Sunday, January 22, 2012

Sweet Smell of Home

If you don't have a nice old tea kettle get one.  You don't have to like tea or brew it but having a nice old cast iron tea kettle simmering scented water on your stove makes your home smell so wonderful.  It brings comfort and moisture into the dry air of winter.  Spray scents from the store are okay.  I use them myself now and then but to really make your house smell yummy all day long get a tea pot.  Then toss in a handful or orange or lemon peels and some whole cloves.  If that isn't to your liking try vanilla.  You can scrape a fresh vanilla bean and toss into the water or even use a bit of vanilla extract.  Sprinkle a bit of cinnamon, ginger or nutmeg into the kettle.  Like the smell of sage? Toss a couple leaves or some dried sage into the pot.  Use your imagination and your family will always think Home Sweet Home.

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