Christmas Potpourri

Oranges, cloves, cinnamon and cranberries oh my! Not only is this potpourri full of color, it fills your home with a lovely holiday aroma. Don’t cha hate it when you walk into your home from errands or vacation and there’s a stale smell in the air. Nothing bad…just not fresh? A candle or fragrant oil diffusers can help keep your home smelling great or you can try a stovetop potpourri instead. This recipe leaves your nose in Christmas heaven!

Having a holiday party? Simmer this potpourri on your stovetop to put your guests in the holiday spirit as soon as they enter you’re the party! Are you selling your home? Place this on the stovetop right before a showing to give your home a wonderful scent for potential buyers. Or you can toss it all together on a Monday morning like I did to start your week off right!

Christmas Potpourri

Cloves (you can use whole or ground)
Fresh Cranberries

  • Cut the orange into slices and place it in a pot.
  • Add cloves (about 1 tablespoon for whole clove, ½ tablespoon for ground).
  • Add Cinnamon (you can add as much as you want! I typically add around a tablespoon). You can use cinnamon sticks, but I use ground because it is cheaper and I always have it on hand!
  • Add half a bag of fresh cranberries and around two cups of water to the pot.
  • Simmer this on low all day long. When the water gets low add so the potpourri doesn’t burn.
  • At the end of the day you can take it off the burner and re-heat it tomorrow to keep your home smelling like the holidays!

Wondering what to do with the other half of the cranberries? Toss them in a mason jar with water and add a floating candle! Or you can add them to some bar-b-que sauce with chopped apples and pour over a pork tenderloin!

Don’t have cloves? No problem! An orange and cinnamon will give off a beautiful aroma by themselves! Have some bay leaves? Toss those in instead! Anytime you peal an orange for a snack place it on the stove with water and cinnamon for a cheap room fragrance!

Don’t want to leave your stove on? Take your orange and poke holes with a wooden skewer or knife. Slowly push the cloves into the holes and sprinkle some cinnamon over the orange. Then take thick ribbon and wrap it around the orange so you can hang it near a door or window. My mom has made that ball bouquet since I was a child and I guess that is why I love this stovetop potpourri so much!

For an everyday stovetop potpourri check out this recipe I posted awhile back (here).

update: I forgot to mention that you could use ground allspice if you don’t have cloves! Just another alternative!

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