It’s Beginning To Smell A Lot Like Christmas!

Don’t you love scents that make your home smell like the holidays? These recipes are wonderful for just that! They make great humidifiers as well and you can create your own scents based on the season. Put the ingredients into a saucepan and let it simmer on the lowest heat setting. Add water as needed throughout the day.  If you have a crock pot, that works great also. Most of the items are probably already in your pantry. Be creative and add whatever reminds you of Christmas.
This is also a great idea for last minute gifts for your friends, neighbors, co-workers and teachers! Simply put the ingredients (leave fruits whole) and the instructions in an embellished, tinted, or even clear cellophane bag. You can pick them up at most dollar stores or any craft supplier. Add a gift tag, a bow or some ribbon and you’re done!

~ Scents of Christmas ~

3 cinnamon sticks
3 Tbs whole cloves
2 tsp ground nutmeg
2 Tbs apple pie spice
2 tsp ground ginger
Place all ingredients in a saucepan, cover with water and simmer on the lowest setting, adding additional water as needed.

~ Holiday Potpourri ~

1 Orange
1 Lemon
2 Bay Leaves
2 Cinnamon Sticks
1/4 Cup Whole Cloves
1. Cut orange and lemon into pieces.
2. Put all ingredients in a large saucepan and cover with water.
3. Simmer on stove on the lowest setting, and add additional water throughout the day, when needed.

~ Holiday Spice Potpourri ~

2 cups water
1 cups pineapple juice
1 cups orange juice
1 lemon, sliced
4 cinnamon sticks
1 Tbs. whole cloves
Bring ingredients to a boil and reduce to simmer. If liquid gets low, add more water. Refrigerate when not using. This will make your house smell like the holidays, all the time.

~ Edible Simmering Potpourri ~
(This recipe makes your home smell great and you can serve it to your guests!)

Apple cider to fill a large soup pot
One apple, cut horizontally to make circular round slices 1/2-inch thick
One orange, cut into round slices 1/2-inch thick
3 whole cinnamon sticks
6 whole cloves
6 whole allspice berries
1 (2-inch) piece of fresh ginger root, peeled & cut into small rounds
Place all ingredients in a large soup pot and bring to a simmer, then reduce and allow to simmer uncovered, adding cider as liquid evaporates.
When your guests arrive, ladle out a mug full of the hot cider for each person, and serve with an additional cinnamon stick in each one.

~ Spicy Simmering Potpourri ~

3 1/2 cups anise star, whole
1 3/4 cups allspice, whole
1 3/4 cups orange peel
1 3/4 cups juniper berries
1 3/4 cups nutmeg, whole
1 3/4 cups clove, whole
3 cinnamon sticks
1 3/4 cups lemon peel
3 1/2 cups rose hips
3 handfuls bay leaves, whole
Place all ingredients small saucepan or crock pot and simmer on the lowest setting.

You can add essential oils and fragrances such as French vanilla, old world spice, or balsam for an even stronger scent.

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