About 3 years ago I got a cold that turned into a really bad cold. That really bad cold turned into Sinusitis. That Sinusitis turned me into an angry, angry, robot person who couldn’t smell other people’s farts.
So there was good and bad to it all.
One of the symptoms of Sinusitis is the loss of smell and taste. I lost it all. Do you have any idea how difficult it is to cook when you can’t smell or taste anything? I made the worst canned chili sauce of my life that year. I had to drive around to all of my relative’s houses asking them to sample it for me so I knew if I needed to add any ingredients or spices. I have a hunch they were screwing with me because after 15 kilometres and 4 relatives I ended up with a batch of chili sauce that tasted something like a cross between burnt asparagus and gas station.
You have no idea how important the sense of smell is until you lose it. Sure you can’t smell anyone’s gut rot, abscess breath, but you can’t smell your own either. You can’t smell yourself at all. I went through 14 sticks of deoderant, 18 packs of gum and 142 cases of Tic Tacs that month.
As soon as I got my sense of smell back and started smelling everything in my path. Except crotches. I stayed away from those.
Now that Christmas is approaching, my nose is moving into high gear again. Everything I pick up I expect to be scented. Pine cones, candles, cookies. If they aren’t, I get angry.
Christmas isn’t just the season of joy. It’s the season of stink. Cinnamon, Vanilla, Pine, Burning Money … all the scents of Christmas.
So when my mother told me about something her quilting buddy told her about, I knew that I had to tell you. How’s that for an elegant sentence?
Cinnamon Apple Sauce scented ornaments. All it is is equal parts cinnamon and applesauce. That’s it. Roll it out, cut it with cookie cutters and let it dry.
1 cup cinnamon
1 cup applesauce
1/2 tsp clove (optional)
1/2 tsp nutmeg (optional)
Gather your ingredients and preheat the oven to 200 ° F.
Combine the dry ingredients and then add the applesauce.
Mix it together with a fork and then your fingers.
It’ll look like regular cookie dough. Shockingly so, in fact.
Roll it out to around 1/4 of an inch.
At this point if you want sparkles … add sparkles.
I roll over it once with the rolling pin to make sure the sparkles are in there good.
Now cut out your shapes with whatever cookie cutter you’re using.
I went out and bought this Moose shaped cookie cutter for the occasion. (around $2)
Carefully lift the “cookies” up and place them on a cookie sheet.
Using a straw, poke a hole in the “cookie” so you have somewhere to add a ribbon or hook later.
Place the cookie sheet in the oven at 200° F for at least 3 hours.
You can also dry them on the counter but it’ll take days.
Now you can string them together like a bunting …
… or hang them in a window or on your tree.
Did you notice? The finishing touch I added. Or do I need to draw your attention to it? If you didn’t notice, take a look at the final picture of the moose again.
That’s right. And it too smells like apples and cinnamon. Unless you happen to have have sinusitis.