Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Christmas Simmering Potpourri

I'm a sucker for anything that smells good. If I had invested in Glade sprays or Yankee Candles, maybe we could have retired early on profits! Fragrance is one of those things that's very personal though. This time of year when all the perfume inserts come in the ads, I have to open them and take a whiff. Jessica McClintock is my favorite, it's description are "top notes of cassia, basil, ylang-ylang, bergamot, black currant and lemon; middle notes are jasmine, lily-of-the-valley and rose; base notes are musk and woody notes"... hmm, that pretty well covers all smells known to mankind! But we know what we like and this time of year we all love for our homes to be welcoming and smell like Grandma's house! Even if you haven't had the time to put one single cookie in the oven, you can have that delicious aroma swirling around if you make either one of these potpourri's.  

Simmering Christmas Potpourri #1
Shared from Estelle's Kitchen at The Maine House
Sliced apples
Sliced lemons
Sliced oranges
Bay leaves
Whole cloves
Cinnamon sticks
In a slow-cooker, combine fruit the way you like. Cover in water. Top with bay leaves, whole cloves, and cinnamon sticks. Leave slow-cooker on. Makes your house smell like Christmas Memories!

Simmering Christmas Potpourri #2
1 Quart Pineapple Juice

1 Quart Water
1 Quart Apple Cider
3 Sticks of Cinnamon
16 Cloves
1 Teaspoon Allspice
2 Teaspoons Pickling Spice
Simmer over low heat, until the house smells delicious. Add more water as needed and you can reheat this mixture for days. If you have an electric potpourri pot, all the better! This is just wonderful!


  1. Thanks for sharing the potpouri recipes! Yes I am also loving frangrances and perfume!

    I also love the smell of home baked pies coming out of the oven!!

    Merry Christmas!


  2. I think they should make Glade (or whatever) spray in "bread", "sugar cookie" and "Ham". I think that might get a person in the mood to cook. Also they should make one of "barn floor" for when you are expecting company that you don't want to stay.


  3. I think I'm gonna give #2 a try. Thanks for the recipes and I love that pic up at the top! Also love your blog and gonna follow from now on. Pop over for a visit sometime if you'd like.
    Merry Christmas!

  4. Thanks for the recipes- I will have to try both! Merry Christmas!

  5. Way to go, Joycee! I've always wanted to make my own...:)JP

  6. This brings back such warm memories of when my oldest child was little. We would make this combo for each Christmas. We called it "Christmas Smells" - very original, huh?!

  7. Goodness, that's a number of ingredients! Bet it smells great! I usually just throw on some cloves, cinnamon and vanilla.

  8. Hello!
    I am borrowing your potpourri recipes. Thanks so much! We are decorating and baking cookies and this adds the perfect touch :)
    Stevie @


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