Friday, May 4, 2012

how to make your house smell like a home

Here's something fun to try this weekend.
Grab a few lemons, a few handfuls of rosemary and 
some cinnamon sticks (or ground cinnamon.) 

Cut lemons in to quarters.
 Add to a large pot of boiling water.
Grab yourself some rosemary.

Add to the water + lemons.
 Throw in a cinnamon stick or two, or if you're like me and you ran out, 
just sprinkle in a few teaspoons of ground cinnamon.

There are countless occasions on which this recipe comes in handy.
When friends or family are coming over, after returning home from travelling 
and the house smells stale, after moving in to a new house, just throw 
a few things together and within minutes, it smells like a home again. 
This even works with apples, oranges, basil, cloves, vanilla, etc. 
Just use your imagination.

Combine everything in a pot of boiling water, then reduce the heat as much 
as possible and let it simmer for a few hours. Once in a while I add a few cups 
of water so it doesn't dry out. Let me know if you try this or if you have any
combinations of your own!

{all photos by Jason Mackey}


  1. I bet you could sell your house this way ; )

  2. Mmmmm. In December we do gluwine with apples, wine and cinnamon and it smells so Christmasy. Would love to try this and the oranges and vanilla. Am featuring this on next Friday's 'weekend reads'!!


  3. I'm gonna do this today. I really have to study, so I have enough time to do things like this ;).
    Lovely captures, I love the light.


  4. I just found your blog and this may sound weird but this post was totally for me haha. I always say how I wish my house smelled like a home, how do you achieve this? It feels impossible? My good friends house always smells so wonderful including herself, I feel so comforted around her and in her home. Anyways I'm totally trying this and I really hope it works! Thanks for sharing.

    1. That's awesome! You just made my day. Let me know how it went! :)

  5. i love everything that smells like lemons or oranges or grapefruits, and these are all actually the smells i love, so it sounds (smells) terrific. but could you drink it or just smell it?

    1. oh my gosh, you are so funny. i'll have to let you know next time i make it... bottoms up! ;)

  6. such a nice idea. our neighbors always make our front hall smell like yuck- this would be a nice way to make our apartment smell yummy!


    1. I completely sympathize... I used to have neighbors who regularly cooked what I could only imagine was straight up poo, and my house always smelled awful afterwards. I hope this helps with your yucky smells- let me know if you try it :)

  7. I actually do this every time we make fish at home! We love fish and have them almost 2 times a week, but the odour is not the best smelling thing in the world, you know? So I put on a small pot of this (I also use basil) at the same time I bake the fish. The results are magnificent even for my super power smell! Nice to see this working for you too! xo

    1. That's a great idea! I've actually never done this WHILE cooking something stinky, I usually just do it afterwards - but I like the proactive approach! Thanks for the tip :)

  8. Thank You for such a great idea. Sounds great!