Here are a few of my favorite stovetop potpourri mixes to make your home warm and cozy for autumn! The only downfall is the family will come to the kitchen looking for whatever goodies you must be baking! I pick up the generic cinnamon sticks and less expensive spice mixes to use for these potpourri mixes. And honestly, I don't really measure! But you definitely want to make sure you have enough water to start with and make sure you check the level often. I have a garage sale pan I use just for this. Some folks like tossing in a few sprigs of fresh rosemary but it's not my favorite.
Not only does it smell amazing, it looks so pretty!
In a 2-quart heavy saucepan, add 3 cups of tap water and put over medium-high heat. Add 1 sliced lemon, 1 sliced apple, 1 Tbsp. ground nutmeg, 1 Tbsp. whole cloves and a couple cinnamon sticks. Once it starts to boil, reduce heat for a low simmer. This can simmer on low for about an hour, but check water level occasionally and add more as needed. I core the apple and throw away the seeds just so I can run the potpourri down the garbage disposal when I'm done (minus the cinnamon sticks of course).
Just four ingredients will make your home smell like a country farmhouse on a Sunday afternoon.
Using the same instructions from above, add these ingredients to the water. 1 vanilla bean, 1 or 2 cinnamon sticks, 1 tsp. ground nutmeg, and about a tablespoon of pumpkin pie spice. Sometimes I add a little more if I bought the cheap stuff for this purpose.
To the water, add these ingredients:
1 sliced orange with rind
1/2 cup fresh cranberries
2 to 4 cinnamon sticks
1 tsp. whole cloves
1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg