Happy Monday! We can now say that Christmas is technically next week. Isn’s that exciting? I’m mostly excited to have a few days off work. I love to plow through projects when I take off work…my husband says I need to relax a little, but working on projects is (usually) relaxing for me 😉
Today I’m sharing a really easy DIY holiday stove top potpourri that I’m planning to have going all day while I’m working on projects! Well, I’ll have it or a version of it going pretty much through the winter. But the scent is absolutely perfect for the holidays, and you probably already have many of the ingredients in your kitchen or garden.
Here’s what you need to make holiday stove top potpourri:
- Small pot and stove or crockpot
And any combination of the following…I definitely suggest including the starred ingredients, though:
- Whole cloves*
- Fresh rosemary*
- Cinnamon sticks*
- Pine needles
- Orange rind
- Star anise
- Vanilla extract
And here’s how to make it!
Step 1: Gather your ingredients. If you’re using pine needles, make sure you cut them off the branch and snip the ends before putting them in your pot. You don’t want sap sneaking in.
I’m also using cinnamon sticks, fresh rosemary, cranberries, and whole cloves.
Step 2: Start filling the pot. I used 1 tbsp whole cloves, a few full sprigs of rosemary, 2 cinnamon sticks broken in half, and about a half cup of cranberries.
Step 3: Fill about halfway with water and set to simmer on your stove’s or small crockpot’s lowest possible setting. Monitor the pot and add water every few hours, depending on how quickly your water is evaporating. You can also top off the ingredients after a few hours. I like to throw in a few extra cloves because they are so potent!
Remember to check the pan frequently until you see how quickly your water is cooking down. You don’t want to run out of water! When you’re done with your stove top potpourri, you can easily compost the materials if you’re in to that sort of thing. 🙂 Happy holidays!!
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