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Sunday, November 13, 2011

A Few of My Favorite Scents

Posted by Debra Ann Elliott at 5:09 PM

Seventh Generation has created a line of dish liquids featuring natural scents from real lemons, clementines and lavender. Seventh Generation’s Natural Dish Liquid scents come from fields not factories, and honor the careful hands that cultivated them.

I love the idea of Seventh Generation natural scents. One of my favorite scents is clementines. I love clementines and the memories they conjure.

The scent takes me back to Christmases of my childhood. Clementines mingled with cinnamon warmed my senses and now everytime I smell the fragrant aroma's I am transported back to my childhood home and my mother baking fresh cinnamon buns or my grandmother sticking fresh cloves in clementines. The scents wafted in the air and through my memories.

  When I smell the strong aroma's wafting throughout my kitchen at Christmas I wrap my memories around family traditions filled with pine, cinnamon, cloves and clementines.

I remember waking up on Christmas morning and being transported back into the childhood of my grandmother. A simpler time when scents filled the home and hearth, when pine, cinnamon, cloves and clementines where the centerpiece of Christmas.

My grandmother would gather fresh pine cones and scattered them throughout the house. She would then sprinkle fresh cinnamon in the fireplace. It was a magical time, an aromatic memory.

Before we were allowed to open our presents, she would bring out fresh cinnamon buns and hot clementine cider sprinkled with cinnamon. I guess that's why on Christmas morning we still have fresh cinnamon buns and hot clementine cider sprinkled with fresh cinnamon.

My parent's and grandparent's are gone now, but the warm memories I still have from those long-ago Christmases filled with the fresh scents of natural pine, cinnamon, and cloves fill my heart and head with many delicious memories. When I buy fresh clementines it's pure pleasure. I can't wait to poke the cloves into them or make clementine cider.

Clementine Cider
About a dozen squeezed clementines

Two dashes fresh cinnamon
Fresh cloves to taste
A tablespoon natural honey

Bring to boil, reduce heat. Serve hot with fresh cinnamon buns

I wanted to create a family tradition filled with the scents of my childhood. Those scents were a very important part of my life. We bake fresh cinnamon buns, gather fresh pinecones, poke cloves into clementines and enjoy  a natural scented Christmas.

  New traditions are great, but old traditions are wonderful. Share a scent-filled memory with your family today!

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