For me, the holidays are a feeling; a warmth that surrounds you and wraps you in its arms while transporting you to another place. They are a scent, an atmosphere and a memory all wrapped into one. So it stands to reason that filling my home with the smells of my childhood becomes especially important during the holiday season. I want my home to beckon friends and family with memories of sugar cookies and hints of freshly cut pine trees. I want to welcome them in to create new memories while bringing to their minds the joys of holidays past. And I want to lift their spirits and wrap them in the scents of the season with recipes that will make their mouths water and fragrances that will remind them of the best parts of the holiday season.
When I started thinking of all the scents that most remind me of the holiday season, two things came to mind. Growing up, we always made Snickerdoodle Cookies for Santa and Cinnamon Rolls for Christmas morning. Any time I smell hints of vanilla or notes of cinnamon, I’m taken back to those days when life was simple and the magic of Christmas was very real. So this year, I’ve filled my home with those same scents through Glade® Jar Candles, PlugIns® Scented Oil and Premium Room Sprays. I’ve allowed them to sooth my soul and inspire amazing takes on favorite childhood recipes, not only to bring back memories for myself but to help create new memories for my friends, family and most importantly, for my children.
In fact, earlier this week I was standing in the air freshener aisle at Publix, looking for scents that would fill my home with the holiday spirit, when I spotted a stand-alone display with the new Glade®Limited Edition Winter Collection fragrances. With scents like BE AT PEACE™, CHERISH THE PRESENT™, SEND A LITTLE LOVE™ and SHARE TE SPIRIT™, I could instantly see that these jar candles, Plugins® Scented Oils and premium room sprays were a perfect way to capture those scents from my childhood and disperse them into every room of my home.
After taking them home and placing them on tables, counters and mantles, I sat back and closed my eyes as the scents of the holiday season filled my home and spread throughout the house like a calm descending.
Instantly, it FELT like the holiday season. The whispers of vanilla that drifted from my Glade® SEND A LITTLE LOVE™ Jar Candle and Wax Melts Warmer blended perfectly with the hints of cinnamon from my Glade® CHERISH THE PRESENT™ Premium Room Spray. And as they swirled together in the center of my home, I was transported back to my childhood when our kitchen filled with those same scents and laughter rang throughout the rooms.
As tears filled my eyes, I was once again standing in the kitchen with my own parents preparing the treats that my best childhood memories are made of and a new thought hit me. While I’ve shared some of my own traditions with my children, I suddenly wanted to create a special twist on my own childhood favorites that would bring back these same memories for them as they grow. As I breathed in deeply and headed to the kitchen, I knew I must mesh together two of my favorite childhood recipes and create a Snickerdoodle Cinnamon Roll muffin that was filled with the spirit of the holidays.
I started by adding two and a half cups of unbleached all purpose flour to a bowl and mixing in three tablespoon of baking powder, one teaspoon of baking soda, one and a half teaspoons of cinnamon and a third of a teaspoon of salt.
Next I mixed two eggs, a half a cup of white sugar and a half a cup of brown sugar in my mixing bowl. After blending in a half a cup of sour cream, a half a cup of buttermilk (whole), a half a cup of vegetable oil and one and a half tablespoons of vanilla extract, I added my wet mixture to my dry ingredients and gently folded them together, being sure not to stir them too much.
Once my batter was thick and slightly lumpy, I poured in a half a cup of cinnamon chips and mixed everything together.
With my batter complete, I sprayed cooking spray into my muffin tins and filled each one to the top with my batter.
For an extra crunch inspired by the sweet scent of the Glade® SEND A LITTLE LOVE™ fragrance, I created a quick streusel topping for my muffins. To do this I simply mixed together a fourth of a cup of flour, a fourth of a cup of brown sugar, a half a teaspoon of cinnamon and three tablespoons of cold butter (cut into small pieces).
Using my hands, I gently broke up the butter and rolled the smaller pieces in the flour, cinnamon and brown sugar. Then I sprinkled them over the top of my muffins and gently pushed them down into the batter.
With my muffins ready and boasting a combination of favorite holiday flavors, I placed them in the oven on 415 degrees for five minutes and then lowered my temperature to 375 (without removing the muffins from the oven) and cooked them for an additional ten minutes. Once they were golden brown and crunchy on the top, I removed my muffins from the oven and got ready for my favorite part, the creamy topping.
Knowing that what made our cinnamon rolls so amazing growing up was the sweet glaze over the top, I decided to incorporate the same idea with my muffins. After breathing deeply and again catching the notes of vanilla and cinnamon, I whipped together one cup of confectioner’s sugar, one teaspoon of cinnamon, one teaspoon of vanilla extract and one and a half tablespoons of milk.
After stirring it well to create a liquid glaze, I drizzled my mixture over the top of my muffins.
Finally, for a little extra something special, I dropped a few cinnamon chips onto each muffin for a finished touch that was absolute perfection.
As the scent of my special creation mingled with the smells from my Glade® Jar Candles, Plugins® Scented Oils and Premium Room Sprays, I knew that I had truly captured the essence of the season, inspired by scents that brought back all the memories that I’ve cherished for so long.
My guys followed my lead and breathed in the smells of cookies, cinnamon rolls, vanilla and cinnamon and I knew they were creating a memory which will stay with them for years to come.
Every time of the season when I light my Glade® SEND A LITTLE LOVE™ Jar Candle or spray my Glade® CHERISH THE PRESENT™ Premium Room Spray, I’ll smile a little knowing that my whole family will remember this moment each time they enter a room that is filled with these amazing scents.
It won’t surprise me to find them closing their eyes, inhaling deeply and taking in the scents that help bring out the feeling of holiday joy with each and every sniff.
Throughout the holiday season, I’ll be helping to transform every room of our home to evoke memories of warm cookies, ooey gooey cinnamon rolls and our new creation of Snickerdoodle Cinnamon Roll muffins with the help of Glade® Limited Edition Winter Collection scents available at Publix. Because each time I fill my home with the special Glade® scents, I’ll be bringing back memories of warm kitchens and special treats while helping my family and friends start a tradition that will fill the holiday season for many years to come.
Now I encourage you to bring your favorite holiday memories home this holiday season with Glade® Limited Edition Winter Collection scents available at Publix. With fragrances that boast hits of vanilla, a whisper of cinnamon or even notes of Balsam Fir, you’ll be able to fill your home with scents that help bring out feelings of holiday joy. Plus, with jar candles, Plugins® Scented Oils, wax melts and premium room sprays there is a perfect product to inspire every holiday memory!
Now that I’ve shared how Glade® inspired my Snickerdoodle Cinnamon Roll Muffins, I’d love to know what delicious creation the Limited Edition Winter Collection will inspire you to make!