Lifestyle, Style

Stovetop Potpourri and Cozy Fridays


This grip of cold around Chicago hasn’t quite released yet. And this apartment, while not freezing, is certainly not warm. It’s been rather chilly around here. We’ve pulled out the heated blanket, the flannel sheets, and additional blankets on top of that. To be honest, though, that’s probably my favorite part of winter. The layers. I’m such a blanket fiend. We have no less than three blankets out at any one time with probably half a dozen more hiding away just in case. So finally needing to wrap myself in a blanket all day in order to keep the chill off is less of an inconvenience and more like the best pajama party ever.


Fridays usually mean a day off from office work for me. But that doesn’t mean I don’t have other stuff to get done, it just means I get to do it from the comfort of my own home instead of going out into this freezing nightmare of snow and ice. “Why do I live where the air hurts my face” is forever my mantra throughout January and February. But if I used working from home as an excuse to stay in pajamas all day, I would never get anything done. So I let myself stay in PJs for an extra hour or two while I slurp down some tea. Then it’s time to get dressed and put on some makeup, even if it’s only for me.


This particular friday hss been more freezing than usual, though. So I decided it was time to combat the chill and add some delicious smells to the apartment at the same time. Enter stovetop potpurri. Water, aromatics, boil. You get some steam to warm the place and carry amazing scents around.



  • The peels of two clementines
  • 2-4 sprigs of pine
  • cinnamon (if you have sticks throw in two. If you have ground like me, add in about a tablespoon)
  • 1 teaspoon of peppermint extract


  1. Fill a pot halfway with water and your ingredients. I like using a big pot like one I would use for pasta.
  2. Bring the water to a boil then reduce to a simmer.
  3. Don’t let the water evaporate entirely. Keep adding water if you want to. I like to put the kettle on every hour or so and refresh the boiling water. Keep it running for as long or short as you like. I’ve had mine going for around 3 hours now.


The apartment smells amazing and we have now achieved slightly steamy windows. Nice and toasty warm! Supplement with your favorite tea and blanket and prepare to be ultra cozy.

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What are your favorite ways to keep warm? Share them in the comments!


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  1. salevine

    2015-01-09 at 3:12 pm

    This looks like the best day.

    1. dannie54

      2015-01-09 at 3:29 pm

      It totally is! So much cozy.

  2. Nadine

    2015-01-09 at 4:22 pm

    Oh my goodness, I love your shirt! 😀
    I am also such a blanket person. I hate layering clothing so blankets and tea are my best friends when it’s cold. 🙂

    1. dannie54

      2015-01-09 at 5:57 pm

      Thanks so much! It’s a favorite of mine. So soft.
      Blankets and tea are the greatest. Fact.

  3. Karen Rees

    2015-01-09 at 4:42 pm

    Fab post – love this 🙂 Wrapping up in a huge fleecy throw, cuppa tea, a few candles and a great book – sorted lol x

    1. dannie54

      2015-01-09 at 5:58 pm

      Thank you so much!
      Ooh candles. I hadn’t even thought about that! I think the evening is going to involve candles now, too.

      1. Karen Rees

        2015-01-09 at 6:38 pm

        So welcome 😀
        Lol, absolutely… get your candles lit – makes for such a cosy ambience!!! X

  4. Christal Beyer

    2015-01-09 at 9:31 pm

    Love your post! And your bedroom is super cozy and sweet looking. My new apartment is rather chilly, too, so I have been doing some extra baking, and cooking in the kitchen. I also dug out my space heater twenty mins ago!! Love your recipe. Very nice!!

    1. dannie54

      2015-01-10 at 11:23 am

      We already cook a lot so we’re just keeping that at standard. The kitchen is now plenty toasty. It’s the farther reaching rooms, like the bedroom, that are frozen. This recipe definitely helped fix that right up. Stay warm!

  5. Dana Fashina

    2015-01-10 at 6:25 pm

    Great stovetop idea!
    I hear you about the ‘why do I live where the air hurts my face’ thing.
    I bitch endlessly.
    And stay warm at home by wearing thick assed socks, my favorite uggs, my bfs sweatpants and layers and layers of stuff on top.
    Cami (tucked in), t shirt (tucked in), crewneck fleece sweater, another sweater unbuttoned… you get the picture 😀

    1. dannie54

      2015-01-12 at 9:47 am

      Those of us who live somewhere cold are unbelievably good about complaining that it is cold.
      Oh yes. All the layers. As many as you can get on while still being able to move. All of them forever.

  6. Kie “Wild Hearts and Green Tea” I.

    2015-01-11 at 1:20 am

    Such a cozy post. Ha, I couldn’t help but really laugh at “Why do I live where the air hurts my face” – I’m with you! Tea and tea and tea keeps me warm and happy all through the winter month, it never fails me 🙂

    1. dannie54

      2015-01-12 at 9:45 am

      when I’m inside watching snow fall wrapped in a blanket drinking something hot, I really appreciate the beauty of Chicago. Literally any other time- particularly the 7:30am walk to the train- I am asking myself that question.
      I, too, drink gallons of tea to stay warm. It is a well known fact that most things are better with tea.

  7. Nadine

    2015-01-12 at 2:51 am

    Good day, I nominated you for The Versatile Blogger Award!
    You can read more about it here:
    Nadine 🙂

    1. dannie54

      2015-01-12 at 11:07 am

      Thanks again! (for some reason this got bounded by the spam filter. Rude) I’m so excited for this!

      1. Nadine

        2015-01-12 at 11:49 am

        You are so welcome! I look forward to reading your response. 🙂
        That spam filter spams the most inconspicuous comments sometimes. :’)

        1. dannie54

          2015-01-12 at 12:37 pm

          It really does! It makes me wonder what I’m missing that doesn’t end up in the queue…

          1. Nadine

            2015-01-12 at 12:41 pm

            I suppose it is good in one sense but it can be frustrating having to go to the spam folder ever now and then to check if I missed any non-spam comments which ended up there.

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