The last couple days our couch has been my station for cards and packages. I have been putting together, folding, stuffing, addressing and stamping all of the cards. Unfortunately, all of this does not put me in the Christmas spirit, but instead just makes me frustrated. So I needed to find something that would help me relax while I was getting all of this together. Something that would really make my house feel like Christmas.
In comes my stove top potpourri. We have been eating oranges like crazy now that they are in season so I put the rinds of the oranges we have eaten in a pot with a few cranberries (I have a bag of them in the freezer and I add a few to drinks instead of ice cubes) and some spices and soon my house smelled like Christmas. I highly recommend trying this for a wonderfully smelling house without any effort at all.
Stove Top Potpourri
- The peels of a few oranges/clementines
- A handful of cranberries
- A cinnamon stick broken into pieces
- A small handful of whole cloves
- A few whole allspices
- A whole nutmeg (I put it in a plastic bag, pounded it with something and tossed the pieces into the pot)
- Water to fill the pot at least halfway
Bring everything to a boil and then immediately turn down to low to simmer. Add water as needed to keep the scent going.
If only you could smell how amazing it is. Just imagine that steam is Christmas filling your house (or small apartment).