“It looked like the world was covered in a cobbler crust of brown sugar and cinnamon.” -Sarah Addison Allen, First Frost
That is the way I want my house to smell in the fall. Cinnamon, cloves, apples, oh my!
I light candles—pumpkin candles, vanilla candles and cinnamon. But nothing is better than smelling something cooking in the kitchen. Something sweet.
“The mere smell of cooking can evoke a whole civilization.”- Fernand BraudelClick To Tweet
If I am on a diet, which I always am, or I don’t have the time to bake, I fake it.
- Cinnamon sticks,
- all spice
- star anise
- vanilla, from Mexico
All these wonderful spices, simmering on the stove, in two cups of water, make the whole house smell of wonder.
And if I have an apple that has gone bad, I throw that in the pot, as well.
Throw caution to the wind and add some apple cider or apple juice. Experiment with different concoctions until you find your favorite. Remember to simmer, and keep an eye on it. Don’t want the liquid to boil over or dry up! Ew.
You can also do the same thing with lemon, rosemary and vanilla, simmering in water and you will get an entirely different lovely smell. William Sonoma uses this to entice people when they shop in their stores. And I believe it works.
Hope your house smells like all things fall!
love and blessings~dd