Simmer Pots to Fill Your Home with Fall Scents

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The SC State Fair opened last week, which is the official start of fall in my mind. You can almost mark the calendar that the temperatures will turn chillier where I live the second week of the fair, although the weather man seems to disagree with me this week.

Since we’re finally getting cooler nights and crisp air in the mornings, the Mister and I have the windows open. I’ve also been drooling over recipes for cozy, belly-warmings soups and steamy, hot beverages. The best part of this time of year is the all the fall scents that come with baking and autumn harvest.

However, my schedule has been jam-packed lately, which hasn’t left any time for baking to get the scents of apple, cinnamon and oatmeal raisin cookies wafting from my kitchen into the rest of the house.

Instead, I’m relying on simmer pots to fill my house with all the fall scents. Putting a simmer pot on the stove is an inexpensive, natural way to add fall scents to your home, and it helps add some moisture to the air if you’ve already switched turned your furnace on.

To start a fall-scented simmer pot in your home, you simply fill a large saucepan or crock pot with water, add ingredients and bring to low simmer, adding more water as needed.

Here are a few recipe ideas to get your home filled with all the best seasonal scents.

Apple Pie Simmer Pot

1 Sliced Apple
Peels from 1 Orange
1/2 tsp of Nutmeg
1/2 of Ground Clove
2-3 Cinnamon Sticks

Orange Vanilla Simmer Pot

Peels from 1 Orange
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
2-3 Cinnamon Sticks

Lemon Ginger Simmer Pot

Peels from 2 Lemons
1/2 tsp Ground Ginger
2-3 Cinnamon Sticks

For safety, be sure to check the water levels on your simmer pot regularly, adding more water as necessary. Never leave a pot simmering when you leave your home or while sleeping.

If you’re looking for another way to add fall scents to your home naturally, check out the Mrs. Meyer’s Fall Scent Set, which is available free to my readers this week.