Besides Thanksgiving and turkey traditions
November holds traditions of it's own.
For years it was the month that we shelled a big bag of pecans for winter baking
(Now I buy big bags of shelled pecans at Costco!)
But it's still the month we make pomanders
A big bowl of oranges from he market,
a big bowl of cloves
And my old ice pick
are the tools I need to make pomanders
I buy bag oranges -- they are cheaper
And grocery store cloves -- sometimes I'm lucky and can find them in a bigger bag
If not, several of the little jars come home with me.
|Seems the German pyramid has made it's way up from the basement to the breakfast room table --the only part of Christmas that has come out of hiding so far!|
The sunny breakfast room
was the perfect place to make pomanders
My first one -- half done!
In between baking cookies, dinner and television watching, I managed to
get five done before I ran out of cloves.
Sigh -- back to the market today!
It's November --
It's after Thanksgiving
Shouldn't it be turkey?
Turkey and noodles -- one of my favorite turkey leftover dishes.
This year I roasted the carrots, celery and onion and added shards of garden sage.
Husband Ji thought it was the absolute best!
And I thought it was pretty tasty as well.
(For those of you out there who think noodles are a part of Thanksgiving Dinner, they're not at Linderhof --
they're one of the after Thanksgiving dishes that help use up the leftover turkey!)
They're just half finished
For after all the oranges are filled with cloves,
They're dunked in a mixture to cure.
Besides great Christmas decorations,
they make good gifts,
and they're also good to stick in drawers
to scent "unmentionables", socks and such.
I still have some I made "eons" ago
For they do last although I have found that their scent diminishes over time.
The "secret" dunking mixture?
I just put it in a bowl on the kitchen counter and add the pomanders.
The fragrance reminds me so of Christmas!
1/4 c. ground cinnamon
1/4 c. ground cloves
2 T. ground nutmeg (it doesn't have to be freshly ground!)
2 T. ground allspice
1/4 c. powdered orrisroot*
Mix all together, roll cloved balls in mixture and allow to cure (harden)
* if you can't find orrisroot, you can omit it -- it just makes the scent last longer.