Sunday, January 1, 2012

Oranges and simmering potpourri


I am blessed to have a navel orange tree in our backyard.

I have been eating A LOT of oranges lately.

They are delicious this season.

There is something so simple and wonderful about picking an orange, rinsing it off,

peeling it ,

and eating it right then and there.

Once peeled,

I throw the peel in my simmering potpourri pot I created.


I use the bottom half of my copper double boiler.


Which ordinarily looks like this.

bazar francais double boiler


So it is all this great cycle of things I love:

oranges and fragrance.


My favorite simmering potpourri has apparently been discontinued.

I loved Aromatiques’s muslin sachet bags in

The Smell of Christmas.

I can’t find them anywhere.

So when I found a packet of mulling spices in the produce section of my grocery store, I created my own.

I just added extra whole cloves,

cinnamon sticks,

and orange peel.


Have a fragrant Monday!

The year is underway.


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trash talk said...

Now you're cooking...and satisfying my cravings.
BUT...mentioning Aromatique's Smell Of Christmas has opened up a whole new can of worms in my mind. That was just the best.

Meg McNulty said...

I actually feel hungry now. Nose hungry if that's possible. Sounds scrumptious.

Sissie's Shabby Cottage said...

There is nothing better than the aroma of fresh orange. I loved the Aromantiques's Smell of Christmas too. Wonder why they discontinued it...


Sonny G said...

oh I want to do a simmering pot. That would make this whole end of the house smell soooooooo good..


Miss Kitty said...

Gosh, I loved "The Smell of Christmas" also. I have some oranges that I have almost let "go bad"...your idea of simmering them would be a great way for me to use them. I am going to use your "recipe" to add even more aroma. Thanks for sharing...I saw your post over at "Metamorphasis Monday".

Vintage Gal said...

I love doing this. Although we don't have an orange tree here in Ontario, I do buy oranges, and then use the peels in simmering potpourri. The smell is just wonderful as it wafts through the house ~ yummmm ;-)

Theresa said...

I can smell it from Georgia:) What a simple way to make your own scents in your home! Have a blessed and Happy New Year! HUGS!

vintage girl at heart said...

I love the Aromatique and yes it is so hard to find!!!
I have looked for The Christmas scent for the past two years!! I kept hoping it would pop up at Tuesday Morning, Ross, TJMaxx or even Big Lots if it was discontinued!
I clean with alot of vinegar these days and use orange lemon and lime peels in it to add a yummy fragrance!
Happy New Year!

Lori @ Katies Rose Cottage Designs said...

Laura you are lucky to have an orange tree!! I love the smell of freshly peeled oranges so much ~ I think because they remind me of summer :)

Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes said...

What a great idea! I have some downstairs and I think I'll go throw it on the stove! Thanks for inspiring me, and now my home will smell great!


Blondie's Journal said...

I've always wanted to make my own potpourri! This sounds lovely. How nice to have your own tree!! I bet it smells delicious!

Happy New Year, Laura!


NanaDiana said...

I have that same double boiler. I've had mine for at least 20 years and it has had a good workout. Love the simmering pot idea. I often do that, too, but have not used this pot for it. xo Diana

Lisa said...

Lucky you, Miss Laura! An orange in your backyard? This proves the point that ,once again, life is not fair! LOL! Happy New Year, Sweet Friend!

Karen said...

I can smell those oranges now!! Yum!!
Ladybug Creek

Kathryn Ferguson Griffin said...

We have a young orange tree that will hopefully produce this year. I'm so looking forward to it, not only to eat the oranges but to make a potpourri. Thank you for sharing. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse


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