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:

Darnetha said...

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

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

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

L.Duncan@Home23DuncanBoys said...

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!

Karen said...

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

Daphne Bryson said...

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

Bev said...

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.

Debbie @ MeandMyDIY said...

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

Erica said...

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!

Highland Monkey's said...

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

Connie said...

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 :)

romance-of-roses said...

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

Shelia said...

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 ;)

Karen said...

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

Decora Adora said...

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

Stacey said...

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

Candace said...

I bet your home smells amazing!

Julie Harward said...

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

Michelle said...

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

Tirabaralla said...

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

Nici Higby said...

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

Nellie @ Brooklyn Active Mama said...

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