Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Dried Orange Slices


 

We love to keep Christmas as simple as possible so we can focus on the important things.  We've decided this year we want to have an old-fashioned Christmas! Most of our Christmas totes won't even make it out of our attic this year and I'm not sad about it at all.

One of the ways we are implementing an old-fashioned Christmas feel is by making our own ornaments.  We started with dried orange slices.  These were way easier to make than I imagined they would be.


The orange slices must be sliced as thin as possible, otherwise they will never crisp up all the way.  Lay the slices in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.


Sprinkle powdered sugar all over the slices.  I'm not sure why, but Martha Stewart says to do this so I did! I also added 1 drop of Cinnamon Bark to each slice for scent. Pop them in the oven (200 degrees) and bake them for 2-3 hours.  Be prepared for your house to smell amazing!


Once they are done, let them cool on a paper towel before decorating with them.  We made most of ours into ornaments using thin jute string. 


Once they are on the tree they really sparkle! We also used a few slices to make a garland for our hallway.


Next up on the list is cinnamon salt dough ornaments and a popcorn garland! Have you made these before? I can see this becoming a yearly tradition in our home! 

Have a BLESSED day,
 Leah

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