Candied Orange Peels!

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We have organic oranges growing in our backyard and we have an abundance every year. My grandpa was a renowned fruit grower in China, with award winning satsuma tangerines being his most well-known. My dad remembers biting into those satsumas and juice just flowed. Thin skins, tons of juice, and the fruit, the size of an orange. My parents failed at growing the first orange tree, but my grandpa decided to step in to do the pruning in the winter for several years, and saved our second orange tree. Now, the tree produced over 100 pounds of oranges. 100 POUNDS! So every year now, we think about our grandpa and his pruning and it is an ode to his labor. Now that we have so much, we have to look for ways to not waste the fruit. So we have made orange marmalade and now candied orange peels. Takes a ton of sugar, but they end up looking SO PRETTY after. Also, you can give them away as gifts as these things store super well. Or dip them in chocolate.

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How to cut a pomegranate!

Pomegranate seeds and juice are so expensive to buy! But I never thought of buying the real actual pomegranate and cutting it up. Normally they run about $1.50-$3 per fruit. Still undeniably cheaper than the packaged seeds and juice! Right now the fruit is in season! September – January so eat your heart out! 🙂 When you cut one up, it definitely gives you almost 2 cups full. And eating as much pomegranate as you can is good for you! Tons of antioxidants that help with fighting heart disease and cancer! And it has more than your typical blueberries and cranberries!

Here is how you cut one up!

1. Cut about an inch from the top. Peel back the skin.

2. Then you will see some seeds show. Cut through the skin, top to bottom, in between the clusters. Using your hands, break apart the sections.

3. Scoop out the seeds into a bowl with a spoon! This step takes awhile, but totally worth it!

DIY Chalkboard Bucket List

October 1/2, 2013. One of the best days of my life! I did a slash because one of the greatest moments of my life happened on October 1, and then was confirmed October 2. I have been so fortunate to get the support of my favorite company ever, and have been offered a job post-grad! I am so unbelievably thankful for all they have given me, and am so so SO thankful for my family, friends, and mentors for supporting me all along the way. To that I am truly blessed.

Funny thing, I finished this chalkboard last Friday night because I had my heart set on finally leaving SD after 8 years (next year). I am sure I still have not done a lot of things in SD, but that was all I could come up with on Friday. If anyone wants to join me in doing any of those activities, let me know!!! 😀

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