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Dried Fruit Garland

Have you noticed? I’ve been on Sabbatical/Sick Leave from Mondays with Mom. Hope someone (besides Amy) notices I’m back!

It has been a long, cold winter here in Oklahoma with lots of cloudy days, so I needed some sort of cheery craft. Sooo I decided to try an idea I saw in a newspaper insert: Dried Fruit.

I used an orange and a lemon. (How about a lime?!!!) All you have to do is:

  1. Thinly slice the fruit and microwave slices on paper towels for 2 minutes.
  2. Then transfer them onto a foil covered cookie sheet and bake in a 300-degree oven for an hour.
  3. After they cool, attach slices with wire (I used florist wire). And since I didn’t like the look of the wire, I dug into my satin ribbon stash and tied little bows onto the wire. I think you could use raffia or skinny paper ribbon…maybe glue something else you’ve got in your scrapbook supplies. Or maybe just wire together already dried fruit, apricots-apples-plums, and glue cranberries over the wire. I wonder how strong thread, dental floss or baby yarn would perform instead of wire?

Note from Amy: Turning food into craft supplies… now that’s my pace! If only I’d inherited Mom’s abilities and patience in the kitchen. Speaking of, what am I going to do for dinner? Ugh.

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Marcia lives in Edmond, OK, where she is a funeral home administrator. She has a big heart, warm personality, and mad homemaking skills that make people feel right at home.

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  1. Russ says:

    Can you eat it? I mean, I know you’re not supposed to eat decorations, but I’m curious. Would it harm you? Any nutritional value remain?

  2. Of course you can eat it – it’s just dried fruit! You comment made me realize that I need to keep an eye on your brother, he’d be just the one who would eat my decorations!