Valdosta Daily Times


September 16, 2012

The Fall of the House of Pumpkin


VALDOSTA — Shortcut Potion Pot

You can still boil common cooking ingredients without having to check it every half hour.

Take a small sauce pan and fill it with about one inch of water. Bring it to a boil then lower the heat to low. Add one teaspoon of ground nutmeg and one cinnamon stick (or two tablespoons of ground cinnamon) to the sauce pan. Cover and let simmer for 10 minutes. Turn off the heat, uncover and let the Fall smell permeate throughout your home.

Sachet Packets

I have recently discovered sachet packets — paper envelopes filled with grinded potpourri — and I have to tell you, they are the most brilliant invention since the they figured out how to turn liquid soap into foam (I’m 24, but it’s still like magic to me).

If you can’t sit at home all day while you boil sensual potions, sachet packets are the cheap and sure-(anti)-fire way to make your home smell wonderful!

Kirkland’s offers them in every scent imaginable for $1.99 per pack and sometimes they go on sale for three for $5. You can also find them between 99 cents and $4.99 at TJ Maxx.

I must caution you to keep them out of reach of dogs. Winnie found one of them in a shelf and though I’m sure the packets have the potential to poison those who ingest its contents, she got lucky and just smelled like pumpkin spice for a few days.

Air Venting

If cinnamon and pumpkin spice aren’t your thing, you may like the clean smell of pine and timber.

Go buy a pack of those tree-shaped car fresheners that you typically hang off your rearview mirror. You can find them for as cheap as a $1.

Hang the trees in front of your air vents and every time the air or heat flows out, it will carry the scent.

Those are just a few of my favorite ways to make my home smell like fall. Try them for yourself and even try your own twist. Be sure to tell me about it on Facebook at and while you’re there, like my page.

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