Sunday, October 16, 2011

31 Days of Fall Fun {Day 16}: Smells Like Fall

I think one of the most powerful ways to make my home feel warm and inviting is to make it smell amazing. An easy, inexpensive way to do this is simmering stovetop potpourri.

This is something that you can customize to your preferences and can't really mess up.

Simply choose some fruits and spices and simmer away.

For Fall, I like apples, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and a little orange.

This is great for fruit that is a little past its prime. Just slice fruit into thin slices, add a few dashes of the spices of your choice, and dump it all into a pot of boiling water (around 2 cups).

Immediately after dumping it in the boiling water, turn the temperature down to the lowest setting.

And let it simmer!

Pretty soon the house will smell heavenly.

The water will slowly evaporate, so check the pot every hour or so to add more water if needed. Also, don't leave it simmering if you leave the house.

You'll be able to use the same ingredients a few times. Once you're done with the potpourri, let it cool and you can put it down your garbage disposal for one last burst of fragrance.

Ideas for other simmering ingredients:

  • pumpkin pie spice
  • vanilla extract
  • almond extract
  • lemon
  • basil leaves
  • sage 
  • bay leaves
  • lavender
  • ginger
  • anise stars
  • cranberries (perfect around Christmas)

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