Sunday Rituals and Simmering Potpourri..

Posted on March 18, 2012


Sundays are wonderful , you have made it through the hectic phase of the weekend by now ( usually ) and there is still the promise of another ( quieter ) day before starting the usual weekly drill .

We have established Sundays to be a stay in day , unless it’s something we absolutely can’t give a miss such as a friend’s birthday party or a school commitment . The fabulous two are ( mostly ) happy with that idea provided they have been adequately entertained the day before !

Apart from preparing a special feast for dinner , I enjoy pottering around the house on a Sunday , tying up lose odds and ends , getting organized for the week ahead .

One of my absolute favourite Sunday rituals is to air out the house and freshen up the kitchen , you have to admit there is something very appealing about a freshly cleaned kitchen ( lets forget for now that the freshness doesn’t last very long ) .

So once all the freshening , cleaning and organizing is done and I am ready to curl up on the sofa to fold the dreaded mountain of washed laundry , I simmer some lovely potpourri on the stove for that beautiful , fragrant home we all love walking into .

There are several simmering potpourri recipes out there but here are a couple of my favourite ones :

Warm spice with notes of citrus

You will need :

  • Orange rinds of two medium oranges ( lemon rind may be used )
  • 2 inch cinnamon stick
  • 1 tsp cloves
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • Water

Spiced up lavender ( pictured )

You will need :

  • 1/2 cup of dried lavender sprigs ( I include the stems as well )
  • 1 tsp powdered nutmeg
  • 2-3 green cardamoms
  • 1 tbsp cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • Water

Preparation :

  • Add all the ingredients in a small-medium saucepan and cover with water .
  • Bring the mixture to a boil and then simmer for as long you like , topping up with water as necessary .

Tip :
These simmered potpourris can be refrigerated and reused for a week .

Simmer for half an hour just after cooking to deodorize your kitchen and home.

What are some of your Sunday rituals ? Do you have a favourite simmering potpourri recipe ?

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