Freshly baked cookies. Turkey with all the fixins. Toasted almonds and pecans. Pies cooling on the counter. One of my favorite things about this time of the year is how many great aromas are flying around at any given moment. There’s nothing like stomping the snow off your boots inside the front door only to be welcomed in from the cold by the wafting goodness of cinnamon and spices coming from the kitchen. Today I give you all the great scents without any of the work (or the calories!).
Making your own potpourri as homemade gifts for friends, neighbors, bosses, etc. is extremely easy. The only actual cooking involved is drying the orange peels.
How to dry Orange Peels:
Remove the peel from several oranges. (About 1 orange per packet of finished potpourri.) Try not to include too much of the pithy white layer.
Arrange peels on a baking sheet and place in 200 degree F oven for 2-3 hours, until firm and curled up.
Let cool completely before packing into airtight container.
Feel free to download this printable label I made if you would like to give Stovetop Potpourri as a gift.
To print the label- 1. Right-click on the photo below and click “Save Image as…” 2. Save image to your computer. 3.Open image on your computer and click “Print”. 4. In the print dialog box, make sure that the “fit to frame” box is not checked. 4. Print in color, cut out, and fold in half lengthwise. (Label is 3-inches wide and 4-inches tall before folding.)
Another great homemade gift- Spiced Pecans