By Mary May Larmoyeux – When I was recently peeling a Clementine (hybrid between a mandarin orange and a sweet orange), it made me think of a wonderful recipe that my friend Helen Austin once shared on Legacy Connection, Holiday Simmering Potpourri. It’s easy to make and will fill your home with the smells of Christmas.
Helen says, “Just keep the saucepan handle turned away from little hands and paws and your kitchen will smell like you’ve been baking for days!”
I am going to make some Holiday Potpourri in the few days and thought you might also enjoy Helen’s wonderful recipe. And do remember that it is not to be eaten or used to season beaverages.
Holiday Simmering Potpourri (NOT EDIBLE)
IMPORTANT: Do not eat this or use it to season beverages.
3 or 4 pieces of dried orange peel (see NOTE)
1 teaspoon cinnamon chunks (available in bulk at Whole Foods
Market) OR 1 or 2 cinnamon sticks
1/4-1/2 teaspoon whole cloves
2 or 3 pieces of star anise (also available at Whole Foods)
1/4-1/2 cup whole fresh cranberries (optional)
If using cinnamon sticks, break up into 3 or 4 pieces. Then place contents in a small saucepan, cover with water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cover loosely (vent top of saucepan slightly). Add water as needed; don’t let mixture dry out. Be sure to turn off the heat before you leave the house. The fragrance will remain for awhile.
NOTE: To dry orange peel, score an orange in quarters, then remove peel and as much of white pith as possible. (You may want to use the orange sections to a fruit salad.) Place on flat surface, such as the kitchen counter, for several days.
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Check out The Grandparent Connection: 365 Ways to Connect With Your Grandchild’s Heart. It’s filled with creative ways that grandparents near and far can connect with their grandchildren every month. Written by a USA Teacher of the Year, Nancy Downing, and Mary Larmoyeux, a writer for FamilyLife, paper and electronic versions are available. (Great for parents, aunts and uncles, too!)