Monday, November 5, 2012

Autumn Stove-top Potpourri

Hi everyone!  I have a fun, delicious-smelling idea for you today.  One of my favorite things about the autumn/holiday season is the smells.  I love to burn a strong-smelling candle, and there is nothing like the smell of a freshly baked pie coming out of the oven!  However, sometimes if I want the house to smell like a baked good it doesn't necessarily mean I have time to bake, or want to indulge in the calories that particular day.  An easy solution to channel that divine smell is this Autumn Stove-top Potpourri! 
The thing I like best about this idea is that you can easily customize it to fit your particular sense of smell! 

For my potpourri, I combined whole cloves, cinnamon sticks, an orange, and a bit of ground nutmeg and ground all-spice in a small pot of water on the stove.  I then let the mixture simmer on the stove for a delicious smell! This is also a great idea to do if you're having company, or hosting a party and want the house to smell nice!

*I looked at the whole cloves on the spice aisle and they cost close to $6.00, which was not in my budget.  I recommend looking at the selection of "El Club Mexicano" bags of spices-just a few feet away at Wal-Mart (at least at ours!)  These bags were a dollar or less each, and I was able to buy the cinnamon in a bag too.

**You should be able to leave your potpourri on the stove for a day or two, and turn the burner back to simmer when you're ready for more smell!



  1. My mother in law taught me this trick when she was selling real estate. She used to have her sellers do this shortly before a showing. People are really influenced by smells. A nice friendly smell makes a house feel like a home. I love your blog. Thanks for all your awesome recipes. I look forward to them each day.

  2. aw great find on the spices! I'm checking that out for sure! I love this trick too! I'm not a fan of the crockpot b/c it smells up my entire house. I "cook" a pot of spices to get rid of smell. I did forget one day about it though and well...had to buy some steel wool to clean my pan. :|

    1. Especially when I'm pregnant I can't stand the smell from the crockpot cooking all day either, I put mine in the garage a lot so Samuel can walk in from work "bringing dinner" when he comes in, already cooked & I haven't smelled it all day :)