How to dry orange slices

Life is very busy at the moment, the kids have had birthday parties to go to every weekend - so we haven't been out together as a family in two weeks.

This week I will be watching a carol service Next week I have the other school plays and I'm helping out at the school Christmas Fair.

Last year I attempted to dry some orange slices - but I managed to burn quite a few of them, but this year's batch turned out okay.

If you want to attempt to have a go - here are my instructions:

You will need:

About four oranges, any variety will do but I used navel oranges.

Tin foil

A baking tray

String or ribbon

Cloves and star anise (optional)

(The chillies and cinnamon are for my wreath)

How to dry oranges:

Set the oven quite low about 180 degrees.

Line a baking tray with tin foil.

Slice four oranges about 1-2 cm thick.

Lie them on tin foil in the baking tray, I studded a few with cloves and pressed a couple of star anise into the centre of some as an experiment.

Turn the slices over after about 45 minutes (some were a bit brown where the juices start to run out!)

Check them again about half an hour later and turn them over.

Leave them in for around two hours - I ended up turning the oven down lower (about 150 degrees) as some were getting burnt.

Make more than you need as some will not look as good as others.

I took them out of the oven and left them to cool in a bowl and dry out a bit more.

The following day I made a little hole in the slice with a knife and threaded string and ribbon through and hung them on the tree.

Do you guys make your own decorations?

This is a festive sign that I made out of an old laminate floor board and a chalk pen (cats paw in the corner, smacking the pine cones).

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