Friday Faves: Simmers & Sales

Everything and everyone is all about those sales right now. While neither of us is a Black Friday fanatic, we are hoping to take advantage of a few sales to snag some things we’ve had our eyes on.


Essie: “I love to take advantage of Artifact Uprising’s Cyber Monday sale and get our yearly photo book printed. It’s also a great time to have photo calendars and other photo gifts printed for Christmas gifts. I may also check on L.L. Bean’s sale because I just love their stuff and have had my eye on a couple things for a while now.”


Hannah: “I’ve never really been a Black Friday kinda gal, but once I got into the kitchen, I just can’t ignore the amazing sales on large appliances. A friend of mine got a KitchenAid mixer for $150. $150! I’ll also be lurking on llbean.com hoping that their nice down vest goes on sale for my husband.”


Whether you plan on braving the lines and hoards of people in stores or look forward to grabbing a few marked down gifts online this weekend, may we suggest you try a simmer pot to make your whole home smell amazing? It’s the perfect way to use up fruits that aren’t looking so yummy anymore, while giving your house an artisanal scent. We threw together a delicious recipe for one, but we also encourage you to experiment with your own.

  • Ingredients
    • semi full pot of water
    • Lemons, halved or quartered
    • Cranberries
    • Rosemary sprig or two
    • Dash of Cinnamon
    • Sprinkle of Nutmeg
    • Pinch of Cloves
  • Directions: Simmer everything on low heat. Add more water as it cooks off.

But you could try any combinations of these: oranges, grapefruit, tangerine, lime, cinnamon stick, anise seed, whole cloves, apples, vanilla, ginger, and evergreen twigs. It’s such a low risk activity that you could really throw any fruit or spice in the pot and just test it out. No harm if it doesn’t work out.

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