Autumn is my favorite season of the year with all of its festivities, decorations, and beautiful colors. Let’s not forget about all of the wonderful scents this time of the year brings. There is nothing better than smelling the scents of pumpkin spice, apple pie, and cinnamon in every home, store, or place in town. Bringing the amazing aromas into your own home is a quick and simple task that can be completed by trying these do-it-yourself fragrance recipes. The collection also includes a yummy treat that appeases more than one of your five senses!
Crockpot Cinnamon Spice Air Freshener:
3 cups hot water
6 cinnamon sticks
1 tbsp. pumpkin pie spice
1 tbsp. whole cloves
Combine all of the ingredients into a crockpot and stir. Cover with the lid.
Cook on high for 1 hour, then remove lid. Let simmer on high for several hours.
4-6 cinnamon sticks
1 tsp. vanilla
1 orange rind
2 tbsp. whole cloves
3-5 bay leaves
1 tsp. nutmeg (optional)
Fill a medium-sized pot three-fourths of the way full with water and add in all of the ingredients.
Bring the water to a boil and let boil on high for 3-4 minutes. Then, lower the heat and simmer. Keep on an eye on the water level and refill when needed.
This mixture lasts for several days. Place in a glass jar or bowl in the refrigerator. When ready to use again, re-fill a pot with water, pour in the ingredients, and simmer.
This stovetop potpourri recipe can also be made in a crockpot.
Crockpot or Slow Cooker Baked Apples:
5 medium-sized gala apples
1 ¼ cups granola
3 tbsp. melted butter
5 tsp. maple syrup
Vanilla ice cream or whipped cream for topping (optional)
Cut the top off the apples with a knife. Using a melon baller or measuring spoon (teaspoon size), remove the core and seeds from each apple. Once complete, each apple should have a hole in the top for the remaining ingredients.
Pack ¼ cup of the granola into each apple and place it in the crockpot or slow cooker.
Pour the melted butter evenly over the apples. Then, add a teaspoon of maple syrup over each apple.
Cover and cook on high for 2 ½ to 3 hours. Apples should be tender, but not falling apart when done.
Remove and serve with ice cream or whipped cream if you choose to do so.
Cinnamon Scented Pinecones:
Clear craft glue
Sealable gallon-sized bag or container
Using the paintbrush, coat the pinecones with a thin layer of glue. If doing all the pinecones at once, work quickly to prevent the glue from drying. It is suggested to complete the pinecones individually.
Sprinkle the entire pinecone evenly with ground cinnamon. Make sure to get all between the crevices.
Place all the pinecones into the sealable bag or container and shake off all the excess cinnamon.
Once the glue has dried, decorate your home with the cinnamon pinecones.
This DIY is great for kids!
Your home will never smell better than it does with these fall fragrances filling the air. Plus, all recipes can easily be used as gifts for housewarming parties, birthdays, and more!
I love this time of the year, because it means… everything pumpkin! There’s pumpkin pies, pumpkin lattes, and pumpkins cookies. I hope you enjoy this simple, easy two ingredient recipe for these delicious pumpkin cookies.
1 can pumpkin
1 box spice cake mix
Mix the ingredients together. Once the dough is mixed, roll into small balls and place onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 for 10-13 minutes.
My favorite time of the year is upon us – Fall! I love all the decorations, sights, and smells season. In addition, I have my annual traditions I must do, including the ones below:
Take a drive/walk to see the fall foliage: We live within driving distance of the Blue Ridge Parkway and can make an easy day trip to see the colors of the season. Another way to take in the views is simply driving around your hometown and surrounding areas. Or walk through downtown, parks, or Old Salem to experience the beautiful scenery.
Attend a fall festival /fair: Once I go to the Dixie Classic Fair, I know fall has arrived. Other events include the Autumn Leaves Festival in Mount Airy, Harvest Day at Old Salem, and the Apple Festival at Historic Bethabara Park.
Bake: Apple pie, pumpkin pie, homemade apple sauce, caramel apples, the list goes on and on for all the delicious fall foods. One of my favorite things is baking during the season. Don’t know what to bake? A simple google search or Pinterest will bring up hundreds of recipes. Just a hint: pumpkin chocolate chip cookies are delicious.
Go to a pumpkin patch: There is nothing better than finding the perfect pumpkin to carve. Hawks Pumpkin Patch on Clemmonsville Road and The Farm at The Children’s Home are favorite local pumpkin patches.
Carve a pumpkin: Do you like a friendly face or a scary face? It’s up to you, because after you get that perfect pumpkin from the pumpkin patch, you can take it home and carve it. Growing up, we always carved a pumpkin and also painted one. Let your kids have fun with creating their favorite book or cartoon character by using paint, markers, yarn, and other craft supplies on the pumpkin.
Decorate for the holidays: Many stores throughout the area have been selling fall and holiday decorations since the middle of summer. Seeing these items always gets me into the decorating mood. Take one Saturday and turn your house into a fall oasis. Some of the decorations can even become DIY projects, such as this fun scarecrow. All you need is: one shirt, one pair of pants, a hat, old pillowcase for face, old newspapers, safety pins, narrow rope, small amounts of straw, raffia, or dried grass, and permanent markers or felt scraps for the facial features. Button and zip the shirt and pants and tie the ends of the arms and legs with the rope. Stuff full with newspaper and use safety pins to attach the two pieces of clothing at the waist. In the pillowcase, add stuffing and form into the size and shape of a face. Use the permanent marker or felt to create facial features. Tuck into the neck of the shirt and secure with safety pins. Add the hat. To finish, stuff some straw or raffia into the openings (such as arms and legs) and glue if necessary.
Watch Halloween movies: Freeform’s (formerly ABC Family) 13 days of Halloween is the perfect place to start your Halloween movie marathon. To make the marathon complete, watch older fall movies, such as all-time favorite Hocus Pocus. You can’t get through the season without watching It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown at least once.
Watch football: No matter who your favorite team is, it’s the time to root for them. High school, college, pro – everyone has a favorite. Let’s just hope the Carolina Panthers have as good of a season as they did last year! Super Bowl LI material? I think so! In addition, spend some time outside with your family and friends playing your own game of football.
Jump in a pile of leaves…and then rake them up: Fall is one of the seasons to be a kid again and with being a kid comes the chance to jump in a pile of leaves. However, the adult responsibility sets in when you have to rake them up afterwards.
Go trick or treating: Who doesn’t love putting on a costume and being someone else for a while? Halloween gives you a chance to step outside of the box and do just that. Plus, if you go trick or treating, you’ll get candy. Another option would be dressing up and handing out goodies to children that stop by your house on All Hallow’s eve.
Have a bonfire: What better way to celebrate fall than with a cup of apple cider and s’mores in front of a bonfire? Bundle up with your hats and scarves. Gather your family and friends as you toast to the new season.
I LOVE, LOVE a good cup of hot chocolate, but sometimes I don’t want it hot. I want it….well, cold or more like frozen. Try this recipe the next time you want this chocolatey drink. Works great for summertime, too!
3 tbsp sugar
3 tbsp hot cocoa mix
2 tbsp butter
1/3 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
12 ounces evaporated milk
4 1/2 cups ice
Combine sugar, cocoa mix, and butter in the top of a double boiler. Stir until melted.
Stir in semi-sweet chocolate chips. Mix until mixture is smooth.
Slowly add in 1/2 cup of the evaporated milk and stir until smooth. Cool to room temperature.
Combine chocolate mixture with the remaining evaporated milk and ice in a blender. Blend until smooth.
Pour into frosty glasses and top with whipped cream, marshmallows and chocolate chips, if desired.