Fill your home with the scents of the season with this festive and fragrant DIY potpourri – InForum

FARGO — While the official start of winter is still a few weeks away, recent snowfall and low temperatures mean it’s time to embrace the Norwegian tradition of køselig. Although difficult to translate into English, for me køselig is a celebration of the joys of winter: thick sweaters, brisk walks, ice skating, hot chocolate, warm blankets, cozy fires, mulled wine, festive music, books, homemade cookies , candles, wool socks and gathering with friends and family in a house that smells like Christmas.

This festive and fragrant DIY potpourri is a simple and effective way to fill your home with the scents of the season. Include fresh fruits, such as cranberries, apples, pears, and oranges, and any blend of warm spices such as cloves, nutmeg, ginger, and star anise.

When I use fruit, I don’t remove the skin, as it has wonderful aromatic qualities and helps the slices hold their shape. I prefer to use whole spices, when possible, as they hold their fragrance longer than dried spices and can last several days in potpourri without needing to be replaced.

My mother always kept a pot of hot cider on the stove during the holidays when I was growing up, filled with apple cider, oranges with whole cloves, and cinnamon sticks. She made it for us to drink and enjoy all season long, and today’s recipe is inspired by the wonderful memories I have of a warm and fragrant vacation home.

My basic potpourri recipe consists of orange slices, fresh cranberries, cinnamon sticks, whole cloves, bay leaves, and a liquid, which can be apple juice, water, or a combination of both. You can stop there or add any variety of aromatic add-ins, including fresh ginger, nutmeg, star anise, rosemary, pineapples, pine twigs, mint, apple, pear, citrus peel, brewed coffee, and even extracts like vanilla, almond, and peppermint. .


Whole cloves are spiked into the top of a sliced ​​orange to meld the fragrances while dipping into the potpourri.

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Slow-cooked potpourri is easy to make: simply fill a saucepan or pot halfway with water, add your ingredients, and simmer for hours, as desired. The liquid will evaporate as the potpourri simmers, so it’s a good idea to keep an eye on it and add more as needed. I use a saucepan for my potpourri, and you can also use a large pot or slow cooker. The amount of ingredients can be adjusted to your personal taste, and the soaked potpourri can be kept covered to reuse for about 3-4 days.

This festive and fragrant DIY potpourri is the perfect way to make your home smell warm and inviting this Thanksgiving weekend and throughout the holiday season. So put a pot of fresh fragrance on the stove, light some candles, grab a book or turn on some music and let yourself be embraced by winter, køselig style. Have a blessed, cozy, fragrant, and delicious Thanksgiving!


Orange slices, fresh cranberries, bay leaves, cinnamon sticks, and whole cloves are used to make the base recipe for Sarah’s festively fragrant DIY potpourri.

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Festively Fragrant DIY Potpourri

Basic ingredients:

Water or cider/apple juice, or a combination
1 orange, cut into thick slices
½ cup of fresh blueberries
3 cinnamon sticks, broken in half
1 tablespoon of whole cloves
1 bay leaf

Fragrance plugins, any combination of:

fresh or crystallized ginger
whole nutmeg
Star anise
Apple or pear slices, unpeeled
Citrus or apple peel
Extracts: vanilla, almond, mint
rosemary or pine sprigs
brewed coffee
Coffee grains


Fill a saucepan or pot halfway with the liquid and add the ingredients. Bring to a simmer and simmer as desired. The water will evaporate as the potpourri simmers, so keep an eye on it and add more as needed.

When done, remove the potpourri from the stove, cover, and keep at room temperature or in the refrigerator. Potpourri can be reused for up to 3-4 days.

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