Wednesday, September 26, 2018

10 DIY Ideas for Christmas Stovetop Potpourri

Ten ideas for Christmas Stovetop Potpourri will make your home smell delightful over the holidays. Keep a kettle on the back burner and you will be instantly ready to make your home smell delicious!

apples, allspice, oranges, cinnamon sticks and water


What I have learned about potpourri for Christmas is that any combinations of the ingredient list make for delightful scents.  Try your hand at making your own!  The ones I am sharing below are tried and true in my house and everyone raves about them!

cinnamon sticks, allspice, apples, oranges

Some tips for making your potpourri smell the best:  break up the cinnamon sticks so the oils are released, crush the pine, rosemary and balsam twigs in your hands.  Cut fruits in thick slices.  Use a vegetable peeler to remove the peel from citrus.

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I also love to use my Swiss Diamond for making potpourri.  The 2.2 Qt Saucepan with lid nonstick surface is the best I have ever used. If I would ever forget to add water throughout the evening, this pot is easy to clean and recommission!  Here are their links if you would like to check them out!

Swiss Diamond pot with simmering stovetop potpourri


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Swiss Diamond Cookpot with stove top potpourri


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10 Recipes for Christmas Stovetop Potpourri

prep time: 5 minscook time: 4 hourtotal time: 4 hours and 5 mins
Here are ten different Christmas Stove top Potpourri recipes for you to try at your home. All these are tried and true in my own home.

The ingredient list below is for ALL the recipes. Print, circle or highlight the ingredients you need for the recipe you will make.

ingredients:

Cinnamon Sticks
Vanilla
Water
Almond extract
nutmeg
apple cider
fresh ground coffee
orange
orange peel
mint leaves
mint extract
dried cilantro
black tea bags
Chai Tea seasoning
Cranberries
whole cloves
rosemary springs
star anise
cardamom pods
candied ginger
rosemary
tangerine
apples
balsam twigs
pine twigs
peppermint sticks
lemon
allspice

instructions:

Amounts are up to you and what scents you like the most.  Some guidance is given for some ingredients.

**I always use 4 cups of water for simmering

1. Vanilla Spice
cinnamon sticks
vanilla
water

2. Cinnamon Rolls
cinnamon sticks
vanilla
almond extract
nutmeg
1 c apple cider
3 c water

3. Chai Tea Blessing
black tea bags
vanilla
cinnamon sticks
2 T Chai Tea seasoning
water

4. Spanish Holiday
mint leaves, fresh
mint extract
dried cilantro
1 jalapeno
water

5.  Christmas Latte
fresh ground coffee beans
vanilla
cinnamon sticks
orange peel
water

6.  Easy like Christmas Morning
1/2 bag cranberries
orange slices, cut thick
whole cloves
rosemary twigs
cinnamon sticks
water

7. Hometown Holiday
1/2 bag cranberries
cinnamon sticks
star anise
whole cloves
cardamom pods
candied ginger
vanilla bean
rosemary twigs
tangerine slices
water

8.  Christmas Apple
2 apples, sliced
cinnamon sticks
allspice
water (or replace 1/2 of the water with 2 c of apple cider)

9.  Christmas in the Grove
orange slices
balsam twigs
rosemary twigs
vanilla 
water

10.  Christmas in the Woods
cinnamon sticks
pine twigs
peppermint sticks
water

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The nutrition information below is due to these mixtures NOT being consumed. The recipes above are for scenting your home, not for consumption.
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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Merry Christmas, the Burro

My family and I spent a week in Palm Springs last week, and one of the adventures we went on was to the Cabot Museum in Desert Hot Springs. There, our guide Moises, told us a story about Merry Christmas the burro.  I am always "all ears open" when I am listening to tales about Christmas!


It seems that Cabot had a burro he named Merry Christmas (reasons unknown) that he dearly loved.  When the burro smelled the breakfast pancakes, he would trot to the pueblo and right into the house.  He would walk right up to Cabot and eat the pancakes with him!  The burro was very smart and learned a few commands.  Once Cabot and Merry Christmas got caught in a dust storm. It looked bad for Cabot and Merry Christmas, but Cabot told Merry Christmas to "go home."  And he did!

The gift shop had a tiny stuffed burro that was named Merry Christmas, so I purchased one as a souvenir of our trip. I plan to write a short story about Merry Christmas the Burro, so be on the lookout for a new Christmas story.

Until next week, enjoy THIS story of another Christmas Burro!