Thursday, December 16, 2010

Christmas Cookies and Orange Pomanders.

Hello sweet Christmas friends! Finally, the Summer vacation has started for my kids (and me!) and we are now counting down to Christmas!

So to make our home merry and bright this year we have making our own decorations.

We made Christmas Cookies

We also made orange and cinnamon decorations.

We dried sliced oranges overnight in the oven (about 75 degrees Celsius or 170 Fahrenheit). The next morning we attached a cinnamon stick to each slice of orange with some twine (I wanted to use raffia but had run out)....and we made Christmas decorations!



We made pomanders with oranges and cloves-they smell wonderful, especially when placed on a platter with some evergreens and tea light candles.



I put the left-over orange slices, cinnamon sticks and cloves and some star anise into my glass candle holders.

The house really smells like Christmas now!

Thank you dear friends for coming to visit today and for Keeping the Christmas spirit Alive, 365!

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Best wishes always,

For centuries men have kept an appointment with Christmas. Christmas means fellowship, feasting, giving and receiving, a time of good cheer, home. W.J. Ronald Tucker


  1. Oh how fun!! Everything looks delicious! How blessed you are to have summer vacation right at the start of the Christmas season!
    Oh and... and very happy St. Nicholas Day to you too!

  2. Very pretty Natasha, I'm lovin' your centerpiece! Have fun:@)

  3. Natasha,
    I just love these! I also made cookies yesterday, for the tree. It smelled so good in the oven. I bet your girls had fun. That's is what great Christmas memories are made of.

  4. All that looks like it smells wonderful. Making cookies with your family is the best!

  5. Beautiful! We were drying oranges last week too, and are just waiting for some cinnamon sticks to come in the mail!

  6. I can just imagine how wonderful your house smells! I love doing all of this too..the first time I stuck cloves into oranges, it nearly kidded my fingers before I was done, now I smartly use a little punch first! ;D

  7. Smell in your house must be delishous in this moment!!
    I've been busy too.... The Xmas tree is ready ..

    HAve a very nice holiday season, hugs, Flavia

  8. I think I can smell those cookies from here. The little red cookie cutters are exactly like the ones I used as a kid baking with my Mother. I loved the gingerbread boy and the tree the best...oh what sweet memories. Your kids will have many good ones!

  9. Love the fruit decorations and the centerpieces. Looks lovely!!

  10. Hi my friend!

    Smell in your house must be delishous in this moment!! Love the fruit decorations.

  11. Oh, wow! I had to stop and think for a second when you said your kids were on summer vacation, lol!
    I have been meaning to pick up some oranges to make pomanders every time I go to the grocery store. You guys did a wonderful job. Between the cookies and the oranges, I bet the house smells great!


  12. Have a very happy Christmas

    I am having my first giveaway on my blog - a gift card sponsored by CSN Stores. please do come over and enter.

  13. Oh these are so beautiful! I am now following you on GFC and have added your button to my blog. Please come on over to the farm when you have time and follow back. I would be most honored if you grabbed my button too.
    God bless and Merry Christmas.

  14. Hi Natasha! Love the orange slices and cinnamon ornaments! Great idea!


  15. Hi there,This is such a lovely blog. I am hosting a christmas carnival over at my blog, so I invite you to join in with all your christmas posts, as many as you like!:)


  16. Beautiful pics of your inviting and festive home. Looks like you are all ready for the holidays! Daughter and I also made some studded orange pomanders! They do make a room smell soooo good!

    Happy Holidays!

    Big TX Hugs,
    Angelic Accents

  17. I am sure that your Christmas one will be special, with many aromas!
    Sorry for my English from Brasil!

    Bjinhus e Feliz Natal! (kisses and Merry Christmas!)

  18. When I first saw this post, you inspired me to run out and buy some oranges. :-) I especially like how you placed the orange slices and cinnamon sticks in the hurricanes. Simplistic beauty....
    ~ Sue

  19. Oh, I bet your house smells wonderful! The smells of Christmas are Great!

  20. I absolutely love your orange and cinnamon decorations. I have this on my must do list, seeing yours inspires me to mine. Thanks for sharing!

  21. I can just imagine that wonderful smell inside your home - all the orange slices...and cinnamon! I think the jute works just as nicely as raffia, by the way! LOL
    Thanks for participating in my "Very Merry Christmas Party" !!!

  22. Hi Natasha,
    I am thrilled by the nice shapes of your cookies. And the potpourri oranges are great.
    Greetings, Johanna

  23. Delightful
    Adding all those fresh scents to your home must make for a nice touch.

  24. I love Christmas and I love smells. I keep meaning to make my ornaments; now you've inspired me! Thanks -- so glad I happened upon your blog! I'm having a giveaway for a Santa on Christmas Eve - you might want to enter.

  25. I'll bet the scent is heavenly at your place! Thanks so much for sharing these natural goodies over at the Winter Wonderland party!! {and boy did I want to grab one of those cookies :) }


Christmas is forever, not for just one day,
for loving, sharing, giving, are not to put away
like bells and lights and tinsel, in some box upon a shelf.
The good you do for others is good you do yourself...
Norman Wesley Brooks, "Let Every Day Be Christmas," 1976

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