Applesauce Spice Ornaments
These wonderfully scented and easy to make ornaments can be used to decorate your Christmas tree, tie to a present, hang on the wall, or give as gifts. Store them in a tightly closed container.
1 cup ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons ground cloves
1 Tbsp orris root powder
1 cup applesauce
In bowl combine ground spices and orris root. Stir applesauce into powdered mixture and mix well. Gather mixture into workable balls and place on tabletop covered with wax paper. Roll out to ¼ inch thickness, using cinnamon as flour dusted on wax paper and your rolling pin. Cut into desired shapes. Place on cardboard. Make a hole for hanging by using a toothpick or drinking straw. Use the edge of the straw to smooth any rough edges of ornament. Allow to air dry for approximately 1 week. To speed drying time turn them over every other day
12 walnut shells, crushed (I recommend a hammer and a sock)
1 1/3 cup water
1/2 teaspoon white vinegar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2-1 c smelly herbs
Bring shells to a boil and simmer about 45 minutes or until dark brown and at a slightly thicker consistencey…alot of the liquid will evaporate…add a 1/2-1 cup of a favorite smelly herb (depends on the strength of the walnut smell, which varies) in the last 10 minutes. Remove the ink from the burner and let it cool and then strain into a jar and add the vinegar and salt to preserve the ink… Use with a feather quill or other calligraphy implement.
I found this on a teacher website somewhere…I think the recipe was for lavender… I would think that you could also add a couple drops of a favorite essential oil…also that this would be a good way to incorporate writing into spells and such, by chooseing herbs that correspond with the spell work….
[To make a pomander, stud an orange, lemon, or other firm-fleshed fruit with whole, stemmed cloves. (Apples, lemons, tangerines and oranges work best. ) It’s easier to insert the cloves if you poke a hole first with a nail or knitting needle; space them evenly and as close together as possible, and it is common to make studs in a decorative pattern. The goal is to cover the fruit with cloves as completely as possible. If you’d like to add additional nuances of fragrance to the pomander, place powdered spices like cinnamon or powdered dried lavender in a paper bag, and shake the pomander inside the bag until it is coated with the scent. Add powdered orrisroot as well, to promote quick and even drying. Curing time average around 3-4 weeks, but in a heated house, drying time can be less. To check if your pomander is dried, it should sound hollow when tapped with your knuckle, and feel light in weight. If you notice any mold or decomposition in your fruit, then throw it out. Once the pomanders are sufficiently dry, wrap them in cheesecloth or tissue paper and tie the top with a bit of yarn or ribbon, tying a cinnamon stick and rosemary twig into the bow if you want.