Today was Earth Day and while it started out overcast and rainy, it was still beautiful. I added my own touch of sweetness to the day by baking a fresh batch of chocolate chip orange bread and that made the house smell amazing! I’ve included the recipe at the end of this post.
When I completed my freelance work for the day, I happily sat down at my craft desk and finished up the pair of earrings I started working on yesterday evening.
I then started working on a new earring design and as I did, the sun started to break through the clouds. I took that as Mama Nature’s approval of what I was doing and I smiled as I continued to fiddle with beads, findings and wires. Time flew rather quickly and it was soon time to head to the school to pick up my daughters. Jordan was staying late to practice for choral solo fest and was going to meet her sister Jaycie and I in the gym.
When I arrived at the school and snatched a nice close spot, I stepped out of my car and was overjoyed to see more breaks in the clouds and glimpses of blue sky. One of these blue sky breaks reminded me of a heart and I took it as Mama Nature’s way of saying that when you love Mother Earth, she loves you back. Along with the blue sky, I also saw see numerous signs of spring. The cherry trees were on the verge of opening blossoms and several clumps of daffodils by the front entrance of the school were budding or already blooming.
My daughters and I headed back home and the sky turned gray once more but that’s okay. Rain is necessary for reviving the earth and restoring life to grass, trees, flowers and all living things. We must pay attention to, honor, help, preserve and protect this planet every day, not just on Earth Day because it’s the only planet we have. I hope that my daughters and all future generations get to experience the amazing sweetness of nature and life.
Orange Bread with Chocolate Chips
Modified from the recipe for Fresh Orange Muffins found on Food.com. I removed the butter and replaced it with yogurt and applesauce. I also reduced the sugar because the orange and orange juice are already quite sweet.
- 1 orange, unpeeled, quartered, seeds removed
- 1/2 cup orange juice
- 1 large egg
- 1/4 cup vanilla or plain Greek yogurt
- 1/4 cup applesauce (I use Motts Natural applesauce or homemade)
- 1 3/4 cup flour
- 1/8 cup sugar (I use Sugar in the Raw)
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 cup to 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (optional)
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees, spray an 8×8 cake/brownie pan with non-stick spray, set aside
- Put orange quarters in food processor with orange juice and process until pureed
- Add egg, yogurt and applesauce into processor and blend until combined. Pour into large bowl.
- In separate bowl, combine dry ingredients then add to orange mixture.
- Stir to combine. Add chocolate chips if desired and mix them in.
- Pour batter into prepared pan.
- Bake in preheated oven for 20-25 minutes until top is just turning brown. Let stand until cool enough to eat. (I always eat one piece warm from the oven)
- Place orange bread in fridge and enjoy cold or heat for a few seconds in microwave. Enjoy!