Today is one of my favorite weather days. It’s a day where the fog is so thick it feels palpable, like you can taste it in your being, and as the drizzle comes and goes, my romanticism gets the best of me.
Living with an old picturesque chateau across the street, I love to have the windows open and sit on the terrace reading with a cup of coffee. I’ve finally made the switch to espresso, as brew coffee just stinks here, and thanks to Nespresso coming out with Chocolate, Vanilla and Caramel flavors, I just find there is nothing better. Now if only I could get a pumpkin flavor…..
My French husband will just never understand Americans and their flavored coffees, but I believe they do not know what they are missing, these Europeans. 🙂
Quick note: The chateau pictures are of the Chateau de Divonne and really amazing! Originally it was built in the 11th Century (unbelievable) but burnt down and destroyed in the 15th Century. There is still a part remaining from that time though and it was rebuilt and destroyed again. The final product was restored around the late 1700’s. Crazy b/c in America we celebrate things that date back to the early 1800’s. All this just enhances the romanticism of a foggy gray day here. Oh! And, I have on good authority that it is haunted. My family stayed there for part of their stay when here last year for our wedding and an unnamed source told me there was an incident involving a child ghost…..spoooooooky…….
I walk up there occassionally on days like today and get a coffee to enjoy on their patio and then I walk the grounds trying to spook myself and I quite often succeed.
Anyway, as it is a romantically dreary fall day, I wanted to try out my homemade potpourri stove recipe, and it turned out spectacularly so I wanted to share.
I just peeled a few apples and used the skin….a few orange peels and one full orange cut up, 3-4 (or as many as you please) cinnamon sticks, a Tbsp of Vanilla and boil with water! As the smells starts to diffuse out, you will be overjoyed with yourself as it is incredibly easy and deliciously scentastic!!! Like what I did there? Ha!
I actually made it last night and kept it heating until about midnight, just adding water as the levels decreased, and when I woke this morning I started the same batch up. It’s been going strong for 7 hours today, and I just keep adding water. I LOVE this.
So, if you have a few minutes, I recommend when the weather is dreary making this up….grabbing a book, and enjoying a cup of coffee…tea…or wine and enjoying!!! And let me know what you think! I would gladly take suggestions for other things to add in!
While I know at this point in my day I need to go out for a run, all I want to do now is crawl under a blanket and snuggle in with a good story, my imagination and the smell of an Autumn romance igniting my senses.