i spent a day with oranges

I had a day last week where my calendar square quite oddly was bare, and since it is the month of December that was quite a rare sight to be seen. And of course, I couldn't let it be that way. I was feeling the pressure of the fact that Christmas was just days away and oh did I get it all done and what did I miss? What  memory had I not yet made? Really serious first world problems and all of that. So I started by making three different types of cookies... Once that was done and I had eaten my weight in raw dough I moved on to oranges! 
I realize I was extremely late to the game  but I figured I could leave the garlands up well into January once the rest of the decor goes away and see how goes? But first I made pomanders that I plan on using Christmas Day (yesterday) for place settings.... Depending on how they fair and my rosemary plant which has seen better days....

Since I was late to the game I tried to dry them out a bit in the oven on the lowest setting for an hour... we will see if that is effective or not.
Then I sliced a few oranges up and baked them on a cooling rack for 2.5 hours at 225 degrees.... I used a metal skewer to make holes for the twine and wala! Garland! I really love seeing these all over Instagram and I think they are so lovely and remind me of Christmases of olde. Like I want to sit and watch Little Women by the fire Christmas of olde. 
My sister-in-law used orange slices on her package wrapping which is intense and also gorgeous. I hated to see them be torn apart! Do you guys have any other orange decorating uses you care to share?



  1. I hope that your Christmas would be enjoyable and may the essence of Christmas remain always with you. Merry Christmas and Happy New year!

  2. OMG! I just had a major flashback. in high school home ec class we made those oranges with the cloves poked into them. Totally forgot about them until now. Oh the nostalgia!
    XO Ellen from Ask Away

  3. ok i love the oranges. festive and i feel like they must smell amazing. and what is in the oranges that are whole? did i miss that? i'm not cool

    xoxo cheshire kat


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