I love when the house smells good. Like when I’m making something delicious in the Crock Pot or baking a yummy treat. I also used to love to spray chemical products in the air and on fabric to freshen the house up. I’m not going to go into a tirade on the demon sprays…that is a choice you’ll have to research and decide on for yourself.
I’ve switched over to making a liquid potpourri, or sorts, on the stove top. I love the way the scent lingers in the air and infuses the house like I’m cooking…even though I’m not. I usually just pull together a few ingredients from whatever I have in the house. But there all awesome recipes you can use to invoke a certain scent or feel to the house. Remember NEVER leave your house with these on the stove!
Apple Pie – the house will smell like fall!
Core and slice an apple, any variety will do. Add apple slices to a small pan filled with water. Add a few cinnamon sticks and whole cloves (ground of either will do in a pinch). Now add 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract. Simmer low so you don’t burn your ingredients. Add water as needed.
Take a 1 large or 2 small lemons and slice. Add the slices to your pan of water with a 2 – 3 teaspoons of vanilla extract and a few sprigs of rosemary from your garden. VOILA!
Key Lime Pie (I like pie…)
2 – 3 small limes, sliced up into your water then add 2 – 3 teaspoons of vanilla extract. Kick it up a notch and add a teaspoon of peppermint extract…Heavenly.
Christmas in a Pot
5 Cinnamon Sticks – break them up to help the aroma spread.
The peels of 1 lemon and 1 orange
Sliced apple pieces
3 Tablespoons of whole cloves
1 Tablespoon of nutmeg
1 Tablespoon of allspice
2 bay leaves, whole
Add everything to simmering pot of water and you’ve got Christmas in a pot!