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The season of warm fuzzy feelings is coming! Mittens, fireplaces, and family traditions evoke vibrant, yet cozy feelings in me. Although we host friends and family many times a year, there is something extra special to me about hosting during the holidays. As I prepare for the season and hosting, I was inspired to make this delightful, crumb Apple Cinnamon Coffee Cake. I hope you will indulge me as I tell you of how this cake recipe came to be. As I have been freshening the house in preparation for the wonderful arrival of our welcomed guests, on my list was the guest gift basket I always make.
I want our guests to feel at home, refreshed, and get into the spirit as soon as they arrive. Everyone has a very long drive, so they deserve it. I usually put the basket in the bathroom. In the basket, I add a few water bottles, some toiletries that always seem to be forgotten, towels, and some candles, or pretty scents such as these PlugIn® scented oils from Glade®. I also have a guest prepping checklist here for more details.
I was at Safeway where I wanted to pick up something to make the house smell amazing with hints of all the things I love about the season. Then I saw Glade® Cherish the Present™ and Send a Little Love™. Even the names were perfect for the spirit of the holiday season! The Cherish the Present™ scent features spicy notes of apple cider, vanilla, and cinnamon. That got me thinking about what I planned to bake for the family, and I was inspired to create an Apple Cinnamon Coffee Cake with Streusel Topping.
I love coffee cake because you can eat it any time of day. Slicing a piece of cake for yourself at 7am is so taboo, but coffee cake totally gets a pass. I mean how does that work? It even has cake in the name! However, I imagine a nice slice with some coffee in the evening with everyone talking and laughing together as we catch up on plenty of hugs, hilarious family stories, and the kids laugh and play together.
I know that my family is eager to visit with us the holiday season. I can’t wait to see my nieces’ and nephews’ eyes light up at the scene of the Christmas trees or sitting on Santa’s lap. From the moment they arrive, I know there truly is magic in the air. How do you envision your holidays? Do you get inspired by wonderful aromas like I do?