There’s no place like home for the holidays—and when it comes to setting an ambiance of warmth and whimsy in your home this holiday season, nothing does the trick like all-natural fruit and spices.
With a few spare minutes in your day, and the right ingredients, you’ll have a holiday scent so enticing, you’ll never leave home again. No candle, incense, or store-bought potpourri compares to fresh ingredients and a DIY approach.
Here’s what you’ll need:
• Small branch of pine
• 1 orange
• ½ cup of cranberries
• 4 cinnamon sticks
• 1/8 tsp nutmeg
• 1 tbl of whole cloves
• 2-3 cups of water
Here’s what you’ll need to do:
First order of business—pour 2 to 3 cups of water in a small to medium-sized pot, and set over low heat while we prep the ingredients. Now, let’s slice up our orange into quarter-inch thick cuts—and be sure to save the ends!
After water has been heated, add in the pine, a tablespoon of whole cloves, and 1/8 teaspoon of nutmeg. Use a spoon to gently stir the ingredients and evenly disperse the spice in heated water.
Introduce orange slices and ½ cup of fresh cranberries. And the final touch—cinnamon! Break all four cinnamon sticks in half, and add them to the pot before giving the mixture a final stir. Carefully adjust heat if the water is not hot enough. You don’t want a rolling boil—just a soft simmer.
Simmer your mixture for as long as desired, and replenish water when it begins to evaporate.
And feel free to improvise as you find the right balance of ingredients. Maybe you prefer a spicier cinnamon scent or the fresh essence of pine. Add more and less of each as you perfect your potpourri.
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