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  • DYI Orange Slice Ornaments for Christmas

    dried-orange-slices-1Christmas is just around the corner! This is one of our favorite times of the year. To celebrate we will be running sales until Christmas, so be sure to check our Facebook for our newest coupon. Click here for a printer friendly version of this project.

    The holiday season is all about family and there is no better way to celebrate family than spending quality time with your kids. So here is a fun project that you can do with the little ones while making your house smell wonderful with the freshness of oranges.

    The ornaments also serve a practical purpose if you have cats. Cats hate the smell of citrus, so when you use these ornaments they will avoid your Christmas tree!

    Pretty Orange Slice Christmas Ornaments

    Now this recipe is not limited to just oranges, you can try this with any citrus that you have but oranges tend to have a longer lasting smell and the smell mixes well with the cinnamon used in the recipe, so good that you might be tempted to eat the ornaments!

    Here are some popular varieties used to make ornaments.

    Large Orange Varieties: Washington Navel; Valencia; Summerfield

    Medium Orange Varieties: Owari Satsuma; Red Navel "Cara Cara"; Moro Blood

    Small Orange Varieties: Clementine; Calamondin; Louisiana Sweet

    (Note: Blood Oranges keep true to the traditional red Christmas color, so if you're not too sure about putting the color orange on your tree; then you can opt for the Blood Orange instead.)

    Things you need:

    Oranges (4 Large Oranges, 6 Medium Oranges or 8 Small Oranges to provide good coverage on a 7' Christmas Tree)

    Sharp Knife (appropriate for slicing the oranges)

    Hobby or Exacto Knife

    Fabric Ribbon

    Scissors

    Paper Towel

    Ground Cinnamon or Cinnamon Oil (optional)

    Cotton Swabs (optional for use with Cinnamon)

    Glitter (optional)

    Glue (optional for use with Glitter)

    Directions:

    1. Preheat your oven to 275 degrees Fahrenheit.

    2. Slice the oranges crosswise into 1/4 inch thick slices, discard the ends. If your oranges have seeds, remove them and discard. Lay the slices on paper towel. Use paper towels to blot excess juice on the slices.

    3. Apply Cinnamon to a Cotton Swab and apply the Cotton Swab to the white rind of the orange very generously. Be sure to not get cinnamon on the actual fruit because it will darken the area which will not allow the Christmas lights on your tree to shine through the fruit. (optional)

    4. Place the orange slices directly on the oven rack for best results. You may use a cookie sheet but if you do you need to spray the orange slices very lightly with cooking spray or they will stick. Allow slices to bake in the oven for an hour.

    5. Turn down the temperature in the oven to 215. If you used a cookie sheet, you may need to flip the orange slices for even drying. Once turned, return to oven to dry for an additional two hours. Once two hours has passed check the slices for dryness. If the slices are not dry allow for more time, be sure to check the slices often. Once they are dry, allow to cool completely.

    6. Take the Hobby Knife and cut a 1/3 inch slit into each orange just under the rind.

    7. Cut a piece of Ribbon at least six inches long with your scissors and fish the ribbon through the slit you just made on the orange slice. Then tie a bow towards the two ends of the ribbon, so you have a hoop that you can use to secure the ornament on the tree.

    6. Now you can get the kids involved by decorating the orange slices.  You can glue the Glitter as suggested in this recipe or decorate any other way you like! It's best to use a very thin coat of white Elmer's glue. Be very careful to use the glue very sparingly, you don't want to rehydrate the orange slice! Silver or Gold Glitter lightly applied to the fruit of the orange gives a lovely sparkling glow when close to lights on the Christmas Tree. Be sure to allow any glue to dry completely.

    7. Decorate Your Christmas Tree!

    Happy Holidays & Merry Christmas from LemonCitrusTree!

  • What's So Special About The Meyer Lemon?

    Meyer Lemon trees are small and can be kept as a houseplant in a container. Meyer Lemon harvesting season stretches from November to April, so the fruit is available for the holidays. The Meyer Lemon became very popular with people like Alice Waters and Martha Stewart advocating their use and using Meyer Lemons in many of their recipes.

