The Smell of Christmas

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Homemade Holidays: Let’s Make the House Small Like Christmas.
PREP TIME: 5 MINUTES

TOTAL TIME: 5 MINUTES

INGREDIENTS

1 1/2 cups fresh cranberries
3 tangerines, halved
3 whole cinnamon sticks
2 star anise (optional) gives a strong black licorice smell.
1 teaspoon whole cloves
1 inch piece fresh ginger
1 vanilla bean + 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 small branch fresh pine
1 cup apple cider, pomegranate or cranberry juice
water
INSTRUCTIONS

Combine all the ingredients in a medium size sauce pot. Fill the pot with water until it reaches 3/4 the way full. Place the pot on the stove and bring to a gentle boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer, adding more water as needed. I let mine simmer for close to 4 hours and then let it cool over night and simmer again the next day. Just be sure to keep adding more water.

Taken from Half Baked Harvest blog.

you don’t have to use all these ingredients.  I’ve used cinnamon, oranges, cloves…whatever I have on hand.

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