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How to Dry Cranberries for Decorating

How to Dry Cranberries for Decorating

It's the Sunday after Thanksgiving and I am sitting here with the sun streaming in and the windows open. This is rather unusual for the last days of November but I won't complain much. Children are scattered on the couches, curled up with a good book and Christmas music is playing in the background. I have three real trees up in the house and I have one partially decorated. The other two are waiting their turn but in the meantime I am enjoying them just the way they are. I am working towards creating a more slow and meaningful holiday season with my family and so I am doing several different homemade holiday ornaments. I recently shared how to dry oranges and how to use those dried oranges for a holiday garland. Yesterday I took the time to dry cranberries, which took much longer than I thought, but I really like them. 

Dried Orange Garland

Dried Orange Garland

How do the holidays leave you feeling? Are you rushed and stressed looking for that last minute gift or trying to create the perfect meal for family? Are you frantically cleaning the home for guests that will be arriving soon? Well, that was me several years ago before I decided to slow down and enjoy the season for all that it was. For the past several years I have been trying to get away from the commercialism of the holidays. I found the holidays to be stressful and rushed which always left me feeling tired and exhausted at the end of the season. The holidays had become more about decorating and shopping and less about traditions and time with family. This year my family is on a mission to create a homemade holiday and I would love for you to join me today as I show you how to make a gorgeous garland from items in the kitchen.

How To Dry Oranges

How To Dry Oranges

I like a simpler way of life and this world that I live in feels a little too fast paced for me. Several years ago the way I viewed the holidays changed and I have strived to create a much more cozy feeling for the season. One that is wrapped in traditions and celebration. So I challenged the children and myself this year to a homemade holiday.