Monday, January 5, 2009


Today's Wonder of the World is...Cloves!

Flickr photo by rawallison
Come, sit yourself down with me and enjoy a mug of mulled cider

Flickr photo by Landonkeywest
and lets talk cloves.
Sam-I-Am, do you like them in a ham?

Flickr photo by violatuileries
By the way, is that not the most luscious photo of a Christmas ham that you've ever seen? Bravo, violatuileries!
Speaking of Christmas, we've packed up all our holiday decorations and put them back in the attic. But we're still enjoying these...

I couldn't bear to throw them out, even though the oranges are browning a little.
Have you ever studded oranges or lemons with cloves? Sam and I did those one Saturday a few weeks ago when we were feeling crafty, and they still smell wonderful!

I do love cloves in my cider--unless I forget to strain them out and end up chewing on one.
It's a good thing I didn't work for the emperor in 200BC China. He used to require anyone addressing him to speak with a clove in his mouth. Clove breath might be nice, but the talking might be tricky!

Have you ever seen a clove flower?

Pretty, huh?
These cloves are growing in Zanzibar, Tanzania.

Flickr photo by Planet Janet 111
After they're picked, they're set out to dry.

Flickr photo by Khorygan
This photo was taken in Bali. I'd love to stand there (or in Zanzibar, Tanzania) in a pretty island dress with a flower in my hair and breathe in the air.


Enough daydreaming.
After they're dried, cloves look more familiar.

Flickr photo by angelcream11233
It's such an interesting shape.
It reminds me of ball and claw feet on furniture. Do you see what I mean?

Flickr photo by Paper Mario
I hate to say it, but those always freak me out.
This does too.

Flickr photo by blackthorne56
Looks like a ball and claw--but it's a gourd! Remember the fun we had with the wonder of gourds?
It was fun while it lasted, but that gourd looks gross to me.
Let's change the subject. Let's go back to cloves.

I think I'll go put my claws around a few more oranges and make a fresh batch of clove studded fruit. Thanks to the fact that my husband can never say no to a school fundraiser, we have an army's supply of oranges!

Flickr photo by Aprile C
Have a wonder-full Monday, y'all!
Love, Becky


TattingChic said...

The clove and orange thing is always a favorite around here at Christmastime! They smell so lovely. I never thought of them as looking like the claw and ball furniture feet, but now I guess I will! I have a dresser with feet like that.

Sherry said...

I love the smell of cloves. Did you ever have Clove chewing gum?

LW said...

It has been years since I studded an orange in gloves…
But I do put an old enamel coffee pot on the woodstove and add cloves and cinnamon to the water
to make my house smell wonderful…


Suzie said...

I remember making those orange clove things. Theyre great for a tooth ache too

adrienne said...

I love the scent of those oranges and cloves. The kids like making them, too.

Mom on the Run said...

For some reason cloves kind of gag me (I'm a smeller...always have been). DOTR chews on them because he has to have something in his mouth at all times, so his office is a stinkfest. He got the idea from a woman he used to work with years ago who was from India. She said that's how she stayed so slim. So far, in DOTR's case, it's not working.

lotusgirl said...

Mmmmm! Mulled cider. Of course, you know how much I love me some cider.

I love the smell of gloves simmering with cinnamon.

I'm so proud of you getting all your decorations put away. I take all mine down Jan. 6, so tomorrow is my day.

Sherry said...

You made my blog today. Here's the link:

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

I adore this smell!! An essential ingredient in my famous gingersnaps, too!!

Do you remember Clove gum? I used to love than, but rarely see it anymore.

May Vanderbilt said...

I recently had henna done on my hands for an Indian wedding. And guess what it smelled like? CLOVES.

Turns out, you have to be careful with henna because it contains clove oil, which can be a skin irritant. (I didn't have any trouble.)

There you have it!

Kelly Hoeckelberg-Young said...

Oh, I love the smell of cloves! I always learn so much from your blog! :-)

cindy said...

Doesn't that cider look wonderful? Ham too! I love Cloves, specially with anything citrus. And "back in the day", did'nt people smoke Clove cigerettes?


Susan Sandmore said...

So help me, at first I thought that first picture was of a pile of bones. I was like . . . gruesome, Becky. I need more sleep.

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

I can smell this post...I love cloves.

CC said...

Yummy! I love cloves!

Silicon Valley Diva said...

I have NEVER heard about the orange and clover thing. No idea! Now, I have a new project to do with the kids. Can't wait to try it and have our house smelling fragrant.