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Stove Top Potpourri

This heavenly holiday stove top potpourri is easy to make. It fills your home with the scent of Christmas. Make cello bags and give as gifts to family and friends.
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  • 2 sprigs of pine branches
  • 2 sprigs of cedar branches
  • 3 sprigs of fresh rosemary
  • 6-8 bay leaves
  • 6 dried orange slices
  • 1 fresh orange
  • 1 handful of fresh cranberries
  • 8-10 cloves
  • 2 cinnamon sticks or 6 pieces of cinnamon bark
  • 1-2 whole star anise


In a large pot, add 6 cups of water.  Add all the ingredients to the pan.  Start by laying the pine and cedar springs on the top of the water.  Cut the fresh orange in half and place amongst the greenery.  Next, add the rosemary, bay leaves and cranberries.  Top with the dried orange slices and star anise and bring the pot to a simmer over low heat for 1 hour.  Add more water as needed.  

To reuse and reheat:  Drain the potpourri mixture and store in the refrigerator overnight.  Reheat by adding the ingredients to a pot of water (6 cups) and bring to a simmer over low heat.  Add some fresh ingredients if desired.  Discard after 2nd use.

Stove Top Potpourri Gift Bags

For gift giving, add all the ingredients attractively to a cello bag and tie with a ribbon or twine.  Hand create a gift card with instructions for use.


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