Christmas really is the most wonderful time of the year. I love it all. The sights. The sounds. The smells. Its all so magical. Normally our house is congested with a cloud of cinnamon aerosol spray. The cats run in fear when they see me reach for the can that is hidden behind a picture frame. But not this year (except for the occasional spurt when I am afraid I might burn the house down). This year its all about the citrus-y, berry-y, cinnamon-y scent of Holiday Stove Top Potpourri from Make it Do (thank you Pinterest). Just a few ingredients, quick prep, and you are on your way.
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, don’t allow the water to completely evaporate. I always refill the water when I turn it on. One mix stays good for weeks.
I sliced the oranges and halved some of the cranberries, hoping to get a stronger smell, and because it looks so pretty. Into the pan it went. A dash of ground cinnamon was added since I didn’t want to use all of my cinnamon sticks.
I would be lying if I said that I put it on the lowest stove setting. I’m not the most patient when it comes to waiting for my house to smell delicious so I may or may not have brought it to a boil before turning it down. The moral of the story: if you want it to last for weeks, don’t do what I did. After about two days of abuse, my concoction looked like a crime scene. But the house smelled so good that the sacrifice of beauty had to be made.
Warning: Continuous use of Holiday Stove Top Potpourri may mislead you into believing that your house naturally smells that wonderful without the assistance of a heating appliance resulting in the negligent act of leaving the stove on. Just sayin’.