There is just something special about the smell of Christmas. Smells of cinnamon, fresh cranberries, earthy rosemary, and vibrant citrus scents. It’s with these scents in mind that I want to share with you all today my DIY Crock Pot Potpourri!
This potpourri is safer that the usual stove top variety and will make your house so welcoming for the holidays. It will leave your guests will be asking you how you made it!
Here’s how to make it:
- 1 cup fresh cranberries
- 1 orange sliced
- 3 cinnamon sticks
- 1 tablespoon of cloves
- 3 springs of fresh rosemary (optional)
- 1/5 gallon water
- Place all your fresh ingredients in small crock pot and fill about halfway full of water. Turn your crock pot to high heat and leave unlidded.
Allow your contents to come to a full simmer on their own for two hours, and then turn to the low heat setting thirty minutes prior to guest arriving.
This mixture, liquids, and aromatics, can also be jarred, stored in the refrigerator, and re-used for up to a week, making this recipe a great way to use up pre-composted citrus and fruit scraps left over from baking sessions as well!
Essential oils can also be added to this potpourri. Oils such as lemon, cinnamon, spruce, peppermint, frankincense, and ginger would may great additions to this recipe as well!
Now in addition to using this recipe at home for my own family during the holiday season, I also like to give this recipe jarred as holiday hostess gifts to party’s my family attend, as well as parting gifts to friends and family we entertain at home as well.
The nice things about giving this potpourri as a gift are that the contents can be created ahead of time (up to a week), jarred, and refrigerated until giving. Also be sure to add small, simple touches to your jars, such as adding fresh springs of rosemary, bay leaves, and star of anise.
Also consider adding striped bakers twine, raffia, rope, or fabric, and a handmade card to make your jar a memorable gift for others this season.
Personally, I find this potpourri to be nothing short of amazing and will be sure to be a favorite at your next get together, too! So everyone, do you have a favorite way to scent your home over the holidays? I’d love to hear about it below!