Christmas Simmer Pot

After a long weekend of hosting Thanksgiving and enjoy visits from dear friends  – we couldn’t wait to begin preparations for Christmas.  We took a trip to our favorite tree farm and little ones have been busy adorning everything with handmade, sentimental trinkets.  We always enjoy welcoming the seasons in our home with stove top simmer pots – and love infusing the nostalgic scents of Christmas.

Christmas stove top simmer pot recipe

I’ve previously shared my my favorite spring and fall simmer pot recipes  – but there is something about this particular pot that transports me back to my mother’s kitchen.  There is nothing quite like the power of a scent.


Cranberries: 1 cup
Whole Cloves: 1.5 to 2 tablespoons
Cinnamon Sticks: 3 to 4
Orange Rinds: 1 orange
Rosemary: 4 small rosemary sprigs

Optional: a pinch of nutmeg or apple cider

Bring a small amount of water to boil in a small pot.  Add ingredients and continue boiling for a few minutes.  Lower heat to a simmer and add water as needed.

Cheers to the scents of Christmas friends!



  1. I remember you shared this last year and I passed it along to my aunt who tried it and loved it. Perhaps we will do it again this year. 🙂

  2. Oh this is so cool! I never would have thought to do something like this, but scent is the most powerful sense for bringing back and establishing memories!

  3. this is awesome, i love a scent that is naturel and this is that 🙂

  4. I love this idea! I remember you posting one of these! I’m definitely going to try this..I love the idea of it being “homemade” and I’m sure it’s much less expensive than store-bought potpourri!

    • I’m so sensitive to artificial scents – they make me sick and trigger migraines. Simmer pots are perfect for me because the natural aroma smells to good and doesn’t make me ill! Also – I don’t want my kiddos to be exposed to the parabans and other harmful stuff loaded in scented products.

  5. That is my favorite kind of scent right there. I love every single thing in it!


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