Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Friday, October 10, 2008

A gift from the prairie

We love to burn candles, our lampe berger, and in the fall and winter, have potpourri simmering on the stove. A favorite potpouri is a simple one, made from ingredients on hand -- orange, lemon and spices.

Not only it is a favorite here at Linderhof, but we enjoy making them for gifts -- they make wonderful Christmas gifts or a hostess thank you gift.

Whenever we're at flea markets, I'm always on the lookout for jars that will hold both a lemon and an orange and I especially like canning jars.

The potpourri is simple -- a lemon, cut in half; an orange, cut in half; 1/4 cup whole cloves, two sticks of cinnamon and 2 bay leaves. Add this to a quart of water and simmer on the back of the stove. Add more water as needed.
When we gift the potpourri, we make a tag that says:

Prairie Potpourri

Cut orange and lemon in half, add to one quart of water with rest of ingredients in jar.

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