I can’t believe today is December 2! Where does time go? Sorry this post is so late… I’ve had some technical difficulties today… we love technology until it doesn’t work:-) Well as the first week of the month we are starting a new theme. As you can tell from the title, the theme of the week is… CINNAMON! I really love cinnamon. When we first got married my husband teased me for putting cinnamon on everything… in fact he still teases me about it. I was planning out themes for this year and cinnamon seemed so appropriate to get us ready for the Christmas season.Did you know that cinnamon is not only a scrumptious spice that can be savory or sweet, but it also has a lot of health benefits? There are TONS of health benefits from incorporating cinnamon into your daily life. It can help with muscle spasms, infections, colds, loss of appetite and help reduce the effects from high fat meals. It may even lower blood sugar for this with Diabetes (Type 1 and 2), though the studies on this are still unclear. I even found one study that said that the scent of cinnamon helps boost brain activity. I am really okay with that last one because I love filling my house with the scent of cinnamon during the winter and especially in December. To me the smell of cinnamon is intrinsically connected with Christmas. Today’s ‘recipe’ is my mom’s concoction she boils on the stove to make the house smell warm and delicious. Yes I said that it smells warm. And I will stick by that statement:-)This is a simple way to get your house switched over from Thanksgiving to Christmas mode. You take a few cinnamon sticks and place them in a small to medium saucepan. Add the orange peel, cloves and nutmeg to the pan and add water. Bring your mixture to a boil and then reduce the heat to an active simmer. Then let it sit on the stove (while simmering) and it will spread its magical smell throughout your home. The water will eventually boil out and you can add more water and spices as needed if you want to continue boiling it.
3-4 cinnamon sticks
1 T orange peel
¾ t cloves
½ t nutmeg
- Place all the ingredients into a pan, fill the pan with water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to an active simmer and let the aroma fill the air. Replenish water and spices as needed.
* You can add more dried cinnamon if you want or even a few cranberries. As always have fun with it!