Ahhhh… the holiday smells!
There’s no doubt that my Mom “Betty” loved cloves.
She cooked with cloves and even decorated with them. At the holidays Mom would make orange-clove pomander balls and you guessed it – clove gum was a special treat beyond the usual mint flavored gums.
There’s no better time of year to enjoy the aroma of all that is spice and nice than at holidaytime.
This Wonderful Christmas Scent recipe comes to us from my Cousin Julie’s kitchen. Julie has contributed several recipes to this blog and her cooking advice has helped bridge the gaps in my much younger memory since the loss of my Mom back in the 1980s. Losing Cousin Julie in October (mere weeks ago) has left a huge void in my heart that’s only filled with the love and bountiful memories she gifted those who knew her.
This holiday season I dedicate all of it to Julie’s loving memory! And as you’d expect making this Wonderful Christmas Scent recipe could be no finer way to fill my home with a memorable great scent of the holidays.
I hope you enjoy this recipe – it’s so easy to make and enjoy! And you can gift the ingredients to friends and family as an easy way for them to brighten and heighten their holiday season!
3 sticks | cinnamon
¼ cup | whole cloves
3 | bay leaves
½ | orange, halved
½ | lemon, halved
1 quart (4 cups) | water
ii. what to do
It doesn’t get any easier than this, folks!
1. Put everything in a medium-sized pot over low heat.
2. Bring things to a boil then reduce to a simmer. Check the water level periodically to ensure it hasn’t all evaporated. You can tilt a pot lid on top to help release the fragrant mist while helping retain the water.
Enjoy and Happiest Holidays from Betty’s Cook Nook!
Founder and “Nostalgic Food Blogger” of Betty’s Cook Nook
In the tradition of many of my posts here at Betty’s Cook Nook let’s take a stroll into the past and enjoy some vintage images of gum advertising! I focus on clove gum, since it was one of Mom’s favorites and clove is a key ingredient in this Wonderful Christmas Scent recipe.
Click the circles to view the entire ad: