Kristen’s on a jolly roll. Here’s her second holiday hack (the first being “assemble then wrap“): nice, spicy house scent without chemical air fresheners or cloying scented candles:
Here’s a great (and fairly cheap) way to make your kitchen (and adjoining rooms depending on your house size) smell great without the artificial candle scents, sprays, etc. that a lot of people are allergic to or just plain give me a headache.
Just fill a medium pot 3/4 way full with water and add the following:
1-2 cinnamon sticks
A pinch of whole cloves
a few orange slices
bay leaf (optional)
and some cranberries for show
Stick it on LOW on your stove and it will make your kitchen smell great. It should last a good full day — then just dump drain and dump when you’re done.
[Or, substitute apple juice for the water and you’ve got lovely spiced cider which smells good AND tastes delicious! — Ed.]