Cinnamon and apple garland

You will need the following items
1/8 yard each of 7 different fabrics (colours of choice)
Jute twine
Raffia or 3/8-inch ribbon
3 apples (depending how big you want your garland)
3 cups lemon juice or white vinegar
12 teaspoons salt
Paper towels
Wire cookie cooling rack
12 tablespoons applesauce
15 tablespoons ground cinnamon
Small cookie cutters of choice (gingerbread men, diamonds, leaves,
stars, hearts, etc. - use cutters to match a holiday)
Cookie sheet

To dry apples: 
Pour lemon juice (or mixture of vinegar/water) and
salt into bowl, stir. 

Cut apples into 1/4-inch rings; remove seeds.
Place in bowl to soak 15 minutes, turning often. 

Remove from bowl and pat dry with paper towels, absorbing as much
moisture as possible. Using a double layer of cheesecloth on wire
rack, arrange apple slices in single layer. Lay an additional double
layer of cheesecloth over top of apples. Place in cold oven; set
temperature to 150 degrees F. Bake for 4 to 5 hours or until apples
are soft and a pliable (no water visible when squeezed). 

Make cinnamon cut outs: Blend 12 tablespoons of applesauce with 15
tablespoons cinnamon; mix. Dough will be stiff. Sprinkle work area
with cinnamon. Roll dough to 1/4-inch thickness. Cut out desired
designs. Place on cookie sheet. Make a hole in "cookie" with a
drinking straw. Bake at 150° F. for 3 to 4 hours, until dry. 

Tear each fabric piece into 1 x 8-inch strips. Tape a 42-inch piece
of jute twine to table; tape opposite end of twine. Beginning 4"
from one end of twine, tie on one strip of each fabric. Tie one strand of
raffia or ribbon onto the twine. Thread apple slice, cinnamon
cut out, and another apple slice onto twine. 
Add raffia or ribbon and follow
the "pattern" until all fabric is used. 

Then hang your garland wherever you would like it to go 


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