Thursday, November 29, 2012

A Warm Holiday Scent for Your Home

In my world, making my house smell like Christmas is just as important as decorating for the holidays.  I enjoy walking into my house after the air has been filled with the warm scents of Christmas simmering on the stove.

Not far from my house is a great farmer's market with the best selection of reasonably priced spices.  I purchased a few spice containers to create my own holiday potpourri.

A few whole nutmeg
2 Tbsp dried orange peel
1 tsp whole cloves
1 tsp whole allspice
A few dried orange slices
Two cups of water

Place all the ingredients into a saucepan.  Fill the saucepan with water and stir to dissolve the dried orange peel.  Bring to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer.  Be sure to add more water as the water boils down.  I refrigerate the leftovers and reuse them for about a week.  The smell is wonderful.  It truly does make the house smell great!

If you like you can view a clean fragrance for your home here.



21 comments:

  1. I am going to have to try this...thanks for the formula :)

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  2. Brandi, you always have the best simmering mixes! I'll have to try this one, too! Thanks for sharing.

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  3. I hear a Christmas gift idea (hint hint)!! This is fabulous, Brandi! We need to go to the farmers market together. I haven't been in years and don't know how to get back there!

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  4. MMMM,that sounds nice. I think I need to try this.

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  5. Good Morning Brandi, When I saw your photo of the spices you had bought from the Farmers Market, it instantly transported me back to when I visited my daughter in Atlanta a couple of years ago. She took me to the most fabulous Farmers Market and I bought so many different spices to take home to Cyprus. When I walked in the market the aromas were wonderful. I like the idea of perfuming my home with spices, so this is definitely a winner for me. Have a lovely day. Best Wishes Daphne

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  6. What a wonderful idea, Brandi! Years ago I used a small crockpot to simmer potpourri - just left the top off. That took out the possibility of me forgetting to add water periodically - which I have done before - more than once. :) Hope you and your family are enjoying this wonderful Christmas season.

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  7. I used to do this with fresh orange peels, cloves and cinnamon after a realtor told me to put some on the stove during our open house. The house sold in 6 days! In any case, I'll have to try it with the allspice and nutmeg too. It sounds wonderful!
    Debbie

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  8. I never thought of making my own air scents before. I can just imagine how awesome this would smell!! Smells just like Christmas, I'm sure. :)

    And gosh, don't you just love the Dekalb Farmers Market??!! I miss that place so much! Just look at those cheap prices on the spices!

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  9. Wish we had a farmers market near us. Sounds like a super recipe, thanks for sharing.

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  10. What a lovely idea . . . nothing is nicer than the smells of sweet spices. I love your boxwood wreath pillow and the orange sweet potato cups. You are such a talented gal. Your projects are a win-win . . . practical and beautiful at the same time. I ask you, what is better than that?

    Have a wonderful weekend,
    Your blogging sister, Connie :)

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  11. Hi Brandi, so sweet of you to visit me. I have always used scented candles for the holidays but like this idea also, will have to try. Thank you for this post. Hugs...Lu

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  12. Oh, this sounds like a great idea! I love using candles but they bother some folks so this would be perfect.
    Thanks so much for popping in to see me.
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  13. Oh, your home must smell heavenly, Brandi! This would make a lovely gift, too - thanks for sharing! xx

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  14. Hi Brandi, so sweet of you to visit me. I have always used scented candles for the holidays but like this idea also, will have to try. Thank you for this post. Hugs

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  15. Must. try. this!. Thanks for sharing and like you, I love, love when my house smells great! It relaxes me:-)

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  16. I bet your home smells amazing!

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  17. Something my mom did and I used to...will be doing it again! :)

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  18. I wish my computer had smell vents right about now! What a beautiful scent those spices would make together. Just lovely :)

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  19. Lovely idea and simple to make...thank you for sharing! :)

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  20. Wow! I can almost smell this through the computer. LOL Great recipe for a delicious scent! Have a Merry Christmas!
    Blessings,
    Nici

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  21. I have never tried to make my own fragrance! Consider me inspired!

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