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How to Make your home Smell like Christmas, a Holiday Seasons' Must Do Pot Pourri Mix

My Holiday Season's Must Do: Festive Holiday Stove Top Pot Pourri

Making stove-top potpourri is a delightful way to infuse your home with the scents of the holiday season. Here’s a simple and festive recipe for you to try:


  • 1 orange, sliced
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 4-5 cloves
  • 1-2 star anise
  • 1-2 sprigs of fresh rosemary
  • 1-2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
  • Water


  1. Gather the Ingredients: Assemble all the ingredients. You can adjust the quantities according to your preference and the size of your pot.

  2. Combine in a Pot: Place the orange slices, lemon slices, cinnamon sticks, cloves, star anise, and rosemary in a medium-sized pot.

  3. Add Vanilla Extract: Pour the vanilla extract over the ingredients. Vanilla adds a sweet aroma and enhances the overall fragrance.

  4. Pour in Water: Add enough water to the pot to cover all the ingredients. Don’t fill it to the brim; leave some space at the top to prevent it from boiling over.

  5. Simmer: Place the pot on the stove over low heat. Let the mixture come to a gentle simmer. As it heats, the wonderful aroma will start filling your kitchen.

  6. Enjoy the Fragrance: Allow the potpourri to simmer for as long as you like. You can keep it on the stove for hours, adding more water if needed. Just keep an eye on the water level to ensure it doesn’t dry out.

  7. Keep an Eye on the Pot: Remember to turn off the stove if you’re leaving the house or going to bed. You can refrigerate the potpourri between uses and reheat it when you want to fill your home with the delightful scent again.

Feel free to customize the recipe by adding other spices or fruits such as cranberries, apple slices, or ginger. The beauty of stove-top potpourri is that you can get creative and adjust the ingredients to match your favorite holiday scents. 

Enjoy your holiday season with the cozy and inviting aroma of homemade potpourri!

Originally posted 2012-11-08 03:07:00.

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