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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

A Peek From My Porch

I love for the house to smell wonderful when I walk in!  Candles are a great aid to help with that great fragrance, but there are other creative ways to get those yummy smells.   Today's post is an entry I shared many years ago from my friend, Vickie Stykes. She shared a great gift idea, as well as something that will make your own home smell like Christmas!

I love the smells of Christmas. The smell of freshly baked “holiday sweet treats”, homemade bread, cinnamon, fruits, scented candles, a clean house, fresh sheets made ready for guests and the air after a new snowfall. Even though we have many potpourri options in the stores, this homemade potpourri brings back the old-fashioned days of Christmas. Simmering on top your kitchen stove or wood burning stove or on a side burner this blend of fruits and spices will bring a special holiday aroma to your home. May your home be filled with holiday guests, days of family times with fun and laughter and making memories for the years to come. --Vickie Stykes

Christmas Fragrance Simmering Potpourri

5-6 cinnamon sticks, broken
1 TBSP. lemon peel
½ cup whole cloves
¼ cup whole allspice
1 TBSP. orange peel
1 TBSP. nutmeg
1 TBSP. bay leaf pieces
2 slices apples, optional
½ orange, cut into quarters, leave peel on, optional

Combine all ingredients and place in a simmer stove pot or in a crock pot. Cover with hot water, turn on high to bubbly, then on low to enjoy simmering scent. May be placed in refrigerator and reused several times. Just add more ingredients if scent loses aroma.

Thanks, Vickie!

With love,

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