By Mary May Larmoyeux – When I was peeling a Clementine (hybrid between a mandarin orange and a sweet orange), it made me think of a wonderful recipe for non-edible potpourri. My friend Helen Austin shared it several years ago on Legacy Connection.
Holiday Potpourri is easy to make and will fill your home with the smells of Thanksgiving and 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.
Holiday Simmering Potpourri (not edible)
IMPORTANT: Do not eat this or use 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.
Grandparents, making holiday potpourri with an older grandchild would be a fun activity. For those of us with out-of-town grands, we could e-mail their parents the recipe and talk on the cell phone with grandchildren while they make it (perhaps with their mom or dad).
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