Make Your House Smell Like Fall

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.

Just a few ingredients from my pantry created this wonderful fall smell in my house.

Just a few ingredients from my pantry — cinnamon sticks, whole cloves, bay leaves as well as orange and lemon peels created this wonderful fall smell in my house.

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.

Cinnamon brings this simmer pot together along with orange and lemon peels, whole cloves and bay leaves.

Cinnamon brings this simmer pot together along with orange and lemon peels, whole cloves and bay leaves.

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Blogger Bonus: For apple juice, cranberry juice, herbs and spices that are outdated, don’t throw them out just add to them to your simmering pot.

If you try my fall simmer pot recipe let me know how it turns out or if you have your own that you would like me to try share with me via instagram, twitter or just comment below.




Tip Tuesday: Achoo! DIY Allergy Relief

It seems as though my allergies hit me earlier this year and I’ve been trying to find relief for weeks. I could easily reach for a little pink pill but it always makes me feel foggy-headed and “dried out” so I hit the internet to see if I could find some natural remedies. I decided to share the best three I found.

The first is a cough syrup from Instructables. This season I’ve had so much sinus drainage that I constantly cough, especially at night.

Cough Syrup

What You Need:

mixing bowl

resealable container



1 1/2 tsp ground ginger

1 1/2 tsp dried thyme

1 1/2 tsp ground black pepper

8 TBS honey

3 TBS warm filtered water


Mix all of the ingredients together and take 3-5 tsp a day, but take as little or as much as needed. Honey helps soothe and coat irritated membranes while ginger (either fresh or ground) works as an expectorant as well as loosens and expels mucus from the lungs. Pepper helps with chest congestion and thyme (fresh or ground) has anti-microbial properties and opens up the airways.

*Note: If the taste bothers you, add a few squeezes of fresh lemon. This will keep for several weeks in a well sealed container in a cool, dry location.


Warm tea like chamomile  will break up the mucus in your airways and chamomile in particular, will relieve allergy symptoms. Chamomile is an antihistamine and can provide immunity toward many common allergens.

Chamomile tea is a natural antihistamine.

Chamomile tea is a natural antihistamine.

Bonus: The tea bag can be made into a compress for swollen, red eyes.


  1. Steep a tea bag in water for three minutes.
  2. Dump the water and squeeze out the excess water from the tea bag.
  3. Refrigerate the tea bag for 15 to 30 minutes and remove from the fridge.
  4. Hold the tea bag against your eye for up to five minutes at a given time.
  5. Wait an hour before reapplying a new compress and always use a new tea bag.

*Note: Chamomile has proteins that are similar to proteins found in ragweed so those who are allergic to it should be cautious.

DIY Allergy Relief using cough syrup, nasal saline spray and tea. Don't forget the tissues.

DIY Allergy Relief using cough syrup, nasal saline spray and tea. Don’t forget the tissues.

Saline Nasal Spray

Over-the-counter saline sprays and rinses can help remove pollen from the nasal lining if you’ve been exposed to pollen. Most people often use the spray at the end of the day. Saline nasal sprays also add moisture if your nose feels dry from winter weather.


Mix two to three heaping teaspoons of non-iodized salt to one quart of water and add one teaspoon of baking soda. It is best to use salt that has no additives. Store the nasal solution in a nasal sprayer, which can be purchased online for less than $1. Store the solution at room temperature and mix before use. If the solution stings when you use it, just use less salt.

Other Tips: Vitamin C is a natural antihistamine and be can found in oranges and grapefruit, clean linens in hot water weekly to get rid of dust mites and steaming or a hot shower breaks up congestion and flush out mucus if only but temporarily. The easiest way to steam is to pour boiling water in a bowl and drape a towel over your head like a tent. Breathe in the steam through your nose for about five minutes.