Although baking is fairly high on my priority list during Christmastime, there are some days that we just can’t fit it in. Sadly, we don’t have a Starbucks nearby either, for an emergency coffee-scented atmosphere. Thankfully though, that doesn’t mean my house can’t smell like a coffee house or a freshly baked holiday dessert, though!
This amazing and easy stovetop simmer “recipe” will make your house smell instantly like…well, Christmas! (My husband’s words!) 🙂
With ingredients like ginger, nutmeg, black coffee and vanilla, you really can’t go wrong.
Spiced Vanilla Latté Simmer Scent
1/2 c. strong brewed coffee (I just used my leftover cup from this a.m.!)
2 Tbsp. water
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/8 tsp. ground ginger
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
Place all ingredients in a small skillet or saucepan and stir gently to combine. Turn on the lowest heat setting on the stovetop, and enjoy! That’s really all there is to it!
I turned on the stove for 15 minutes, and then turned it back off. Even now, four hours later and the heat having long been off, I am still smelling the warm, spiced coffee and sweet vanilla wafting through the air!
This can simmer for several hours. I’ve had a simmering scent on for nearly half a day before. When the liquid finally runs dry, you can always add more water or coffee to continue enjoying, or pour down your sink as a refreshing deodorizer!
I love simmer scents in the wintertime. There’s something so cozy about it, especially when there’s no time for baking or hitting up your local Starbucks!