I was so happy with the Natural Fall Air Freshener that I concocted in September I knew come December I would have to do another one geared toward the winter season. And, really, what scent is more appropriate than the combination of cranberry and orange and with it being the first official week of winter, the timing is perfect.
Coincidently, winter has been hitting us hard so far! After two fairly mild Ontario winters in a row it looks like we may be in for some snowy, icy action this season. Last weekend, snowstorm. This weekend, ice storm! Frozen tree branches are so heavy they are snapping and falling on property and power lines. This has caused major power outages and mild chaos for local merchants when credit/debit machines went down and never came back. Yikes! I took this shot on my iPod when I braved walking downtown.
Brrrr … and slippery!
We felt so lucky to have only lost power for a relatively short period of time. Some of our neighbours are still without power. It was nice to be inside and comforted with natural aromatics wafting from kitchen. And I didn’t even have to cook 😉
If you haven’t made one of these simmer pots before they couldn’t be simpler. Throw all the components into a big pot of water and simmer away. Your reward is a home full of warmth and the aroma of citrus and berries with a hint of spices. The best part? You and your family won’t be inhaling god knows what chemicals that TV commercials have convinced people they should be spraying all over their homes. I mean, seriously! There is one ad I’ve seen on TV with a silly woman, shaking her booty while she empties can after can of spray into the atmosphere of her living room. Get real people! Read what is in those cans, for the love of god, before you start exposing yourself and the ones you love to the poisons that they contain.
I’ll get off my soap box now and enjoy the natural aroma of winter fruits, fresh ginger, and cinnamon that are bubbling away on my stovetop. This is such a nice, safe way to add fragrance to your home. I recommend making this on a day when you will be spending a good chunk of time at home so it can be cooking for a number of hours. As the water level boils away simply add more water to keep the fragrance going.
- 2 oranges thinly sliced
- 1 cup cranberries
- 5 cinnamon sticks or 2tbsp ground cinnamon
- 1 knob of fresh ginger minced ( or 2tbsp ground ginger)
- Add all ingredients to a large pot and cover with water
- Bring to a boil, then turn heat down to a simmer
- Let bubble away on the stovetop, adding water as needed