It’s that time of year…. the temperature is starting to change..school is in full swing… and summer is getting kicked to the curb! To honor the change in seasons, I like to decorate and bringing in Autumn means starting my Fall simmering pot. The smell of oranges, cinnamon, and cloves…conveys warmth and hospitality.
After adding in the oranges (you could use just orange rinds), whole cinnamon sticks, and a smattering of cloves… fill a small pot with water. Then turn on low to simmer and enjoy the fall/holiday like fragrance. I love candles and burn them a lot in the fall and winter but this is a much more cost effective way to create a homey, warm, and inviting space. I use a small pot so I periodically throughout the day refill the water. One batch can last up to a week! Fall tip#1 One word of caution..Don’t forget to shut off the stove before you leave the house!
FALL TIP #2 You can always share in the season by using muslin bags filled with your spices and give them as gifts with a printed out recipe card!
“Her pleasure in the walk must arise from the exercise and the day, from the view of the last smiles of the year upon the tawny leaves and withered hedges, and from repeating to herself some few of the thousand poetical descriptions extant of autumn–that season of peculiar and inexhaustible influence on the mind of taste and tenderness–that season which has drawn from every poet worthy of being read some attempt at description, or some lines of feeling.”
― Jane Austen, Persuasion
Something else that I like to do is put one of my daily devotional calenders up on the ledge above my kitchen sink. You know you stand there EVERYDAY of your life..you might as well fill your mind with gratitude! In the fall, we are more into a routine and I tend to be much more consistent in my readings! I love to fill my soul with positive words!
All I’m waiting for now are the leaves to change…..
What one thing do YOU do to honor the change in the seasons?