This is the season to celebrate and to share. This is the season to make gifts for loved ones. This is the season for our homes to smell like Christmas 🙂
Let’s make some simmering Christmas potpourri, shall we? This potpourri is really easy and simple to put together and a lovely change from the cookies and cakes; though I love them, too!! Well, what can I say, I heart everything about December! This potpourri is one of my favourite gifts to make. I love how it looks so festive and how it makes our home smell so warm, so earthy and so christmassy. Just put all the ingredients along with some water in a saucepan and let it simmer on low heat and wait for your home to smell absolutely amazing.
To make one, you will need:
- A glass container/ a mason jar/ a burlap bag/ a brown paper bag (just about anything works)
- A brown paper tag for the label and to write down the instructions
- A portion of the simmering Christmas potpourri mix
- String or twine or raffia to tie the label
Simmering Christmas Potpourri Mix
I used the following, but feel free to mix things around. Add a lemon or two, a handful of cranberries, dried apple slices, dry candied ginger slices, grate in some nutmeg, if you want. I like to use fresh mandarins because of how they look and how they smell when simmered but dried slices are perfect too.
- 2 tiny mandarins or 1 orange
- 2 sprigs of fresh rosemary
- 1 tbsp mixed spice
- 4 cloves
- 2 star anise
- 2 sticks of cinnamon
- 2 tbsp of dry lemon grass
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 tsp of dried flowers
Place all the ingredients in a small saucepan. Cover with water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for as long as you wish. Keep adding more water to prevent the mix from drying.
I hope you have fun making this for your loved ones and for your home.
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