Friday, November 28, 2014

Oven Dried Orange Slices

The day after Thanksgiving. I sit at the table in my jammies. It's hot turkey, cranberry sauce and coffee for breakfast. The kids ask for cereal and ask if it can be a pajama day. We all decide to stay in our jammies and together we slowly put away the fall decorations and start to bring out Christmas.

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

You need:
Thin Orange Slices
Powdered Sugar

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. 

1 comment:

  1. this is so wonderfully beautiful and simple! I will do this one for sure...thanks!!


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