Don’t we all love our homes to smell like something wonderful is baking in our ovens? And that aroma is especially nice for the holidays! I’ve made a natural simmering potpourri for years and my family associates the lovely wafting fragrance with Christmas! No chemicals, no fake smell… just gorgeous natural ingredients from your kitchen. This week’s PRACTICALLY SPEAKING is all about making our homes smell delicious naturally!
Simmering Potpourri is a very practical way to set the mood for the holidays through our sense of smell. It’s a way of bringing back great memories and creating new ones! If you give this a try you will be hooked and so will your family!
No room spray or candle can recreate the aroma of real spices and other Christmas goodies gently simmering on the stove!!!!
StoneGable Christmas Simmering Potpourri
dried lemon peel
dried orange peel
mulling spices ( I buy a big inexpensive container)
You should be able to find all these ingredients in the spice and baking isle of your grocer’s.
Mix all the ingredients and put them in a pretty jar!
Simmer a handful of the ingredients in a pot of water. Watch it carefully so the water does not evaporate. You can also bring the potpourri to a boil and take it off the heat and the steam will fill the house as the pot cools.
You do not have to throw away the potpourri after one use. Just add more water and it should last several uses before needing to be discarded.
Wouldn’t this make a lovely Christmas gift?
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A lovely post to greet me on such a dreary day.
One of the things I adore about the holidays…
Blessings and Hugs,
Linda at Beautiful Ideas
Mmmmm, I can just imagine how this smells, Yvonne. Where do you find your big, inexpensive container of mulling spices? I would like to make this for gifts, and would like to keep the cost down. Thank you!
Yvonne, oh I am so pleased that you posted this wonderful recipe for simmering potpourri.
I have never seen dried orange peel before in a store. Can you share more about this? Also, could I use” Craisins” for the dried cranberries?
Sorry I have to ask and I am embarassed to do so but I really want to make this recipe and give to friends. Thanks!
Thank you for the recipe, I love using potpurri in the house.
Have a Blessed day.
Thank you for sharing this wonderful gift idea. Looking forward to making this. Silly question, you do grind the nutmeg before adding, correct?
This sounds so wonderful! Could you give an approximation of how much of each ingredient to use to make a batch of it?
I was wondering if the moisture in the cranberries or orange peel could cause the whole jar of ingredients to mold. Do those items sell with little or no moisture in them from the grocery department?
I dry out the cranberries and peels on my counter top for a few days.
I am currently in the process of doing this, Yvonne, but I am having an issue with just a few fruit flies swarming around my peels, and my cranberries do not look nearly as dry as you have pictured. Any more tips for us? Also, can we use ground nutmeg from a spice container?
You might want to find dried cranberries. Throw out your lemon peels and start over. Fruit flies are horrible. Another alternative is to use essential oils. But Do NOT put them on the stove. They can be flammable. Just diffuse oils. See how I use them here:https://www.stonegableblog.com/essential-oil-recipes/
I made this last year from the recipe on your blog. Boy, was it a hit! Even my son wanted some for his house. Thank you for sharing your ideas with us.
Thank you for sharing this recipe! It looks beautiful in the jar and I can already imagine the lovely scent wafting over the house as it simmers. Planning to make this soon! Have a wonderful day.
You’re Pinned! Based on your recipe, I’m going to expand my ingredients. I make something similar and use my smallest crock pot on low to simmer. Thanks for sharing.
This looks awesome! Could you share the specific measurements and directions for the potpourri…drying the cranberries, grinding the nutmeg, etc?
I really don’t measure. Just a handful of this and that!
Great post!!! I am totally using jars for my Christmas givings – thanks for the super ideas. God Bless
I don’t really measure. Just a handful of this and that. You can’t go wrong!
perfect for our cabin. I always add cloves & cinnamon sticks to the water on the wood stove…looking forward to trying your recipe over the holidays. Thank-you
Oh that sounds marvelous
Sounds great, I am thinking of making some for gifts, How do I grind nutmeg?
I use a rasp and and grate it
Hi there! Happy Holidays! Where do you get the big jar of mulling spices? I only find small little packets…. Thanks!
I found mine in my local grocer’s. Hope this helps.