Simmering Holiday Potpourri

Have I ever given you a recipe that you couldn’t eat? I guess there’s a first time for everything!

As I mention in the Cookies and Cream Fudge recipe, a neighbor of mine when I was young brought Christmas treats to us every year. She also had this wonderful Simmering Holiday Potpourri on the stove almost every time I visited her between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

She had a farm with many different animals. She had chickens from which we purchased fresh eggs every week. On Saturday we went over and picked up our eggs and visited a while. I remember her house smiled so festive. As an adult, I related that smell to the holidays and wanted my house to smell like that.

Isn’t it funny how smells remind trigger memories? Like Ralph Lauren Polo cologne for men always reminds me of my high school boyfriend! Bourbon or whiskey smells make me want to watch a good football game. Coconut anything makes me want to sun on the beach. What are some smells that conjure up memories for you?

For, this ‘recipe’ is not just the cinnamon or cloves or even the citrus. I love to smell them all independently, but it’s the combination of smell they creat together that gives it the holiday twist. This is a very simple recipe for Simmering Holiday Potpourri  and, yes, its one you don’t eat, but it’s worth sharing and so worth making! If you have a small slowcooker that you can dedicate to potpourri for the season, that will be fantastic!

Simmering Potpourri

This potpourri is easy peasy. Collect your ingredients and slice fruit.

Simmering Potpourri

Place in a pot or slow cooker. Fill with water until it just covers the fruit. Simmer and enjoy the aroma!

Simmering Potpourri gift

Need a gift?

This would make a great gift, merely package all the ingredients with directions.

Simmering Holiday Potpourri

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 2 hours

Total Time: 2 hours, 4 minutes


  • 1 orange
  • 1 lemon
  • 2 T whole cloves
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • water


  • Slice fruit and place in pot or slow cooker.
  • Add cloves and cinnamon.
  • Cover with water.
  • Turn to simmer. Do not cover.
  • Add more water when it gets low.
  • Enjoy!
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  1. Paula, I love the idea of these. I especially like the potpourri. It adds great moisture to the air in this dry climate. But I have been known to leave it till I begin to smell burned cinnamon! I’d love it if your linked these great gift ideas to What’d You Do This Weekend.


  2. Oh my goodness, I can imagine the wonderful aromas when simmering this up. What a wonderful gift idea Paula :)

  3. I love what a cute gift this would make Paula! Or may a self-gift as well… I good at that :-) Pinned!

  4. Mmmm – so many of my favorite scents all in one! I don’t have a slow cooker at the moment, but I may have to put this on the stove on low for Christmas morning.


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