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Holiday Stovetop Potpourri

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Sharing my Holiday Stovetop Potpourri recipe today that makes the whole house smell like the Holidays!!  This stovetop potpourri makes the best Christmas gifts for neighbors too!

stovetop potpourri

I love giving Christmas gifts for neighbors this time of year and this stovetop potpourri is a simple way to give a thoughtful gift!

One of my favorite things about this fabulous time of year are the wonderful aromas that come through the kitchen while baking. I’ve got my simple recipe for stovetop potpourri that fills your entire home with sweet spices that literally smells like you’ve been baking all day.  Such a great little pot to have simmering for your Holiday parties coming up.

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How To Make Stovetop Potpourri
Stovetop Potpourri

Here’s what I use. Cinnamon Sticks, Cloves, Nutmeg, Vanilla Bean or Vanilla extract and an Orange.

Stovetop Potpourri

You can make a few substitutions if needed.  The spices can be in “ground” form if you don’t have the “whole” spices as I have here.  You can absolutely use vanilla extract in place of the vanilla bean.  Those beans can be a little pricey.  You can also use fresh cranberries in place or in addition to the orange 🙂

Stovetop Potpourri

You’ll start by adding 2 cups of water to a small saucepan.

Stovetop Potpourri

Add your cinnamon sticks (or ground cinnamon).

Stovetop Potpourri

Pour in your whole or ground cloves.

Stovetop Potpourri

Add your nutmeg and vanilla to the saucepan.

Stovetop Potpourri

Quarter your pretty orange.

Stovetop Potpourri

You’ll just need the peel, so enjoy the orange pieces.

Stovetop Potpourri

Add your orange peels to the saucepan and you are ready to go! Can you handle the difficulty?

Stovetop Potpourri

Turn up the heat.

Stovetop Potpourri

Let your potpourri come to a boil then reduce heat to low and simmer as desired.  Make sure you glance at the water levels every now and then.  You’ll have to add more water as it gets low.

Stovetop Potpourri

Christmas Gifts For Neighbors

Stovetop Potpourri

To make Christmas gifts for neighbors, you can add all of the dry pieces to a cellophane bag, wrap with a little Tablespoon (from the dollar store) and a ribbon.  Attach the recipe and it makes a simple gift for friends and neighbors 🙂  Check your dollar store for cinnamon sticks and the other spices, it can be an inexpensive gift idea!

Holiday Stovetop Potpourri
Prep Time
5 mins
Total Time
5 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: christmas gifts for neighbors, DIY gift, gifts for neighbors, homemade gift, neighbor gift ideas, stovetop potpourri
Servings: 1
Calories: 59 kcal
  • 2 cinnamon sticks or 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon whole cloves or 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 vanilla bean or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 orange peel quartered (fresh cranberries are also great to add as well)
  • 1 whole nutmeg or 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 cups water
  1. Place water into a small saucepan. Add cinnamon sticks, cloves, vanilla bean, nutmeg and orange peels. Turn heat to medium until water starts to boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer as long as desired. Check water level every 1/2 hour that you have simmering. Water needs to be added as needed. Do not let water evaporate. Use potpourri for 2 days (adding additional water as necessary) then discard and make a new batch.  Makes 2 Cups Potpourri

Nutrition Facts
Holiday Stovetop Potpourri
Amount Per Serving
Calories 59 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 2%
Sodium 34mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 12g 4%
Dietary Fiber 6g 24%
Vitamin A 1%
Vitamin C 19.8%
Calcium 12.3%
Iron 5.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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