Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Pomander time

 So you remember those things you used to make at Christmas time at home with your mum that had an orange and a whole pile of cloves......well it turns out there called Pomanders.

*Keeping the Christmas Spirit Alive, 365*: November 2010










"Pomander, noun, a ball or perforated container of aromatic substances, placed in a cupboard or room to perfume the air or (formerly) carried as a supposed protection against infection.
A piece of fruit, typically an orange, studded with cloves and hung in a wardrobe"

They are super easy to make and simply make the house smell amazing.

We made ours last week as gifts for the teachers and whilst I intended to get a photo of our finished products, they were whisked off to school before I had a chance! Sorry!

But here's what we did......

1. Tie ribbon around your orange to create quarters. Leaving enough ribbon to create a loop in which to hang.

2. Secure ribbon underneath with a pin so it doesn't slip off.

3. Poke holes in the orange using a skewer (less orange spray gets your eyes then!)

4. Push a whole clove into your hole

You can make them as intricate or simple as you like. We kept our simple, as in I handed the kids a skewer and said Go!

You can make the design as intricate or as simple as you like. We made ours simple (as in I gave them all an orange, a skewer and said go!)

There's definitely a Christmassy smell these 'pomander balls' bring to the house, you should definitely give them a go........think I'll have to make one myself for the house now!






Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Gingerbread stars...

Presents for family and friends are all taken care of, now its time we move onto the teachers gifts!
This year we thought we'd make gingerbread stars and then dress them up as ornaments....bit of fun?

Gingerbread Stars
70g butter
1/4 c dark brown sugar
60mls golden syrup
1 3/4 c plain flour
1/2 tsp. bi carb soda
2 tsp. ground ginger
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ground cloves
1/4 tsp. salt
2tbsp water
Preheat oven to 180 degrees and line your trays with non stick paper
Beat together butter and sugar until pale and creamy then slowly add golden syrup till just combined
Sift in flour, bi carb soda, salt and all spices. Using a wooden spoon mix everything together including the water until a soft dough occurs.
Work dough together gently on a lightly floured surface then roll out and cut to the shapes you require. (we used stars, but angels, doves, Santa etc. would work too!)
Bake for 10 min or until lightly browned.

Monday, December 2, 2013

It's begining to look alot like......

                                                                      Christmas !!!!!!!!!
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