Saturday, December 19, 2009

Apple Pie Air Freshener Potpourri

Another crock concoction made during  Operation Holiday No Sew Blankets.  Not only are there amateur craft distractions, a Farmville addiction, and a  full time job during the pre-holiday season, there is an assortment of  holiday parties throughout the week that must be attended.  These parties are always full scale smorgasbords, so no point in any home cooked meals this week. Never fear.  There is a giant Costco industrialized quart of ground cinnamon and a bunch of leftover softening apples in the pantry. Why shouldn't my house smell as warm and inviting as those having full scale holiday parties?  This was tossed in a very small crock in the morning and plugged into a socket in a centrally located bathroom,  the lid left slightly ajar.

While it simmered away and as time permitted, I tied off this "no sew" blanket for my grandmother, Yan. (See Yan Canning, Yan  Garlic Cure). Yan is a true patriot and a loving homemaker  - every bit as American as apple pie, so it was fitting that the aroma of apple pie would be wafting about as her blanket was finished.  My grandfather, her husband of 70 years, passed away last spring.  He was a renowned Western artist, a mule packer, a lover of animals, children, and humor.  He was her best friend.  Yan is now blind and spends most of her time, at home,  in her bedroom. While there, she claims attention from those of us who love her is not much needed.  She insists she has a steady stream of cowboys who come by her bedroom to see her and they have a "rip roaring good time, thank you very much."  Yan is ever the lady, so I am quite sure they all take their hats off before climbing into bed.

Winner, Loser or Meh

Within 20 minutes the house started to smell like baking apple pie. It simmered away all day, and more water was added at bed and it simmered away all night, too. Very nice, homey and inexpensive.  Other potpourri's to be featured later.


I used a single setting 1 quart crock.  A 'Lil Dipper would work perfectly, too.  Just use less water. If all you have is a large crock, it will work. You might try putting the ingredients into a smaller heat safe container and placing it within the larger crock.

  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 apple, unpeeled, uncored, cut into chunks
  • 1-2 cups water preferably hot (it just works faster that way)
Toss in crock, set lid ajar.  Turn on heat.  Add water as necessary.


  1. I did something similar today with orange spices, a few cinnamon sticks and some whole cloves. It smelled wonderfully -- except that it made me really hungry!! :) Silke

  2. Funny you should mention it! I have one following later in that week using old orange peels, cloves, and cinnamon. To be continued. :D