Along with the rustic colors of the leaves, the warmth of the fire place, and red sunsets—brings the scents of fall. Nothing compares to the smell of cinnamon, apples, and pine during the months of September to November. Filling our homes with these scents can be done in a variety of ways: candles, simmer pots, potpourri, and baked goods. Here are our top picks that will have your home smelling great.

  1. Candles: By far the easiest way to achieve fall scents in your homes, and create a seasonal ambiance that rivals crackling fireplaces–candles. In order to pair the fall ambiance with the scents, you can wrap candles in materials that mimic nature, such as bundles of wooden or cinnamon sticks around the base and container of the candle. Some of our favorite scents are:
    1. Leaves, by White Barn Candle; 2. Autumn Day, by Bath& Body Works; 3. Pillar Beeswax Candles, by BeeKeepersDaughters CA/Etsy; and 4. Autumn Wreath, by Yankee Candle Company.
  2. Simmer Pots: For the environmentally conscious, simmer pots are the old fashioned way of providing aromatic goodies into the air. Instead of composting the peels and rinds of fruit, consider saving them in a sealed plastic bag. Fill a sauce pan with water and bring to a boil. Once brought to a boil, add some of your favorite spices and fruit discards to the pot. Ingredients like cinnamon, cloves, bay leaves, orange and lemon rinds, apple peels, nutmeg, vanilla beans, and lavender can be used. Mix and match the different scents to come up with your own favorite concoction.
  3. Potpourri: Nothing beats the powerful scent and visually appealing look of potpourri. You can usually find discounted batches of the fragrance enhancer at discount home décor stores, which usually keeps the appropriate season’s scents in stock. It is also aesthetically pleasing when placed inside of wooden baskets or fall colored containers. Some of our favorites are: 1. Balsam & Cedar potpourri, by Yankee Candle Company; 2. Apple Cider scented potpourri, by Stein Mart. Just like the ingredients found in simmer pots, you can use the same ingredients for your potpourri batches.
  4. Baked Goods: The absolute best way to impress guests, using the scents of fall, is baking! Pumpkin spice, those found in pumpkin pie, is very popular this season. However, if you want an alternative to the pumpkin spice scent, and wish to impress others with your skills—bake a sweet potato pie. This alternative to pumpkin pie still delivers the aroma you desire, but offers your guest an alternative to the popular desert.

 Ingredients

•½cup (one stick) unsalted butter, softened

•1cup granulated sugar

•1 cup of dark brown sugar

•2large eggs, lightly beaten

•1tablespoon vanilla extract

•1teaspoon nutmeg

•1teaspoon cinnamon

•½teaspoon salt

•4medium to large sweet potatoes(about 1 1/2 pounds), peeled, boiled and mashed to make about 2 1/2 cups

•½cup sweetened condensed milk

•110-inch baked pie shell

 Preparation

1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
2. Mix the butter, brown and granulated sugar together. Mix in the eggs, vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon and salt. Mash the sweet potatoes, and add to the mixture. Add the condensed milk. Mix well.
3. Pour in the filling and bake about 1 hour, until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.

– Francina James

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