Simmering Potpourri

One of the things I love about cooking and baking is how wonderful the house smells.  I have a childhood memory of visiting a neighbors home and it always smelled like cookies. But you don’t have to cook and bake to get that smell, and you don’t need any chemical/artificial scents either.  My grandmother used to have a little pot on her stove and in the fall she would simmer her homemade potpourri in it. It made the house smell wonderful and even added a little humidity to the dry air. You don’t need to buy anything fancy, just use what you have around your home. A spoonful of cinnamon, cloves and some orange peels smell really great; and so does a spoonful of cinnamon, nutmeg and some apple peels/cores. (I keep things like citris peels/apple peels/cores in a bag in the freezer just for this!)  Whole spices work the best, but if you only have powdered on hand, they will work too. Place ingredients in a small pot along with water and bring to a boil. Then turn down the heat and simmer, adding water as needed. You can also put it in a small crockpot…that works well also.  Experiment with your favorite combination of spices and fruit, and bless your home with wonderful fragrance!

2 Corinthians 2:14-17 – Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place. For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing. To the one we are the aroma of death leading to death, and to the other the aroma of life leading to life. And who is sufficient for these things? For we are not, as so many, peddling the word of God; but as of sincerity, but as from God, we speak in the sight of God in Christ.

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