One of my favorite things to do is to make orange pomander
balls. Pomander balls go back to the 15th century, when they
served as natural air fresheners for closets, drawers and entire
rooms. We hang them on the outside of our front-hall closet
for decoration—and, of course, for that beautiful citrus-spice
smell that warms the room. These slit oranges have been
drenched in clove beeswax and rolled in dried clove for a
more primitive look. Perfect as a bowl filler all year long.