Making my home smell wonderful is so important to me this time of year. The smells of the evergreen, cinnamon, orange and spice all mean the Holidays are here.
A stove top potpourri mix is an easy inexpensive way to make your home smell wonderful. Packaging the mix in a Holiday bag makes a wonderful gift for friends, neighbors, teachers and co-workers.
Here’s how I make my concoction:
Holiday Stove Top Potpourri Mix
- one whole orange or just the orange peel
- 1/2 cup cranberries
- 1 Tbsp. whole cloves
- 3 sticks of cinnamon or a small handful of small pieces of cinnamon
- a bit of grated nutmeg if desired
Quarter the orange. Put all the ingredients into a saucepan. Fill pan with water. Place on the stove on the smallest burner, on the lowest setting. Refill water as needed.
It’s just that easy.
I love to use an orange that is starting to get old… or just use the peel of an orange.
Another important tip is don’t allow the water to completely evaporate. I always refill the water when I turn it on. One mix stays good for weeks. With heating the mix does turn brown, but continues to smell wonderful, so I usually make only batch in a season.
It’s not the Holidays without the delicious scent… it makes me think of cranberry sauce or wassail. Yum.
A stove top potpourri mix makes a perfect easy gift this season. It is inexpensive, homemade and useful.
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P. S. If you are interested in a few ways to package stove top potpourri as a gift, I blogged about it here. I even included a PDF you can download with the instructions for use.