    Discovering ways to use the Meyer Lemon is less of a challenge than actually finding the Meyer lemon in your neighborhood grocery store. For those who live far from a citrus-growing region finding Meyer Lemons is a difficult task, growing your own tree is must for all those who love it!

    At maturity, the yellow fruit's ornamental beauty in potted plants has a host of many decorative ideas. The tree itself is a wonderful addition to your home or landscape but also the harvested fruit can be used in decorations such as a festive mantel garland around your fireplace, centerpiece with Meyer Lemons on your dining table in a decorative bowl or as a wreath with Meyer Lemons on your door. The beauty of the Meyer Lemon will impress your guests as the smell of citrus fills your home with freshness!

     

    The Meyer Lemon is truly a marvel when it comes to your health! It’s packed full of Vitamin C, antioxidants and is a good source for potassium. It’s antioxidant propertiegirlwithlemons nourish your skin while reducing scarring, and it's antiseptic properties are effective in clearing up acne. To treat your acne and/or scarring, you need to rinse your face with warm water. It is advisable that you use water that is warm enough to open up your pores, you can also use steam. Apply the freshly squeezed juice of a Meyer Lemon to a cotton ball, then apply the juice directly to your face. Allow the juice to dry then apply the juice again. Leave the juice on your face for 30 minutes. Then wash your face with a mild soap and rinse well with warm water then finish with a cool rinse of clean water. You can do this treatment daily. It is very effective because the acid in the juice helps slough off dead skin cells while helping new cell growth. It removes excess oils and kills the bacteria that cause acne.

    Meyer Lemons are a great disinfectant for cuts or scrapes to soothe poison ivy, just apply a freshly cut slice directly to the affected area. The Meyer Lemon kills the virus that causes warts! Buying products to remove warts at the drugstore is a waste of money, those treatments are usually ineffective. To remove any wart; add equal parts of Meyer Lemon juice and clove oil to a small container. Please be careful not to get this mixture into your eyes or mouth, it will burn. Applying this mixture directly to the wart will gently remove any wart with daily application over the course of a week or two, depending on the severity of the wart. Be very careful while applying, only apply to the actual wart’  you wouldn’t want to get this on your unaffected skin because it can (and will) cause irritation. The wart removing mixture should be stored in the refrigerator when not in use. You can also use the mixture to remove corns and callouses.

    In the event of chill or fever, Meyer Lemon juice in water helps to relieve symptoms of colds and flu, helping purify the blood eliminating toxins from the body and reduces phlegm. The Meyer Lemon has a calming effect and help relieves anxiety and tension. The Meyer Lemon also aids teddybearin clearing up infections in the kidney and urinary tract. The antibacterial and antiviral properties of the Meyer Lemon accelerates the healing process. Making a lemonade tea out of the Meyer Lemon, using freshly squeezed juice along with raw honey (instead of sugar) will help clear up many ailments. Drink the tea warm to aid in the absorption.

    There are many practical uses for Meyer Lemons around the house from removing odors in your home to refrigerator odors. Rubbing a slice of Meyer Lemon all over your dull pots, pans and coffee pot will make them sparkle. Also doing this for your cutting board will kill germs by sanitizing it. Adding Meyer Lemon juice to your laundry will help to kill any mildew and make your whites whiter.

    Roaches and fleas hate the smell of Meyer Lemons! So use in your kitchen often as an insect repellent, adding to mop water or using the juice on window sills and baseboards. Mix Meyer Lemon juice and water in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave on high for 5-10 minutes, allowing the steam to condense on the inside walls and ceiling of the microwave. Then just wipe away; it cuts cleaning time and disinfects. Save the lemon peels for your garbage disposal too, cuts down on odors by eating away the gunk that builds up over time and by doing so it prevents drain fly infestations.

    There are so many wonderful uses for the Meyer Lemon Tree that it’s no wonder that it’s gained a reputation of being one of the best dwarf citrus trees you can grow, indoors or out! If you would like to learn more about the wonderful use of the Meyer Lemon then please join our mailing list below. You will receive periodic newsletters with special discounts, decorating ideas, recipes, tree care suggestions and more!

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