Friday, January 8, 2010

When Life Gives You Bad Oranges...

{Or in this case, When the Grocery Store Stocks and Sells Dry, Bland Oranges...}

Make some potpourri!

This was such a fun and easy activity and James really enjoyed the whole process. Here's how we did it:















I cut the oranges into 1/4" slices, then we blotted them with a paper towel to remove any excess juice, and then James sprinkled cinnamon all over the slices. We placed them directly on the oven rack (I had removed it prior to heating the oven) and then baked them for about 1.5-2 hours at 225 degrees (smaller orange slices take less time, so watch them carefully).

The whole house smelled of orange cinnamon... mmmmm! James really wanted to eat these when they came out of the oven, and while I don't think any harm would come of it, I told him they were just for decoration. We added them to our nature display and they look just beautiful there!

14 comments:

Wonder Mom said...

There is nothing better than the sent of cinnamon and orange...

What a fun, GREAT idea (and I do believe I have some citrus ready to go bad...)!

Our Cozy Little Book and Art Corner said...

I bet it smelled so good!

Cynthi said...

Great idea! Thanks for sharing!

Deborah (Teach Preschool) said...

This is such a great idea - I throw oranges away all the time when they start to get a little soft- next time I will give this a try.

Lindsay said...

oo such a great idea! We had some dry oranges a few weeks ago.. I will have to do this next time! I could almost smell them through the screen tonight.

Montessori Beginnings said...

Now do you have any ideas for greens that are going off? We seem to have a lot around here sometimes.lol
That picutre is so adorable. James looks just like Oliver!

BranFlakes said...

What a great idea!

Our Little Family said...

What an AWESOME idea!! Our neighbors have an orange tree and if they bring us a bag anytime soon, Maddie and I will totally have to try this. What a great sensory experience, too!

Karen said...

Oye Mari-Ann, Hay algo que no sepas hacer??????lol!!!!!

ERes una ESTRELLA!!!

Karen said...

Oye Mari-Ann, Hay algo que no sepas hacer??????lol!!!!!

ERes una ESTRELLA!!!

Rusheika said...

great idea!!! I'll have to try that sometime.

kewkew said...

Wow, thank you for the great idea. I have never done anything like this, but we are also on the letter O, just started today, and this would be a great activity for the girls. I even think I have some oranges that will qualify. Thanks again.

lori bunk said...

i tried this today and my house smells amazing. i blogged about it here: http://bit.ly/6xOs4l

thanks for the recipe!

Jen said...

How neat!!! I'll have to try this with Aiden! Thank you for all your amazing ideas!

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