The week has finally arrived-Thanksgiving!  It is my favorite holiday as I have mentioned before.  No gifts to worry about, no tree to decorate, no holiday work parties… just food, drink and family.

If you are hosting people this week and your house is a disaster, like mine, do not fear.  I swear our gremlin, Bill, comes in the middle of the night and messes everything up just to screw with me!  Yes, we do have a gremlin.  We named him Bill-I have no idea why. But, he comes in the middle of the night and moves my youngest son’s shoes so he cannot find them in the morning which causes extreme stress, yelling, crying….and Bill always gets blamed-never my son, go figure! Anyway, I digress. If you are hosting people and you are trying to get your house to look like a pinterest photo, good luck, but here is a quick way to welcome your guests.  Just put on a pot of stove top potpourri and your house will smell like the holidays instantly. Hand your guests a stiff drink the minute they walk in the door and they will never notice the lacrosse stick in the entry way or the sports water bottle hidden under the dining room table or the bag of dirty athletic clothes shoved in the corner of the mudroom. Is that just my house?
This is a quick, easy way to make your home smell like Thanksgiving and make those wonderful memories. You know how I feel about smells and memories.  I think it is so important to have your house smell like a home and Thanksgiving is a holiday to always remember family, friends and good food.
And, if you are going to be a guest this year this is a great thing to bring.  Just throw the ingredients in a bag and use one of their pots.  That can be your contribution if you do not have time or want to bring a cooked dish.
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Thanksgiving Stove Top Potpourri

This easy stove top potourri will make your house smell so good! Better than any candle. You know how I feel about making your home smell welcoming and delicious-this will do the trick.


  • 3 Cups Water or apple juice/cider
  • 1 Orange
  • 1 Lemon
  • 1 Apple
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries 
  • 2 Cinnamon sticks
  • 1 Tablespoon Pumpkin Pie Spice Mix
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Tablespoon Cloves


  1. Using vegetable peeler, peel off the outer layer of the orange, lemon and apple.  Slice the oranges and lemons into rings. Place the peels along with the rest of the ingredients into a medium sized pot and turn on low to simmer.  

  2. It will take about 20 minutes for the aroma to take over the house.  Watch the level of the liquid and add more if necessary.

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