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candied orange peel gifts

It’s rainy and dreary outside here at the Delphine studio, but inside it’s cozy and warm as John and I package up last minute holiday gifts for friends of the studio. This year we picked oranges from the backyard and made candied orange peels. Mmmm. To make them I peeled the orange skins, blanched them, then boiled them in fresh water for an hour to soften, scraped away any remaining pith, simmered them in sugar syrup for an hour, then sanded them with sugar. Super delicious with a cup of espresso, which is how we plan on enjoying any leftovers.

I used our vintage Royal typewriter (a Christmas gift from John 11 years ago — he found it covered in dust in the corner of an antique shop in New Bern, North Carolina and restored it for me) to type labels for the packages of candied orange peel.

I was clickety-clacking so fast that John came in from the next room to tell me, “wow, you would have been a great secretary.” Humph.

 

I packaged the candied orange peels up in cute pale green party favor boxes I got from Michael’s a few years ago (by Martha Stewart). They are leftover from a baby shower I helped plan.

I saved about 3 cups of syrup that the oranges were simmering in. I think it would be yummy added to some sparkling water (or to a vodka martini). Any other ideas on how I can use it?

All photos by Erika Firm ©DELPHINE.

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fresh-squeezed fun

The first real weeks of warm summer weather are here and our backyard citrus trees are finally bearing some good fruit. After being scorched in the much too close for comfort California wildfires a year and a half ago we weren’t sure they would ever recover.

Over the weekend we picked a basket full of limes, grapefruit and oranges and put them to good use: slices and juice for the kids, wonderful fresh cocktails for the grown-ups.

We made some of our favorite drinks with the fresh-squeezed orange juice: tequila sunrises and harvey wallbangers. Here are the recipes:

 

 

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fabulous

I received this award from Star, author of the sweet blog Curious Mess, where she blogs about what inspires her, and “arts. crafts. recipies. stuff.” She also has an etsy shop full of lovely goodies. Thanks for the props, Star!

So, I’m supposed to share my 5 addictions with you and choose 5 people to give the award to.

Here are my 5 addictions:
1. MAGAZINES: I always thought I’d be a magazine editor (I studied magazine journalism in college–even have a masters degree in it!). I have more magazines in the house than 10 people could ever read in a lifetime.
2. The color GREEN: It has been my favorite color since I was a child. While I like any shade of green, my favorites are in the lime/citron/chartreuse/spring family. I like this color so much that most people who know me call these shades of green “Erika Green.”
3. FISH TACOS: I could eat these every day. In my opinion, fish tacos are the best reason to move to Southern California.
4. EMAIL: How did I ever live without it?
5. BRAVO: Oh, how I love thee, Project Runway/TopChef/TopDesign!


And here’s who I’m passing the award onto. I’m a huge fan of:
1. Cat Seto
2. Christina Said
3. BACE
4. Jose Villa
5. Broadway Paper

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