How to Make the House Smell Like the Holidays


Ahhhh the smell of the holidays. Is there anything better? I think not. Most of you must be familiar with my candle obsession, which stems from my love of Christmas scents. I’ve now taken to making potpourri for the first time ever. Potpourri is a mixture of dried petals and spices placed in a bowl to perfume a room.


There’s many different combinations you can use, but is my favourite recipe adapted from Half Baked Harvest. I didn’t include the ginger and pine, but I’ve left the full recipe below for anyone that wants to give it a go!


1 1/2 cups fresh cranberries
3 tangerines, halved
3 whole cinnamon sticks
2 star anise (optional) gives a strong black licorice smell
1 teaspoon whole cloves
1 inch piece fresh ginger
1 vanilla bean + 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 small branch fresh pine
1 cup apple cider, pomegranate or cranberry juice


Combine all the ingredients in a medium size sauce pot. Fill the pot with water until it reaches 3/4 the way full. Place the pot on the stove and bring to a gentle boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer, adding more water as needed. You can simmer for a few hours and then let it cool over night and simmer again the next day. Just be sure to keep adding more water.