I simply love the smells that go along with Thanksgiving and Christmas: pine, pumpkin spice, cinnamon, hot apple cider, etc. The smells are warm and inviting. Cozy. Today I’m sharing a recipe that will make your home smell like you’ve been baking 42 batches of Christmas, but it only takes a minute to throw together.
Here’s What You’ll Need
- 3 Cinnamon Sticks
- 2 Tbsp. Whole Cloves
- 1 Naval Orange or 2 Cutie Oranges (you can use the whole orange and cut it into slices, or just use the peels)
- 1/2 Cup Cranberries
- 1 Vanilla Bean (or 1-2 tsp. Vanilla Extract)
This is what I am using for my simmering potpourri, but you could certainly experiment with other items as well. Lemon would add a brighter note to the mix. Pine, rosemary, or bay leaves would add an earthy scent. Toss in some nutmeg and/or allspice. Throw in some sliced apples, or use apple juice (or cider) instead of water. Lots of possibilities.
Put all the items into a pot. Fill the pot with enough water to come one inch from the top of the pan. Heat on high until the mixture starts to simmer. Turn the heat to low and allow it to simmer as long as you like. You can continue using the same potpourri throughout the season, just store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator until you use it again. (Remember to add more water each time you decide to simmer).
*Keep an eye on the potpourri, because the water will burn off, and you will need to add more as time goes by. Never leave the house with the potpourri simmering.
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