The kids meet me at the counter, all three of them up on chairs. I thinly slice oranges and they place them on cookie sheets in rows. We sprinkle them with powdered sugar and the house smells like warm oranges, while they bake for 2 hours.
After they are cooked until dry, I run outside in the rain and clip some branches from a cedar tree. A cedar garland is easy to make, if you have a little wire or some string. For our garland, I used string and then wrapped it with floral tape.
I hang the cedar garland and then hang the dried orange slices in front of it. For us, preparing for Christmas is an on-going celebration, not a one day marathon. Today the celebration began.
To Make Your Own Oven-Dried Oranges
Thin Orange Slices
Preheat oven to 200 degrees. Line a baking sheet with a nonstick baking mat. Top with orange slices in a single layer, and generously dust with sugar. Bake until the peels are dry and the flesh is translucent, about 2 1/2 hours.
Happy decorating/crafting/cooking/christmas-book-reading, friends.