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How-To Make Your House Smell Like the Holidays

Homemade Holidays – How to Make Your House Smell Like the Holidays with Slow Cooker Potpourri

I love almost everything about the holidays including the smells.  When there’s a chill in the air and the first thing you or guests smell is that unforgettable holiday scent there’s almost nothing better.

How to make your home smell like the holidays. Easy Slow Cooker Potpourri. Start it simmering in the morning before guests arrive and your house will be filled with the scent of the holidays in no time. Get the details at www.cupcakesandcrinoline.com

In the spring, summer and autumn, weather permitting, I have my windows open to allow fresh air and all of the lovely scents from nature indoors but in the winter it’s a little harder to enjoy those aromas and that’s why I love this quick and easy Simmering Scent Recipe that you can make in your slow cooker.  

{I love my slow cookers  and the easier the recipe the better – you can find more slow cooker recipes right here}

How to make your home smell like the holidays. Easy Slow Cooker Potpourri. Start it simmering in the morning before guests arrive and your house will be filled with the scent of the holidays in no time. Get the details at www.cupcakesandcrinoline.com

Start it in the morning or early in the afternoon and by the time guests arrive your house will smell just like the holidays.  Even if you’re not entertaining this is an inexpensive and easy way to keep the smell going all through the holiday season.

Ingredients:

1 orange, sliced

1 lemon, sliced

4 cinnamon sticks

1 tablespoon whole cloves

4 bay leaves

I use a small crockpot – slow cooker, for my simmering scents {potpourri}.  I first add 4 cups of water to the pot, then layer the oranges, lemons, bay leaves and cinnamon topping it all off with the cloves.

You can use this same batch over and over allowing it to cool off first and then placing in the refrigerator to store for several days.

If you would prefer to make it on the stove top that is another option; keep it at a simmer and check the water occasionally adding more as needed.

How to make your home smell like the holidays. Easy Slow Cooker Potpourri. Start it simmering in the morning before guests arrive and your house will be filled with the scent of the holidays in no time. Get the details at www.cupcakesandcrinoline.com

This post is part of the Scents of the Season blog hop ~ I’m joining the lovely ladies below in sharing our favorite ‘scents of the season’ ideas ~ be sure to stop by and visit them for more

‘scent-sible’ inspiration!

How to make your home smell like the holidays. Easy Slow Cooker Potpourri. Start it simmering in the morning before guests arrive and your house will be filled with the scent of the holidays in no time. Get the details at www.cupcakesandcrinoline.com

Jocie@OPC

Thursday 14th of November 2013

Love this Mary Beth! featuring you tonight and you're our weekly ad space winner! woot woot!

Mary Beth

Thursday 14th of November 2013

Thank you so much, Jocie!!!

Christina

Wednesday 13th of November 2013

Love the idea of using natural scents at home! I'm trying this one! :)

Mary Beth

Wednesday 13th of November 2013

Thanks so much, Christina!

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Monday 11th of November 2013

[…] The past week was a tad busy ~ I took part in two blog hops with some wonderful bloggers.  I shared a super easy All Natural Way to add the Scents of the Season to your home as part of the LCI {Live Creatively Inspired} Hop ~ you can check out the easy recipe and the other bloggers who shared their favorite Scents of the Season here. […]

Katie @ Horrific Knits

Sunday 10th of November 2013

I would never have thought to use the crockpot for simmering house scents! And I bet this smells amazing. My name is Katie and I host Fall Into the Holidays. All entries get pinned. I would love to have you link up! This week’s round is still open!

Mary Beth

Monday 11th of November 2013

Just linked up, Katie ~ thanks so much for the invite. :)

Joybee

Saturday 9th of November 2013

I once went to a historic plantation (in NC) during the holidays and they decorated with oranges studded with cloves. I imagine it gives a similar sent though simmering the spices would be much stronger. Sounds lovely.

Mary Beth

Monday 11th of November 2013

When I was growing up my Mother would keep a bowl of studded oranges in the dining room ~ you brought back some good memories. Thanks so much for stopping by, Joybee!