I remember as a child growing up in Phoenix and waking to the hum of the juicer. Our house was built in the middle of a citrus grove so we usually had abundant sweet Valencia oranges my mother would juice in the mornings before we left for school. The sweet, succulent taste of the orange nectar, along with the orange blossom aroma wafting through the Arizona desert air, are two of my favorite memories of childhood.

I recently moved to a home in San Diego County that has two high-yield Valencia trees. This has been my first season with the trees and with a plentiful crop this year, I have been juicing like crazy. As the season is coming to an end, there are still way too many oranges left for me to juice.

What to do with all of them? I have put out numerous e-mails for friends and family to come by and help themselves to all they want. I’ve had some takers, but there is still an overabundance!

As fate would have it, a couple days ago I received a phone call from a dear friend wanting to know if I would like to have his mother’s food dehydrator. YES! I wasn’t exactly sure why I felt several months ago that I needed one, but I was sure I could think of something that would put it to good use.

It didn’t take long to think of all those beautiful oranges that were about to slowly start dropping from the orange trees. But all I could think of was making the small, dried orange-slice wreaths that I thought went so well at Christmas with my former old English-style Tudor home.

So I began my searches on Google and Pinterest, becoming more excited and energized as I found the teas, foods and decorations that utilized oranges. I am happy to share my favorites with you. I encourage you to share any of your favorite “orange” uses!

55+ Things to Make with Oranges - includes Photos!

BATH & BODY PRODUCTS with Oranges:

Orange Zest Lemon Soap Tutorial at Essentially Eclectic:

Orange Zest Lemon Soap Bars | www.EssentiallyEclectic.com | This orange zest lemon soap is quick and easy to make yourself and makes for a great gift!

Easy Handmade Goat’s Milk Citrus Soaps at Hello, Wonderful:

Orange Spice Bath Salts at Bulk Apothecary:

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Orange and Almond Whipped Body Butter at The Mabelhood:


Gift in a Jar Orange Creamsicle Sugar Scrub at The Gunny Sack:


Homemade Vanilla Orange Mint Sugar Scrub at Finding Zest:

Vanilla Orange Mint Sugar Scrub

Sweet Orange Creamsicle Bath Bombs by SPARKKITTEN.COM:


BEVERAGES with Oranges:

Orange Spiced Ice Tea at Latin Meets Lagniappe:

Orange Spiced Iced Tea recipe

Sparkling Orange Slush at Butter With a Slice of Bread:

Sparkling Orange Slush - Butter With A Side of Bread

Watermelon, Orange, Ginger, Turmeric Juice at My Sequined Life:

Watermelon orange ginger turmeric juice is a fruity, refreshing juice spiced up with superfoods - fresh ginger and turmeric. This juice is smooth with no juicer required!

Winter Solstice Brew at Sidewalk Shoes:

Winter Solstice Brew - Brandy infused with cinnamon, anise, orange and vanilla. So good!

Orange Creamsicle Smoothie at Sally’s Baking Addiction:

This creamy, healthy 5 ingredient smoothie tastes like an orange julius and a creamsicle pop combined. Vitamin C has never tasted so good!

Pineapple Orange Green Tea at Slim Picken’s Kitchen:

Home brewed Pineapple Orange Green Tea is crisp and cool with a hint of citrus and pineapple to get you ready for spring! Serve as is for a family friendly St. Patrick's Day, Mother's Day, or Easter drink or sassify it w/ a shot of rum or Irish whiskey.

Strawberry Orange Refrigerator Iced Tea at Onion Rings & Things:

Strawberry Orange Refrigerator Iced Tea

Orangecello at Diane Uke Shares:

Orangecello - Recipe V

Homemade Grand Marnier at The Marvelous Midadventures of a Foodie:

Homemade Grand Marnier

Rehydrating Electrolyte Drink by Don’t Mess With Mama:

Homemade Citrus Electrolyte Drink – Great for Colds, Flu, Stomach Flu and Rehydration After Sports


Orangettes at Smitten Kitchen:


Orange Creamsicle Fudge at Six Sisters’ Stuff:

Orange Creamsicle Fudge

Sugar Free Spiced Orange Fruit Leather at This Mama Cooks!:

Easy to make Sugar Free Spiced Orange Fruit Leather. Much better for you than fruit roll ups!

White Chocolate Orange Creamsicle Truffles at Oh My Goodness Chocolate Desserts:

White Chocolate Orange Creamsicle Truffles perfectly fit for summer- a tasty no bake dessert which simply melts in your mouth.

Spiced Candied Orange Peel at Savory Simple:

Spiced Candied Orange Peel ~ Savory Simple

Gourmet Chocolate Dipped Candied Orange Slices Recipe at Foodapparel:

Chocolate Covered Candied Oranges Recipe. Best technique for this tasty treat! @foodapparel

Orange, Almond and Apricot Biscotti at Almond to Zest:

Orange, Almond and Apricot Biscotti Recipe - A delicious and healthy alternative to your usual sugary cookie! Delicious flavors of almonds, dried apricots and zesty orange everyone will love!!

