there are many ways to do this - for example, you could bake a bread, make a pot of apple sauce, and buy a christmas tree then ta-da! christmas smells! but maybe it’s already 5pm on a work night, or maybe you don’t actually feeling like putting time in in the kitchen, or maybe you have things to do all day like laundry and lesson planning, but it would just be so much easier to do all of that if you were surrounded by the smells of holidays… if that is the case this how-to is for you.
the core of an apple, and maybe some of the peel or scraps you cut off because they were bruised *
a clementine sliced up (mine was over ripe - so i wasn’t going to use it anyway) or the rind/peel of an orange *
spices - i used about 2 tsp all together, a mixture of cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and all spice plus a quarter of a nutmeg *
a herbal tea bag (mine was ginger peach from trader joes) *
a vanilla bean or two *
now all you have to do is:
fill a small sauce pan about half way with water
throw in all of the ingredients
cover and bring to a boil
uncover (or half cover) the pot and simmer on the lowest heat setting on your stove!
* all of the ingredients are optional! you can put in whatever smells make YOU think of the holidays! for example - yesterday after isaac and i came home with a teeny wreath i threw some of the broken pieces of pine in the pot too!
your home will QUICKLY fill with the scents of christmas and the best part is that you can re-use this for days in a row. today is day 3 for me! each night i just turn off the stove and leave the contents covered in the pot and in the morning i refill with water and bring it all to a boil again! over time the scent does weaken, but from my current experimentation i’m pretty sure you can use the same pot of ingredients for around 4 days - if you experiment with this i’d love to hear your results!
today my apartment REALLY is smelling lovely since i have a chicken in the slow cooker AND this lovely pot of spices on the stove! i hope you enjoy this easy diy as much as i have so far!!! and you can look forward to some more holiday diys in the coming days and weeks! HAPPY DECEMBER!!!
Winter sore throat “tea”- In a jar combine lemon slices, organic honey and sliced ginger. Close jar and put it in the fridge, it will form into a “jelly”. To serve- spoon jelly into mug and pour boiling water over it. Store in fridge 2-3 months.
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