Thursday, January 11, 2018

Make Your Own Potpourri by Josie Riviera


Today I'm sharing a recipe featuring oven-dried orange and apple slices, pine cones, anise and cinnamon sticks. It will make your house smell like fresh apple pie and the woods.

 
A side note: If you don't want to make the potpourri recipe, simmer apple cider on the stove, instead. It will smell great, with the added bonus that you can drink it afterward.

Potpourri Recipe: 

You will need:
  • 1 apple
  • 1 orange
  • Baking pan
  • Parchment paper
  • 20 small pine cones
  • 1 cup star anise (You can find these on Amazon and elsewhere)
  • ½ cup chopped cinnamon sticks
  •  
  • Cut the apple and orange horizontally into quarter-inch slices and lay them out to dry for about a day.

  • Then, lay the slices on a baking pan lined with parchment paper. Bake at 225 degrees Fahrenheit (110 degrees Celsius) for three to four hours. 
  • Turn off the oven, open the door and let the fruit slices cool. On a pretty plate or in a bowl, combine the dried fruit, pine cones, star anise and cinnamon. Not only is it lovely, the fragrance is warm and comforting. Once in a while, mix the potpourri to release more of the aroma.        
  •  Do you have a favorite potpourri recipe? Please share in the comments below.

  • My Christmas decorations are still up...and I'm offering Holiday Hearts: A Sweet and Wholesome Romance Bundle, three books for one low price of $.99!
    This special is only available for a very limited time. Snag your copy today!

     
  • Josie Riviera is a USA TODAY Bestselling Author of contemporary, inspirational, and historical sweet romances that read like Hallmark movies. She lives in the Charlotte, NC, area with her wonderfully supportive husband. They share their home with an adorable Shih Tzu who constantly needs grooming and live in an old house forever needing renovations. Follow her on Bookbub.

    Have you ever tried something you were afraid to try because it mattered so much to you? I did, when I started writing. Take the chance, everyone, and just do something you love.
  •  
    And don’t forget to sign up for our newsletter. Scroll down the right side of our blog and enter your email address under Newsletter Signup. Remember to join the Sweet Romance Reads Cafe too.

11 comments:

  1. I like cinnamon potpourri. Thanks for sharing.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Sounds like a great scent to use for potpourri, Gina.

      Delete
  2. I like filling a pot 3/4 full of water and adding a cinnamon stick, fresh orange slices,and whole nutmeg. Simmer on low, add water as needed. This is perfect for a quick home baked scent for visitors. Thank you for sharing your recipe!

    ReplyDelete
  3. I love the potpourri recipe. And my tabletop Christmas tree is still up. I usually take it down after January 6 but I wasn't ready this year. It's too cute to take down.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hopefully your tabletop tree still smells like pine, Cindy.

      Delete
  4. This sounds so easy and I bet it smells divine! Thank you for the recipe!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You're very welcome, Shanna. As we've agreed, easy is best. :)

      Delete
  5. I love orange and cinnamon with a dash of pine.. My tree is still up I love the gentle lights on it in the evening!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. So pretty, Sandy. I really don't want to take our Christmas tree down this weekend, but my husband thought it was time...sigh.

      Delete
  6. You're very welcome, Merrillee. :)

    ReplyDelete