This morning, I discovered some clementine oranges that had seen better days. We all have them, the little cuties that sit at the bottom of the fruit bowl until their skins harden and wither. These little guys make the perfect base for an aromatic simmer that will make your house smell delicious.
Using a small pot, fill with sliced oranges, a couple of cinnamon sticks, and a pinch or two of whole cloves.
I’m not giving you a recipe. Don’t panic! They are out there (you can google it), but you really don’t need a recipe. What do you have on hand? How big is your pot? How do you want your house to smell? Adjust the amount to meet your needs. Trust yourself.
Fill your small pot 1/2 to 2/3 full with water and goodies. Bring to a boil, and then reduce the heat to a simmer. Continue on a low for as long as you like.
Today, I used oranges, but you can really use anything that appeals to you. Lemon – fantastic! Apple peels and spices – perfect! Try mixing up your own combinations.
A couple of cautionary tips:
Make sure to check the water frequently, so you don’t run out of water and burn your pot. This is not a pleasant experience.
Although the pot cleans up without difficulty, we have hard water, so it does leave a white ring around the top of the pot. You may want to select a pot that can take some abuse, or that has seen better days.
I am always looking for natural, fresh scents to brighten the house, so I’d love to hear what you cook up. Happy creating!