Autumn Woods

The Scents of Fall

When I say “fall”: what comes to mind? The foods, the holidays, the colors of nature, and the smells. No other season’s smells are quite as delicious, heartwarming, and comforting as the scents of fall.


Autumn Woods

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Autumn represents comfort. It’s a time when everything slows down and returns to its humble roots after the colorful whirlwind of summer. It’s a quiet, happy lull before the darkness of winter. In the autumn, you migrate back to the simple things in life like crafting, sewing, baking, and cooking.

The smells of autumn reflect that simplicity.

Here are some of my favorite scents of fall:

The smell coming from the heater when it first turns on in the morning
–When you smell the heater igniting, you know that it’s going to be a cozy fall morning.

Apple cider
–Slow cooked with slices of orange floating in the cider, ready to be poured and enjoyed while you snuggle on the couch.

Cinnamon, cloves, ginger and nutmeg
–Spices on everything; oatmeal, squash, pies, stews, and meats.

Smoke wafting from burning leaves
–This is a welcome change from the disgusting pungent smell produced by summer wildfires.

Candy corn
–Mmmm…don’t you love that buttery “fake” candy smell?

Walnuts toasting
–Hot and crunchy nuts fresh out of the oven make a comforting snack.

Pumpkin pie
–Rich and spicy. Mom’s pumpkin pie is best served cold for breakfast.

Baked pastry crust
–Provided that the crust is not burnt- an uncommon occurrence in this household.

Chicken soup
–The quintessential “sick food” that’s delicious whether you have a sore throat or not.

Chili with cornbread
–A warm bowl of spicy chili with a buttery piece of cornbread to dip into your chili.

–Maybe they taste like a bouncy square of Styrofoam, but those white confections smell scrumptious atop a cup of hot chocolate.

Wet straw and hay bales
–Better sniffed than sat upon.

Melted butter with brown sugar
–Mmmmm….kind of like caramel.

Sweet potatoes
–Rich, sweet scents best enhanced with a little cinnamon.

Roasted carrots with basil and parsley
–Warm, soft carrots with flavorful herbs fresh out of the oven and ready to eat with your turkey.

Juicy turkey wafting from the oven
–Inhale the delicious smell and listen to the juice sizzling as it drips out of the turkey.

New leather
–Fresh leather like the glove worn during fall shooting season.

–A warm mug of coffee on a chilly October morning.

What are some smells that say “Autumn” to you?

Happy Fall!

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