Have a favorite recipe to infuse your home with delicious Christmas smells? I have several concoctions I love to simmer on the stovetop, and this is one of my favorites. How To Make Your House Smell Like Christmas will share the specifics!
How To Make Your House Smell Like Christmas!
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1/4 Grapefruit, sliced into wedges
1/2 Apple, sliced
3 Cinnamon Sticks
1 Rosemary Sprig
1 Sprig of Pine or Fir
Handful of fresh cranberries
2 1/2 tsp. Cloves
1 Tbsp. Ground Allspice (a mixture of cinnamon, cloves & nutmeg)
Water to cover
No need to be rigid about this mix – if you love the smell of grapefruit like I do, use more! Add ingredients to a heavy saucepan including water to cover, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer and add water as needed . Keep an eye on the water level so it doesn’t reduce and begin to burn.
It has been a couple of years since I planted rosemary in my little vintage English marmalade jars, and I think they make sweet little holiday trees and smell so fragrant.
A bonus to this recipe with cranberries is the little popping they do as they begin to cook – you need not be a child to enjoy this sweet result.
I think I have probably mentioned it a thousand times, but my favorite smell in the world is oranges blossoming on a tree – and you can substitute oranges or clementines for the grapefruit if you wish. I love the sight of the pink grapefruit flesh with the greens, orange, and red.
The pan I used today for this is a 5 qt round cast iron Cusinart casserole pan. Find options HERE and Here.
Here’s my potpourri simmering away…
Here’s a sweet little set of casseroles that could come in handy for all of your holiday cooking:
For safe simmering you won’t have to babysit all day – how about using this…?
For a hefty quantity of ground Allspice at a low price, here’s a possibility:
Is there anything more warm and welcoming than the smell of cloves? Find a great value HERE:
Need a Large Wood Slice Platter for your rustic vignettes or a centerpiece? Find one HERE.
I used mine as a cake pedestal for this mini layer cake – find the recipe here.
How I love the sights, sounds, and smells of this Christmas potpourri poppin’ on the stove when it’s cold outside! I’ll be poppin’ into a few of my favorite small businesses tomorrow, including Trove, where these cuties run the place:
Speaking of cuties, are you acquainted with Pip?
And for those of us who grew up watching ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas,’ check this out if you have a few minutes…
Have a favorite Christmas potpourri recipe to share?
Be sure to visit this tour of a beautiful holiday showhouse!
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Lovely, Michele. I’m looking forward to trying this recipe today! Thank you, and have a blessed Christmas.
Yay! Hope you love it! Happy Christmas to you. 🙂
I just want you to know what a blessing you and your posts are each morning. I am so grateful you are part of my daily life. May the a Lord send abundant blessings to you and your family this Christmas season.
Awww, thank you, Deb, for the wonderful blessing and kindness. Peace to you and yours.
Love your blog, but I followed the recipe to a T and used my dutch oven, but it did not fill the house ! In fact, we could only smell it if we were directly over it. Sorry- but will still follow you.
So sorry it didn’t do the trick! Peace to you.