Tuesday, 11 December 2012

It's Beginning..

...to look a lot like Christmas. i feel like christmas properly gets under way when the wreath goes on the door. the outside of the house says it's Christmas and inside it's time to go in to full preparation mode! Sam has decided he "really wants to get in the Christmas spirit this year" so Christmas music has been filling the house from 8am, a favourite being Sufjan Stevens.

last year i put whole orange halves in the wreath
this year i used baked orange slices
making these lovely decorative oranges fills the house with lovely smells, especially if you add cinnamon

  • slice a few oranges thinly

  • place on a rack (not tray) and sprinkle half of them with cinnamon
  • bake in the bottom of the oven at 135C for 1 hour and 107C for 1.5 -2 hrs
  • keep an eye on them so they don't turn too brown

you can use these as decorations in the wreath, hang on string etc
my kids decimated most of mine so i put them in a bowl and they make lovely pot pourri
the kids loved cutting and breaking them in to pieces

i got some energy yesterday despite my flu setting in and made Christmas pudding. it was really easy and fun to make and i loved the brandy smells filling the house. the recipe is on my previous blog post.
this week i'm joining in with The Gallery. Head over there to see other posts with the theme It's Beginning to Look a lot like Christmas.


  1. Very pretty wreath - can you smell the orange as you go in and out.

  2. We ventured into a real wreath a couple of years ago and now always have one that has fruit & nuts on it. when Christmas is over, it hangs on the shed for the birds to pick the goodies!

  3. Becca, I love your blog... and all your creations - amazing you get so much loveliness done with two little kids... your blog will be my guiding light for when my babies arrive (one coming in March - SO excited!!) x

  4. Merry Christmas and hope you get over the flu soon, great post xxx

  5. I can almost SMELL this post! Fab! (Feel better soon x)

  6. Feel better soon. I love your wreath, very pretty.

  7. Clever clever clever. Beautiful handiwork!

  8. I can almost smell the zest from here!

  9. I love your wreath, the orange slices are on my list of things to do, but I must confess that I'm avoiding them at the moment as I've never done anything like it before.

    Popping over from The Gallery

  10. I am going to make some dried orange slices too! I'll leave the figgy pudding to the experts though ;-)

  11. I LOVE baked oranges! I also have them on my wreath and dotted around the house, so easy and satisfying to make them too... Oh and cheap! WIN!

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