Thursday, December 19, 2019

Three on Thursday

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Welcome back to Three on Thursday, a weekly list of three things I'm loving at the moment that I think you should do, try, or buy.  If you're interested in past weeks and more recommendations, you can find those here.  If you make your own Three on Thursday list, please share it in the comments so I can check it out.


Christmas/Yule Drink.  What would a holiday related Three on Thursday be without a drink recommendation? My pick would be Blackberry Ombre Sparklers.  The recipe maker pegged them for Valentine's Day but they scream Christmas to me.  We made them last year and they were fantastic, so I'm definitely doing it again this year.  John's pick is eggnog and bailey's but I hate eggnog so I would not be able to confirm this.  I feel like eggnog is pretty divisive, where do you stand?


Oranges with Cloves.  These are called clove pomanders, where you push the cloves into oranges, making a pretty pattern.  Both are very traditionally associated with Yule and Christmas.  Orange because it represents the sun, which is now coming back, and clove because they attract luck and prosperity - these balls were once given as gifts.  I made these every year with my mom when I was little and loved the tradition and scents, so I just started making them again this year.  They smell amazing and it's such a nice but natural way to decorate for the season, and they last a few weeks since clove is a natural preservative.  If you want to keep them, you can dry them out (there's lots of instructions for this online) and use them in your closet.  They'll be good for years, especially if you add orange or clove oil occasionally.


Yule Log.  Nothing more festive than yule logs!  They have long standing places in a ton of religions and traditions, which is why we all still love gathering around the fire at Christmastime today.  But you know what's more fun than fireplaces and tree logs?  Edible cakes shaped like yule logs.  It's much simpler to make than it looks, as long as you can get a jelly roll pan.  But it's worth it, they're so festive and taste delicious.  If you have the time before Christmas/Yule to make one, I definitely recommend you do!

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