Orange Spiced Sugar Cookies at Beard & Bonnett:
Orange Sugar Cookies recipe by @beardandbonnet on www.beardandbonnet.com

Glazed Orange Bars at Butter With a Side of Bread:

Butter With a Side of Bread: Orange Bars

Cranberry Orange Shortbread Cookies at Mom On Timeout:

A delightfully easy cookie recipe that yields sensational results! I'm sharing three secrets to the perfect shortbread cookies that no one can resist! Make sure to add these easy Cranberry Orange Shortbread Cookies to your holiday baking list this season!

Cranberry Orange Breakfast Cookies at Lauren Kelley Nutrition:

(Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Vegan)

These Cranberry Orange Breakfast Cookies are delicious any time of the day! @lovemysilk #SilkCashew

Orange Crinkle Cookies at At the Corner of Happy and Harried:

Soft Chewy Orange Crinkle Cookies

Brown Butter Cardamom Orange Spritz Cookies by Cupcake Project:

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CANDLES with Oranges:

Dried Orange and Cranberry Yule Lanterns at 5 Orange Potatoes:

orange and cranberry

Fruitfully Fabulous Candle Centerpiece at Good Housekeeping:

Warm up your holiday table with a scentsational centerpiece — dress pillar candles with dried oranges, lemons, and limes. Using a glue gun, connect the citrus slices to each other, forming a band around the base of each candle.

Keep Bugs Away with Scented Orange Candles at POPSUGAR:

Scented Candle Holders at Closer:


Citrus-Aided Centerpiece at Better Homes & Gardens:

Williamsburg Cone Centerpiece with Clove-Studded Oranges at Interiors by Patti:

Centerpiece with Oranges (photo only) at Dream a Little Dream Events:


Gift Wrap Idea (photo only) at Eleven Magnolia Lane:

Rustic Gift Wrap

Citrus Pomanders at TLP The Langham Project:

DIY Dried Orange Garland at Garden Matter:

Learn how to make this garland with dried oranges, bay leaves and cinnamon sticks. It's a fun and easy decorating project for your home.

Sunny Citrus Ornaments at Simply Notable:

Dehydrated Orange and Clove Christmas Ornaments

Orange Bird Feeder at Daily Messes:

DIY Fruit Feeders at The Garden-Roof Coop:


GIFTS FROM THE KITCHEN with Oranges (Great packaging ready for gift giving!):

Christmas in a Jar at Dandee:

Slow Cooker Simmering Spice Gift at Lady Behind the Curtain:

Slow Cooker Simmering Spice Gift | Give the scent of the holiday season!

Neighbor Gift Simmering Potpourri at Dandee:

How to Make Homemade Extracts at The Homesteading Hippie:

Make your own extracts for delicious baking and gift giving! The Homesteading Hippy #homesteadhippy

Orange Fig Jam at Christina’s Cucina:

Orange Hot Fudge Sauce at Positively Splendid:

So yummy! Orange hot fudge sauce makes a perfect neighbor gift! #SwellNoel

Homemade Mimosa Sugar Scrub at Today’s Creative Life:

Homemade Mimosa Sugar Scrub | TodaysCreativeBlog.net


Orange Marmalade at Rock Recipes.com

Orange Marmalade

Tara Jo’s Homemade Orange Jelly at Autumn’s Copper Pot:

Spiced Orange Fig Jam at Diane Uke Shares:

Recipe: How to Make Orange Extract at Chloe’s Blog from Big Mill:

Try this Orange Extract recipe from Chloe's Blog and the farm Bed and Breakfast at Big Mill. It's easy to make and perfect to give as a homemade gift at Christmas or anytime of the year. | www.chloesblog.bigmill.com/how-to-make-orange-extract/

Easy Orange Syrup at Carlsbad Cravings:orange-syurp03

Honey-Sweetened Orange Curd at Just Making Noise:


Orange Scones by Shugary Sweets:

Orange Scones: copycat Panera recipe
Janet's Orange Zucchini Bread
Double Dipped Orange Muffins at The Shady Porch:
Fresh Cranberry Orange Bread at Butter With a Side of Bread:
No-Bake Orange Dreamsicle Cheesecake at Craftaholics Anonymous:
Easy Orange Dreamsicle Cheesecake recipe!

Orange Dreamsicle Ice Cream Cake at Life, Love & Sugar:

Orange Creamsicle Ice Cream Cake - vanilla cake soaked with orange flavoring, with layers of vanilla and orange creamsicle ice cream! Such a fun twist on the classic popsicle!

Orange and Rosemary Polenta Cake at Delicious Magazine:


Orange Ice Cream at Glitter ‘N’ Spice:

Orange Ice Cream


Orange Vinegar for Cleaning at Bren Did and You Can Too:

How to Make Scented Vinegar for Cleaning. This DIY cleaner is easy to make and non-toxic. It cuts through grease with ease. Orange vinegar for cleaning combines the cleaning power of vinegar and orange oil. All-natural, non-toxic cleaning.




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I would love to hear what some of YOUR favorite things to do with oranges are!  I am working on an Orangecello recipe and will post it soon!  xoxox  Diane