Smells of Christmas

4 Cinnamon sticks
1 Tablespoons whole cloves
2 Bay leaves

1 dash of allspice
1/2 orange. sliced
1/2 lemon, sliced
1 teaspoon vanilla
4-5 cups of water

This is a wonderful pot of simple ingredients to have simmering on the stovetop that adds the warm smells of the holiday season and delicious spices to the air.

Put all ingredients into a saucepan.  Bring them to a boil, then turn the heat down and simmer on low to release the fragrance. If you simmer it for a few hours, you will need to add more water.

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