Sunday, September 24, 2017

ScentSationals: A couple fall scents... and a Fall Tag!

Rustic Cabin Kitchen from ScentSationals smells fan-freaking-tastic. As soon as I saw the name and label art I was yearning to be back in the mountains tucked away into a wooden cabin in the Smokies. This is predominantly a dark woodsy scent with blackened vanilla amber and a touch of earthiness that is probably a pinch of patchouli. I don't pick up on much spice but it may be there warming the edges. It throws beautifully strong and smells amazing. I have already melted a whole clamshell and now I am working on one my friend Deb sent me. <3 ($2 each at Walmart)

Honey Crisp Cider from ScentSationals hopped into my arms at Walmart as well. This is a spiced cider for sure and I love that about this one. No shy guys here. And the apples do indeed smell of sweet nectar filled Honeycrisp. This may be due to some pear in the scent. I love the light golden tones of this cider blend. It makes my mouth water both in its sweetness, spice and tartness. I got a solid medium-strong to strong throw of fall fruity brightness. The spices settled and just added a bit of warmth. 

I would happily buy both of these again. Great scents. Have you tried either?

My friend Deb and I wanted to do a Fall Tag so without further ado:

1. What is your favorite thing about fall?
Can't do just one! I love how the weather is less muggy and the occasional cool breeze comes through. I love the spices and fruits and scents of the season. I love the baking bug I catch and the yearn for coffees and teas. I love decorating. I love approach of the holidays. 

2. Do you get fall colors where you live?
The Sycamore leaves change to yellow and the cypress trees turn brown and the oak leaves will start to turn brown and acorns fall but that is about it. It is more of a subtle transition here in the sub-tropics.

3. Favorite fall scent (wax, or anything)?
 Apples and spice. Pumpkins and spice. Woods. Ambers. Deep vanillas and patchouli. I want to wrap up in all the dark sticky scents and slather them on. I do love rich tobacco and smoky scents this time of year as well. I love my Sonoma Scent Studio Forest Walk and Winter Woods and Tabac Aurea this time of year as well as the Nocturne Alchemy Pumpkin Library scents and Arcana's Undead Gentleman and honey scents. 

4. Favorite fall food or drink?
 I have been enjoying Nestle's Natural Bliss coffee creamer in Pumpkin Spice with my Fresh Market Pumpkin Spice coffee. I also am loving my Wick & Fable Winter chai tea with a touch of cream. For food it would be homemade apple pie and pumpkin cookies.

5. Football.....yay or nay?
 Yay for the background noise it provides letting me know fall is here. Adam watches every game that comes on and I am usually right beside him reading. Unless it is the Vikings then I am rooting for Deb's sake or the Browns and then I am ribbing Adam. 

6. Do you rake, jump in, or burn piles of leaves?
 None. Not enough trees around any home I have ever lived in to even buy a rake. Sad I am sure. If I could though I would burn.

7. Haunted house or corn maze?
 Corn maze because I am a scaredy cat. I used to go to Universal Studio's Halloween Horror Nights but good grief did it freak me out. Corn mazes are unbearably hot around here so we usually end up cutting through the stalks to get the heck out of there. 

8. Have you ever gone on a hayride?
 Yep! Plenty of times! Quite fun! It does remind me we need to take the girls more often.

9. Cider or hot chocolate?
 Both! This year my goal is to make homemade apple cider.

10. Carve a pumpkin or eat pumpkin pie?
 Both! The girls and I each have carved our own pumpkins for the past few years now. I look forward to it every year. I also bake homemade pumpkin pies for Thanksgiving each year. Adam looks forward to that.

11. Do you dress up for Halloween?
 The girls do and I sometimes do. It depends on what is going on.

12. Candy corn.....yay or nay?
 Call me a weirdo. I do enjoy a handful of candy corn each year. <3

13. Favorite Halloween movie?
 Hmmm... maybe Nightmare Before Christmas or any Tim Burton movie. I also like that Cartoon Network series "Over the Garden Wall."

14. Scariest movie?
 Anything revolving around torture or demons. The Saw movies were gross and brutal and the book and movie Seven and I couldn't finish The Hills Have Eyes when I was pregnant.

15. Halloween or Thanksgiving?
 Thanksgiving. I love the food and family. Halloween is fun too though.

16. Do you watch the Macy's parade?
 No. We never have time for it as we leave for an annual reunion every year around that time. This year is the first year in about 50 or so that our reunion will be shut down due to the park closing where it has been held since the beginning. So watching Macy's will be the new thing. Plus it will give me a chance to reminisce about the NYC trip I would have just returned from. 

17. Apple pie or pumpkin pie?
 I would have said pumpkin in the past but apple is gaining steam. Both.

18. White or dark meat?
 Both! With extra crispy salty skin.

19. Jellied or real cranberry sauce?
 Both! I chill a can and slice it up and make homemade sauce each year. I love cranberry sauce.

20. Will you host or travel for Thanksgiving this year?
 Host. Normally we travel for lunch but not this year. I host dinner every year though and invite anyone who wants to attend. We don't have much room but we will fit you in. 

Hoping your September is ending well and your October starts festively! Feel free to join in on the tag! What are some of your fall traditions? Find any new great fall drinks, foods, books or movies?


  1. Ugh, my Vikings need all the cheers they can get this year. Both quarterbacks are out and we're looking like crap. The Browns were awesome in the preseason!

    I wonder how much it would cost to send you a huge garbage bag full of leaves you could throw on your lawn, then rake and jump in, then burn? LOL I mean, it would be very light weight to send...

    Well that sucks about the park closing! No suitable replacement site nearby?


    1. The Browns. I don't think I have ever heard anyone praise them. :-) I will make sure to keep cheering then. I have heard the Indians are doing well. But that is baseball.

      I would totally take a huge bag of leaves!! I bet the girls would think that was fun.

      Yeah it does suck. We were all super bummed. We were going to try and find an alternative but I don't think it has been done. That season has passed and that chapter has ended I suppose.

  2. Rustic Cabin Kitchen sounds pretty darn good. What an end to an era for your Thanksgiving plans:( I hope something else can be worked out, if not this year, in future.

    1. It is pretty great. If you see it, give it a sniff! We are all sad about the reunion coming to a close. But in all honesty, the original founders are all decades gone and the children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren are all so spread out and pretty much strangers that we meet and fellowship with once a year. It is a cool experience but I am thinking its time has come to end.