It’s that time of year when the baby sitter has homecoming dances and other things that are keeping her occupied and unable to come watch the babies. While we totally understand that she has her own life, we miss our date nights. So we have definitely become experts at finding ways to have little date nights in together!
Last weekend we decided to go all out and dine al fresco on the front porch with some homemade Sparkling Autumn Spiced Sangria and a BON APPÉTIT Pepperoni & Pesto Pizza. It was the perfect pairing.
We have a gorgeous big front porch that overlooks a park and sometimes we forget to take advantage of it. Having an easy delicious dinner and watching the sunset over the park was exactly what we needed to regroup after a long week!
This is my final recipe for 2015 partnering with BON APPÉTIT and I just can’t say enough good things about their frozen pizzas! I normally don’t love frozen pizzas because the ingredients don’t taste very fresh and I really like a good thin crust. However, BON APPÉTIT has totally changed my mind!
The BON APPÉTIT Pepperoni & Pesto Pizza has a delicious flavor with a hint of spice all on its own, but I like to dress it up a little with some grated parmesan cheese and fresh basil from my herb garden. Jorge thought I had made it myself!
As for this Sparkling Autumn Spiced Sangria, you can use any fruit you have on hand and it’s a breeze to whip up. I love making this for company because I can make a big batch up to 24 hours ahead of time and it is always a big crowd pleaser.
If you like your sangria a little sweeter, you can always add a little simple syrup to the recipe. For the best flavor, try to find some fresh apple cider to really give it a good apple punch!
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 2 apples, cored and chopped
- 1 orange, sliced
- 1 (750 ml) bottle white wine
- 2 cups apple cider
- 1/2 cup brandy
- 1/2 cup orange juice
- 1 cup club soda or sparkling apple cider, to finish
- In a large pitcher, combine cinnamon sticks, apples, orange slices, white wine, apple cider, brandy and orange juice. Stir to combine and chill.
- You can serve sangria immediately over ice or let it rest in the fridge for up to 24 hours before serving (this option lets the flavors meld!).
- Just before serving, add in a little club soda or sparkling apple cider for fizziness. Serve immediately.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 164Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 8mgCarbohydrates: 28gFiber: 2gSugar: 22gProtein: 1g
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