It’s beginning to smell like Christmas!
The smells of Christmas are just as important to me as the decorations and the food. So I wanted to bring some of those fresh, spicy, comforting, and happy scents to those that I love. The spiciness of cinnamon & clove, the bright fragrance of oranges and sweetness of cranberries bring you right into Christmas! This recipe is quite simple, but you will love the amazing fragrances that will fill your home with this Christmas gift. Below I have shared with you the amounts and directions for 24 Christmas potpourri jars.
What you need to make a batch of 24
24 Quart size mason jars
1 pound bag of cinnamon sticks (I bought mine off Amazon)
6 12 oz bags of cranberries
2 1.25 oz jars of whole cloves
*You can add rosemary as well for fragrance and color
Wash all fruit
Slice the oranges about ¼”-½” depending on your preference
Layer in all of the ingredients
Start with 1 cup of Cranberries on the bottom
Add 2 oranges slices to the sides
Place 4-6 cinnamon sticks in between the oranges
Add more oranges to the top to make the jar full
Scatter ½ tablespoon of cloves throughout
Create a cute note for each jar with the directions
And of course, tie a bow to the top to add the finishing touch
Place in the fridge until you are ready to deliver them
Enjoy!!! Merry Christmas!
When I think of The Pink Chateau, I think of a home that is happy, decorated for the season, and full of projects. It’s a place where memories are made. It smells like fresh bread and home-cooked meals. It is organized, full of color, music, laughter, and happy children.
A home is more than just walls and flooring. It is a reflection of us. It is the backdrop to kids coming home from school, family parties, birthdays, holidays, children playing, and traditions. It’s a place where our kids learn values and about God and Jesus Christ. It’s a place of learning and creativity.
Ideal Right? I have hesitated in doing this blog because I would never want my readers to think that this ideal setting is what my home is like ALL of the time or that I think I have all of the answers. The truth is I don’t, but these ideals are what I aspire for my home to look and feel like.
As my own family is growing, I am realizing how important my little Chateau is to me and my family. A home doesn’t just happen. It takes great effort, planning, and is a conscious choice. What do I want my Chateau to look and feel like and how do I accomplish it? These questions have played through my mind over the years since I became a mom and even before as I watched my own parents create a beautiful childhood and home for me. I am still in this process of figuring out the answers to those questions and I think those answers will continue to change as our kids grow and our family changes.
However, the most important thing that we can do is to start now, whatever our family looks like, and try to imagine what our Pink Chateau is for us.
Whether you live in a studio apartment or a massive home, have no children or many, you can still answer the questions, “What do I want my Chateau look like and feel like and how do I accomplish it?”
My hope is that I can share my love for family, home, and design in a way that will inspire you to do the projects that you thought you couldn’t, be the fun parent that you’d like to be, and create a home that reflects you and your family and is full of happy memories.
In this section I hope to share some Ideas on how we can get organized and create this kind of home for ourselves!