The Home Scents of Autumn: Homemade Simmer Spices

I’ve been making my own mulling spices—or technically simmer spices— for years. I love humidifying my kitchen, too, to help ease the dryer air of both autumn and winter seasons.

The house smells so good!

This Sunday, I added my favorite combination of ingredients to create the perfect simmer pot: I cut up one orange and added it to my pot of water. To this, add a teaspoon of cloves, cinnamon, ginger, pumpkin pie spice, nutmeg, allspice (basically, all your spices related to autumn!), and a final teaspoon of vanilla extract. Bring to a boil and then turn down the heat to simmer all afternoon.

Within a few minutes, the spicy aroma will waft through the rooms of your home, and you’ll feel wrapped up in a cozy fall day.

(Remember to check the water level every 30 minutes to make sure you don’t need to add more water to your simmer pot.)

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