Mmmm! We made this the day after Thanksgiving to have on while we put out Christmas decorations. It made our house smell soooo good and cheerful! My husband decided to try apple juice instead of the water and it enhanced the other smells a lot! Thanks for the awesome scent - we'll be using it a lot during the Christmas season now!
This is fabulous! I had my family over for supper before our annual Christmas light tour and this scent was a great scene setter. Because we were using all of our burners, I did use a crockpot on high. Worked great!
This was a perfect homemade gift to give to friends and family. Everyone loved it! Thanks for posting!
A last minute decision found me at Walmart buying quart size Mason jars, a red/green plaid fabric remnant to line the tops & ribbon to tie on the instruction cards. I found inexpensive bulk spices at Henry's (a Wild Oats type market); added whole allspice & a sprig or two of fresh rosemary from the garden to the mixture, as it looks like evergreen! The final trick was to stud the oranges and lemons with cloves in a few concentric circles before slicing them...a bit time consuming, but we had the new Il Divo DVD playing in the background, so it was a pleasant excuse to â€œsmell the rosesâ€? & improved the presentation a bit, IMHO. Since Iâ€™m rather sweet tooth impaired, this will make a nice party favor for the NYE guests and for Good Neighbor treats. Thanks so much for the idea!
Don't know what I am doing wrong, but, the smell does not go past my stove! I really, really wanted this to work, but, sadly it doesn't. I even added fruit juice as suggested and a crockpot, buy, it just does not work for the entire house :(
I doubled the recipe and divided the liquid into 4 8-ounce jars as gifts. The result was excellent! My entire house smelled so pleasant while I was making this. Great holiday recipe!
I put a pot on the wood stove. It took a little while to take off, but when it did the scent was very nice and cheery. Just what one needs on a wintery day. Thanks for sharing!
Excellent combo of spices. When I have apples on hand, I also add a slice to the mix. I also keep this in a "Little Dipper" crock pot during the holidays. I just keep it refilled as necessary. Not only do you get the holiday scent, you also add humidity to your house... just leave the top off the little crock. I'd never thought of "gifting" it. I will do so in the next week. Mine never has a chance to mold since I use it daily.
The holidays would not be the same without the house filled with this Christmas scent. I use it in a small, electric potpourri warmer and leave it on all day/night. Just add water each morning. It lasts 3-4 days, then I just refresh the ingredients. Also very much appreciated as gifts. THANKS for sharing!
I put this on an hour ago and it smells great! I used one of the suggestions of using juice instead of water. I used 2 cups of apple juice and 2 cups of cranberry juice. I never thought about doing this before, and never knew there was a non food section here!