Welcome Fall

Sunflowers, Feverfew and Mums
Fall is my favorite season, but it's been hard to get into the spirit here in SoCal where the temperature has been hovering at about 100 degrees for the last month. Finally this week temperatures dropped a bit... into the 70s and 80s. Not exactly sweater-weather, but I was happy for the reprieve and ready to bring a bit of fall flourish into the house.

I was pleasantly surprised to find that Whole Foods was also in a fall frenzy. Displays of pumpkins, fall flowers, and bunches of wheat graced the entry. I filled my cart with a few fall favorites.
Wheat, delicate white pumpkins, and lots of mail to sort 

Back at home, I pulled together a bouquet of Mums, Sunflowers, and Feverfew to cheer up the dining room table and I placed a bunch of wheat and white pumpkins on the entry table to distract from the big pile of unsorted mail. It was starting to feel like fall but something was missing -- the smell of fall.

I raided my baking cabinet for a simple fix -- a simmer pot. If you've never put together a simmer pot, trust me, you'll love it!  It's so easy -- in just a few short minutes you'll be steaming your way to fall fragrance utopia. For my simmer pot I grabbed cinnamon sticks, whole cloves, and orange peels.
cinnamon sticks, whole cloves and orange peels for a fall simmer pot

Just boil a few cups of water in a pot on the stove and add your ingredients. Let them bubble away for a couple of minutes and then reduce the heat to LOW letting the water simmer. The sweet, spicy scent fills the house in no time. Just be sure that you monitor the water level so that it doesn't get too low. Keep adding water as necessary.  If you don't have these ingredients on hand you probably have something else tucked away in your spice rack that will work -- try vanilla, bay leaves, lavender, apple peels or lemon peels.

With the house looking festive I would love to dress up the porch a bit. Anyone have tips for fall decor that can take the heat?

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