As soon as the first snow falls or the temperature drops below freezing here, I get the holiday and Christmas scents going on the stove. Everybody has their favorite smells of Christmas and the not so favored (a friend cannot stand the smell of cinnamon simmering away). The scented air that speaks to me is infused with citrus, cranberry, and rosemary. Smells Like Christmas shares my simmer recipe as well as options which don’t require heating up the kitchen.
I love when the cranberries begin to POP, and can’t you just hear the Christmas music in the background too?
Simple pleasures indeed!
Smells Like Christmas!
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Yummy Christmas Candles & Wintry Scents to Enjoy
Cardamom and Vanilla
First, here’s my absolute favorite and also the splurge of the bunch! These sell out FAST and remind me of the holiday scents of my childhood indeed. Cardamom and vanilla is subtle, not too sweet or cloying, and the mercury glass receptacles are gorgeous and live large as well after the candles have burned.
Citrus & Slightly Sweet
Oooooohhhhh, the secret is out…a candle under $10 that smells citrusy, slightly sweet and exactly like those Capri Blue they burn inside every Anthropologie!
But a name like Bali Sunrise…is it even Christmasy? No cinnamon or cypress, and the name suggests a sandy beach, but this scent is perfect in every season.
Winter Woods and simmering spices…Smells Like Christmas indeed!
Cinnamon, Cloves, Allspice & Orange
Fresh Cut Christmas Trees…certainly smells like Christmas!
Holly Berries & Cardamom
How To Make Your House Smell Like Christmas!
Have a favorite recipe to infuse your home with delicious Christmas smells? Here’s my favorite.
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
Tweak This Mix to Make It Your Own
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’s fun to plant rosemary in little vintage English marmalade jars, and they also make sweet little holiday trees with fabulous fragrance.
Fills Up All the Senses
A bonus to this recipe with cranberries is the little popping they do as they begin to cook – you certainly need not be a child to enjoy this sweet result.
I have maybe broadcast this a zillion times, but my favorite fragrance on the planet is orange blossom – and you can also substitute oranges or clementines for the grapefruit if desired.
Here’s my potpourri simmering away…
Classic as well as a pretty essential for all of your holiday cooking:
Simmer Down Now!
Also, 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 too:
Is there anything more warm and welcoming than the smell of cloves…also find a great value HERE:
Rosemary and Citrus…certainly a delicious combo
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 also be poppin’ into a few of my favorite shops for holiday inspiration such as Trove, where these cuties run the place:
Also, Warm Your Heart With These
Speaking of cuties, are you acquainted with Pip?
Also, 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 simmer or mulling spice recipe to share?
Be sure to also visit this tour of quiet Christmas gorgeousness!
Peace to you right where you are.
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