Fall is here, and that means it’s time to delight the senses with warm flavors and fragrances. Don’t worry – you don’t have to be a baking extraordinaire to whip up your own savory scents. We’ve got covered with a few fantastic fall ideas. Whether you’re tired of those plug-in scents hogging your outlets or just happen to be in a particularly festive mood, we have three great ways to bring the sounds and smells of fall to your own home.
There are tons of great recipes for stovetop potpourris that will fill your home with the bouquets of fall. This one is very, very easy to make. You might even have the ingredients at home right now!
Fall Stovetop Potpourri Recipe:
- 1 whole orange peel quartered (Slice orange into quarters, then peel.)
- Fresh cranberries
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 cinnamon sticks (or 1 tsp ground cinnamon)
- 1 tbsp whole cloves
- 1/2 tsp of nutmeg (1 whole nutmeg)
- 2 cups water
- 1 saucepan
Directions: Add all ingredients to saucepan, bring to boil and then reduce to a simmer. You’ll need to monitor the water level and add more as it reduces.
Dried potpourri is perfect for anyone seeking a flame-free scent that they can wake up to, return home to or simply enjoy all day. This one is so fall-tastic you’ll shrug on that sweater despite the 80 degree weather.
Apple Spice Potpourri Recipe:
- 3 tbsp dried apple slices (Cut paper thin slices and bake at 150 degrees for 30 minutes)
- 1/2 cup carnation petals (pink or red)
- 2 tbsp crumbled cinnamon or one slightly crushed cinnamon stick
- 1 whole nutmeg, grated (or 1 1/2 tsps ground)
- 1 tbsp whole cloves
- 1 tbsp orange peel
- 3 drops of cinnamon or vanilla scented oil
Directions: Mix ingredients attractively in a glass jar with lid. Store with lid sealed when not in use.
“Scented candles? That’s not exactly a new idea is it?” You may have wondered aloud upon reading this section’s title. And no, it isn’t. Matching scents for the perfect candle combinations, however, is something you may not have thought of before. Yearning for an outdoor escape and fall foliage? Combine Yankee Candles’ Amber Leaves and Mountain Cabin. Obsessed with all things pumpkin? Candle connoisseurs can combine Anthropology’s Pumpkin Souffle and Sweet Vanilla and Cinnamon candles for a mouthwatering aroma. Think of your favorite fall foods. Do you love apple pie a la mode? You can cook up its scent with an apple scented candle and a vanilla bean candle.
As always, make sure that your air is free of foul smells beforehand with proper AC maintenance. Change your air filters and schedule your fall tune-up
with Elmer’s One Hour Air
to avoid the unpleasant burning smell associated with running your heater after a long spring and summer. Thanks for checking out these fall scents. What are your favorites?