This winter weather is throwing us for a loop. We’re breaking out our parkas, scarves and mittens for when we HAVE to go outside, but we’d rather spend a bleak, wintry day indoors in our PJs and fuzzy socks and slippies, TBH. (Who wouldn’t?) And even though our gifts are arriving at our doorstep completely wrapped, those holiday wreaths aren’t going to make themselves. Instead of lighting scented candles to get in the holiday spirit during your DIY sesh, throw a few seasonal kitchen staples into a pot, fill it with water and let the scent simmer all day long.
1. Holiday Pot Simmer Recipe Trio: This little tutorial comes with not one, but three different recipes. The spiced coffee pot simmer is perfect for morning baking. Or perhaps you prefer the wassail-inspired cran-apple spice simmer that uses dried apples, cranberries and crystallized ginger. Since these mixes use preserved fruit, they’ll keep for weeks at a time. Simply throw them in treat bags, and you’ve got a perfect gift to give the neighbors. (via Hello Natural)
2. Homemade Simmering Spices: The best way to bring out the notes and flavors of natural potpourri is to throw your fresh fruit and spices in a Crockpot. You can use whatever fruit you have on hand, but this mix includes an apple, orange peels, star anise, whole cloves, cinnamon sticks and fresh ginger. (via How Sweet Eats)
3. Simmering Stovepot Potpourri: Chances are you’ve got a can of pumpkin in the pantry left over from Thanksgiving. Welp, this is a great way to use it up. Combine it with apple cider, cinnamon sticks, nutmeg, vanilla extract and whole cloves for a sweet and spicy simmer pot. Man, is anyone else craving pie now? (via Free People Blog)
4. Cranberry Orange Spice Stovetop Potpourri: Ah, rosemary — the woody herb withstands harsh winter weather, and we love it when its floral scent lingers on our hands after cutting off a few stems. Throw it in a pot with fresh cranberries, orange and cinnamon for a warm and woody simmer. (via Catch My Party)
5. Whole Spice Winter Simmer Pot: There’s nothing like pine needles to make it feel like a winter wonderland indoors. Keep it simple with cinnamon and a bit of jojoba oil and snuggle in a cozy throw. (via Make Haus)
6. Stove Simmer: We promise this isn’t the “before” shot of a pot of cranberry sauce. The blend of orange and lemon peels and flesh is the perfect balance to tart cranberries and spicy clove. Just remember to keep the pot half full at all times to keep from burning. (via A Beautiful Mess)
7. Simmer Potpourri: Dried apple slices come together with bay leaves, anise, pine branches, pumpkin pie spice and an herbal tea bag for a woodsy brew. Throw it in a mason jar with instructions for a rustic, handmade gift to to give your co-workers. (via Christina’s Adventures)
8. Cranberry and Cinnamon Stove Top Potpourri: If one of your traditions is making a bowl full of orange clove pomanders, you know how incredible it smells when these two get together. (Seriously, a match made in smelly-good heaven.) Now imagine how that scent is amplified when it’s bubbling in a hot pot of apple cider. YUM. (via Rachel Schultz)
9. Simmer Pot Recipe Collection: If you’re looking for something more soothing and spa-like, swap out the citrus peels for lavender to partner up with star anise, nutmeg, clove and cinnamon. You’ll be breathing a sigh of relief in no time. (via Kinfolk)
What ingredients will you throw in the pot to make your house smell delicious? Tell us in the comments.