By silly sally on October 23, 2004
Photo by Sue Lau
Photo by Sue Lau
"This will make your house smell SOOOOOOO "Holiday"!! I have made this for 4 years in a row, at Christmas time. It is neat, because you make everything in a saucepan.........turn on your burner when you want "that wonderful Holiday aroma throughout your house", then you turn of your burner, but leave the pan for whenever you want another whiff....then you just your burner back on. NOTE: ALWAYS make sure there is water in the pan!!!! If the water level gets low, you just add water...I keep mine going all during the Holidays, although I have added a few more spices, according to how strong it still smells, after a week of using. ALso, one year it went moldy!!!! Guess I had been using too long."
Serving Size: 1 (719 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 1
"I too enjoyed the aroma, but found it was not as strong as I anticipated and did not permeate past my kitchen. Thank you Brittney for sharing the recipe."
"This is very nice but doesn't give off as much scent as I thought it would. My kitchen smelled heavenly but it didn't make it out into the living room. I will keep messing with it, because I really love the scents! Thanks for sharing. ;)"
"Wonderful scent-who says this scent should be for just the holidays?!!! Thank You Brittney......."
"smells just like the holidays-much cheaper than candles!"
"What a lovely trick! Makes your house smell like you're making mulled wine. :-) Like many other reviewers, I find I really like the addition of orange peels - even used tangerine peels once in a pinch. Thanks for posting!"
"Lovely! I live in an apartment, which is essentially a quarter windows so in the winter, even with the heat going it can get rather chilly... not to mention when the heat's going it can get rather dry! I find it nice for the climate of the apartment to simmer some water on the stove if its feeling a little dry or nippy in here and its very nice to have it scented! I can't stand store-bought potporris or air fresheners- they smell SO artificial. This is great because it is REAL. Very nice combination of ingredients - I bought whole allspice specifically for this recipe, and all the scents just blend very well. I would like to follow the suggestion of the other reviewers to add some orange peel too. I do have to agree with SueL somewhat, as the quantities of spices and water both seem a little small, but I found that it was still fairly fragrant (although I did use fresh organic spices from the bulk bins at the health food store) but I do think it could have been more so. I expect to keep this going most of the winter! A winner, if you ask me!"
"A nice scent for holiday time. I did add some orange peel for added appeal. I was hoping however it would work for "non-holiday" times as well but I don't think it would."
"This has the wonderful aroma of a ham in the oven."
"Easy to make, great smelling, and I had all the ingredients on hand. Thanks Brittney, it's on the stove now and what a nice fragrance!"
"This was super easy to do and made my house smell great for a family gathering I am having today. I had all the ingredients so it worked out really well. Thanks for posting."
"I brewed this up tonight. My DH was putting up the tree and I thought I'd throw this together. Great smell!! Thanks for sharing and Merry Christmas!!!!! "
"Has a nice scent, but the amount of spices used is very small, and it doesn't give off the amount of scent a simmering potpourri should. I added a lot more of each spice, as well as tossing in some star anise and a little bit of vanilla. Adding oils to this would be good as well, as that enhances the scent of the spices used. Thanks for posting!"
"This makes the house smell lovely. I added clementine peel and I just keep adding water as it evaporates. Lovely scent."
"Oh my house smells so GOOD. I wanted to find something like this for on Christmas day. I want everyone to walk in and go mmmmmmmmmmm!!!!!!!!!!"
"This was sooo nice! We do this ever so often this time of the year. It does have a lovely aroma. I also toss in some orange peel into the pot. Lovely way to keep the house smelling nice!"
"First time user here and I liked the sound of adding orange peel which really worked well, everyone wanted to know what was cooking when they came home from work!"
"YUM! This is a great recipe. It makes my house smell WONDERFUL! Thank you so much for sharing . Made it exactly as written, but I think I will add some orange peel and a bit more cinnamon to see if that makes it smell even better! "
"This is wonderful! I followed the directions exactly, using the ground allspice (as that was what I had on hand) and it smelt so good! Thanks so much for sharing this recipe!"
"I love this aroma, really gets you into the holiday spirit! This is one of the items I will include as gifts to coworkers and friends. It is simmering on my stove as I type this. DH came in and wanted to know what was cooking. He is very disappointed that it is not edible! I plan to buy a teapot just to simmer this in all the time! I like the idea of the orange peel suggested by the other reviewers and will probably try that also. Thanks Brittney!"
"I put this on the stove yesterday while preparing some make ahead TG dishes. It was absolutely wonderful. Helped get me in the holiday mood. Thanks for sharing."