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Depending on what time of the year you come to my house, there’s a delicious smell that takes you over as soon as you open the door.
At the holidays it’s the absolute best with aromas of fresh baked cookies right out of the oven or hot, simmering apple cider.
Unfortunately, I’m not normally hard at work in the kitchen, although I want you to think so.
However, there’s nothing better at this time of the year and to give you that warm and fuzzy feeling than a smell that reminds you of good memories with friends and family.
According to a recent study, the connection between the amygdala, which process emotions, and your olfactory glands will spark nostalgic experiences.
Remember when you hosted the cookie exchange with all your girlfriends and you bit into the best cookie ever?
Or the year you all spent hours making the gingerbread house, but ran out of the candy before you were done with the roof?
Then there was the time you spent hours decorating the tree to the sounds of Michael Buble until after midnight in your sweats?
While this time of the year is also the busiest with work, decorating the house for the holidays, and Christmas shopping and of course, Christmas cooking, you don’t need to be so entrenched that you don’t spend time enjoying the point of the season, spending it with loved ones.
So when someone drops by or you want to at least LOOK like you’ve been slaving for hours over the stove, here’s a super recipe that smells like Christmas, looks like Christmas and even tastes like Christmas. For me Christmas smells like a mix of juicy apples, spicy cinnamon and hints of vanilla.
Don’t you just wish you could taste it?
- 1 cup apples (one kind or various), peeled, cored and diced
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 cup sugar + 1 Tablespoon
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon cloves
- 2 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup butter, melted
- 1 cup pecans
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Sprinkle the baking soda and 1 Tbsp. sugar over the apples and set aside.
- In a bowl, thoroughly blend the two sugars together.
- Next, add the cinnamon, cloves, flour and pecans to make the sugar mixture.
- Then stir in the eggs, vanilla, and butter.
- Pour into a greased 13 X 9 pan and bake for 40 minutes until toothpick comes out clean.
- Serve with vanilla ice cream, caramel sauce or by itself.
With Glade’s® Limited Edition Winter Collection, you can celebrate the season with these holiday fragrances that I found at Kroger. For my Apple Cinnamon Cheer™ Cake, I was inspired by Glade’s® Apple Cinnamon Cheer. Finally, with this recipe you can actually taste what Apple Cinnamon Cheer™ tastes like.
Available as candles, wax melts, premium aerosols and PlugIns®, you can have your winter fragrance how you want it, any way you want it throughout the season.
Feel the snow crunch under your boots as you join your friends for the tree lighting in the town square. Hints of frosty pine and evergreen fragrance fill the air, along with a wonderful sense of anticipation.
Hints of: Green Pine Needle, Spruce, Eucalyptus, Lavender, Cedar Leaf, and Patchouli.
Merry Citrus Melody
The annual holiday pageant offers one of the season’s many highlights. Gather with friends and family to sing songs of good cheer and share the most cherished music of the season.
Hints of: Mandarin, Aldehyde Snowflakes, Clove, Golden Amber, Frankincense, and Myrrh.
Apple Cinnamon Cheer™
Fill your cup with holiday cheer! Cinnamon-kissed hot apple cider warms you, body and soul, as you take an exhilarating sled ride across new-fallen snow.
Hints of: Apple Cider, Nutmeg, Cinnamon, Clove, Vanilla, Cream and Woods.
Frosted Cookie Party™
Delightfully decorated treats are the order of the day at the yearly cookie exchange. The air is rich with wholesome baked aromas, along with laughter and cheerful conversations with your closest friends.
Hints of: Vanilla Bean, Whipped Icing, Toasted Marshmallow, Layered Cake and Spice.
If there’s ever a time to indulge, it’s at the holiday bake sale. Everyone’s brought wonderful recipes of baked family favorites, and the sweet scent of gingerbread greets you at every turn.
Hints of: Candied Ginger, Nutmeg, Black Cardamom, Cinnamon, Marzipan, Hazelnut, Brown Sugar, Gingerbread and Warm Molasses.
Mocha & Chestnuts
The sights and sounds of the holiday market treat your senses to pure holiday magic. Take a stroll through snow-blanketed booths filled with handcrafted toys, fresh roasted chestnuts and chocolate creations.
Hints of: Mocha, Cardamom, Buttermilk, Caramel Toffee, Almond, Nutmeg, Gingerbread, Powdered Sugar, Vanilla, Cinnamon and Bread Pudding.
Hot Cocoa & Mint
A spin around the local ice rink becomes an afternoon of frosty family fun. And the perfect way to finish it off? Warm up to a mug of rich, hot cocoa with a delightful hint of mint.
Hints; Peppermint, Crisp Spearmint, Cocoa, Pine, Marshmallow, Dark Chocolate, Coconut, Sugar and Candy Cane.
Under the Mistletoe
One of the sweetest sensations of the season—snuggling up closely with your sweetheart. Steal a kiss under the mistletoe, as the scent of fresh berries treats you to an unforgettable holiday memory.
Hints of: Sugared Strawberries, Cherry, Pink Grapefruit, Cranberry, Raspberry and Garland Greens.
What Glade® Winter Collection fragrance sounds perfect for your holiday?