Have you ever heard of a pomander?
No, not a pompador, a pomander.
It comes from the french word pomme d’ambre, apple of amber.
Pomanders were used to mask odors (as you can imagine!) and ward off diseases in the Middle Ages and were made form gold, silver or even wood and filled with a spice mixture.
They evolved into the clove studded orange pomander that are common today.
These are anything but common.
Here’s a fun take on the classic – a monogrammed pomander.
How to Make a Monogrammed Pomander
* Draw a letter on your orange (I started with pencil, but moved to pen to better see the outline)
* Push each clove into the orange along your drawn line – keep cloves as close together as possible
* Keep in a cool, dark place for a few weeks, turning them every day until they dry
– If your pomander starts to mold, throw it out
– Once dry, pomanders will sound hollow when tapped, shrink to about half of their original size and be very lightweight.
These will last for years – enjoy!
I’ll be setting our Christmas table with these this year.
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