Fill your home with the scent of the season with this wonderful DIY fragrance - InForum

Fill your home with the scent of the season with this wonderful DIY fragrance – InForum

Fargo – While the official start of winter is still a few weeks away, recent snowfall and cooler temperatures mean it’s time to embrace Norway’s køselig tradition. Although difficult to translate into English, køselig to me is a celebration of the joys of winter: chunky sweaters, brisk picnics, ice skating, hot cocoa, warm blankets, cozy fires, mulled wine, festive music, books, homemade cookies, And candles, woolen socks and gathering with friends and family in a house that smells like Christmas.

This festively scented DIY fragrance is a simple and effective way to fill your home with the scents of the season. It features fresh fruits, such as cranberries, apples, pears, and oranges, and any blend of warm spices like whole cloves, nutmeg, ginger, and anise.

When using the fruit I don’t remove the skin, it has great aromatic qualities and helps the slices keep their shape. I prefer to use whole spices, if possible, because they retain their aroma longer than dried spices and can stay for several days in a potpourri without having to replace them.

My mom always put a pot of applesauce on the stove during the holidays when I was growing up, filled with apple juice and oranges studded with whole cloves and cinnamon sticks. She’s made us drink and enjoy all season long, and today’s recipe is inspired by fond memories I have of a warm, wonderful holiday home.

My basic fragrant recipe consists of orange slices, fresh cranberries, cinnamon sticks, whole cloves, bay leaves, and liquid – this can be apple juice, water, or a combination of the two. You can stop there or throw in any variety of aromatic add-ins, including fresh ginger, nutmeg, anise, rosemary, pine cones, pine branches, mint, apple, pear, citrus peel, brewed coffee, and even extracts like vanilla, almond, and mint.

Whole cloves are infused into an orange slice cap to blend the notes together as they infuse into the potpourri.

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Fawah is easy to simmer – simply fill a saucepan or saucepan halfway with water, add your ingredients and simmer for hours as desired. The liquid will evaporate as the potpourri boils, so it’s a good idea to monitor it and add more as needed. I use a small saucepan for my potpourri, you can also use a large saucepan or slow cooker. The amount of ingredients can be adjusted to your personal taste, and the capped scent can be kept covered for reuse for about 3 to 4 days.

This festively scented DIY fragrance is the perfect way to make your home smell warm and inviting this Thanksgiving weekend and throughout the holiday season. So, put a pot of fresh fragrance on the stove, light some candles, grab a book or crank up the tunes and let yourself embrace winter, køselig style. Have a blessed, warm, fragrant and delicious Thanksgiving!

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Orange slices, fresh cranberries, bay leaves, cinnamon sticks, and whole cloves are used to make Sarah’s Festively Fragrant DIY Flower Aroma Basic Recipe.

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Festive potpourri

Basic ingredients:

Water, apple juice, or a mix
1 orange cut into thick slices
A cup of fresh blueberries
3 cinnamon sticks, cut in half
1 tablespoon whole cloves
1 bay leaf

Fragrance add-ons, any combination of:

Fresh or crystallized ginger
Whole nutmeg
star anise
Unpeeled apple or pear slices
Citrus or apple peel
Extracts – vanilla, almond and mint
Pine cones
rosemary or pine branches
aged coffee
Café floors


Fill a saucepan or saucepan halfway with liquid and add ingredients. Bring to a simmer and simmer to taste. The water will evaporate as the potpourri boils, so keep an eye on it and add more as needed.

When finished, remove potpourri from stove, cover and store at room temperature or in the refrigerator. The diffuser can be reused for up to 3 to 4 days.

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