Summer has definitely passed us by; the temperatures are cooler, the days are shorter and school is in full swing. Autumn is my favorite time of the year. The days are sunny, pleasant and mild-not too hot and not too cold. Exceptions are rainy days, of course! The best part of autumn is the changing leaf color-absolutely stunning! I love the red and gold leaves mixed in with the green and yellow; Mother Nature can’t be beat when it comes to painting the landscape. Taking a walk in the woods can be so relaxing and calming. There is a different smell in the air and one whiff tells you what time of year it is-no need to look at a calendar.
Now, with the onset of autumn I get the urge to bake. Cinnamon buns, pumpkin pie, apple pie, streudel, cookies-you get the idea! Unfortunately I do not need to eat all the goodies I make. One way to get the scent of baked goods in the house is to burn candles or use reed diffusers or incense. You can also use scented bath and body products and fragrance oils in oil warmers. Fragrances like Apple Cider, Apple Crisp, Apple Cobbler, Cinnamon Bun, Frosted Pumpkin, Grandma’s Kitchen, Hot Apple Pie and Pumpkin Brulee place the wonderful scents of fall baking in the home but without the fuss of preparing these goodies and without any of the calories. Sometimes just inhaling these scents is enough to satisfy the baking urge; it is like having the baked goods sitting on the counter. Somehow your brain registers these aromas and you feel “satisfied” and comforted. Of course there are those times when this is not enough and I simply must bake and eat a pie or some buns!