Simmering Fall Potpourri

Make your home smell like fall with this simmering fall potpourri recipe

I have few complaints when it comes to living in Southern California, with our beautiful beaches and great weather year-round. But one thing that we do miss out on is seasons. It’s this time of year where I find myself longing to live somewhere on the east coast – you know, somewhere where fall actually feels like fall. As much as I enjoy a pumpkin spiced latte (thank you, Starbucks), we lack those obvious signs that fall has arrived, like the colorful foliage and plunging temperatures. I can’t control the weather or the changing of the leaves, so I did my best to capture the smell of it. Buying scented candles is always an option, but their artificial nature usually disappoints. Baking fall recipes is another promising method for achieving that fall aroma, but that can require lots of hours in the kitchen. An easier alternative, and possibly my favorite, is to brew up some homemade stovetop potpourri. It gives the illusion that your kitchen is filled with delicious baked goods, leaving a cozy scent behind that carries on for hours. I made a holiday stovetop potpourri last December that I loved, so adapting one for fall was a no brainer.


1 orange, sliced
2 cups apple cider
4 cinnamon sticks
1 tsp Vanilla extract
1 tsp Pumpkin pie spice
2 Tbsp Cloves
2 Tbsp Allspice
1 apple, sliced (optional)


Slice the orange and place in pot with all other ingredients. Add apple cider and simmer over low heat. Add more liquid as needed.

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