<SPAN class="343255312-03112007">The kids gathered some drops from the local orchard and we thought we'd share this delightful craft & decor idea. These are gorgeous to display during the holidays, you can add a couple small bells and a green ribbon if you want to keepit past thanksgiving.

Scented Apple Wreath

Apples and spice dried slice by slice, that's what this wreath is made
of. And the wreath is wonderfully easy to assemble, even for kids. You
simply fold pliable apple slices - dried in the oven or microwave - and
thread them onto a wire frame. Hang the wreath with a colorful looped
bow.

You will need:

Juice of 9 lemons
2 tsp salt
8 to 10 large firm apples
Ground spices: 6 tsp cinnamon, 2 tsp allspice, 1 tsp cloves, 2 tsp
orrisroot powder (Note: Spices will not only add a pleasant aroma but
also will act as a natural food preservative)
8"-10" heart shaped wire frame that can be open or closed by unhooking
two ends (or 8"-10" length of heavy gauge wire)
1 1/4 yd of 1" wide blue and white checked ribbon
Floral wire

Tools:

sharp knife
paper towels
mortar and pestle or small bowl and spoon
small kitchen sieve or tea strainer
pastry brush
broiler pan or wire screen
pliers
scissors

What you do

Pour freshly squeezed lemon juice into a medium-sized bowl, add salt and
blend well.

Peel and slice apples horizontally into 1/8" to 1/4" thick circles. Core
apple slices as needed. Soak slices in the lemon juice mixture for 6
minutes, turning once. Make sure slices are covered completely.

Remove slices from bowl and place on paper towels. Pat dry with more
paper towels to absorb excess liquid.

Combine the ground spices and blend well, using a mortar and pestle or
small bowl and spoon. Using a small kitchen sieve or tea strainer, dust
apple slices with the spice mixture. With a pastry brush, gently remove

excess spice mixture. Turn apples slices over and repeat the procedure.

Place apple slices in a single layer on a broiler pan or wire screen. Dry
in conventional oven at 150 - 200 degrees F for six hours or until evenly
dried. If using a microwave oven, dry apple slices for 4 - 6 minutes at
low to medium heat. Let slices cool. If not dried thoroughly, return
slices to oven. Apple slices will be pliable.

Straighten both ends of the heart-shaped wire frame with a pair of
pliers. Fold apple slices into halves, then into quarters and "thread"
them onto wire frame. When frame is completely covered with slices, use
pliers to bend both ends back into "hooks" so they can be reconnected.

Using checked ribbon, make a large bow with a loop for hanging. Attach a
bow to wreath with thin floral wire.

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