Update on Hubby… the angiogram went well! There was some blockage that the doctor cleared, but his stents look great and there was no need for additional stents. Yay! He needs to take it easy for a few days, and I’ll see to that!
Now, onto today’s post…
IT’S FALL!! 🍁🍂🍁🍂🍁
Yes, I know, for most of you, fall began over a month ago. Well, here in the desert, we continue to see minimal evidence of the change of seasons. If it weren’t for stores displaying tons of fall product, we would assume it was still summer.
Why, you may ask? The picture below will most likely answer any questions you may have. Yep. We are still experiencing temperatures in the 90’s at the end of October! 🌡
While I have not begun to enjoy nice, brisk mornings, I am more than mentally ready for fall! I’ve decorated, bought the 10# can of pumpkin, and have prepared some fall “comfort food”. However, this year I have added a new task to my “fall plan”… making homemade potpurri.
For the past few years (probably even longer), it seems as if simmering potpurri has disappeared. I am a child of the 70-80’s and I vividly recall the days when almost everyone had some wonderfully smelling (yep, I just used that phrase) potpurri simmering in a potpurri pot or in a pot on the stove. Anyone remember these?
They were cute little Crockpots that we used for simmering potpurri. The one pictured above is an exact replica of the one I received as a young wife and used for many years. I cannot recall what happened to mine, but I think I’m going to have to try to find one on EBay!
True, the days of simmering potpurri have given way to masses of candles and wax melts. Don’t get me wrong, I adore a great candle and melt, especially vanilla or cinnamon apple. But… my nose (and emotions) still yearn for a warm, fragrant pot of simmering potpurri in the fall.
The best thing about potpurri, aside from the aroma? I’ll tell you…
- It can be made from ingredients you already have in your kitchen
- It only costs pennies to make
- It can be put together in a matter of minutes
- It can be tailored to your choice of fragrance
Well, that’s four “best things”, but you get the idea. 😄
Homemade Simmering Potpurri
- Peels from 3-4 tangerines or other oranges
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 3 bay leaves
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 – 1 1/2 quarts water
- Combine all ingredients in a 2-3 quart pot and simmer. Check water level regularly and add water as needed.