How to make spiced orange pomander balls

The temperatures dipped once again yesterday and we chose indoor activities over snow games.

I tipped a tin of whole cloves into bowls, set out oranges and the boys and I made spiced orange pomander balls while listening to an audio book. This was a craft I can remember making as a child, sitting next to the wood fire, and deeply engrossed with a story tape on cassette.

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Making spiced orange pomander balls is simple enough to do and yields both a pretty centerpiece and a natural air freshener. Best of all, it’s an all natural decoration and can be made with items around the house.

Let’s get started.

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Spiced Preserved Lemons

finished jar

Written by Marisa of Food in Jars.

In 1988, my family packed up our station wagon and migrated north from Los Angeles to Portland, Oregon. I went from being a kid who’d never seen snow to one who was intimately familiar with mittens, scarves and moisture-wicking rain jackets.

Since then, I’ve always made the choice to live in climates that feature four distinct seasons (my younger sister went the opposite way and fled to Austin, Texas as soon as she was able). While I continue to be entirely pleased with my chosen city and its weather, I do find that come January, I need a little help dealing with the short, dark days.

meyer lemons

Where most people might choose sun lamps or strategically timed visits to points south, I ward off the effects of the winter blahs with prodigious doses of citrus. I buy clementines by the box, fill cellophane bags with navel oranges and once a season, splurge on a ten pound shipment of Meyer lemons from the Bay Area.

I make marmalade, curd, jelly, caramel sauce, infused sea salt, flavored olive oil, dried slices and salt preserved lemons. All told, I spend nearly two full weeks celebrating the fragrance and flavor of these sweet, thin-skinned lemons.

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pint jar of orange cardamom curd

Creamy Orange Cardamom Curd Recipe

Written by Marisa of Food in Jars.

I was born in Southern California and spent my first nine years living in a little town called Eagle Rock. We had guava trees in the front yard and towering palm trees in the grassy strip between the sidewalk and the curb.

Nearby, my grandmother grew Meyer lemons and had a four foot high hedge of rosemary. Of course, in those days, I had no appreciation for absurd bounty that grew all around me. I longed for winter and days of heavy, deep snow.

These days, I’m quite contentedly tucked into a life in Philadelphia. We get more than enough snow to satisfy my longings, but in true grass-in-always-greener fashion, I miss the warm winters of Los Angeles and all that gorgeous citrus.

While I can’t beam all that sun my way, I can still get the citrus. I buy box upon box of those easy to peel clementines. I order Meyer lemons direct from Florida. And I make jars of Orange Cardamom Curd as an occasional treat.

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Frozen Treats: Tropical Fruit Punch Popsicles

Beat the heat with our week long series on frozen treats! This is a guest post from Naomi of Bakers Royale. Welcome, Naomi!

Summer has just begun and the thermometer is already shouting numbers over 90. Add some humidity to that and a heat-induced laziness will overcome me faster than I can wipe the sweat off my forehead.

As for my boys, the flipside of a heat-induced laziness is crankiness, so to keep everyone moving and happy, I keep my freezer well stocked with fruit popsicles. Full of fruit, easy to make and costing a under a dollar a popsicle, I’m can feel good about us eating one, two or a few in one sitting.

The base for this popsicle is coconut. Being that coconut can be very sweet and strong on its own, I gave this popsicle some balance with raspberry tartness and lending a cooling hand is the citrus edge of the Clementine tangerines.

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summer sprinklers and popsicles

Frozen Treats: Cherry Limeade Popsicles

Beat the heat with our week-long series on simple frozen treats! Written by Katie of GoodLife Eats.

HOT is what it is around here. There is no getting around it anymore. Our days are filled with something frozen to eat, running through the sprinklers, and wading in the kiddie pool.

I love indulging in all of the delicious frozen treats that the summer season has to offer. And it’s actually fairly easy to keep those treats on the healthier side.

We tend to rely heavily on fruit-based treats in the summer. Not only are fruits a healthy way to get your sweet fix, but they’re great for curbing summer dehydration. Popsicles, smoothies, slushies, sorbet and more are all deliciously cold ways to feature the season’s best juicy fruit. Any cold, fruity treat is a winner in my book this time of year.
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