Monthly Archives: December 2014

Make your home smell like Christmas – stove top potpourri recipes

stove-top-potpourriGive your home the scent of Christmas with this homemade potpourri. Below are a few recipes and suggested herbs, spices and fruit for festive holiday smells.


Add to a large pot:

  • A few cinnamon sticks
  • Four orange halves
  • One cup of fresh cranberries
  • Two sprigs of rosemary

Cover all ingredients with water and simmer. Remember; never leave a boiling pot unattended.

There are many variations on this holiday stove-top potpourri with recipes suggesting a tablespoon or teaspoon of whole cloves, ground nutmeg or vanilla in place of the rosemary.  Others use lemons in addition to, or instead of oranges. Another recipe suggests fresh whole pine needles and adding jojoba oil to the water, like this recipe from

Experiment until you develop your own perfect holiday smell. What scents remind you of Christmas?

More recipes and ideas for homemade, stovetop potpourri

Why does my gas stove keep clicking?


A gas stove that makes a clicking noise — even when turned off, or with a burner lit— might be a sign that moisture or dirt is interfering with the functioning of the spark ignitor (or surface burner ignitor), or a part of the electronic ignition system needs replacing.

Gas stoves that use an electronic ignition system do not have a standing pilot light. Instead, the spark ignitor (located near the burner) creates a spark which ignites the gas flowing from your burner creating a cooking flame. Overflowing pots, cooking debris, moisture and dirt can sometimes interfere with the spark ignitor, causing a persistent clicking sound.

Before working on any appliance, make sure to disconnect the power and utilities (water, gas) to the appliance.

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