Nothing feels quite like the holidays like a warm, delicious smelling home! Growing up, the weekends were cooking time for my family. We’d make all types of sweets and begin decorating for the holidays. The smell of the house on a Saturday morning was divine! Unfortunately, nobody has time to bake every weekend, but I have a secret that keeps my home smelling delicious all winter long, an easy holiday (fall) potpourri recipe!
EASY HOLIDAY (FALL) POTPOURRI RECIPE
After seeing how easy this is, your going to kick yourself for not having done it sooner!
I used orange, apple, cranberries, cinnamon stick, whole clove, and vanilla extract for this recipe, but you can get so creative with this! Add nutmeg or pine cones to the pot for a different holiday smell. Try switching out the apples and orange for lemons and strawberries for a spring/summer aroma. The best part about potpourri is you can use it for multiple days! Typically I’ll simmer mine for about 3-4 days. You can use fresh or frozen fruits. Sometimes I’ll even use fruits that are on their way out (no good to eat). All you want out of them is their smell!
Grab a pot, cutting board and knife. Slice the orange and apple. Doing this will make it easier for the fruit to release all their delicious oils (where the aroma is) once they’re heated. You could also quarter the fruit, like an orange, half it, like a lemon, or just add it to the pot like I did for the cranberries. Toss in your fruit and aromatics, cinnamon stick, whole clove and a cap full of vanilla extract.
At this point, you can already start smelling how delicious your home is about to smell! There’s something about the smell of your home that just MAKES the holidays. Next, we’ll fill this baby with water. There’s really no exact amount for this.
So pretty! Put the pot on the stove over medium low heat and bring to a boil. Once it’s boiling, turn the heat down and let it cook low and slow. As the water cooks down, add more! At the end of the day. Turn the heat off and cover with a lid until tomorrow. Then, turn the heat back to medium low and repeat! No need to ever remove liquid. As the potpourri cooks together, all of the flavor and aromas will be released, making your home smell like you’ve been cooking sweets all day!
Don’t forget, you can keep this for a few days! Just cover when heat is off. When you notice the potpourri has lost it’s smell, it’s time to make a new batch! Now just sit back and relax with some hot chocolate and a hearty dinner!
PRINT YOUR EASY HOLIDAY (FALL) POTPOURRI RECIPE HERE
- 1 whole orange
- 1 whole apple (any kind)
- 1 1/2 cups cranberries (fresh or frozen)
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 1 tbsp whole clove
- 1 tbsp vanilla extract
- water to fill pot
Slice orange and apple into 4-5 slices.
Add everything into pot. Fill with water and cover over medium low heat.
When water gets low, replenish. Will last about 1 week.