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.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Reprise - A Gift From the Prairie

This was originally posted on October 10, 2008.  

   When the days shorten and cooler weather comes, one tends to think about gifts and about goodies for the larder.     Liqueurs are made for winter sipping, we get a big bag of oranges and a big back of cloves for our pomanders, we put the cinnamony potpourri in bowls around the house.

This makes  a wonderful gift -- and especially welcome during the holiday season.    During the winter, when I'm home, I often have one simmering on the stove -- it makes the house smell so wonderful!

It's Sunday and I'm joining Chari at Happy to Design for Sunday Favorites.    I love sharing these older posts and I hope that you'll make some for Christmas gifts!

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.


Shelley said...

Great gift idea! I'm starting to panic about Christmas already as I generally do crafty types of gifts and for some reason this year I've lacked the inspiration. Thanks!

On Crooked Creek said...

What a lovely gift. The aroma of this gift sifts through the whole house. You are so very creative and cleaver. I'll save a few interesting jars for you!

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Martha...

Ohhh...I bet your recipe for this simmering citrus potpourri smells wonderful! I'll have to give it a try. I love the idea of giving it as a gift too! Thank you for sharing this sweet post from the past for our Sunday Favorites party this week!

Warmest autumn wishes,