The holidays are all about scents. Fresh cut pine, cinnamon, burning wood in the fireplace, cloves, orange spice, hot apple cider are some of my favorites. During this time of year I like to have a little mulling spice infusing something on the stove when we're hanging out at home on a weekend. It really sets a mood---even if there's no intention of mulling cider or wine, I still like the aromatherapy. Sometimes just having some lemon peels, orange peels and mulled spices is enough. Mix that smell with the scent of oatmeal raisin cookies and I am all yours.
- 16 cinnamon sticks, broken in half
- 1/2 whole cloves
- 1/4 cup allspice
- 1/2 cup dried orange peel
- 1 cup chopped candied ginger