Potpourri Recipe to Make Your House Smell Like Fall!

By Sarah Hunt, AZFB Communications Intern



Want to make your house smell like fall naturally? Try this potpourri recipe! I would rather leave this on the stove in a pot than light a candle during the holidays, because you don’t have to worry about blowing out the flame at the end and making the room smell like smoke after you just burned such a pleasant smell. This recipe will have you in the fall mood in no time!


Fall Simmering Spices

By Kathleen of The Fresh Cooky blog


prep time: 5 minutes | total time: 5 minutes



  • 3-4 apple slices
  • 1-2 lemon slices
  • 1-2 orange slices (optional, but try and use one citrus)
  • 1-2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1-2 teaspoons whole cloves
  • 1 teaspoon whole allspice (optional)
  • 1/2- 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 vanilla bean, optional (can sub. 1 tsp vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract if desired)
  • 1-2 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 1-2 sprigs, fresh thyme
  • 1-2 bay leaves (fresh or dried)
  • water to fill the pot



For Simmering Spices/Potpourri

  1. Simply slice, snip, fill and toss in your desired ingredients into a small pot. Fill pot with water (or expired apple juice or orange juice) and bring to a simmer on the stovetop (or in a mini-crockpot). Replenish water as it evaporates. Do not leave unattended.

Assemble for Gifting

  1. In a cellophane bag, place the larger fruit items first (whole, not sliced) followed by the spices.
  2. Wrap with pretty ribbon or twine and tag giving instructions on how to simmer.
  3. That’s it! Change it up as you like, let me know what you put into your fall simmering spices! Love these, try my Christmas Simmering Spices as well!


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