This autumn I am focusing on embracing the season and making my home as cozy and autumnal as possible. Here in North Georgia, we enjoy the most beautiful fall season because the weather is cooler but not cold.The leaves turn for at least a month of color and stunning beauty. In previous years, I would find myself too busy studying, working, or moving to experience all the beauty and inspiration, but this year is different as I am intentionally slowing down to truly soak in every season of life.
In my efforts to reduce consuming and spending, I created a simmer pot with simple seasonal ingredients from my kitchen. This simmer pot is less expensive than a natural candle and smells just as wonderful because you can customize the scents to your liking. I loved breaking out my Le Cruset (a recent and beloved birthday gift!) to create something aromatic and artistic for my home. This recipe smells like an apple pie is baking all day in your oven!
What can I use in a simmer pot?
Practically anything that is fragrant and seasonal. My recipe is just for inspiration, you can slice any seasonal fruit and add whatever spices you enjoy and have on hand. This is a great way to use up scraps of apple after making cider or apple sauce, or expired spices that might be a little stale for baking. Other ingredients that would be wonderful are:
Essential oil of your choice
For my recipe, you will need:
*don’t worry about quantities here, just use what you have!*
Pumpkin pie spice
Whole or crushed cloves
- Slice the fruit and arrange everything in your favorite soup-sized pot.
2. Fill ⅔ of the way with water and simmer on low until most of the water has evaporated.
3. Add more water and continue.
4. You can repeat this process for several hours or several days, as long as you want your house to smell seasonal!
I hope this gave you some inspiration to try something new and really soak up the flavors and fragrances of fall.
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