Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Simmering Potpourri


I have always loved burning candles but haven't bought any for quite a while, partly because the candles I like have gotten so expensive and also because people in my home-who will remain nameless, have allergies and it made them stuffy and sneezy. I used to make my own simmering potpourri but forgot about it until recently when I saw it on Pinterest, there are several sites that have similar recipes. I adapted mine from marcicoombs.blogspot.com, she has cute ideas for Christmas Scent jars to give as gifts.  I changed the recipe a bit just because I didn't have all of the ingredients, but it still smells great...and no one is sneezing from it!

Here's what you need:
  • a pint jar
  • 3 cinnamon sticks, I broke mine in half
  • 2-3 bay leaves
  • cloves, I didn't have whole so I used ground, about a teaspoon
  • a couple orange slices and peel (you can also just use the peel)
  • 2-3 lemon slices and peel 
  • lime wedge, I didn't have one so I didn't add it
Add all your ingredients into your pint jar and add water, then put it in a crockpot or on the stove in a saucepan or pot on low and let it simmer away. You can add more water as needed. When it's done simmering and has cooled,  put it back in the jar in the fridge until you want to use it again.(you might want to label it, even though it isn't toxic, you probably wouldn't want anyone to drink it...in my house when the starving children come home from school they just grab whatever they see to eat or drink!) Add what you like and what you have on hand. Apple peels, nutmeg, allspice, are all great Fall scents. Let us know if you have a favorite!

~Simply Angie

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