It’s beginning to…smell?…a lot like Christmas

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’.

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