DIY Holiday Simmer Pot Recipe

Infuse your home with scents of the season!

By Jessica Sweeney, Publisher Macaroni KID Athens December 4, 2023

Are you expecting friends and family to visit over the coming weeks? Want your home to smell holiday fresh? You can easily and naturally infuse your home with the scents of the season with this DIY holiday simmer pot recipe! 🍊🍎🌿

This recipe can be put together quickly using the fresh ingredients listed below, or  you can use leftover orange peels, apple slices, cranberries, and seasonings - no need to let them go to waste!
Toss it all into a pot, and leave it to do the rest.

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  • 1 orange (sliced)
  • 1 apple (sliced)
  • 1/2 cup cranberries
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 tablespoon whole cloves
  • 1 tablespoon nutmeg (whole or ground)
  • 1 sprig of fresh pine or cedar
  • 1 vanilla bean/Vanilla extract (optional)
  • Water


  1. 🍊 Slice the orange and apple, and toss them into a pot.
  2. 🌲 Add the cranberries, cinnamon sticks, cloves, and allspice.
  3. 🌿 Throw in the fresh pine or cedar sprig.
  4. 🌰 For an extra touch of sweetness, add a split vanilla bean (or a few drops of vanilla extract).
  5. 💧 Fill the pot with water, covering all the ingredients.
  6. 🔥 Place the pot on the stove and bring the mixture to a simmer over low heat.
  7. 🕒 Allow the fragrance to fill your home. Add water as needed to keep it from drying out or from causing a hazard. Enjoy!

This recipe also works nicely in a Crockpot (An easy alternative if all of the burners on your stovetop are in use!). Place all of the listed ingredients above into a crockpot and set to low heat. Leave to simmer for several hours and add more water as needed.

This article was sponsored in part by
Makayla Madden, Realtor with Keller Williams Realty
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