Apple Cinnamon Stovetop Scent

There’s nothing better or more comforting than the smell of home. Every winter, my mom would put something on the stove that she called her “Christmas Scent”; it had citrus fruits with cloves and cinnamon. It was always so warm and welcoming walking into the house from the cold outside and smelling spices simmering on the stove.

I have been feeling nostalgic lately because, after four years here, our time in Oceanside, California is coming to a close. It is also starting to cool down a teeny bit, and the combination of cool weather and nostalgia made me want to create my own “autumn scent”. I saw all of these articles floating around Facebook about how scented fall candles cause lung cancer, which I don’t doubt, but honestly I just don’t buy candles because I’m not about to spend twenty-five dollars on scented wax just to burn it up. Instead, you can have your own fall scented HOUSE by simmering a few cheap ingredients on your stove. I hope you enjoy!

Apple Cinnamon Stovetop Scent

Not really for consumption. I’m sure you could eat it…but it would probably taste like perfume.


  • One small red apple, sliced
  • Half of one orange, sliced
  • Two cinnamon sticks
  • 1 tsp of cloves
  • 1 bay leaf


  • Combine all ingredients in a small pot
  • Cover with water
  • Simmer on low, uncovered, as long as desired, but don’t forget to turn your stove off before bed!!!

That’s it! Much cheaper than a candle, and your children may one day have nostalgic memories of mom’s “fall scent”. So make your house smell like home for your family…and enjoy your pinch of crazy!


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A Pinch of Crazy

Molly Mills is a Jesus follower, coffee lover, work-at-home wife and mother who values healthy meals with family. Molly wants to bring easy, healthy meals, with a pinch of crazy, to her readers.

4 thoughts on “Apple Cinnamon Stovetop Scent”

  1. I’m so thankful you have good
    memories like that and my heart smiles to know, one day our little Z, will say the same about her sweet momma as you make memories for her♥️

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