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!