citrus season.

January 20, 2014

homestead print and mandarinsIt’s the season for keeping a bowlful of bright citrus in the apartment. Cheering to look at, to say nothing of being cheery to eat.

James and I try to be mindful of eating foods that come from nearby, but when we’re stuck in the middle of January in New York and everyone knows that there’s so much California citrus begging to be gobbled, we allow ourselves the indulgence of a little transcontinental treat.
citrus candles When the treat can be turned into evening mood lighting, all the better. We first made these citrus votives while playing cards with family over Christmas—nothing like a little competitive citrus peeling to pair with some competitive card playing—and were shocked by how long the little suckers burned.

In case you’re in the need for a little Monday morning escapism, it’s Tropics week over on Gardenista and there’s a full how-to for these mandarin votives thataway.

PS. Our Homestead print is from the delightful shop, Beauchamping.

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  • Reply Haley January 20, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    I now want an orange (or something in the orange family). Lovely photos & the votive idea is so cool!

  • Reply Sue January 20, 2014 at 3:48 pm

    But at least your citrus is from your own country. Homegrown citrus in the UK is never going to happen. The votives look so beautiful.

  • Reply m @ handfuls January 20, 2014 at 4:59 pm

    those votives are the best idea! trying this soon….

  • Reply Jenny Bailey January 20, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    Beautiful! I feel so lucky to live in Florida right now. Our markets and back yards are overflowing with citrus!

  • Reply Daryl Lindsey Schmidt January 20, 2014 at 7:51 pm

    Citrus candles? Wow!

    I miss living in California. Never have I ever experienced a better produce selection at a better price. Le sigh.

    <3 Daryl

  • Reply Neurotic Workaholic January 21, 2014 at 2:48 am

    I really like your kitchen table and chairs; where did you buy them? And those oranges look really good too.

  • Reply Luisella Rosa January 21, 2014 at 5:48 am

    Hi Erin.
    I love every kind of citrus, the taste, the scent and…the vitamin C!!! 😀
    Do you know Citrus 'Bizzarria'? A citrus for collector!
    You can see it today in my blog

  • Reply mustardseedhope January 21, 2014 at 6:10 am

    so many Satsumas ! all the vitamin C. yay!

  • Reply beina January 21, 2014 at 8:36 am

    Hi Erin!
    I wrote a post on my blog, and I took a photo from your pinterest. It was a photo from Gardenista, I put the link under the photo.
    Here's the link of the post!
    Sorry if I did something wrong with your photos!

  • Reply Aja Lake January 21, 2014 at 7:13 pm

    Cute, Erin. I'll have to send you some Florida oranges:) Where's the print from in the first photo?

  • Reply Anonymous January 21, 2014 at 9:58 pm

    I have a bowl of oranges on my kitchen counter. It is as chilly here in Nova Scotia, Canada as it is in New York and we all need our vitamin C.

  • Reply The Bebebirds January 22, 2014 at 2:36 am

    Mmm looks (and likely smells) so lovely. I don't know why I haven't jumped on the citrus votive wagon, but obviously I need to. Just love it!

  • Reply freckles January 22, 2014 at 3:34 am

    We have amazing oranges here in Australia, they're not in season right now & i won't buy imported ones so i'll have to wait for good ones, the ones available now aren't very good. I unfortunately can't keep citrus fruit in my home as the smell triggers my husband's migraines so i only eat them while out of the house. It makes them feel like a real treat!

  • Reply christine January 22, 2014 at 6:55 pm

    I'm definitely trying this! As a California girl I'm lucky to have bright plump oranges just ready to be picked from a tree in our yard. Morning fresh squeezed orange juice has become a ritual.

  • Reply J January 22, 2014 at 8:27 pm

    I love love love this idea and can't wait to try it! Probably not with this week's farmer's market kumquats (a bit too tiny!), but definitely next week 🙂 Thanks.

  • Reply Niki January 23, 2014 at 2:23 pm


    dreaming is believing

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