I've been dreaming of an all-homemade holiday. One where all gifts are made in the kitchen or someone knits me an afghan or some cashmere socks. Can you knit cashmere socks? I want a Norman Rockwell holiday, do those still exist?
However, my kids long for video games, remote control cars and basketball hoops, what can I say, they are normal. Really, I need/want nothing (unless you count another tractor, fencing for my property and vineyard posts etc.), I would be happy with all homemade gifts. I have always appreciated the jar of jam or cookies straight out of someone's kitchen, it's so much more meaningful to me. I do not need another "thing".
I came across these little sachets and thought they would be perfect to tuck into holiday cookie platters or give a set of three in a lovely mug. I am a sucker for mulled cider this time of year and love the way it makes the house smell.
These little bouquet garni bags available from Sur La Table are perfect vessels for the spices as you can boil the bags right in the cider and remove the whole bag when done. No mess to clean up. Wrapping the spices in cheesecloth and tying with kitchen string would also work nicely.
Cinnamon sticks, whole cloves, star anise and whole allspice is all you need.
This would make a nice hostess gift.
Adapted from Real Simple
For each bag you will need-
2 cinnamon sticks
1 piece of star anise
1 Tablespoon whole allspice
1 Tablespoon whole cloves
1 bouquet garni bag or cheesecloth and kitchen string
Place the cinnamon, star anise, allspice and cloves in the bag. Keep at room temperature for up to 6 months.
Include these instructions with your gift: "Simmer 1 sachet in 2 quarts apple cider for 15 minutes.
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