Call me crazy but as you read this I'm sitting on an airplane. Alone. With three kids. By myself.
I flew them out with me by myself, we spent the day in the city until my husband could fly in later that night, spent the weekend in San Francisco together and then I flew the kids home by myself so my husband could fly to his next appointment for work.
I need a nap something fierce. But I am excited that when I get home instead of coming home to a musty house that's been unlived in for four days, I'm coming home to the scent of cinnamon pinecones.
I love going past the bags of cinnamon pinecones at the store during Christmas time. The problem is they are only sold at Christmas. It's pretty hit and miss if you find them during the rest of the year. And I just love how the smell of cinnamon adds a little bit of zip to a dull winter.
My three year old and I went through the neighborhood looking for pinecones and came up with a fun assortment of different shapes and sizes. A little bit of real cinnamon, a plastic bag, some cinnamon sticks and water make this a pretty easy and fun project.
- Ground Cinnamon
- Cinnamon Essential Oils (Optional, but will provide stronger scent)
- Cinnamon Sticks
- Plastic Bag
- Squirt Bottle with Water
- Arrange pinecones in a single layer on a cookie sheet. Spray the pinecones with water, then flip the pinecones and spray with an additional squirt of water.
- Place the pinecones in the plastic bag. Sprinkle generously with cinnamon. Close the bag and shake for several seconds until cinnamon is distributed on the pinecones evenly.
- Remove pinecones from bag, rearrange on the cookie sheet. Place pinecones in warm oven for 20 minutes.
- Remove from oven, allow pinecones to cool. Arrange pinecones in a bowl. Arrange cinnamon sticks in the bowl, then apply several drops of cinnamon essential oil (if using) on the pinecones.
- To keep pinecones smelling fresh, apply drops of cinnamon essential oil every few days.
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