Monday, December 29, 2008


Ever since the weather turned cold, I have been obsessed with how my house smells. In the spring and summer, I love to have the windows open and fresh air flowing through. But until spring rolls around again, that's not an option. I don't want my house to smell like the cat box or last night's spaghetti, though. I love scented candles and I've been buying them like crazy! This time of year I really like the sweet and spicy scents. Sugar Cookie, Apple, Vanilla Frosting, Spiced Pear and Cinnamon are my favorites right now.

The problem is that good scented candles can be pretty pricey so I thought I would share a few of my inexpensive and/or free "scentimental" ideas with you over the next few posts.

The first one uses nothing but apples, water and some spices. I'm sure many of you have done this before, but for those who haven't, here is how you scent your house with simmering apples:

These are beautiful, fresh apples but they don't have to be. Older apples that have gotten too soft to eat would work just fine. The same is true for apples that are bruised. Even apple cores and peels are a good option.

You'll want to start by cutting your apple or apples into large wedges (if you're using cores or peels you don't have to cut them any smaller).

Now put the cut apples into a large saucepan and add a few shakes each of cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. Add water to within a few inches of the top and place on the stove. Bring the water to a boil and then turn the heat to down to a simmer. Be sure to keep an eye on your apples and don't let the pan simmer dry. You can add water as needed. Your house will smell like fresh apple pie. Oh, but be prepared for angry family members when they find out there's no pie!

One last tip: You can prepare the apples and spices ahead of time and store them in the freezer in individual containers or zip top bags. It's great to do with apples that would otherwise be thrown away (or the peels and cores as I mentioned above). Just take them out of the freezer, dump them in the saucepan and add water. No need to thaw first.


La Gitana said...

What a smart idea! Now how come I never thought of this??? I just bought some apples today so I may have to do a trial run and drive the family nuts with the smell! :)

Pamela said...

Love it! I like to throw some water, cinnamon, and cloves in a pot and simmer on my stove top. I'm w/ you...can't stand the smell of my house sometimes. The kids muck it all up! Love your blog so far!

thamesarino said...

this is such a great idea! I love the idea of using the scraps from the apples...I bet it would be nice with some orange peels in it too! I love using every bit of everything, so this is definitely going to be used in our house in the near future! Thanks!! : )

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