4 Smells that Will Bring You Home for the Holidays
There are several staple scents closely tied to the holiday season. Amidst the scented candles, festive potpourri and seasonal decorations, your home will be filled with a variety of smells that will have you filled with Christmas spirit.
Here are some of our favorite holiday smells - and a few recipes that will get your home smelling like the season!
The crisp aroma of gingerbread is enough to rouse you from your deep and restful holiday slumber. Whether you're baking gingerbread cookies or trying Crock-Pot Girl™ Jenn Bare's delicious old fashioned slow cooker gingerbread, you'll likely have many opportunities to enjoy this scent over the next few weeks.
2. Chestnuts Roasting
Roasted chestnuts are the ideal addition to many different dishes, from chocolate pie to homemade ice cream. These warm treats are perfect for any chilly evening, as they not only fill your home with their heavenly scent, but they also keep your body cozy when enjoyed on their own.
Never roasted chestnuts at home before? No problem - the process is actually quite simple. First, wash your batch of chestnuts and dry them, then cut a small slit in each one. Martha Stewart recommended making each cut 1/8-inch thick and extending the cut across the width of the nut. Set your slow cooker on high and spray with nonstick cooking spray. Place each chestnut in your stoneware and allow them to cook for about 35-45 minutes, or until the shells have begun to crack and the nut has turned golden. Remove the treats, take off the shells, and enjoy the festive smell and taste of your roasted chestnuts!
Those tasty candy canes that are lining the Christmas tree are begging to be eaten - after all, you'll need to find something to do with them after the tree is taken down. Try whipping up Jenn Bare's slow cooker white chocolate peppermint pretzel candy to hand out to your family after the hustle and bustle of Christmas morning.
4. Hot Cocoa
Chilly winter nights turn from unbearable to unbeatable when you've got a warm cup of hot cocoa in your hands. Perfect for serving during your Christmas Eve activities, homemade hot cocoa is a guaranteed crowd pleaser for everyone from your nieces to your grandparents. For a creative spin on the classic, opt for Jenn Bare's slow cooker snow white cocoa, which is perfect for serving with peppermint stirrers, marshmallows or whipped cream.