There’s something to be said about the phrase “home for the holidays.” This homemade potpourri (created by my step-mom, Julie – you may have met her here) is constantly brewing at my house during the holiday season.
Its spicy essence creates a warm feeling of sensory memory. You guys KNOW I’m all about the 5 senses. So ya, my house is oozing with the scent of cinnamon and oranges while Vince Guaraldi plays throughout the house and I stare at all my cute Christmas decor. LOL. (Kids screaming and dogs barking aren’t involved in this little daydream).
But really, It immediately transforms the ambience to a Thanksgiving & Christmas vibe. The best part? No calories– the smell of festive spirit is enough to alleviate the temptation of baked goods. Seriously you guys. It’s true.
Homemade Cinnamon Spice Potpourri:
+ 1.5 cups of spicy apple cider
+ 1 gala apple
+ 2 oranges
+ 8 cinnamon sticks
+ 6 whole nutmegs
+ 1 dash of ground cloves
+ 2 dashes of pumpkin spice
♡ Put everything in to a small pot. When there are people at home, turn the stove on the lowest simmer. But like, DO NOT forget to turn it off when no one is home!!!
This concoction lasts for two weeks and it’s totally normal for the ingredients to shrivel up over the days. Just keep adding splashes of spicy apple cider every few days.
Hope you guys love this little recipe. It’s such a tradition in my step-mom’s home, and now in mine.
+ be sure to stalk this holiday hair & makeup look.
++ here are 5 ways to hack Thanksgiving if you don’t have your shit together.