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Ten On Tuesday

We had warm-ish temps over the weekend and I was able to open the windows and air out the house a bit. Boy did that feel good! The scent of spring is definitely in the air around here. Which brings me to this week’s Ten on Tuesday topic, 10 Favorite Smells. I was sure we had done this one already but I went through my archives and I didn’t find it so let’s talk about it.

  1. Baking bread. It’s a comforting scent and sometimes I think smelling bread baking is even better than eating it. notice I said sometimes.
  2. Yankee Candles. My favorites are French Vanilla and  Macintosh.
  3. Coffee brewing. I love this smell anytime of day but especially at 5am.
  4. Roast chicken. This brings me right back to my childhood and Sunday afternoons. My favorite Sunday dinner was roast chicken with stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy. Some things never change.
  5. Fresh herbs.  I grow mint and basil and parsley and when I cut them to bring inside my hands smell so good afterward.
  6. Chocolate chip cookies. The house smells full of love when I bake them.
  7. The woods. They smell fresh and damp and pine-y, old and new all at the same time, and I love it.
  8. Witch hazel. It reminds me of my Nana and cooling down after a hot summer day at the beach.
  9. Lavender. It’s clean and fresh and I love it in soap.
  10. A new baby’s head. It’s the fountain of youth and there’s no smell like it in the whole wide world.

If there’s one thing I noticed while writing this list it’s that my favorite smells are strongly associated with my happiest memories. I bet yours are, too.

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  1. great list- full of good food and nature. it’s been too long since I smelled a new baby’s head, for sure!

  2. The smell of spring is so special here in the NE and anywhere that experiences the depths of winter. We just came back from Savannah which we adored and although the temps were in the 60’s the smell of the air paled next to the fresh spring preview we had on Saturday!
    Love #10 on your list!

  3. We share so many on that list, but I forgot about coffee brewing and roast chicken! I agree – so many favorite smells are associated with our happiest memories. I think the same can be said for songs.

  4. Such a great list! Can’t believe I forgot bread … and I just baked a loaf of beer bread Sunday night! Scent is definitely a strong link to memories.

  5. i’m with you! your list is great. mine would include: baking bread, coffee, lavender, mint, basil, roasted chicken, fresh baked cookies, lemons, wash dried on the line, salty air at the beach, the smell of my grandmother’s house.

  6. Funny your picture was a yellow crocus. I just saw the first one of mine in the yard this morning. Spring is coming! Yea!

  7. Oops! You must’ve accidentally hit publish! At any rate, love the handspun preview, and love the difference between the unfinished and finished yarns! Definitely impressive!

  8. Carole – How many of those wonderful smells came to your nose as you wrote them down? Just a thought sometimes can bring a scent to you as if you were really breathing it. Thanks for the smells! They were all yummy and full of memories!

  9. I really needed more than 10 this time – cause you have a lot of the ones I don’t have listed that I love…

  10. What a fun topic. Mmmmm, baked bread (w/butter!). I love the smell of rain in a desert storm. Nothing like a thunderstorm in the desert!

  11. Wonderful smells! I tried not to look at anyone else’s list before making my own and am surprised at how many similarities there are. Oh, I almost forgot…tulips! 🙂

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