Christmas in a Bag | Easy Simmering Spices
Nothing can get me in the mood for baking, cooking, wrapping or hosting like the smells of Christmas. What does Christmas “smell” like? For me, it’s a mixture of cinnamon, orange, cloves, pine, maybe a little anise and allspice.
Whether it’s through essential oils or the actual products, these smells definitely release “happy hormones” in me! The only thing missing is softly falling snow and a crackling fire in the hearth with the Christmas tree twinkling and emitting it’s woodsy, piney aroma. Yes, we still have a real Christmas tree, I just can’t bring myself to buy an artificial tree, smells are so very important to me. Just ask my family and close friends about wet cement…ha!!
I’ve been putting together these “Christmas in a Bag” simmering spices for several years to give to friends, family and neighbors, they make great hostess and neighbor gifts. Place in a clear cello bag, tie with a pretty ribbon and attach a simple label.
Gather the essentials; here are some suggestions to make one “bag” of Christmas:
- 2-3 Cinnamon sticks
- 1 Tablespoon (scant) Cloves, whole
- 2-3 Star Anise (Optional)
- 1 Small Orange or 1 tablespoon dried Orange Peel
- 1/4 cup (7-12) Fresh or dried Cranberries
- 1 teaspoon whole Allspice
- 1 sprig of Cedar* or Spruce (optional)
TIP | *Snip off your own tree, or ask a neighbor, or from your local nursery or Christmas tree farm.
Place the larger items in the bottom of a cellophane bag, then place the remaining items on top. Tie it with a twist tie and then a ribbon or string and attach instructions for simmering.
I found these cute little paper berry baskets last year, be on the lookout for fun little things like this to place a package of cookies, candies, etc.
Don’t forget to save some for yourself!
To use, simply pour contents into small saucepan and fill with water, bring to simmer and replenish water as needed.
Be sure to try my Fall Simmering Spices as well! And while you are assembling your cute little hostess gifts, try sipping (responsibly) on one of these wonderful holiday drinks, Blood Orange, Tangerine Gin & Tonic or Pomegranate Mule.
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- Place all ingredients in a cellphane bag.
- Tie with a pretty bow and attach a tag with the following instructions:
- Pour contents into a small pot, cover with water and bring to a simmer.
- If the water levels get below the spices, just add a bit more to refresh.
- Enjoy the smells of Christmas!
TIP | *Snip off from your own tree, or ask a neighbor, or from your local nursery or Christmas tree farm.
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