12.03.2012


I was struck by a bowl of pomanders when I toured a historic home last week, by their smell and severe looks. So, with eagerness to participate in any sort of merry making, I came home lugging a bag of oranges.

A toothpick or skewer can be used to poke through the peel of the orange (in an effort to avoid sore thumbs) and then cloves placed in each wound, making whatever pattern you choose, and smelling the house of citrus and spice. The whole process is quite enjoyable.

7 comments:

  1. I did this one time at an American Girl doll tea party! It really does make the whole house smell delicious!

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  2. I have a fond memory of making these in elementary school! I remember loving the smell of clove then, even though all my friends hated its scent. I must try them again. Thanks for the reminder. ^^

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  3. I remember making these in fourth grade or fifth during colonial days at OUE =) Good memories! Enjoy. They look very pretty and I am sure they smell even better.

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  4. This is a wonderful idea! I am definitely going to give it a shot!

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  5. I used to make these when I was small, they are so lovely, I will have to make some again. Hope your holidays are fun-filled!

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  6. Oh yes, I should do this too!

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  7. All these years in Chicago and I never knew about the Driehaus. I also recently caught the pomander bug while visiting a historic house: Dennis Severs' House in London. The home is like magic, with each room representing a different time period with a different scent. One of the bedrooms is full of pomander, which stayed with me through my trip, resulting in my paying too much for a pomander candle at a Diptych boutique in Paris. The candle is my favorite souvenir from the trip and I'm happy to learn that a Diptych recently opened in Bucktown, so I can continue to pay too much for candles indefinitely. And, of course, make my own pomander to save money between the candle burnings. :)

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