Make your home smell like autumn with only a few ingredients you may already have in your home.
In a perfect world my home always smells like fresh baked chocolate chip cookies or homemade apple cider and I have a maid that cleans my kitchen for me when I feel like being lazy, though that’s a different story. I think everybody enjoys the scent of certain baked goods but sometimes we are just too
lazy busy to make them. Which is fine because making your home smell delicious doesn’t require you to actually bake something delicious.
Enter stovetop potpourri- to be more specific a special autumn potpourri mix. Fall is the time we enjoy a lot of warming spices alongside deliciously scented fruit such as apples and oranges. It’s the perfect time to get a (second) use out of them. The great thing about this potpourri here is that not only does it make your entire home smell wonderful (yes the ENTIRE home, suck it scented candles) but you can also reuse any peels or cinnamon sticks you needed in a previous recipe.
So there are two versions to make this and both are equally great. Option one is to use whole fruits (maybe those apples in the back of your fridge that are looking kind of sad). The second option is to only use the peels of these fruits, as they will still create a wonderful scent by themselves. Whichever one you go for, I highly suggest adding some essential oils to the mix. Think of scents such as blood orange, cinnamon, brown sugar,… basically anything autumn related. It’s going to intensify the smell of your stovetop potpourri and last you for hours.
I love putting a pot of this on the stovetop and enjoying the scents throughout the whole day. I don’t just do this for guests but also for myself sometimes because I think the comfort of ones home shouldn’t be underestimated. A comfy home is a place where you can unwind, come home after a long day of work, flee from cold weather and enjoy family time. Go ahead and try it and enjoy the wonderful fall season 🙂
- pine needles
- cinnamon sticks
- essential oils of your choice
- Quarter the apples, oranges and pomegranate and add all the ingredients into a large pot. Add enough water to cover everything and bring to a boil.
- Reduce heat to low and let it simmer throughout the day, adding more water as needed.