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December 14, 2018

The Scents of Christmas

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From sweet peppermint to rich cinnamon, the scents of the season are ones that can transport unsuspecting victims back to their childhood or into a beautiful memory with just one whiff. This time of the year I love walking into a home – my own or someone else’s – that’s decked with boughs, holly, and the smell of Christmas.

Whether that’s gingerbread baking in the oven, a vanilla candle burning, or the scent of fresh pine, I can’t get enough of it. So I decided to create a Christmas concoction of my favorite scents in a simmering pot on the stovetop. It’s a live potpourri of the scents of Christmas all muddled together wafting beautiful scents throughout the entire house.

The job was a surprisingly easy one. I combined a few of my favorites: oranges, cinnamon, allspice, clove, pine, and peppermint into our trusty cast iron skillet in no particular form or fashion and managed to create a masterpiece of scent.

So the ingredient list is as follows:

  • Orange slices
  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Candy canes
  • pine boughs
  • All spice
  • Cloves

If you want you can also add in fresh cranberries, nutmeg, take out the peppermint… it really is a versatile recipe so the sky is the limit for how you can combine these and other classic Christmas ingredients. Once you have your basic combination, set it in a pot or pan on the stovetop and turn to a low heat. Slowly the Christmas magic will start to spread and you’ll realize there may be no better smell in the world.

I added about 2 cups of water to the ingredients on the stovetop and because our house is pretty dry had to add about another cup halfway through the simmer. Just keep a watchful eye out on your pot because the water may evaporated faster than you expect and you’ll be let with a burning pile of mess.

Also, treat this simmering pot like a candle though and remember to shut off your burner before leaving the house or else your Christmas may not be quite as magical.

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