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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Homemade Stove Top / Crock Pot Smell-Y Jars as a Holiday Gift!


Great Holiday Visiting Gift!

I used one small Mini Mason Jar, added fresh cut Rosemary from my garden to the bottom, then poured in about two tablespoons of Vanilla extract (I use the the extract from Mexico that is too strong to cook with).  Next I pick one fresh Meyer lemon off my tree and sliced it.  I placed the lemon on top of the Rosemary and vanilla.  I then topped it off with some more Rosemary & added water to fill the jar.  I have them in my refrigerator right now.  Now all I need is some ribbon to place around the jar and these will make great gifts to give to people when I go to their homes this holiday season!  I also make a similar Quart Mason Jar gift that is dry.  It contains Cinnamon sticks, Cloves and dried Orange peels.  I also place dried pine cones in it to fill the jar up, plus it gives a nice Christmas look! 

Instructions for Simmering:
Place all ingredients in a stove top pan, add a cup of water and simmer on the stove.  Never Under Any Circumstances leave a pot simmering on a stove unless you are in the kitchen to watch it!  I usually will get mine to a boiling point and then turn off the stove top, or I leave it on the back burner that vents the oven, so when I am cooking it heats it without me having to turn on the stove top!  I have used this particular amount for about 3 weeks of smelling until I had to throw it out.  I also add extra Rosemary once a week to kick it up a notch. You can also use a crock pot for simmering, again remember to fill it with water every hour or so!!  You can never be to careful...Please!!

Ingredients:

 Vanilla, Rosemary & Citrus Smell Jar
1 - Mini Mason Jar (or any Size you want)
3 - Sprigs of Rosemary
1 - Lemon ~ Sliced
2 - Tablespoons Vanilla Extract
Water as needed

Christmas Spice Smell Jar
1 - Quart Mason Jar
1 - Dried Orange Peel
6 - Dried Cinnamon Sticks
10 - Dried Clove Sticks
4 - Dried Pine Cones 
(I do not use the Pine Cones when simmering)
Water as needed

I found the ingredients for the Rosemary/Lemon/Vanilla off Pinterest of course, and the Christmas Spice ingredients are from my Mother, as her house always smells like this during the holiday season! 



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