I love the holiday season. With Canadian Thanksgiving coming up this weekend, we are officially launching into the season of sweaters, decorations and endless cookies. One of my favorite things about this time of year is all the wonderful smells. Whether it is the scent of falling leaves, cider cooking on the stove or a roast in the oven, I love how this season always has a festive smell.
Thanksgiving has a unique and delicious scent. It is sweet, spicy and smoky all at the same time. It is your grandma roasting a turkey, cranberry sauce boiling on the stove and tumblers of whiskey being clinked together. Every year when Thanksgiving rolls around I look forward to the way these smells remind me of family and warm me up inside.
This year I have been particularly looking forward to Thanksgiving weekend and decided why not have a Thanksgiving smell in my apartment all weekend rather than just one day? Rather than buying a bunch of candles to make my home smell nice I made a Thanksgiving simmer pot! A simmer pot basically combines a bunch of aromatic ingredients used in Thanksgiving dishes to fill a room with the smell of the holiday.
To make your own simmer pot, this is what you have to do.
1 Cup Cranberries ( In a pinch dried cranberries will also work)
4 whole Cloves ( ground also works)
1 tsp Freshly grated Nutmeg
4 Cinnamon Sticks
4 Cups Water
2 bay leaves
To make your simmer pot, Start by cutting your lemon and orange in half. Slice up one half of each and put it in a small sauce pot. Peel the other half of each citrus fruit and put the peels in your pot
Next, put your cranberries, cinnamon sticks, cloves, nutmeg and bay leaves into your pot. Cover your ingredients with about 4 cups of water or until all the ingredients are floating.
Simmer your ingredients over the stove on medium low for the next few hours and your house will smell just like Thanksgiving dinner! If you want your pot to simmer longer just keep adding in fresh water.