|The old kitchen|
One of my favorite things to do at Christmas time, is to decorate the old kitchen of our 18th century house. I love princess pine roping and when I can find it, I buy it . Next a few homemade ornaments mixed with a few antique ones, feather trees, dried spiced orange balls, and a basket full of dried pomegranates.
Did I also mention the cranberry roping? Still have to do that .
The spice balls are something I actually made a couple years ago and by some miracle they have managed to last through a humid summer.
|Orange spice ball and peeler|
It is a really fun thing to do and with the right tool, can be easily done. The tool I use is called a citrus peeler. You score the skin of the orange into a design and then press whole cloves into the white flesh . Sometimes I just go all around the orange ( you can use lemons too) in a kind of swirl design or other times I just go on a diagonal or striped design. When the cloves are pressed into the white flesh, it looks amazing.
I let the oranges dry and they look so pretty arranged on the mantle with greenery or in a bowl or basket on the table. I used to make dozens of these and give them as gifts with baked goods.
In my next post I will show the fabulous creche I found a few years ago on ebay!
Keep tuned in....