Squeeze 1 lemon and 1 ½ oranges and save juice. Boil rinds and meat of lemon and oranges, along with 6 whole cloves, 1 stick of cinnamon, and 1 cup of sugar in 1 pint of water for 5 minutes. Strain. Combine with 1 quart tea and reserved juices. Store in refrigerator until ready to use. When ready to use, heat to simmering point and then serve. This has always been a Christmastime favorite of my family. It's great on any wintry day! I hope you like it!
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In this video, Betty demonstrates how to make an Orange Pomander. This is a project that I like to do during the holiday season. An orange pomander is basically an orange that is studded with cloves and tied with a ribbon, so that it can be hung in a closet to give off the aroma of orange and cloves. You can also place several of them in a bowl to make a nice centerpiece for your table. When they have completely dried, you may put them in dresser drawers to make everything smell wonderful. These also make great gifts or party favors. To do this project, wash a fresh orange in warm soapy water to remove any wax that may have been added. I find it easier to tie ribbon around the orange to make 4 sections at the very beginning, leaving enough ribbon to make a bow at the top of a loop for hanging. The ribbon should be about ½-inch wide. After securing the ribbon with straight pins, you may decorate each of the four sections in any way that you like. I decided to use a plain design by just making a single arc down the center of each of the four quarters formed by a brown felt ribbon. To insert the cloves, use a skewer, nail, or knitting needle to punch a hole about ½-inch deep and push a whole clove, spike-end first, into the orange. If this makes your finger sore, use a thimble to protect your finger. Place the next clove as close as possible without the two cloves touching. Continue until you finish your design in each quarter. You may have a different design in each quarter, or be consistent with the same design all around the orange. You may even fill an entire quarter with cloves for a very nice look. It's all up to you! This is a nice holiday project that you can do with children. You can do any part of this project that might be difficult or harmful ahead of time, and let the children help with the finishing—or they may just enjoy watching the process. I hope you enjoy this idea and find it useful!
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