Monday, December 12, 2011

Christmas Ornament Recipe

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I’m so happy to be linking up with New Nostalgia for Anti-procrastination Tuesday.  I wanted to add my link when I originally published this post, by Amy didn’t have her post up yet.  Now it is full of wonderfully inspiring posts to read.  Oh, will I ever get my laundry done today?  We’ll see…

In honor of Anti-procrastination, I have two accomplishments:

    • I made my Christmas cards (still have to write them and get them delivered)
    • Updated my blog, and visited other blogs and left comments

I have two items I want to get done today before I leave for work.

    • All the laundry washed, folded and put away, including my work laundry (2 loads)
    • Mail the cousins’ gifts

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Last week, I took some time to peruse Delightful Order blog.

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Danita hosts a fabulous link party, Delightfully Inspiring Thursday, which is where I came across Days of Chalk and Chocolate.

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Her post was about Christmas D├ęcor and I commented about using cinnamon sticks along with dried oranges to make garland.  I also mentioned I used to make cinnamon apple peel ornaments.  Jenni wanted to know more.

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Now, sadly, I have no photos of the ornaments I have made and I don’t have any this year in my own decorating.  You can imagine, I start with apple peels.  This is such a great activity after processing a bunch of apples for pie.

For this recipe you need:  Apple Peels and Ground Cinnamon.  Yep, that’s it.

I’ve heard you can use a blender but I’ve never done it that way.  I use a food processor.  Just pile a bunch of the peels, about half full, into the bowl and then pour ground cinnamon on top.  Start off with about 1/2 cup and keep processing, adding more cinnamon, until a dough is formed.  I’ve also heard of adding corn starch but I think it lightens the dough and can also make the dough too dry.

It’s just like play dough and it’s great for playing with the kids.  You can even eat it, if you’re like me and like the spiciness of the intense cinnamon.  Just roll it out flat and start cutting with cookie cutters or however you want to make your shapes.  Cut out a small hole at the top for a ribbon.

This dough will air dry, eventually.  However, it’s easier to dry them in a low oven, about 200, just like you would dry orange slices.  My ornaments always curled a bit but you can periodically flatten them back as they are drying, if that matters to you.

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I wish I had a photo of the finished product.  Let me know if you make these and then share your photos.  Maybe I’ll have a few extra minutes before Christmas to make some more!  Enjoy all your holiday festivities and Christmas decorating.

Beth

6 comments:

Lori E said...

I would do that but then I would feel obligated to make a pie with the apples...
I have seen cinnamon ornaments before but I didn't know they had apple peels in them. Cool.

Sherry said...

I would love to try this and also make a pie with the apples. I have made cinnamon ornaments but not with apple peels, thanks for sharing. Your blog looks great.

blueviolet said...

It sounds heavenly. The smell of cinnamon makes me happy!

Sandy Ang said...

How great to have all your cards done. I'm still try to get my last ones finished

Rachelle @ Adventures in Creating said...

I've never heard of this technique before- sounds cool! And I bet your kitchen smells amazing afterwards. Thanks for sharing!

Jeanne said...

Hello Beth, I have made these ornaments. They smell so good.
Merry Christmas,
Jeanne