EASY TO MAKE WINTER/CHRISTMAS SIMMER POT USING NATURAL THINGS TO MAKE YOUR HOME SMELL AMAZING! CAN BE DONE ON THE STOVE TOP OR WITH A SLOW COOKER.
All the smells of a winter home piled into a vintage cast iron pan simmering on the stove is just what I need on a chilly December’s day. I know for me I seem to enjoy the spicy smells of cinnamon and the earthy smell of pine during the long winter months. They just comfort me as I’m wrapped in a warm blanket enjoying a good book on those days when it gets dark so early.
I decided to put together a simmer pot that remind me of a crisp winters day by a roaring fire. Hubby has a small fireplace in his man cave that he keeps toasty warm starting in November untill spring rolls around again. I’ve asked him to put a fireplace on the main level of our cabin but it’s so much work and so costly that he’s been avoiding it for now. I was against a fireplace when we built so it’s my own fault for not getting one when I could have.
Here’s the recipe I use.
- My base is always apple cider (fill pan or slow cooker 3/4 full with liquid)
- Pine clippings
- Orange slices
- Grapefruit wedges
- Cinnamon sticks
Add it all to a pan and simmer on low on the stovetop or place in a slow cooker on low with the lid off. I use mine for several days in a row. When the liquid starts to cook off I just add water to bring it back up to full. Once it’s past it’s prime I toss it all into the compost bin.