What to do with all those little mandarin peels…aka Procrastination Potpourri

I should be unpacking. I really should. I’m just letting you know I know that. Hence the name of this yummy smelling concoction wafting through my mostly cardboard house.

I know you see that box in the background. Leave me alone.

I am overrun with tiny mandarin oranges. No, scratch that- the sweet middles are eaten and gone. I am overrun with tiny mandarin orange peels. I know I can’t be the only one. I’ve been wanting to try this for a while, but this morning I just needed to do it. And I’m so glad I did, because my house smells like some sort of cookie from heaven.

I made stove top potpourri out of those trillion peels.

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I suppose you should know this prior to me posting anything resembling a recipe: I bake and cook like a fiend, but I’m not a precise fiend. Lots of reckless abandon and not much measuring. It’s just how I do. Aaaanyway, I’m not a fan of scents heavy in cinnamon or cloves. I like something bright and sweet. So I guess you’d call this citrus vanilla? I don’t know. I used the entire haul of however many mandarins, three thick lemon slices, about 6 cups of water, and 1/2 tsp of vanilla.


I brought it to a boil.


And then I brought it down to low. And that’s where we are now. Add extra water as needed if you’d like to let it simmer through the day.

Obviously the scent possibilities are endless, and once I’ve unpacked my EOs and restocked my pantry fully, I’m sure I’ll come up with new ones. In the meantime, though, at least I’m putting these to good use. I think it was Abraham Lincoln that said a sweet-smelling home is better than an unpacked one, anyway.

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