Joy the Baker

Let’s Make Orange Pomanders!

December 8, 2011


I can cook.  I mean… I can really cook.  I can walk around in a pair of heels without looking like a weirdo…. and I know how to apply lip liner if the occasion requires.

I am not, however, a domestic goddess.  Not at all.  Nope.

I’m not one of those ladies who has Christmas ornaments in the basement.  I don’t have a shelving system dedicated to wrapping paper and corresponding ribbons.  I don’t even know what a holiday wreath is.  Stockings by the fire?  Shut it.  Yule logs burning?  What are you even talking about?  Beautifully decorated Christmas tree?  No… I just.. I just… I don’t have that.

It’s cool.  I can’t be everything.  I don’t even want to be everything.  You know what I do want to be…?  I want to be like Nigella Lawson covered in caramel… because then Christmas trees don’t really matter at all.

Oh, and just to be safe… I’ll put a mini Santa hat on my cat and call it a day.

My house smells like Orange Pomanders… I gotta go.  The caramel is boiling.



If you’re a spazzzzz like me… here’s a little lesson on properly securing the ribbon.



It’s not a Christmas bow, but I love it all the same.





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  • Yes! I had forgotten about the awesomeness of pomanders. Handy little things for those of us who cannot wrap a present or tie a proper bow, which I really can’t:)
    I am loving the holiday smells…

  • I love these–so pretty, festive, and fragrant! They’ve got a vintage-y vibe to them that I really dig. I can imagine Laura Ingalls Wilder making these for Christmas :)

  • I made these, and like another poster I covered my oranges completely. After that I rolled it around in cinnamon then set it in a pretty glass bowl. It lasted forever and smelled so good my 18 year old son wanted one for his room!

  • I didn’t even know oranges with cloves stuck into them had a name: Pomanders!

    Shows you what I know. lol

    I bet these smell…heavenly!!

    And I am diggin’ your new header. CUTE and festive :)

  • Am I the only one who doesn’t get what these are for? Potpourri? Seems like a waste. Do you eat them? I remember doing apples with cloves when I was a kid and drying them, but I think they were for eating? Clove-flavored withered apples? Umm…Mmm?

  • i LOVE that cover of Nigella! As well as this sentiment: [On Nigella's high-fat policy] “I don’t think there’s anything wrong with cream and butter — I see them as moisturiser for the insides.”

  • Those are SO cool and festive. And doable. I’ve been wanting to do some creative for the holidays, but have been so busy. These look like something I have the time for.

  • Oh, man. My mom used to make those (sans strings, more cloves) and put them by our wood burning stove. They smelled so awesome! Thanks for taking me back.

  • I was and am a huge fan of the Little House books and was inspired this year to try and make a clove apple, then a clove tangerine – my apartment smells wonderful when I walk in – the spicy, sweet smell is not overpowering and sickening like most commercial air fresheners are to me.

  • I bet these smell like citrus-clove HEAVEN! *sigh*

  • Uhmm… I had an American Girl doll themed party (Felicity!) as an 8 year old and definite made these as one of the crafts. Smells so good you could eat it… but don’t.

  • Oh. My. Goodness!! Joy, you just brought me back big time to sitting in Brownies (the younger Girl Scouts, not the food – haha, just thought I’d clarify since we are food bloggers) poking those cloves into the oranges!! And we didn’t just do a few cloves, either. Unh-uh. We covered the whole thing in cloves. Dang, did my thumb hurt!!!
    It smelled absolutely wonderful though and my mother loved her Christmas present from a 7 year old with a raw, red thumb.

  • These are so simple and pretty! I used to make these with my mom when I was little, so this bring back all of those warm fuzzy memories… They’re on my To Do list now! Thanks! :D

  • so adorable…that’s more domestic than i’ve been in a while!

  • Those are so cute- and I bet they smell amazing!

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