Thursday, December 5, 2019

Christmas Scents

 

One of my favorite Christmas activities,  in early December, when the cold weather has set in and thoughts are turning to decorating, are to make dried orange slices for hanging on the tree.
The aroma is intoxicatingly festive, and fills the house with the fresh smell of oranges.
If you desire you can sprinkle a few with a light dusting of cinnamon, not too heavy an amount as this tends to make the oranges darker.
When they are hung from the branches and the twinkling lights shine through they remind me of  Nature's stained-glass.
 

Two or three Navel oranges.
Preheat your oven to 200 degrees.
Prepare your pan with nonstick spray or a baking mat. ...
Slice oranges into 1/4″ slices or thinner. ...
Pat dry with a paper towel.
Place oranges in a single layer on the prepared pan, ensuring they do not touch.
Bake for up to 6 hours or until completely dry.
Hang from the tree with jute or ribbon.

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15 comments:

Edna B said...

These sound heavenly. I love the smell of oranges. Thank you for the recipe. I copied it so that I can make some for my tree. You have a wonderful day, hugs, Edna B.

Belinda said...

So pretty and I have many oranges to use up, so this works. :)

Hill Top Post said...

I love this look! Thanks for sharing!

The Feminine Energy said...

Oh-oh-oh.... I have to make these!! Thank you SO MUCH for sharing the method & Merry Christmas season to you & yours. Love, Andrea xoxo

Charlotte said...

Beautiful to look at.
Love the smell of oranges.
Well have to check this out one day.

Kathie said...

I'll have to do this next week! Thanks for the great idea :)

The Wykeham Observer said...

I'm going to try it. It's one of my favorite smells during the holidays.

Henny Penny said...

Oh, thank you! Yours turned out simply beautiful! Every time I peel an orange this time of the year I think about mama. When she was young, they used to lay orange peelings on the wood stove to dry and make the house smell good.

DJan said...

This is a wonderful idea! And I love the picture, I think I can smell that orange from here! :-)

Bonnie said...

What a delightful idea. I have no sense of smell yet since my stroke. The thing I miss most is smell.

Laurie said...

Mmmmm, one of my favourite decorations!

L. D. said...

That would smell great. Fun idea to try.

Janet @ My Miniature Donkeys said...

Jo, How long do they last when dried and hung?

A Brit in Tennessee said...

Janet, the last indefinitely. I use them to just sit around in little bowls after Christmas. I tend to bake new ones each year, just to enjoy the aroma :)
Hugs,
~Jo

GretchenJoanna said...

My daughter did this this year but I hadn't seen a recipe for how-to until now. Maybe I will do it next year :-) Thank you!