Celebrating fall with homemade potpourri
I LOVE this time of year. The weather is GORGEOUS with warm sun and crisp winds. You can breathe and you sleep so much better at night under the weight of crocheted blankets (my favorite thing to collect!). And best of all? The bugs are dying!!! Just kidding 😉 (although I really do hate bugs).
No, best of all is how aesthetically pleasing this season is with it’s cable knit, woolen sweaters, warm coffee and cocoa, and the aroma of baked goods. Getting hungry and nostalgic for a good book yet? Well, unfortunately, I’m not a great baker so I have to improvise to get amazing aromatic fall ambience in my home. So what do I do? I make homemade potpourri.
Well. More like hack potpourri. What I do doesn’t even come close to the artistry I saw at the Fryeburg Fair a couple of weeks ago. I wanted to buy it all just because it was soooo beautiful!! But keep reading if you love the smell of fresh baked goods but just don’t have the time or talent to spend that much time in the kitchen.
It’s a stupidly simple recipe. Get ready. Here goes nothing. Water + cinnamon + your choice of fruit. Done. Told you! Stupidly simple. Now you can definitely add other spices to it, but I don’t know that it really changes the scent that much (it definitely looks prettier though!). But for the most part, I stick to ground cinnamon and apple quarters or orange peels in simmering water and a dash of vanilla extract if I happen to have it on hand.
And it lasts for daaaaays. I can cut up a fresh apple and put it on the stove for the day, shut it off at bedtime, and turn it back on in the morning and it’s as good as new! So there you have it! It’s beautiful. It smells amazing. And it takes no time! Doesn’t get any more perfect than that 😉 Although I will say that if you worry about fruit flies, you can always put it into a jar and refrigerate the mix until you’re ready to use it again. As Christmas gets closer, I’m going to try some evergreen combos. Stay tuned and give me some of your most creative combos in the comments! 🙂
P.S. A giant shout out of thanks to one of my best friends, Bridget, for an awesome new cutting board! I love it!