12.14.2009

A Winner...An Ornament idea...Etc.~

It seems that everyone I know is trying to simplify this year. And I don't blame them. So this week I thought I'd share a few simple, easy and inexpensive ways to trim your tree...

First up...

Fruit. Oranges to be exact. I adore dried oranges on trees. Look at the light coming through that orange slice. It's luminescent...almost magical!


So how do you dry oranges? Very simple...

I dried mine in the oven.

1. Cut your oranges into 1/4" slices and place on a cookie sheet (some would recommend a wire rack, but I found that the cookie sheet worked better and helped maintain the shape of the slices).

2. I have also heard it suggested that you cover the oranges with a paper towel to absorb the juice. This is probably a good idea, but again, I didn't do it. (I'm such a rebel.)

3. Set the oven at 250 degrees and bake the oranges for an hour. Flip the slices at least once during this time.

4. Reduce the temperature of the oven to 225 degrees and bake for another two hours. Flip the slices about every half hour to maintain shape and help with optimum drying.

5. Remove the oranges slices from the oven and let cool. It is important to note that the slices will still be slightly moist in the center. THIS IS OKAY. They will dry out as they cool.

6. Then I just strung some raffia through holes in the center of each orange slice (if a hole doesn't occur naturally during the drying process, it is simply to punch a little hole in the membrane once the orange is entirely dry.)

7. Hang and enjoy.

The oranges do not need to have anything more done to them. I simply store mine in a ziploc bag. I have had them for five years and they have not needed any sort of chemical to maintain color or to keep them from rotting. The drying process did that for me.

The winner of the P.G.D. Style tee shirt is the fabulous Lulu from Lulu and Co. (If you've never been to Lulu's blog you are in for a treat! Hop over and pay her a visit!) Drop me an email Lulu, and we'll get you set up with your shirt!!

And don't forget....It's that time again....The Frugal Friday Linky Party is this Friday here at The Shabby Nest! Come and link up with your best frugal holiday ideas!! Hope to see you all there!

Have a great Monday~

16 comments:

Cristin@ Serendipity said...

So pretty! I love oranges, and there are so many sweet references to oranges at Christmas...I know my mother said she always looked forward to an orange in her stocking! Such a treat back then...

{Did you see my junk bows? ...I thought of YOU because I was being frugal AND I used neutrals!}

Mary Ellen (megardengal) said...

Love the look of the dried oranges!! Such a neat, frugal and a la natural Christmas idea!

Jessica said...

Gorgeous! I just dried some oranges for mulling spices.

Jen R. said...

I bet that smells good too!

Jill said...

Too easy. I love it!
-Jill

Carmen said...

I need to try this drying oranges thing. They are beautiful. I bet they smell good too!

Christy said...

What a classic, simple look! I bet the house would smell great.

Shannon said...

Love this! They look so pretty on your tree!

Kelly said...

I love this idea!

LuLu & Co. said...

Beautiful! I'm going to leave early to pick my girls up from school to get some oranges!!! you are brilliant!!!I love the look!
Oh I'm so excited to have won! wow what a treat!!
happy Monday,
xo,
LuLu

Roberta said...

Okay...I have to ask...DO THEY SMELL GOOD? and do they keep their smell each year as you pack them in the zip lock bags? Cause I'd love to do this as a room freshener if so...especially for closets and bathrooms...thanks!

mary said...

Thanks! I had no idea how to do that. You are right, they are beautiful almost like stained glass! would red grapefruit work or are they too big?

Wendy @ The Shabby Nest said...

Hi Roberta:

They did smell good the first year I did them, but sadly they have lost their smell over the years.

Hi Mary:

I have never tried grapefruit. I would be interested to know if they turn out well.

tales from an oc cottage said...

I love that idea!!!

m ^..^

Lindsay said...

I love the oranges! Thanks for this great Christmas touch! I am going to try this out :)

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

I love the look of dried oranges and limes! I just zested a bunch of oranges for cookies... Now I know what to do with the leftovers!