Homemade Spring Potpourri

Mrs. Fields Secrets Springtime Potpourri
Store shelves are lined with scented candles, diffusers and air fresheners, but everything you need to have a fabulous smelling home is right in your kitchen. Making your own potpourri is quick, easy, inexpensive and a great way to use up produce and spices before they go bad. You can store them in the fridge for 1-2 weeks and even give them as gifts. Here’s what you’ll need:

Lemon Rosemary Vanilla Potpourri

1 mason jar
1 lemon
2-3 sprigs rosemary
1 teaspoon vanilla

Fill mason jar half way with water. Slice lemon and place in jar. Tuck in sprigs of rosemary, then add water to fill the rest of the jar. Add the teaspoon of vanilla on top, then top the jar with a lid and place in the fridge until use. To use, pour ingredients of the jar into a small saucepan and add another jarful of water. Simmer on low heat, adding water as needed. Potpourri will last for 24-48 hours of simmering. (Note: Do not leave potpourri simmering unattended or overnight.) You can also simmer mixture in a small crockpot.

1 orange, 1 cinnamon stick, and 1 inch of fresh ginger
1 lemon, 1 lime, 3 sprigs of thyme
1 orange, star anise, clove

Homemade Simmering Potpourri

Mrs. Fields Secrets Simmering PotpourriForget fancy candles or packaged potpourri, I’ve got a great tip to keep your house smelling great with items you already have. For the sake of the photos, I used pretty lemons and oranges, but this idea works with old, shriveled citrus or even just the peels from used lemons, oranges, grapefruits and limes. The rinds contain super-smelling oils that get broken down and diffused into the air as they simmer on the stove top. Toss in some other great-smelling items like evergreen boughs, cinnamon sticks, whole cloves, bay leaves, and fresh herbs that are ready to be discarded, and you’ve got million-dollar smells coming from a simmering saucepan of otherwise discardable items. Here are a few of my favorite concoctions:

Lemon Evergreen Potpourri

lemon slices or peels
1 small evergreen bough

Orange Spice Potpourri

orange slices or peels
2 cinnamon sticks
1 teaspoon whole cloves
1 bay leaf

Cranberry Apple Spice Potpourri

1 cup cranberries
1 apple core
2 cinnamon sticks

Lemon Rosemary Potpourri

lemon slices or peels
sprigs of rosemary
bay leaf

Fill a medium saucepan 3/4 full of water and set it on low heat. Toss in the ingredients and allow to simmer for up to 6 hours. Check water level at least every hour and refill as needed to avoid scorching.

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