Classic Cranberry Stovetop Potpourri

This Christmas season I am particularly short on time. Our tree is up but we have about 10 ornaments on it. We have the least amount of lights on our house in the neighborhood (I am actually okay with this). And have yet to do a single batch of cookies, gingerbread houses, or crafts with the kids. 

I am choosing purposeful simplicity this year. The projects I do I really care about. And other things can be postponed (for example, I plan to do gingerbread houses during our school holiday break). 

I threw together this cranberry potpourri in under 10 minutes yesterday, and when my husband came in the house last night his first comment was how good the house smelled. Simple + big impact = a win in my book! The cinnamon smell is the strongest, the citrus smell is a close second. 

Cranberry + Citrus Stovetop Potpourri


Approximately 12 cups of Water

1 package of fresh cranberries (about 12 oz)

1 large orange

1 container of cinnamon sticks

Some sprinkles of ground nutmeg and clove


Simmer on Low/Medium Low in a large pot. Stir occasionally. Add more water as needed. Your home will smell like Christmas for days! 

safety ps // please do not leave stovetop unattended. 

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