Warm up for the Season

Fill your home with festive scents and decor that will take you from autumn to winter. Here are 3 simple and cozy ideas to help you ease into the holiday season.
Geoffrey Zakarian's Simmer Pot is displayed, as seen on Food Network's The Kitchen, Season 11.

Geoffrey Zakarian's Simmer Pot is displayed, as seen on Food Network's The Kitchen, Season 11.

Photo by: Jason DeCrow ©2016, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Jason DeCrow, 2016, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Geoffrey Zakarian's Simmer Pot is displayed, as seen on Food Network's The Kitchen, Season 11.

Autumnal and Winter Fridge Tree:

This fridge tree can easily transition from autumn to winter in a few steps. (Items available at craft stores.)

Autumnal Fridge Tree:

You will need:

  • 6 printable magnet sheets
  • Pencil
  • Permanent marker
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun
  • Fake (silk) fall leaves
  • Small magnets

Lay out the magnet sheets white-side up 2 across and 3 down and trace the trunk and branches of a tree on them. Next, use a permanent marker to draw bark lines onto the trunk so it looks like a birch tree. Cut out the pieces for the tree trunk and branches and affix to the refrigerator to make a tree. Using a hot glue gun, glue fake leaves to small magnets. Once the glue has set, arrange the leaf magnets on the branches to fill in the tree.

Winter Fridge Tree:

To transition to a winter fridge tree, you will need:

  • Hot glue gun
  • Plastic ornaments
  • Fake pine boughs
  • Small magnets

For an easy winter transition, change the tree with the change of season. Use a hot glue gun to glue small ornaments and fake pine boughs to individual small magnets. Replace the fall leaves with the pine boughs and ornaments.

Simmer Pot:

Let the smells of fall and winter float through your home. You won't need exact measurements, but you will need:

  • Paring knife or vegetable peeler
  • 1 to 2 oranges
  • Whole cloves
  • Slow cooker
  • 3 to 5 cinnamon sticks
  • Small handful of star anise
  • Sprinkle of ground ginger, allspice or nutmeg

Use a paring knife or vegetable peeler to cut long strips of orange peel. Stud the orange peels with cloves and place in a slow cooker with the cinnamon sticks, star anise and any of those old warming spices from when you cleaned out your pantry--ground ginger, allspice and nutmeg work great. Fill the pot with water and set the slow cooker to low. The slow cooker will fill your home with scents of the holidays.

For more scent combinations, visit FoodNetwork.com/simmerpots

Autumnal and Winter Terrarium:

This terrarium can be decorated for fall, then transition into a holiday scene. (Items available at garden and craft stores.)

Autumnal Terrarium:

You will need:

  • Sheet moss
  • Medium fish bowl
  • Mini pumpkins
  • Acorns
  • Fake (silk) fall leaves

Break up the sheet moss and arrange it on the bottom of the fish bowl. Add mini pumpkins, acorns and fake leaves inside for an autumn vignette.

Winter Terrarium:

To transition into a winter terrarium, you will need:

  • Pomegranates
  • Fake holly berries
  • Granulated sugar
  • Edible glitter (optional)

To transform your fall terrarium into a holiday centerpiece, remove the leaves, swap the pumpkins for whole pomegranates and add holly berries, granulated sugar "snow" and edible glitter.

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