Friday, December 4, 2009

Smell of Christmas Potpourri Mix

For many years, I treated myself by buying a Christmas-themed Yankee Candle right around Thanksgiving time and lit it throughout the Christmas season. Then, one Christmas (actually the one when my son was 3 months old) I totally flaked on buying a candle. I seemed to have other things on my mind, like preparing to return back to work from maternity leave, and adjusting to life with a newborn, that the candle I bought every year got forgotten. Imagine that, right?

So that year while decorating for Christmas, I was jonesing for my Christmas-smell and remembered this recipe in a 1980's church cookbook. I had a few of the ingredients, and whipped up the smell. I fell in love with the simplicity and the non-chemical vapors. Also, now that I have a toddler, I don't like having open flames around my high-energy son.

So this is year number three without those candles, and we look forward to it every year. I gave this as hostess gifts last year for Christmas and it was well received. This year I added a lime peel because I have a TON of limes and it added a little tweak to smell. If your family doesn't like any particular ingredient (I'm sensitive to cloves), reduce it or leave it out, as this recipe is very forgiving!

I made a double recipe, put one batch on the stove, and stashed the other half in a snack-size zip top bag and threw it in the freezer for later in the season.

I am also sharing this at The Grocery Cart Challenge Recipe Swap and Get Healthy Cheap Christmas Gift Ideas.

Smell of Christmas Potpourri

1/2 orange peel cut into small pieces
1/2 lemon peel cut into small pieces
1 large cinnamon stick
1 tablespoon whole cloves
2 bay leaves

Use any amount of water; simmer in small pan

Easy Cooking | Simple Cooking

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