Possible name change in order, from FALL Fun to WINTER Fun Series, at least here in the Midwest where record breaking cold temps moved in this weekend. Winter’s frosty grip reached out a hand as flakes flew on Friday and our early Saturday morning Speech tournament commute started out at a balmy 13 degrees! Though I was startled to see such abruptly bare trees and drifts of strewn leaves outside, I look forward to the upcoming festivity of the Christmas season. Side note, any friends interested in a Winter Fun series next year?😉
Chilly days, bare trees and busy weekends in November must mean the holidays are approaching. With them, an about-face from fall staple scents of pumpkin and apple, to the cozier comforts of peppermint and cranberry. I don’t think I’ve ever actually craved cranberry. I like the fruit, as far as berries go it’s ranked above the summer berries. However, in wax, it usually takes the same syrupy sweet turn that’s failed to impress. There have been a few exceptions, the cranberry and oak of Scentsational’s Crimson is my favorite Walmart wax, reviewed last year, I don’t think it was re-released this Fall as it’s not on the website. Bath and Body Works’ Cranberry Woods is another stand-out. I’ve learned I need a well-blended formula that isn’t berry-heavy to enjoy a cran scent. I took a chance with an early September pre-order for Bento Wax’s Cranberry Zucchini Bread.Bento Wax– These instantly recognizable sushi roll wax shapes are unique in the world of vendor wax. They’re also fun to watch melt as the “wax sandwich” layers liquefy into pretty pools. A 3-pack cost $4.50.
Cranberry Zucchini Bread: Unopposed to the bread/baguette fragrances, I find they are usually true-to-life, and this gal loves to eat some true-life bread. CZB has that unmistakable freshly baked zucchini bread aroma. Cozy and warming with hints of toasted almond, crunchy grated zucchini and a spicy barrage of cinnamon, sugar and nutmeg. The cranberry is tart and acidic with a distinct cherry note to it, which doesn’t agree with me. However, my husband loved it and commented all day on how good the house smelled. Potent, room-filling fragrance from half a sushi roll, I’d cut this one into quarters in the future.I had another cranberry wax blend planned, but my Sniff My Tarts Fall custom order was lost somehow and I’m still waiting for the wax to arrive. Cranberry scents may not fill my stocking this year, but there are numerous other ways I enjoy the deep red natural wonder:
Potpurri-Specifically this simmering Williams-Sonoma Christmas potpourri recipe which I’ve used in my own house and my parents’ during the holidays. If you keep an eye on the water level, 8+hours of all natural festive fragrance could be yours, no wax burner required.
The side dish- I’m a fan of cranberry sauce, whether, whole, canned or relished. One of our favorite easy weeknight dinners during this crazy time of year are Turkey Cranberry Swiss grilled cheese sandwiches. Who says you have to wait till Thanksgiving?
The beverages- I shared this Cranberry Apple Cider recipe during last year’s Fall Fun Series I. It was such a hit at a friend’s party, I must make more soon. The lazy version is the Sierra Mist Cranberry Splash, which after a refreshing 10 year run, seems to have been discontinued:(The cocktails- Half-Baked Harvest creates some incredible dishes and recently got into the foodie cocktail game. Especially intrigued by this Deathly Hallows Cocktail, I only need one more ingredient and an obligation free weekend to test this inspired recipe. You bet I’ll update if I do.
The dried berries- I could snack on dried cranberries constantly. They make an appearance in salads, yogurt and granola on the regular. Mmmm.
The vase filler- bursting with natural texture and color, cranberries make a stunning jar filler for candles or flowers.
How do you crave your cranberry? Or is there another Fall-Winter transition fragrance that you gravitate to this time of year? My craving for Marshmallow Fireside has kicked into high gear along with the chill, think I’ll met that today.