As I’ve shared before, it’s been so much fun getting together with my sisters each month for the new blog series we started this year. A few weeks ago, we made soy candles. They were easy to make and spending the afternoon laughing with my sisters felt like such a treat. Our favorite candle was a mix of orange essential oil and vanilla. It made my entire house smell like the perfect mix between an orange grove and an orange creamsicle. Florida is in the middle of citrus season right now and I seriously can’t get enough.
I usually alternate between simmer pots and candles throughout the year. Simmer pots are a great option if you want your house to smell nice without the expense of continually buying candles or the smoke bothers you. I know spring allergies are on the way so simmer pots can a great alternative to candles.
Simmer pots are really easy to make. I try to save my apples, orange and lemon peels to use in various pots. You’ll need to fill a small pot with your desired ingredients and then add enough water so that it almost reaches the top of the pot without spilling over. Bring the contents of your pot to a boil and then turn the heat down to low. Allow the contents to simmer for a few hours, add water as needed (about every 30 minutes) and fill your home with relaxing goodness. As always, use caution and care as water and simmer pot contents will be hot. Do not allow the simmer pot to burn dry.
Here are a few of my favorite recipes…
Lemon and Lavender Simmer Pot: one sliced lemon, fresh lavender and vanilla.
Lemon and Rosemary Simmer Pot: 1 sliced lemon, 1 sprig of rosemary and a few drops of vanilla.
Lemon and Basil Simmer Pot: 1 sliced lemon, a few sprigs of basil
Winter Citrus Simmer Pot: fresh rosemary sprigs, fresh peppermint sprigs, fresh cedar sprigs, one lemon cubed and 2 bay leaves
Orange and Lemon Citrus Simmer Pot: 1 orange rind, 1 lemon rind, 1 cinnamon stick, 2 bay leaves
Citrus Spice Simmer Pot: slices of ½ a grapefruit, 1/8 cup pomegranate seeds without the flesh, 2 tablespoons whole cloves, 2 cinnamon sticks and small bundle fresh lemongrass.
Cranberry and Orange Simmer Pot: ½ cup cranberries, 1 orange peel, ½ teaspoon rosemary
Orange Creamsicle Simmer Pot: the peels from 1-2 oranges and a few drops of vanilla.
Orange Clove Simmer Pot: 2 tablespoons dried cloves, 1 tablespoon dried nutmeg, 3 cinnamon sticks and the orange peels from 1-2 oranges.
Autumn Citrus Simmer Pot: 1 tablespoon dried cloves, 1 tablespoon dried nutmeg, 2 cinnamon sticks, 1 orange rind, 1 apple peel
You can use these ingredients immediately in a simmer pot or if you prefer you can make a simmer pot in a mason jar and give as gifts to your family and friends.
Place fruit, rinds, herbs, and spices in a clean mason jar. Next add water until you reach the designated fill line of the mason jar. Screw down the lid. Place in the refrigerator and allow ingredients to infuse. It will keep approximately one week.
Once you’re ready for the simmer pot, empty the contents of your mason jar into the pot, bring to a boil and once boiling turn the heat down to low. Allow the contents to simmer for a few hours, make sure to check on the simmer pot and add water as needed (about every 30 minutes). As always, use caution and care as water and simmer pot contents will be hot. Do not allow the simmer pot to burn dry.
I hope you guys all have a rest filled and relaxing weekend. We have birthday celebration to attend, a laundry room floor that has to be prepared for painting and at some point I’m going to have to organize my inventory closet. All that is to say, it promises to be another fun weekend.