So here’s how I feel about the “P” word: I love/hate Pinterest. I love all the beautiful pictures; hate that I can’t possibly do/try/make/copy everything I pin. Love how it spurs my imagination; hate how it steals my hours. Anybody else?
I have a ten-mile list of things I really, really want to make off of Pinterest. Today I got to cross one off my list, all thanks to serendipity.
Dave had made our usual green smoothie early this morning, but left the orange peels in a polite pile next to the sink. As I was scooping them up to throw out, I thought, No … I’ll simmer them in a little pot with some cinnamon and clove. And then as I was holding one of the bigger peels in my hand, I remembered how I used to cut them in heart shapes to dry for potpourri. So then I thought, I’ll probably be the only one who realizes the peels in that pot are adorable hearts, but that’s okay. The thing is, I couldn’t find my very cute, very tiny heart cookie cutter, but I DID find my equally cute, equally tiny star cutter — the one I use when I’m making homemade croutons. I’ll post that recipe later.
So the orange-peel cutting began. And I thought they were so share-worthy that I had to Instagram them. And that’s when my friend, Briana, commented, “Have you tried infusing vinegar with orange peels for cleaning? I have been meaning to try it but now all I can think of is a mason jar full or vinegar and star shaped orange peels. Lovely.”
Have I tried that? No, but just give me five minutes!! Because that homemade cleaning recipe was a big “TRY THIS” on my Pinterest list. The vinegar, I mean. The stars just make it all the more “a-peel-ing.” I know. Forgive me. 🙂
So the orange peels never made it to the pot. But they’re in a squatty mason jar in my kitchen window this minute, soaking up the sun and infusing that jarful of vinegar. I’ll let you know how the cleaning goes.
I guess I thought they would obey me if I lined them up all nice and orderly …
… but no. They insisted on floating.
But I’m over it.