Wednesday, March 9, 2011

by clementine candlelight

Last night we had dinner by candlelight. Clementine candlelight, that is.

I saw a video yesterday over at Apartment Therapy . . . basically you score around the middle of the clementine peel, loosen and gently remove the sections, leaving the core intact. The core is the wick. Pour a little olive oil in and light the core/wick. It doesn't need to dry out or anything, just hold a match to it until it lights.  Carve a little opening in the other half if you want a lid on it.

We liked it better with the lid off so we could watch it burn. It lasted  for 1 ½ hours!

  
  A lot of mileage out of one cutie!

12 comments:

deanna7trees said...

wow. what a nice idea.

woman with wings said...

Deanna, it just makes me think of all kinds of possibilities -- other citrus fruits, place-settings, and on and on!

Jo said...

I especially like this because you get to eat the fruit! Not like "wasting" an apple to make it into a candle holder.

woman with wings said...

Jo -- exactly. You can eat it by candlelight!

Suzanna said...

I love this idea...

woman with wings said...

Suzanna, me too -- it's just so sweet.

helen said...

And the citrus essential oil is in the peel so did it smell like oranges, when the heat hit the peel?

woman with wings said...

Helen -- no, not really, but we left the lid off most of the time; maybe with the lid on, it would build up more heat and release a scent? And it didn't smell like olive oil either. Of course, it was during dinner so maybe that's why I didn't notice any orange smell!

Marie said...

What a fun idea! There have been times that I ran out of candles and this would have been a good option
:) (assuming I had and orange or clementine (smiles)<3
Thank you.

woman with wings said...

Marie, you're welcome -- and hey, if your power goes out regularly, just keep a bag of cuties on hand! Ha.

Notjustnat said...

That's fantastic Peggy. I will try it soon. Looks very romantic - Hugs Nat

woman with wings said...

Thanks, Nat! I suppose it could've been romantic but we were more into watching the candle than anything else -- ha!