The leaves are turning, the air is a little crisper, and apples are lining the stalls at the farmer’s markets. Fall has officially arrived!
I love Fall. It seems like a season of new beginnings. Perhaps it is those deep seated childhood memories from the first day of school with new pencils, binders, sweaters and backpacks. Fresh starts and clean slates.
Another thing synonymous with Fall? The smell of savoury baking in the oven or cooling on window sills. Don’t have time for baking today? Too much on your plate? Well, how about achieving the fragrance without the work? I have a sweet, savoury concoction that just simmers away on your stovetop, filling your home with the mood enhancing aromas of Fall.
Gather an apple, orange, and lemon along with ground nutmeg, ginger and a handful of cinnamon sticks. Maple leaves from the yard are optional 😉
Slice up the fruit and don’t worry about the skins.
Everything is added to a large sauce pan filled with water.
Give it all a good stir and over medium high heat, get a little bubble going.
Turn the heat down to a simmer and let it stew away. I did this on my day off and while I busied myself with cleaning, laundry, etc. I let it simmer for the entire day and it smelled incredible. I especially love the fact that it’s a safe, non-chemical air freshener, unlike commercial sprays and candles.
This lovely brew filled my home with the unmistakeable essence of Autumn.
- 1 apple 1 orange, 1 lemon, sliced through, peels remaining
- 5 cinnamon sticks
- 1 tbsp nutmeg
- 1 tbsp ginger
- Fill a large saucepot with water
- Add in the sliced fruit and spices and stir
- Over medium high heat, bring to a light boil and reduce to a simmer
- Leave simmering as long as desired, adding more water as needed