The lights are up, the tree is decorated, the cookies are made, and the carols are playing. The only thing that will raise your cheer'o'meter even higher at this point is a simmer pot on the stove sending out olfactory goodness to everyone that walks through your door. It is such a simple thing to pull off with very little investment and it will set the mood of your household to warm and festive.
You will need:
- Whole cinnamon sticks
- Whole star anise (go easy on this because it can take over)
- Vanilla bean
- Whole clove buds
- Whole nutmeg (grated)
Bring a pot of water to a simmer and add ingredients. Keep the heat low on the stove so it simmers the entire time you are entertaining.