I saw a thing on Pinterest about this lady who makes these scents in a jar. It was really interesting what natural things she would chop, slice, and pluck before throwing it all in a pot. It was like potpourri soup.
One of them was lemon, rosemary and vanilla extract. Supposedly the combination of the three makes the same scent that Williams Sonoma stores use. Did you know Pottery Barn was a Williams Sonoma store? Yeah. So basically my house doesn’t LOOK like a Pottery Barn catalog but I might be able to fool a blind person….until they puncture their foot on a Lego or fall from a rogue Matchbox car.
If you follow me on Instagram (I’m @bowerpowerblog….get on that), you saw the sneak peek of Will and his lemonade stand. We have a full post about that coming soon. Well, we had a plethora of lemons afterward and we simply snatched some rosemary plant in our very-dead garden. Seriously…rosemary isn’t supposed to winter over here and it has. for several years.
I threw about three lemons, three sprigs of rosemary and about a tablespoon of vanilla extract into the crock pot with about four cups of water and turned it on high. I left the top off and….whomp whomp. nothing.
My best friend Sherry asked me if it was working and I told her that if I stuck my head way down into the crock pot that it smelled fantastic.
So you can reuse the same solution as long as it still smells good to the ole sniffer….so after about 12 hours of my face in the crock pot, I took it to the stove top and put it in a regular pot. I turned it on high till it boiled and then turned it down to a simmer. Finally we could smell it in the living room.
Granted, I am not the kind of person that walks around the house with a boiling pot of hot fluids just to make the rooms smell good but it would be a fun gift if you had a budget and a rosemary bush. I plan on getting a bunch of old jars together, slicing up those lemons and making little ‘jars of pottery barn’ for special family and friends. Because you know what they say….when life hands you lemons, you pull out the pot and you get happy.
p.s. I do not endorse drug use
p.p.s. We are celebrating 7 years of marriage today! Wahoo! And we thought it would be fun to let y’all ask us those ‘burning questions’ – so head on over to our Facebook page and let er rip!