Fall to me is not only about the cool weather and the comfort foods, but the smells. The smell of pumpkin, hot apple cider, and cinnamon — it all puts me in a fall mood.
You know when you walk into a home and it smells cozy, have you ever wondered how they do it? Well I recently turned my house into a cozy, fall oasis. I used some ingredients I had on hand to infuse citrus with a light earthy scent. It smells so good that I wanted to share it with you.
Some of the ingredients you may have in your pantry, but if you don’t they aren’t that expensive. There are lots of recipes available online, but I chose to use orange and lemon, cinnamon and whole cloves and bay leaves as my key ingredients.
This is truly what you make of it. I mean instead of using lemon and orange peels you could substitute a gala apple and you could take out the bay leaves and use fresh rosemary. Or if you want your home to smell like pumpkin use pumpkin pie spice, nutmeg and cinnamon.
I took my ingredients and filled a large pot with water and let it boil. Once it struck a good boil then I let it simmer on low. Make sure you watch your pot because the water will eventually boil out, but all you have to do is fill it back up.
You can reuse your simmer pot concoction, just store it in your fridge in a closed container for up to one week.
Blogger Bonus: For apple juice, cranberry juice, herbs and spices that are outdated, don’t throw them out just add to them to your simmering pot.