Memories… Sometimes there is that special scent or recipe that triggers a memory. That takes you back to a different time or brings those you love close to you once again. For me, these stovetop scent pots do just that. The heavenly scent takes me back to my childhood. My mom has been making these potpourri recipes as long as I can remember. We would package the ingredients up and attach cute instructions. Then out we went to deliver them to teachers, neighbors, and co-workers. Its one of my fondest memories and tradition from my childhood.
Fast-Forward to today and these recipes are still going strong. I feel like they create such inviting and comforting scents that fill your space. I love that these use simple, natural, chemical-free ingredients that I almost always have on hand.
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These also make great gifts! Especially for those people who you don’t want to forget but can’t spend much on and you have no clue what they would like. This would be a cute, simple, and homemade gift that they could use to make their holiday season brighter for the ones they hold close. How cool is that?
There are several different options for packaging them as gifts. Some of it depends on your style and how much time you have. One important thing to remember is if your packaging as a gift, send the fruit whole! We don’t want any yucky moldy gifts! Here are a few of my favorite ways to package these up.
Instructions: Fill a small saucepan with water and bring to boil. Add ingredients and lower heat to a simmer. Add more water when needed. If using a larger saucepan I would double the recipe.
- 3 slices of apple
- 2 slices of lemon
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- Pinch of nutmeg
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 of lemon sliced
- 1/2 orange sliced
- 2 sprigs of rosemary
- 3 bay leaves
- 1 handful cedar or pine (Christmas tree clippings work great)
- 1/2 cup fresh cranberries
Give these a try! I promise you will love them! What are some traditions or memories that you hold dear?