December 21, 2009 | Home >Healthy Kids >Sinless Cinnamon
Sinless Cinnamon
December 21, 2009 | Home >Healthy Kids >Sinless Cinnamon

Sinless Cinnamon

My husband has the most amazing sisters!  Last night we had a Christmas party, and we got some gifts from a few of them.  I thought these were wonderful ideas for neighbor gifts.  And appropriately for my “Spice up Christmas” week, they have cinnamon!  (so I won’t share Beth’s crazalicious carmels, or Jennifers clever M&M’s with matching story).

The first, from Tia-  Potpouri, that she dried herself in her dehydrator.  I thought this would be a fun neighbor gift that the kids could help you assemble.  They could count out equal amounts of each thing for each bag in a small assembly line.

Tia put in:

  • dried orange peel
  • dried apple slices
  • dried lemon peel
  • dried cranberries
  • ground nutmeg
  • whole cloves
  • cinnamon sticks

The tag says “Add contents of bag to a saucepan filled with water and simmer on the stove for a delicious aroma that will fill your home with the scent of Christmas!”

Then, Laura made everyone some of her granola!  She gave me the recipe a few months ago here.  Your kids can help by scooping granola out of a big bowl into bags.

DSC_0037 And, my final cinnamon infused neighbor gifts are the nuts of course!!


Why do you need cinnamon?    

“Cinnamon has one of the highest antioxidant levels of any spice – and even more than many foods. You’ll find as many antioxidants in 1 teaspoon of cinnamon as a full cup of pomegranate juice or ½ cup of blueberries.” McCormick Spices For Health!!


I love giving neighbor gifts (although I haven’t this year… yet!)  Some people hate to do it.  But for me, its the only chance I get to meet and talk to some of my neighbors.  I get so wrapped up in our personal family life, that I hardly cultivate friendships in the neighborhood.  We are better in the summer, if we are outside.. but as soon as it turns cold, I’m kind of a hermit.

Fun activity:  For those in Utah County- my sister and I visited the Holdman’s lights (an animated light display set to music) over the weekend.  One tip- we got there early, like 5:30, and there were only three cars there. I tried to take my husband last night around 7, and there were two BLOCKS of cars… so go early!

written by
Amy Roskelley

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cathy says:

Love you nuts! I’m a cinnamon-a-holic, so I generally double (sometimes triple) the amount of cinnamon in a recipe. I love getting that extra cinnamon kick!

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