I start my Christmas decorating after Thanksgiving, and love to have the fragrance of the Holiday to fill the air. Add a little Christmas music, and let the decorating begin! This holiday fragrance potpourri, simmered on the stove, makes the house smell wonderful. You can make a large batch, and package some to place in your holiday gift baskets. For a gardening friend, pair the potpourri with the mystery book “Mistletoe Man”, A China Bayles Mystery. China Bayles is a lawyer who left the big city to run an herb shop called Thyme and Seasons in Texas. Her series of mystery books are all based on herbs. The recipe below was shared from the book.
Thyme and Seasons Holiday Stovetop Potpourri
1/4 cup whole cloves
1/4 cup cinnamon chips
1/4 cup allspice berries
1/4 cup whole rose hips
1/4 cup dried orange peel
1/4 cup dried lemon peel
1 tablespoon cardamom seeds
1 tablespoon aniseed
6-8 bay laurel leaves
Combine all ingredients and store in a lidded container. To use, bring 3 cups water to a boil in an old pan. Add 2-3 tablespoons of potpourri and a sliced apple or orange if you wish. Reduce heat to a simmer, and add water as necessary to keep it from boiling dry. Mixture may be stored in refrigerator, between uses. Be sure and label DO NOT drink. Makes about 1 3/4 cup potpourri, enough for the rest of the holiday season!
If you would like to purchase “Mistletoe Man” or any of Susan Albert Wittig’s China Bayles books, just click here or on the book above.
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