Favorite scents have a way of making the world a bit brighter and creating that warm and cozy feeling we all crave this time of year.
It would help if snow were to arrive in this part of Colorado instead of our balmy 50-degree temps but, in the meantime, while waiting for colder weather, give this aromatic concoction a try to create that wintry feeling inside your home.
Fill the Air with this Holiday Scent
Place all ingredients in a small pan (or slow cooker) over low heat for as long as desired. If water gets low, add more water. This concoction will last for 1-2 weeks.
1 Whole Grapefruit, cut into wedges
1 Whole Orange, cut into wedges
4 Whole Cinnamon Sticks
4 Whole Star Anise
6-10 Whole Cloves
6-10 Whole All Spice
6-10 Whole Cardamon Pods (Tip: Whole spices are widely available in grocery stores or online. I typically buy whole spices by the bag at Natural Grocers and place them in airtight mason jars. They will last forever. I know they say the scent goes stale after awhile but can tell you first hand that I have had great luck in storing these for years. Who really ever counts?)
1 Tbsp. of Pomegranate Seeds (Whole pomegranates are on sale at Sprouts right now and crazy delicious. We have gone through at least a dozen this week.)
1 Tbsp. Vanilla Extract
2-3 Pine Needles from your Christmas Tree or Wreath; or better yet, take a hike and nab some fresh evergreen sprigs
2-3 cups Water (enough to fill the pot 3/4 of the way up)
The coziest feeling in the world is walking into a home with this aromatic scent filling the air! Enjoy!