So the other day, I was having one of those days where motivation is at an all time low and I was wandering around my house looking for...well...sugar. And not like jam on toast kind of sugar, but really amazing tasting candy type stuff. Unfortunately for poor me, we rarely have candy in our house. So, what to do, what to do... then this idea popped into my head, "We have a STASH of orange peels in the freezer and a few lemon peels, and some ginger, and we have a bag of sugar in the pantry...hello! CANDY!"

So I got to work, I sliced the peels into strips, the ginger was cut into small pieces, and the pot was filled with several cups of a sugar water mix. In went the peels and ginger, on went the stove, and the waiting game began.

Now if you know anything about making candied stuff, you know that most things take a while, mine took about an hour and a half before it was to my liking. And I will admit, I ate plenty of peels and ginger out of the pot before they were ready, but seriously...they are sooo good. :D

Finally, after all the waiting (and munching on under cooked peels and ginger) THEY WERE FINALLY READY! Thank you Jesus! It truly felt like forever, but it was worth it. You know how many candies have very little actual flavor? Not these, they absolutely burst with flavor and it is soo tasty.

Now, what does this have to do with crocheting you ask? Well put a few of those beauties into a small bowl and munch away happily as you crochet all afternoon, with your hands crocheting at ten times the speed as a result of you shooting your blood sugar up like 1000%. Just kidding. It will not make any difference to the speed of your crocheting I am sad to say, but it does make a great treat to have for the next several days (if they last that long), leaves a great little syrup for pancakes, and is sometimes just the thing you need to satisfy that craving so you can get back to your crocheting. :)

Here is a little recipe for those of you who want to try it :)

    • 2 large oranges, 1/4 inch of top and bottom cut off
    • 4 cups sugar, divided
    • 3 cups water

Preparation

    1. Cut peel on each orange into 4 vertical segments. Remove each segment  in 1 piece. Cut into 1/4-inch-wide strips. Cook in large pot of boiling water 2 minutes; drain, rinse, and drain again.
    2. Bring 3 cups sugar and 3 cups water to boil in medium saucepan over medium heat, stirring to dissolve sugar. Add peel. Return to boil. Reduce heat; simmer until peel is very soft, about 45 minutes. Drain.
    3. Toss peel and 1 cup sugar on rimmed baking sheet, separating strips. Lift peel from sugar; transfer to sheet of foil. Let stand until coating is dry, 1 to 2 days. DO AHEAD: Wrap and freeze up to 2 months.

Please keep in mind that you do not have to coat them in sugar at the end and they do not have to dry before you eat them, all that is optional.

Thanks for joining me on my little candy adventure,

~Julianna