Inviting is the word we'd most like our guests to use about our house. One of our fail safe tricks to achieving this around the holidays is to fill the air with the smells of the season. No toxic plug-in for us, however, we go the old fashioned route and simmer a simple (and cheap) mix of spices on the stove.
The mix is an art, not a science, but we usually include a cinnamon stick, ground nutmeg, cloves, and cardamom. Sometimes we'll toss in some pieces of lemon peel to give the mix a slight citrusy zing. Throw all the spices into a small pot filled with water and leave to simmer on the stove until the house is filled with a wonderful and welcoming aroma.
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