Christmas Potpourri

One of my very “favoritest” things to do at Christmas is keep potpourri on the stove. (This occasionally has bad consequences, as when I left it on the stove all night a couple days ago, and it took me 15 minutes with a copper scrubber to get it all out of my poor mistreated Revere Ware. But assuming you’re not showing signs of senility at 23 like I apparently am, this is a very fun little recipe.)

Christmas Potpourri

  • 1/2 orange (or a whole orange — I just used a Clementine that was starting to get all wrinkled)
  • 1/2 lemon (or lemon juice, if you don’t have lemons — can you tell I’m not planning ahead too well here?)
  • 1 stick of cinnamon
  • Some whole cloves
  • Water

Simmer on low in a little pot on the stove, adding water as necessary every hour or two. It will last for a couple days if maintained.

About Charity

I have an inexcusable number of cookbooks (and like to experiment with them), have worked in architectural antiques, and have been sewing most of my life. I recently graduated with a Ph.D. in Apparel, Merchandising, & Design from Iowa State University. Doing household things (except for cleaning!) and hunting for antiques are my favorite pastimes.
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2 Responses to Christmas Potpourri

  1. This is great! Last year, I was given a darling package of potpourri that was similar to this. It had dehydrated oranges (and I think some apple slices, too), cinnamon sticks, and some other “stuff” (I think I have an ingredient list somewhere, maybe), and you just add water and simmer on the stove.

  2. Charity says:

    This makes a good Christmas present too — buy some tins on clearance after Christmas for the next year (and some cinnamon sticks, while you’re at it!), and put the cloves in a little scrap of Christmas fabric, and then just add the lemons and oranges.

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