Thursday, December 18, 2008

Simmering Scents

If you were to come to my house during the winter, this is what you would see on my stove.

What is it you ask?

Orange peels!

During the winter months, I love to eat oranges. I peel them and let those lovely peels sit on my stove to dry. They take about a day and a half depending on how often you use the oven. Make sure to flip them over about halfway through the drying process to make sure that both sides are equally dried.

I then add:
- whole cloves
- a sprinkle of cinnamon
- a bay leaf
- a sprinkle of nutmeg
- my orange peels

to a pot of simmering water. Hello fragrance! It's so wonderful and oh so Christmasy.

I give little glassine baggies of these to some of my family as part of their gifts last year. I was told they loved them so much that they didn't want to use them - but no one has yet to have opened them. :o) Hmmmm....


Mary said...

I still love to look at my package and sniff it. Maybe someday I'll actually use it in water! Love, mom

Buzzings of a Queen Bee! said...

God bless you! I have been simmering cinnamon sticks on my stove but I just ran out and can't find any more! But I have a ton of orange peels and now I know just what to do with them! Enjoy "White Christmas" this weekend! :)

Holly said...

I am definitely going to try this! Thanks!

Sharon said...

It has been rainy and dreary here, so yesterday ,all day I turned up the Christmas lights and fixed up a similiar concoction, and let it simmer the whole day. Not only did the house smell wonderful, but it felt warm and cozy, and inviting.
Love your Blog!

Angie said...

I need to try this so my house will smell good and not like my 2 dogs! I may have to try this before my company comes for lunch on Christmas day!

Anonymous said...

Oh that's so smart! I'll be saving my orange peels for sure! OOOO and maybe even some lemons in the spring!

Ronnica said...

That sounds like it smells wonderful!


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