A few days ago, I could smell fall in the air. It was fleeting, because now it's hot and humid again--but there were a few moments early in the week when it was cooler and breezy and I could literally smell fall. That got me very excited as fall is hands-down my favorite season. I love everything about it--especially the cool temperatures which makes my love of sweater-wearing possible. Also--apple picking, Halloween, the gold and red trees, Thanksgiving!! I really can't wait!
I was also thinking that as much I love visiting California (where my husband is from and I where spent my ill-fated 4th grade year) I don't think I could live there because I'd miss the changing seasons too much. Each season brings with it a new excitement for me--and I always look forward to the changes.
That fleeting "smell" of fall got me thinking about the seasons and my favorite scents of each. This is what I came up with:
Fall--The aroma of Chex Mix baking! I always make a lot of this and have it on hand as an after school snack for the kids. For some reason I like making it best in the autumn months.
--I cook the Thanksgiving dinner every year and, the night before, I do all the baking for it. I make the same thing every year (I like routines!) which includes a gingerbread cake with a brandied fruit compote. I look forward to this smell every time--it fills up my whole house and you just want to float away on a cloud of deliciousness.
Winter--I love it when you step out into the frigid night air and smell logs burning from someones fireplace (especially if it's my own!). It smells so cozy.
--The scent of the Christmas tree can't be beat--I look forward to the way my house smells for weeks after we decorate the tree.
Spring--I love the smell of my peonies when they bloom in early spring. They are so short-lived so I drink in the scent while I can.
Summer--Walking outside in the morning to the smell of freshly-cut grass.
--The smell of coconut-scented suntan oil. It always reminds me of long summer days spent at the beach.
And scents I love year-round are coffee brewing and chocolate chips cookies baking.
I would love to hear what some of your favorites are!