnamon Streusel Galette!

I got a pretty positive response with my last baking post, and I have been doing a lot of that lately, so I figured I'd share another winning recipe with y'all today! Josh and I were so amazed at how good this recipe turned out that it was gone in about 3 days. We ate it both with coffee for breakfast and with ice cream for dessert. Enjoy, folks!

Apple Cinnamon Streusel Galette
(recipe from Two Peas & Their Pod)

Crust Ingredients:
  • 1 & 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup coarse cornmeal
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup COLD butter, cut into small pieces (you can also use a cheese grater to cut it, a tip I read online)
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk (we used regular fat buttermilk, I do not know if you can use low fat)
  • 4 small or 2 large Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and sliced thinly
Cinnamon Streusel Ingredients:
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar (recipe says light, we only had dark and it was fine)
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • A dash of ground nutmeg (optional, but I always pair this with cinnamon)
  • A dash of ground clove (optional, but I always pair this with cinnamon)
  • A dash of ground ginger (optional, but I always pair this with cinnamon)
  • 4  tablespoons COLD butter
Egg Wash Ingredients:
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 tablespoons turbinado sugar (we did not have this, so instead, we used Trader Joe's cinnamon sugar grinder...BEST DECISION EVER)
Step 1: Combine flour, sugar, cornmeal and salt in a food processor and pulse 2-3 times.

Step 2: Add COLD butter and pulse 5-10 times until mixture resembles coarse meal (bigger pieces of sand).

Step 3: With food processor running, pour the buttermilk in through the chute SLOWLY, until dough forms a ball. Remove the dough ball, add any extra stray pieces and wrap ball in plastic wrap

Step 4: Put in fridge for at least 45 minutes before rolling out.

Step 5: After this time is up, move the rack to the center of your oven and preheat it to 350 degrees F.

Step 6: Take dough out of fridge. Roll out on parchment paper or floured surface, starting out in the center of the dough ball, and roll to a 14-15 inch circle. Put this dough on baking sheet.
Step 7: Core, peel, and slice apples (we used all Granny Smith because we love them best in baked dishes because they cut the sweetness). If your apples turn brown, you can add some lemon juice to them and it will perk them right back up, plus add a nice flavor (in my opinion!).
Step 8: Add apple slices in the center of your dough in a spoke pattern, making sure to leave a 2 inch border between the end of the dough and the apples!

Step 9: Using your fingers, combine flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg/clove/ginger (if desired), and butter until streusel clumps form. Sprinkle these clumps over the top of your apples, dabbing areas that look like they need more topping.
Step 10: Fold the crust over the apples, crimping edges where necessary, but do so lightly as to not cause cracks and tears.
Step 11: Brush the outer crust with beaten egg. Sprinkle crust with turbinado sugar or Trader Joe's cinnamon sugar grinder.
Step 12: Place in center rack and bake for 45-50 minutes, or until the apples are tender/crust is golden brown. Transfer baking sheet to a wire rack to cool. Cut into slices and serve warm or at room temperature.
Voila! Now you have made a wonderful, delicious galette! It doesn't look as pretty as the one from the recipe, but it tastes great! I really loved the crust on this thing, and I am not a crust person. I think the difference was the addition of the cornmeal that took it above and beyond. This is so good and it will go quick! Like I mentioned, it goes great for breakfast, as well as dessert. :)

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Random Picture Post: Non-Waxy Photos From the Last Few Weeks #12!

Along with tons of waxy photos, I have also been accumulating random photos to share with y'all! Here are some of the things I have been doing/making/being/seeing the last few weeks!
SURGE IS BACK!!! Are you a child of the 90's? Chances are, you remember Surge (AKA: the original energy drink, lol). Amazon has brought it back and I jumped at the chance to get some a couple months ago. It tastes just as I remember it tasting!
A wonderful friend of mine went to the Rosegirls brick and mortar store and asked if I wanted anything. I was able to get a couple of small little pies in the scents Pink Spearmint Snow Taffy (AMAZEBALLS), Marshmallow Bonfire Bliss (incredible on cold sniff) and Cinnamon Bayberry (so, so Christmas-y!). Thanks to my fab friend, you know who you are! :)
The sunset one night...I will never, ever tire of stepping outside and seeing this on any given evening. <3
One of my new favorite polishes! Seriously, it's so amazing. It's a gold holo from KBShimmer called Goldie Rocks. Apparently it's being discontinued, so BUY ALL THE BOTTLES!
Since the weather has been cooler (minus last week when it was 80-90 degrees every day), I have been in a cooking/baking mood more than usual. I tried my hand at Julie's oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, hoping Josh would like them. I don't toot my own horn very often, but these cookies were damn delicious! Josh and I LOVED them, and our niece, nephew, and my brother-in-law liked them, too!
Finally got around to using the pizza sauce packet I got from a Streetman Company Store sampler. We added a can of tomatoes to a jar of fat free pizza sauce, plus the pizza sauce packet (we accidentally used the entire thing, LOL), and made a "deep dish" pizza (by deep dish, I mean we just cooked it in a cast iron skillet instead of rolling it flat). It was SO delicious.
My pumpkin this year!
My niece's pumpkin!
Josh's pumpkin!
Awwwww, he thinks he's hoomanz.
Each year, my mom and her husband go to Primm so he can golf. She always hits up the Coach outlet store while she's there. I asked her to see if they had any cheetah or zebra print items for me, and she brought me back this clutch! I have a really simple purse, it's an over-the-shoulder messenger type of purse with peace signs all over it. It's many years old and I hate taking it with me on little trips to the store and what not. This clutch is SO perfect and so very me. Thanks, mama!
We have discovered bread pudding. Lord, help us now. The place down the street from our house makes an amazing bread pudding with Jameson whiskey sauce. We're about due for our monthly piece, I'd say...*drool*
I had a pair of rubber gloves for cleaning the dishes, but they got thrown out on accident. I asked Josh if we had any other gloves one day, and this is what he brought me. They match my shirt.
Apparently, Josh's phone auto-corrected "plane crash" to "plain crash." I don't know if I believe him.
Though this photo is from September, WHAT IS RAIN????
It's almost Thanksgiving! YAY! I put away all my spring and summer candles and decorations and brought out all my fall and winter ones. TOM THE TURKEY MAKES HIS REEMERGENCE!!
A small portion of a waxident I had a month ago...I kid you not, folks, this stuff got all over the counter. At least it was Lasting Scent Candles wax and it was soft enough to scrape up...for the most part. Unfortunately, a week later, I had an even bigger waxident that got all over the cupboard, the floor, the cabinet, the toilet/seat/bottom of the bowl, the glass shower, my pants, my shirt, my shoes...oh my god, it was horrific, but also LSC wax, so soft, but bright red, so it looked like something out of CSI. I am much more careful now.

Have a good rest of the week! <3