Monday, September 26, 2011

Homemade Potpourri

As I was growing up, during the holidays my mother would always put a pot of potpourri on the stove to make the house smell nice. Now I always make my own for the stovetop in my house and it makes everyone who comes in all comfy and holidayish feeling.

I decided that since the first day of fall was last week, it was time to bust out the fall smells as well as the decor {more on that later}. It's really easy to make your own potpourri for the stove top, you just need a few ingredients that you probably have lying around already!

Homemade Potpourri:
Cloves (ground)
Orange slices & a little orange juice squeezed in

This time around I didn't have oranges so I used lemons instead. It made a really nice smell (and it looks kindof fancy too!). I also threw an apple cider packet in and ohmygosh it made me want to drink it :)
I just let it boil down and and then add some more water and a few more spices if it isn't very potent anymore. Usually I can add more water a few times before adding more spices. I just leave the pot on the stove for a few days until I need it for something else, and my house smells delicious!
The only warning I have is that if you leave it in the pot for too long, especially with the citrus in it, it can damage any special teflon or caphalon products. {HINT: mine got kinda ruined} but then, you can turn that pot into your special potpourri pot and then it's no worries! or just clean out your pot every day or two. :)

Ahh fall. Welcome back old friend.

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Sara Shoemaker said...

wow this is amazing! my mom would put potpourri around the house this time of year too. this is a great idea and it would make my house smell homey, I might just do this!

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Summer said...

Thanks for linking up! I'll be featuring this on my blog on Saturday!


Anonymous said...

This must make the whole house smell like heaven!

Erin {Lavender and Lemon Drops} said...

I think I burned this every day last fall...... you just reminded me that I need to do this again! Love the fall smells! Thanks for sharing :)

april@gingerbread said...

very cool...I can almost smell it now! I hope you will link up with me here:

Karima said...

Wow - never heard of that before - thanks for sharing! Saw you on linky party and now gfc following you, Karima :)

Erin @ His and Hers said...

Hey Bekah! Thanks for your nice comment on my blog! Your potpourri seems like it would smell so yummy, and the lemons look so pretty. I never thought about making my own potpourri, and could make it right now with those super simple ingredients....thanks for sharing! :)

Anonymous said...

I've never thought of making my own, but I think I'm going to give it a try. I like the 'homey feeling' about it!

Janny said...

That sounds heavenly! We usually boil cinnamon sticks. I bet this would have a wonderful smell.

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