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Kitchen Wonderland: 7 Recipes for Simmering Potpourri

I love putting a pot of spices onto the stove and letting it simmer away as I bake and decorate our house for the holidays. Usually I just toss a few cinnamon sticks into the pot, but this year, I thought I’d hunt down a few new recipes. Imagine my surprise when I found just two or three recipes, all of them similar. It was high time, I figured, that someone pull together some fun new scents for stove top simmering potpourri. So, here 7 recipes made with ingredients you likely already have in your house. From Key lime pie to cranberry-almond potpourri, you’ll be able to have a new Christmas-themed scent every day of the week with these splendidly scented recipes.

If you feel concerned about leaving your homemade potpourri simmering on the stovetop, the recipes will also work in the slowcooker. Just double the spices, halve the water, and heat it on low without a lid on top. Easy as can be!

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  • Spiced Potpourri 1 of 7
    Spiced Potpourri
    In a small pot, place 5-6 cinnamon sticks, several anise stars, dried oranges, and a handful of whole cloves. Fill the pot halfway with water. Heat over low heat on a stove until the scent fills the kitchen. Watch closely to ensure the pot is always filled with water to prevent burning.
  • Cranberry-almond Potpourri 2 of 7
    Cranberry-almond Potpourri
    Fill a small pot halfway with cranberries. Add two tablespoons almond extract, then add just enough water to cover the cranberries. Heat over low heat on a stove until the scent fills the kitchen. Watch closely to ensure the pot is always filled with water to prevent burning.
  • Six Spice Simmering Potpourri 3 of 7
    Six Spice Simmering Potpourri
    In a small pot or saucepan, combine cloves, whole peppercorns, anise stars, fennel seeds, dried ginger, and dried lemon peel. Fill with enough water to cover the spices. Heat over low heat on a stove until the scent fills the kitchen. Watch closely to ensure the pot is always filled with water to prevent burning.
  • Key Lime Simmering Potpourri 4 of 7
    Key Lime Simmering Potpourri
    In a small pot, place 2 fresh slices of lime and a vanilla bean. Add a few drops of lime essential oils, if desired. Heat over low heat on a stove until the scent fills the kitchen. Watch closely to ensure the pot is always filled with water to prevent burning.
  • Gingerbread Cookie Stovetop Potpourri 5 of 7
    Gingerbread Cookie Stovetop Potpourri
    In a small pan, add 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon, 2 tablespoons ground ginger, 2 tablespoons vanilla extract, and 1 sliced orange. Add about 1 cup of water. Heat over low heat on a stove until the scent fills the kitchen. Watch closely to ensure the pot is always filled with water to prevent burning.
  • Vanilla Candy Cane Potpourri 6 of 7
    Vanilla Candy Cane Potpourri
    In a small pot, place three vanilla beans, which have been sliced in half, and several drops of peppermint essential oil into 2 cups of water. Heat over low heat on a stove until the scent fills the kitchen. Watch closely to ensure the pot is always filled with water to prevent burning.
  • Classic Simmering Potpourri 7 of 7
    Classic Simmering Potpourri
    Simmering orange potpourri sits on the stovetop and turns your house into a Christmas wonderland!
    Get the recipe at Wedding Favours

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