Monday, December 1, 2014

Christmas Stove Top Potpourri

Today I am sharing 2 ways I make my home feel like Christmas. 
One of my favorite ways to make my home smell like Christmas is by making a simmering pot of delicious smells.
These are seriously so easy to throw together and you can do just about any flavor combination you love. 
I love the smell of apples, citrus, and cinnamon, so that's what I threw into my pot.
So in place of lighting a candle, try this instead! 
Your home will smell so yummy that your husband will actually comment on how great the house smelled as soon he walked in the door. 
True story. 


1 1/2 cups fresh cranberries
1 granny smith apple, sliced
1 orange, sliced
3 whole cinnamon sticks
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract or 1 vanilla bean
4 cups of water

Dump all of your ingredients into a medium sized sauce pan, and simmer over low heat for hours. If your level starts to get low, add a few cups of water and keep simmering. My pot lasts me about 3 days before I dump it out and start with a fresh batch. Enjoy your delicious smelling home!

*never leave your pot simmering while you are out of the house. This should be common sense but sometimes things get forgotten, and I don't want to be responsible for any one's homes burning down. Thanks.
The second way I bring on the Christmas joy is by playing Christmas music all day long.
 I know people are sticklers when it comes to their taste in Christmas music. 
I know this because I am one of them. I am very picky.
 I can't help it that some arrangements are just better than others.
(I'm reading this in my mind like Gretchen Wieners)
 Here is a summarized list of my favorite songs for the season!
 Happy 1st of December!

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