Herbal Interests // 3 Simmer Pot Recipes to Make Your Home Smell Like Fall

Happy Tuesday, lovely readers! One of my favorite parts about autumn is a cozy home. Though I don't have a home of my own and can only dream of the decor ideas I would love to happen there, I can still manage to take over some parts of my parents' house. Like adding some foliage to the mantle or laying out a thick knit blanket to the basket near the couch. A wonderful thing I learned about last year was making simmer pots! Basically you dump a select number of food items and spices into a pot full of water and let it simmer on the stove for an hour or two. It leaves your home smelling wonderfully like autumn in a natural and easy way. One of the best parts about a simmer pot? You can determine the amount of scent that you want! Today I'm sharing three of my favorite simmer pot recipes with you. You can find all of these items at the grocery store, and I tend to make my simmer pots with the apple or orange that's gone a bit past when I would have liked to eat it. I am always left with an extra apple somehow! 

LEMON, ROSEMARY, + CINNAMON (My favorite!!)

  • 1-2 lemons cut into fours, or 1 lemon and 1 dried lemon peel
  • A large sprig of fresh rosemary
  • 1-2 cinnamon sticks (I usually break these in half since they are so big!)
  • A dash of vanilla

LEMON, ORANGE, + PINE
Even though this one sounds like Lemon Pledge, it smells far from it! This one definitely brings out more hints of the holidays with that fresh pine sprig mixed in. 

  • 1 naval orange sliced, or 1 dried orange peel
  • 1 lemon sliced, or 1 dried lemon peel
  • 1 apple sliced, or 1 apple peel
  • 3 star anise
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 sprig of fresh pine
  • A tsp of vanilla

AUTUMN BOUQUET
This is the perfect roundabout of autumn scents! It smells so good you'll want to drink it, but I'd opt for a warm glass of apple cider instead (;

  • 2 naval oranges, or 1 orange and 1 dried orange peel
  • 1 apple
  • A few slices of fresh ginger
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 3 star anise
  • 1 tbsp whole cloves
  • 1 tbsp vanilla

And that's all there is to it! I usually add about 5 cups of water to mine, enough to cover the contents and to also simmer for a decent period of time. Let it come to boil and then simmer for about an hour; the house will be smelling lovely by the time it is bubbling! Again, this is a great way to recycle any fruit that may be past its eatable date. I always am left with an apple or lemon from a recipe that I bought too many for. I am currently simmering the pine recipe and wanting to curl up on the couch and watch Practical Magic or Gilmore Girls. Still waiting for the trees to change colors over here!! Have a lovely day (:

xoxo Kayla