Navel Orange Snack Cake
- 1 whole navel orange
- 1/2 cup orange juice
- 1 1/2 cups white whole wheat flour
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- 3/4 cups sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, melted
- Heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray a 9x5x3 inch loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray.
- Cut the whole Navel orange into large chunks and place in a blender or food processor with the orange juice. Process until smooth with some "pulpy" bits.
- Whisk together the flours, baking powder, baking soda and pumpkin pie spice.
- Beat the butter and sugar together until fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add eggs and beat until smooth.
- Add the orange mixture and dry ingredients to the butter mixture and stir until just combined.
- Pour batter into prepared loaf pan. Bake for 50-75 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.
Orange Cup Bird Feeder
This is a fun project for kids and grown-ups to complete together and the birds will be so happy you did!
- 1 Navel orange
- toothpick or skewer
- yarn or string
- On a cutting board, cut the orange in half.
- Use a spoon to hollow out each half of the orange. Small bits of pulp can be left inside as a special treat for the birds. Enjoy the fruit you scoop out as a tasty treat while you work.
- Using a toothpick or skewer, cut three holes around the top of the orange cup, approximately a half-inch from the top. Remember, the orange rind will weaken as it decays so if the holes are too close to the top your feeder may break before the birds are finished enjoying it. Cut the holes so they are evenly spaced around the circumference.
- Cut three pieces of yarn or string approximately 12 inches long.
- String one piece of yarn through each hole and tie in a knot.
- Tie the stings together at the top in a knot. Be sure the lengths of yarn are even and balanced so the feeder will be level when it is hung.
- Fill the feeder with birdseed.
- Hang the feeder where you can enjoy watching the birds come to eat.