"Do Your Own" Holiday scent

Posted by Josie | 9:18 AM | 6 comments »

Writers incorporate tastes and scents into their books to immerse the reader into the world the writers are creating.

As we near the Holiday season, many of us share favorite recipes. I’m assuming your Thanksgiving menu is planned so instead I’ll share a recipe for a “Do Your Own” holiday scent you can keep simmering on top of the stove all day long.

You’ll need:
1 orange- slice the peel and add a couple orange slices (eat the rest)
1 or 2 cinnamon sticks
1 cut up apple—use the peel and apple

Place all ingredients in a pot of water, bring to boil, then simmer.
The fragrance is warm and inviting and you can use this recipe throughout the holidays to give your home the perfect welcoming fragrance.

My novels are set in Tudor England, and I’ve learned to incorporate the foods used during that time period, such as roasted fresh meat and game, desserts such as sweet marzipan and figs, as well as the scents of large, smokey fireplaces for warmth.


  1. Mary Marvella // November 18, 2014 at 2:47 AM  

    Sounds yummy! I'll try this one!

  2. debjulienne // November 19, 2014 at 12:20 PM  

    I like to stick whole cloves into an orange and keep it near the stove, the heat makes it give off a wonderful scent.

  3. Mary Ricksen // November 19, 2014 at 12:22 PM  


  4. Josie // November 23, 2014 at 9:05 AM  

    Enjoy, MM!

  5. Josie // November 23, 2014 at 9:06 AM  

    Good idea about whole cloves and an orange, Deb. I'm going to try this one.

  6. Josie // November 23, 2014 at 9:06 AM  

    Mary R.,
    Yummy to eat and for the heart-warming holiday scent.