How To Make Stove Top Potpourri That Smells Like Fragrant Candles

I got this potpourri this fall at the Fryeburg Fair in Maine... Keep your eye out for potpourris that aren't full of gross chemicals...

‘Tis the season that we all LOVE to walk into our homes and have them smelling like an apple pie has JUST come out of the oven. Right? I know that it’s what I love and brings me back to being a kid and coming in from a long day of sledding. My mom always had something yummy in the oven and/or something simmering on top of that stove that smelled just as delicious. Yes, candles are nice too, but with all of the chemicals that are inside so many of those waxes, it’s so nice and comforting to know that there is something out there that is a natural alternative. We all have that spice cabinet, or as my fiancé Nate calls it ‘The Bitchy Cabinet.” He calls it that because it’s so narrow and I try to cram every tiny spice bottle and jar I own into that one space. Every time he tries to find something, stuff falls all over the place. Sounds familiar doesn’t it? OK, so my point is that we all have I bet, at least the basic ingredients for a nice, seasonal simmering potpourri. The best part is that all of this is really inexpensive to do and I have found that Trader Joe’s has great deals on spices. Check next time you are there.

  • cinnamon sticks
  • nutmeg
  • whole cloves
  • all spice – whole
  • grated orange peel
  • water
Here is Fall [stove top] Simmering Potpourri recipe that I sometimes use as well!
  • 1 apple sliced
  • 2 tbsp. ground nutmeg
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 tbsp. whole cloves
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 tbsp. dried orange peel [or fresh peel]
  • 2 cups of water
Mix all of the ingredients in a small pan. Simmer for 1 – 2 hours. Refrigerate when done. Reheat the next day, adding more water each time it is reheated. Keep refrigerated!
Since Christmas is right around the corner, you may enjoy this recipe as you decorate your home for the holiday’s or while you have family and friends over.
Christmas Time Simmering Potpourri
  • 5 – 6 cinnamon sticks, broken
  • 1 tbsp. lemon peel
  • 1 tbsp. orange peel
  • 1/2 cup whole cloves
  • 1 tbsp. nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup whole allspice
  • 1 tbsp. bay leaf spices
  • 2 slices of dried apples, optional
Mix all of the ingredients in a small pan. Simmer for 1 – 2 hours. Refrigerate when done. Reheat the next day, adding more water each time it is reheated. Keep refrigerated!
Other simple simmering recipes that you may enjoy include:
#1
  • vanilla [a few drops]
  • orange peels
#2
  • dried lavender
  • 1 tbsp. nutmeg
  • 1 tbsp. whole cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick
#3
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • peel from 1 lemon
  • fresh rosemary
  • whole cloves
I hope that you are able to enjoy these recipes this fall and holiday season!

 

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