When people walk into your home, what do they notice first? Do they notice the furniture? The flooring? Or how about the smell? Ninety-five percent of the time, the first thing people will notice when walking into your home is the smell of your home. Whether it’s good or bad, they’ll notice.
So what should you do to fix the smell?
You could go buy some air freshener from the store and mask the smell, but why do that when you can do something more natural? Here are some ideas to make your home smell like Fall.
How to: Create a Simmer Pot
- Apples (Red delicious is best, but any variety will work)
- Water (enough to fill a pot)
- Cinnamon sticks
- Cinnamon (ground)
- Vanilla Extract (a teaspoon or more)
**Measuring out everything isn’t necessary, as long as you have it all you’ll be okay. But I personally like to add more of what smells I want. I like cinnamon so I will add a little more cinnamon than anything.
- Fill the pan with water.
- Cut up your apples into quarters.
- Add everything into the pot. Throw the apples, cinnamon sticks and cloves in, then sprinkle the ground cinnamon (as much as you want) and teaspoon of vanilla extract.
- Simmer on the stove until the house in enveloped in a wonderful aroma of Fall. But be careful not to boil it.
Two Birds, One Stone: Apple Cider Recipe
Want a good smell AND something you can drink? Try creating this yummy concoction of homemade apple cider.
- 12 medium apples, assorted types (Gala, Granny Smith, and Red Delicious)
- 2 Oranges
- 4 Cinnamon sticks
- 1 whole nutmeg
- 1 Tbsp. whole cloves
- 1 tsp. whole allspice (optional)
- 1 gallon water (more or less)
- 1/2- 1 cup brown sugar
- Wash apples and oranges. Roughly cut into quarters. (You don’t have to remove the stems, pits, etc.)
- Place it in a large stock pot.
- Add the nutmeg, cloves, allspice, and sugar.
- Cover with water until the pot is almost full.
- Bring to a simmer over high heat, stirring occasionally.
- Reduce the heat to medium-low, cover and simmer for 2 hours.
- Once the apples have softened after an hour or two mash the apples and oranges, Cook for another hour.
- Strain into a clean pitcher, stir in some sweetener, however much you want. Then serve.
That’s one recipe that you can try that will leave your kitchen smelling amazing and your tummy feeling prepared for the Fall weather.
Videos: Simmer Pot Tip AND Scented Pine cone Tutorial
Here’s a video showing how to make scented pine cones, go collect a bunch of pine cones, some essential oils and a couple extra supplies and check out this video. This can be great for decorating your house and for centerpieces while keeping the smell of your home simple and inviting.
Here’s another video with a tip to making a “simmer pot” like above.
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Do you have any favorite recipes for fall scents? Tell me all about them in the comments! I’d love to hear them!