The Holiday season is here.  One of the things that can strike up a cherished holiday memory is a perfect Christmas smell.  Maybe it's a turkey roasting, or the smell of pumpkin pie in the oven.  Smells can bring your holiday to a whole new level.

Street sign that says Holiday on one sign and Season on the other sign

Today, we're talking Simmering Pots for the holiday.

Holiday Simmering Pot, Midwest Nice Blog

You will need:

  • Fresh or Frozen Cranberries
  • Oranges
  • Whole Cinnamon
  • Star Anise
  • Allspice
  • Cloves
  • Fresh Rosemary

Add all the ingredients to your Dutch oven or crockpot (I prefer a crockpot for long simmer recipes) then add enough water to, at least, fill the pot halfway.  Bring it to a simmer.  Be sure to check the pot off and on to make sure you have enough water in the pan or crockpot.

Christmas Simmer Pot, This Healthy Table

You will need:

  • 1 red apple
  • 1 green apple
  • 1 orange or clementine
  • 1 lemon
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 tablespoons fresh or frozen cranberries
  • several sprigs of fresh thyme
  • optional - 3 star anise, 1 tablespoon juniper berries
  • 6 cups water

Slice the apples orange and lemon into slices about 1/4 inch thick.  Add all ingredients to your Dutch oven or crock pot and bring to a simmer and check off and on during the day.

Christmas Morning Simmer Pot, White and Woodgrain

I think this one is my favorite.  You will need:

  • coffee beans (any flavor)
  • cinnamon sticks
  • vanilla

Put all ingredients into a Dutch oven or crockpot, bring to a simmer, check off and on during the morning.

Gingerbread man, orange slices, cinnamon and cranberry on a wooden table

Any one of these Holiday Simmer Pots will make your home smell like a Christmas Dream and bring back some wonderful memories of holidays past. Remember, these pots DO NOT taste as good as they smell.  Drinking them is not recommended.

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