I love the way a home smells when someone (not me) is cooking, especially cinnamon-ny baked goods.
The only problem with this is I don’t have the time or desire to bake every day, which is why I love this way to make my home smell like I do.
I love that this uses real ingredients so it is all-natural and smells amazing. It’s also super easy and inexpensive. All you need is an apple, 6 cinnamon sticks (about $1.00 when you buy in the bulk section), and the peel of an orange (you can go ahead and eat the actual orange). Grab some cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and any other yummy spices you have on hand as well.
I know many people will let this simmer on the stove but with kids around I don’t like having the stove on, especially for long periods. Instead, put the ingredients, spices, and about 8 cups of water in the crock pot. This is much safer and uses far less energy and gas than the stove.
I turn mine on high for about an hour or so to get it going and then you can turn it to low for the rest of the day. It does take about an hour to start really smelling up the house so keep that in mind if you’re doing this before guests come over.
Be warned that when your house smells this heavenly, people are going to expect to be served some sort of treat. I’ll let you figure out how to handle that one. 🙂
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