orange vanilla cinnamon simmer

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The weather is turning into garbage here in Utah (snow before Halloween!) so we are snuggling up and spending more time at home.  My last candle burned out a few days ago and my kitchen needed a little warmth so I started looking through my pantry to see what I could come up with to simmer on the stove.  I made an easy simmer that smells delicious, like you have some wonderful and fancy cake baking up in your oven.  It’s spicy, sweet, and creamy and super cozy on a freezy snow day.  And the best part is it’s so EASY to make!

Slice your orange into segments then remove the peel from the meat of the fruit.  My kids eat up the leftovers…

Toss the orange peels into a saucepan with a cinnamon stick and a Celestial Seasonings Sleepytime Vanilla Tea bag.

Fill the pan with water and bring to a boil.

Orange Vanilla Cinnamon Simmer

Reduce heat to a simmer and continue adding water as needed.  That’s it.  No chemicals from traditional candles or plug-ins and you get a bit of moisture back if you’re a desert dweller, like me!

Orange Cinnamon Vanilla Simmer

1 orange, peels only
1 cinnamon stick or 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 Sleepytime Vanilla tea bag

Combine all ingredients in a small or medium saucepan and fill with water.  Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and let simmer.  Continue adding water as needed.  If you let all the water evaporate, you’ll ruin your pan, so walk by and check it often!

*At bedtime I scooped the solids out of the pan and put them in an airtight container in my fridge.  I put the liquid in a different container in the fridge and then combined them in a pan the next morning.  It smelled even better than the first day!  I’m not sure how long you can stretch the recipe but definitely two days.

Some of my other favorite simmers:

grapefruit rosemary vanilla room simmer
orange cinnamon lemon ginger simmer


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  1. Oh…I haven’t ever seen Sleepytime Vanilla, I will have to go looking for this! Can’t wait to try this!

  2. Good luck with the hunt, let me know how you like it when you try it!


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