Thursday, October 15, 2009

Clove Studded Oranges-( Pomanders)

A bowl of studded oranges , lemons or limes, is not only beautiful but the smell is great and they dry into lovely pomanders. I like them in a glass bowl with red ribbons. Poke your holes with a skewer or toothpick, stud with whole cloves in a pattern or all over, ( not too close) about a 1/4 inch apart. When you are finished make a mixture of cinnamon, allspice and ground cloves equal amounts- 1 tsp of each will do 6 oranges or lemons. shake in a paper bag and put your fruit in a basket in a well ventilated area to dry. After the Holiday you can string these from ribbon and hang them in closets or pantrys. They take about 3 weeks to dry and are very lightweight when dry. Kids love to do this , so gather your kids or grandkids and have a orange studding party. Tape their tender little fingers so they don't get poked by a mean clove.( some are a little sharp.) My grandkids loved to do this project.
Here is my see thru glass bowl with my studded oranges and one lemon and one lime. They have been dusted with the spice mixture and there they will remain until dry. Don't they look homey and so fall. Hope you like these. Buy your whole cloves in bulk so they won't be expensive.

1 comment:

Rosie said...

My mother used to make these - thank you for reminding me how to do it! We loved your Theatre and with your permission would like to post the picture on the Awfully Big Art Adventure as inspiration?
Rosie ABAA