Do you need to make your home smell like the holidays in a quick minute? Here’s how, with no trip to the store necessary! I used basic ingredients found in any kitchen.
The background story: I accidentally made my kitchen smell like gasoline the other day (long story – read my post in The Motorscooter Diaries for more details). So I needed to mask that awful scent pronto! I obviously did not want to light a flame because, well, gasoline… So I turned on the stove top (don’t worry it was electric) and I pulled out the sauce pan and put my ingredients inside. Read on for the how-to.
Holiday Spice Recipe
What You Need:
- Sauce Pan
- 1 Orange
- Vanilla extract
- Cinnamon and or Nutmeg
What to do:
- Fill the sauce pan with water, put it on the stove, bring to boil, let it sit at medium heat.
- Thinly slice an Orange and toss everything into the pot, including the rind.
- Pour in anywhere from 1/2 to a whole Tbsp of Vanilla Extract
- Toss in the Cinnamon or Nutmeg, ground or whole. They all smell nice.
- I also threw in a few Cloves and a splash of Merlot but that’s just because I was experimenting, they really weren’t necessary.
I was inspired by the delicious holiday scent that fills Crate&Barrel stores. It’s a Mulling Spice which they set out in a crock pot to engulf the store in a wintry warmth. (Find it here!) I have been a seasonal employee there this year, so naturally I crave that smell even after hours. Just kidding, but believe me when I say it is delicious!
A little known fact about decorating, particularly for an event, is…
Stimulate all 5 of the human senses.
Those five senses (as a quick refresher) are sight, sound, taste, touch, and scent. You want your setup to be pleasing to the eye, the food must taste great, there should be music playing loud enough to hear but quiet enough where you can hold a conversation (at least until dancing ensues), keep your floor plan open and give the people something to engage in such as a party game or photo booth to include their sense of touch. Last but not least don’t forget your aromas! A candle will do, but candles can get expensive or burn the house down. Perhaps you are baking something and your whole home is filled by your oven’s aroma, in that case be merry – your work is done! But just in case your menu does not waft through the house, my easy mulled spice recipe will work like a charm. The hardest part is probably waiting for your water to boil.
Happy Holidays! Thanks for reading my blog.
Did this aromatic cocktail work for you? Were your holiday gatherings a big hit? I would love to hear your thoughts, you can leave them in the comments below! And feel free to share what you’ve discovered with your friends and family.