An Orange POMANDER: The perfect gift for anyone to give to almost anyone.


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Nancy Martin’s Gumdrop Muffin recipe is 99% for certain being posted by the end of tomorrow. [It is now posted.  See the update below.]

  • UPDATE: One of Santa’s elves came through with the typed (instead of Nancy’s with my chicken scratches on it) version of the Gumdrop Muffin recipe.  Here is the Gumdrop Muffin recipe!

Some pomanders are simply made with just these ingredients and a ribbon. To watch how to make a pomander with these ingredients and a ribbon (or without a ribbon), scroll down to the "click here" link for a video demonstration. (Be sure to notice that you'll need whole cloves as opposed to ground cloves.)

Also, are you looking for the perfect gift for a child to give to an elderly person who doesn’t really need anything?  Or, actually, for the perfect item for anyone to give to anyone?

How about an orange pomander? Basically an orange pomander is an orange with whole cloves pushed into it.  It is used as an air freshener because it smells really, really, really good.  If you google “orange pomander” you’ll find many sets of directions for making one. Some directions call for a preservative called orris or sandalwood oil. Others use just an orange, whole cloves, nutmeg and cinnamon…and a ribbon.

I remember making a pomander for my grandmother when I was little. (I’m almost positive I didn’t use orris or sandalwood oil.) I was so proud to give it to her because I made it all by myself (and because it smelled so good).

Click here for a less-than-3-minute video of a young girl demonstrating how to make an orange pomander.

If you do google, you’ll find that some directions are for a “quick” making of a pomander that could be given right away.  Some versions are for a pomander that isn’t given until after three or four weeks of drying.  Either way, it is a gift from the heart, inexpensive, and smells so refreshing.

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3 Responses to “An Orange POMANDER: The perfect gift for anyone to give to almost anyone.”

  1. Marti Gunderson Carlson Says:

    I can almost smell the pomander. I remember making them in younger years. I love the snow flakes on the blog!

  2. Clara Says:

    The snow flakes add such a nice touch. I, too, remember making the pomanders.

  3. Clara Says:

    Maybe these little snowflakes were the start of the blizzard that didn’t end….making this Christmas one of the most unusual in a long time.

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