Monday, December 05, 2011

sharing christmas :: heather

happy monday!
are you ready for another dose of christmas spirit?

today i have heather here to share a bit of christmas with us.
i've so enjoyed getting to know heather through blogging!
her creativity and love for the lord are just a couple reasons that i love stalking her blog.
i know you're gonna love what she's sharing today!
You know how when you were in school and the teacher always had you do a project
{something homemade} for your parents for Christmas?
Like maybe your hand & footprints_ thumbprint snowmen_ all those cute
little sayings and poems.
Even now my kids make things at school for me every holiday.
I always cherish them because they’re usually so cute & creative.
They always struggle with whether to give it to me now
or save it until Christmas and they’re always so proud of what they’ve done.

Well, when I was in Kindergarten the Christmas present to my mom for that year was a recipe called the Christmas Scent…. and mom loved it. She loved it so much that she has used it every year since I’ve been in Kindergarten. That’s a looooong time now ya’ll…just sayin’.
She still has the green construction paper with the original recipe on it and everything…
where I misspelled Christmas and a lot of other words.
She will usually start to burn the scent around Thanksgiving
and kinda keep it going until Christmas time.
It has just become a constant that I know mom will have
going on the stovetop whenever anyone is over.
It is the scent that makes me think of holidays_ family_ of being back home.

Christmas Scent
1 stick of cinnamon
2 bay leaves
1/8 cup whole cloves
¼ of an orange
¼ of a lemon
2 Cups water

Burn on low fire. Keep adding water.

Now as the scent burns the water will keep burning out.
Just add more as you go and don’t have the fire too high because
you will scorch your pot and that’s never good.
Just keep adding more of each ingredient as the day goes on.
Then put it in the fridge overnight and take it out the next day to re-use.
This is also a great gift idea to give in a cute Mason jar with a saying attached..
“May your home always put off a sweet aroma pleasing to the Lord.”

Thank you Hannah for having me on your blog today… such an honor.
Happy Holidays Ya’ll {I just like to say that and imagine
in my head it sounding just like Paula Deen}!

thank you, heather! what a perfectly festive recipe-i can smell it already!
y'all can find more awesomeness from heather on her blog. {and in her shop!}


  1. I love that you can reuse it the next day and thanks for the tip on how not to burn your pan because I'd be the one to burn my pan!

  2. Lol...I did burn the pan I was definitely speaking from experience Katie.;) Thank you Hannah for having me...Love you.

  3. YUM. sounds like it smells lovely. :) i need to get myself some cinnamon sticks and whole cloves. ;)
    a trip to cost plus is just around the corner.

  4. we make that christmas scent every year! i love it!!

  5. fabulous scent idea!!! and i love the gift tip...perhaps those will be our teacher gifts for next year :)

  6. i can almost smell it now! christmas smells are the best. . . like our huge crooked tree we just put up last night! it even has little pine cones on it! eepp!


  7. Oh yes, I bet it just makes your house really smell like Christmas! I'm going to have to try it but I just KNOW I'm going to burn the pan, so I'm going to use an old pan.
    I just love that saying you posted "May your home always put off a sweet aroma pleasing to the Lord"! Such a wonderful way to focus the gift on HIM! :)

  8. I love the mason jar idea. I think I'll do it this year for my son's preschool teacher. I can't wait to make a batch for myself!