The problem is her recipe for Candied Orange Peels calls for orange peels from 6 large oranges. When I was a child, with five siblings, we would have those orange peels in 15 minutes. But it's just my son and myself here. I forget to tell him to refrigerate his orange peels. I also forget and throw the peels in the compost by habit. If I wait until I remember to get enough peels together...it would be after Christmas before you get this recipe.
Oranges were a big treat in Appalachia. We did not get oranges all through the year. It was mostly on holidays only. Many times getting oranges or exotic nuts in your stocking at Christmas was a VERY big deal. We don't think of oranges that way today as much. When my mother was a child, it was always special to get a treat of oranges. To make it last they came up with ways to use those rare orange peels. From what we call potpourri, (and I will give you the ingredients to that) to orange peel candy, and even cleaning products, they were always resourceful and never wasteful.
My mother would use the wood cook stove to make this recipe and it was an aroma of Christmas and the holidays for sure. About Thanksgiving she would buy a big bag of oranges to put in the center place bowl on the table. The bowl was large and it would have apples, oranges, nuts, sometimes bananas and grapes, if times were really good. If you were hungry during the holidays, in between meals, that's where you were pointed to. She kept a pot by the side of the stove on the sink for the apple peels and orange peels. We were told to drop them in there.
She would either make orange peel candy, or boil them in water and strain the liquid out to use as a cleaner on the walls and cabinets, or put them in another pot on the stove for her mix of potpourri. BEST SMELL IN THE WORLD!!!! The apple peels she would sometimes make apple jelly. Wasn't our favorite, so she didn't make it much but later I might post some of her apple recipes.