I heard one of the weathermen telling people to stock up on supplies today because this week they are expecting alot of ice and power outages.
This is a great time to use citrus. All the trees here in SoCal are loaded. I saw a kumquat tree in somebody's yard that that so much fruit it was weighing down the tree branches. I might get brave and ask if I can pick some of the fruit.
California Honey Orange Slices
1 1/4 cups sugar
1 1/4 cups honey
4 tsp lemon juice
3 cinnamon sticks
1 1/2 tsp whole cloves
1 1/2 tsp whole allspice
Prepare home canning jars and lids according to manufacturer's instructions.
Slice oranges, discarding end pieces; cut slices in half and place in a saucepan.
Add just enough water to cover & bring to a boil, then reduce heat.
Simmer until peel is tender, about 30 minutes (make sure to test a small bite to make sure it is tooth tender); drain.
Combine sugar, honey and lemon juice; bring to a boil.
Add orange slices and spices tied in a cheesecloth bag or a tea ball (I used mulling spices and it worked quite nicely in this recipe); simmer for 40 minutes.
Pack hot orange slices into hot jars, leaving 1/4 inch headspace.
Ladle hot syrup over orange slices, leaving 1/4 inch headspace.
Remove air bubbles with nonmetallic spatula and make sure to wipe jar rim clean.
Screw band down evenly and firmly, just until a point of resistance is met fingertip tight.
Process 10 minutes in a boiling water bath. Adjust time according to altitude.