Sunday, December 19, 2010

{Day 9} Favorite Holiday Recipe

Sweet Smells of Christmas

I don't know if you can technically count this as a recipe since you don't eat it, but because it involves ingredients, a stovetop and a saucepan, I'm counting it! Growing up, this was probably my favorite thing my Mom would do at Christmas. It simply involves simmering these decadent spices, and you can make it last as long as you want. Hopefully these aromas will trigger sweet, nostalgic memories for you like they do for me!

2 sticks cinnamon, each stick cut in fourths
1 1/2 teaspoon whole allspice
1 1/2 teaspoon crystallized ginger
1 1/2 teaspoon mixed pickling spice
1 1/2 teaspoon whole cloves
1 whole nutmeg

To make one packet, combine preceding ingredients in center of a 7-inch square of cheesecloth. Gather corners to form a bundle and tie with a string or ribbon. Place 2 cups of hot tap water in a small saucepan with a packet. Heat on high to boil. Simmer to send fragrance throughout the house. Additional water may be needed.

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