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?
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....