This post is sponsored by Cuties. All thoughts are my own. #100DaysofSunshine #ad
Is there a worse month? Literally? Every year it hits me with a loud thud, proclaiming the end of the boisterous, joyous and colorful holiday season. And the start (at least here in New York) of a long, bleak, gray and frigid season ahead.
So a few years ago I forged a game plan to ensure that those winter months would be filled as much as possible with all things fun, happy and indulgent, with minimal effort:
Lots of hot chocolate (made from scratch).
An extra manicure (or two).
A splurge on some super rich body creams and scrubs.
A delicious-smelling candle.
I say “minimal” because that holiday season? It’s also exhausting. January is not the time for complicated, multi-step DIY’s and recipes. I want a quick and easy return on my investment; delayed gratification has no place for me this month.
So I was delighted to partner with Cuties as part of their 100 Days of Sunshine campaign, and expand my “January plan” to include friends and loved ones.
We anxiously await the return of Cuties every year – and that happy bowl full of colorful fruit on my counter is just the beginning. Sweet, seedless and easy for little hands to unwrap, Cuties are also the perfect snack.
And the perfect centerpiece for this stovetop citrus potpourri!
While giving home-baked goods is my signature gift, by January I’ve tired of the marathon sessions in my kitchen. And most people I know are trying to undo all of the damage done by holiday over-indulgence.
But this potpourri will make anyone feel equally indulged, thanks to warm, sunny, citrus-y aromas.
Noah and I made a list of special people who we wanted to spread some cheer to, and he helped me assemble the jars.
I added a tag with instructions (click here to print yours) and away we went!
What’s your favorite way to brighten someone’s day?
For each jar you will need:
1 pint-sized mason jar
1 Cuties clementine
1 cup cranberries
4 sticks cinnamon
1 tablespoon whole cloves
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Place the contents of your potpourri in the jar. If you like, pour the cloves and nutmeg into a small plastic bag (or wrap in a piece of parchment paper and tie with twine).
To use, slice up the clementine and place it – along with the remaining ingredients – into a saucepan. Add 2 – 3 cups of water and bring to a simmer.
This delicious recipe brought to you by Sheri Silver