Orange You Glad It’s Almost 2021?

Orange isn’t a holiday hue, but it’s my favorite color. (Not that you could tell from my wardrobe or our house — there isn’t a speck of it to be seen.) No offense to red and green, but I love orange’s vibrant cheerfulness!

Above and below are a few favorite holiday foods a L’Orange

Plus, a must have book for 2021.

First up are/were these sweet potatoes that graced our Thanksgiving table. They made a repeat performance on Christmas Day, too. Easy, peasy — and orange.

Maple & Pecan Roasted Sweet Potatoes

1 Tbsp. butter or extra virgin olive oil

2 sweet potatoes, scrubbed, peeled, and sliced into 1/4″ rounds

1/3 – 1/2 cup pecan halves and/or pieces (the more, the merrier!)

2 Tbsp. pure maple syrup

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Butter or oil a baking dish and layer with sweet potato slices. Cover with foil. Bake for 1 hour or until a fork easily pierces sweet potato slices. Remove from oven and remove foil. Sprinkle pecans over the top, drizzle with maple syrup, and return to oven uncovered. Bake 15 minutes more. Enjoy!

Then, these beautiful citrus fruits from Texas arrived — a gift from a beloved Aunt in Minnesota. (Thank you!) Originally there were more oranges, but I juiced and zested a few to make her Apricot Nut Bread pictured at the top, plus a batch of my favorite Southern pecans below. Sorry, no photo… but, here’s the recipe:

Orange-Glazed Pecans (courtesy of former pecan grower and fab cook, Linda Lamb)

1 Tbsp. grated orange rind

1/4 cup orange juice

1 cup granulated sugar

4 cups pecan pieces or halves

Combine first three ingredients in a large saucepan. Bring to a rolling boil. Add pecans. Stir until most of the liquid is gone. Remove from heat and stir until pecans separate and glaze. Pour onto waxed paper to cool. (Ditto on easy, peasy!)

As for the Apricot Walnut Bread, I’m awaiting clarification re: how much sugar to add before I share the recipe. Recently I punted and added the “right” amount (to me) with rave reviews from The Man Of Few Words:

“Now THAT’s some good bread!”

Sometimes he actually speaks. :)

Last, but not least, is a book I ordered from Marc Ensign, whose skill with words (and the bass guitar) I’ve admired for a long time. Please don’t judge his book by its cover, “Dick” is Marc’s neighbor who inspired him (and many others, including me) to brighten the world with kindness, humility, forgiveness, and much more.

Plus, it’s my favorite color!

In just over 100 pages, Marc’s succint writing, storytelling, and humor touched my heart. Everybody needs to read this in 2021! You can order it by clicking here. But, with shipping delays, sell-out stock, and hardcover copies hard to come by these days, you might have to wait awhile for delivery. (Be patient!) It’s well worth waiting for — and reading. “Be A Dick” is a treasure.

I don’t often recemmend things on my blog, but Marc’s book (and the recipes above) are sure to bring you a Happier New Year, or at least a happier outlook on life. We all need that in 2021. Happy New Year!

Enjoying orange at The Lake,

~ Kim

11 thoughts on “Orange You Glad It’s Almost 2021?

  1. That apricot bread looks scrumptious!

    Have a wonderful new year — I hope it’s much better for all of us than 2020.

    be safe and well… mae at maefood.blogspot.com

  2. Hey, if Russ says this is some goooooood bread, then that’s good enough for me! I’m like you, I usually cut back on the sugar in bread, cake, cookie, etc. recipes b/c I’m not a big sweet person. I want the flavors of the other things, like the orange! And, I LOVE orange too. It’s teamed w/hot pink and my fave coffee brand, Dunkin!! Happy New Year my beautiful girl! xoxo

    • Will post it as soon as I get the “real” recipe vs. my adaptation, Liz, and I’ll be sure to share both. My hubby isn’t big on sweets and I miss baking a LOT, but sometimes I surprise him and he surprises ME! Happy New Year to you too, my friend! xo

  3. It’s funny about orange…. I first learned about Sooners and OU when I met my husband 39 years ago. I quickly learned about crimson and cream. (I’m from California.) So orange it kind of outlawed in this house. Crazy, I know. Especially when I see a beautiful orange sweater or coat. Oh well. It’s just ingrained in me now. and both daughters went to OU for undergrad. Anyway, I love your orange bread!!! And that book!!! Hysterical! I’d buy it for my husband but he wouldn’t read it. 🙄 Here’s to a much better year!!!

    • Mimi, I forgot about the “orange vs. red” rivalry here. Obviously, I’m not a sports fan… I still call my daughter every year to find out who’s in the Superbowl, LOL. Surprisingly, I’ve tuned into several Oklahoma football games during the pandemic and enjoyed them tremendously. I’ll make it a point in 2021 to pay more attention to “Boomer Sooner” vs. “Go Pokes!” (Hope I got that right.) BTW, my kitchen has a lot of red accents, so it’s a toss-up thus far. Sounds like you ‘n’ yours have your minds made up, but I’d still buy that orange sweater or coat. Be YOU! As for Marc’s book, I hope you get one for yourself — such wonderful advice. Happy New Year!

      • It’s not that I made my mind up, it just sort of organically happened. I actually didn’t even know football till I got married! And now I just endure the games, usually with my AirPods in my ears ! 🤣🤣🤣

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