Blood Orange Sangria & 6 Years of Blogging


This is the time of the year where I eat a ridiculous amount of citrus fruits. Mother Nature was very smart to allow citrus to grow during the cold season, because I eat about 2-3 satsumas or oranges every day to avoid catching whatever tends to go around. At about 30-50 calories each, it’s also a wonderful snack option for me in my calorie counting.

I’ve always been curious about blood oranges, because they are such a gorgeous ruby red color on the inside. The lovely folks at Frieda’s Produce, who I met at PMA back in August, sent me a bag of these oranges to try since the holidays were approaching. Since it was the holiday season, I knew I had to make something boozy. A sangria sounded perfect since I could prepare it the night before, and just bring it over for my family’s party. Super simple!

I ended up adding some blood orange juice to this simple red sangria recipe, as well as a few sliced oranges in the pitcher. It really made for a nice presentation, and I have to admit that the orange slices leftover after the sangria was gone was pretty darn delicious.


This is just a great drink to bring over for a celebration. Like I mentioned before, it’s easy to throw together and it’s so cute to fill a glass with sangria and add in a few fruit slices. It just makes for a nice presentation, and it’s super fun.

Blood Orange Sangria
Source: adapted from Food & Wine


  • 1 bottle of fruity red wine (I used Chianti)
  • 4 oz. brandy
  • juice of 2 blood oranges
  • 3 oz. simple syrup
  • 3 blood oranges, sliced


  1. In a pitcher, combine the red wine, brandy, blood orange juice & simple syrup. Stir until well-combined. Add in the orange slices, and place the sangria in the refrigerator for 4-8 hours, or overnight to chill it well.
  2. Serve the sangria chilled. Enjoy!

Since this drink puts me in a celebrating mood, I figured it would be perfect to share with y’all today. Today is my 6 year blogiversary! I can’t believe that it’s been 6 years since I blogged about turkey meatballs, diet coke chicken & biscotti (forgive the pictures). From the bottom of my heart, thank you for every comment, email and tweet. I love getting to know y’all, and I completely appreciate your support, especially lately with my weight loss journey and my upcoming half marathon!

As a thank you, I want to offer you guys a giveaway! One lucky reader will have a choice between a gift card to Target or (e-gift card sent via email)!


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Note: This giveaway is is open to readers in the continental US only. Entries will be accepted until January 23rd at 12:00am (central standard time). Winner will be emailed (make sure you leave an email address in the form), and will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen. The winner will be sent an e-gift card for either Target or Amazon (winner’s choice).

Disclosure: The blood oranges were sent at no cost to me by Frieda’s Produce. The gift card giveaway is provided by The Nifty Foodie.



  1. Healthy eats! I love seeing all the yummy stuff you make, but I’d love to see what you really make to eat.

  2. I’d love to see more healthy meal ideas-keep them coming!

  3. Healthy weeknight meals

  4. I’m always looking for quick, weeknight meals. Healthy is even better!

  5. Catherine says:

    I’d love to see more meal posts in addition to the baking ones!

  6. CONGRATS!!!! Six years is such an amazing accomplishment, woohoo!

  7. Congrats! I’m always on the lookout for really quick but healthy meals. Especially now that we moved & have a longer commute, dinner is a huge struggle.

  8. I love everything you have. I guess I would like more vegetarian entrees (though you have some great ones!).

  9. Happy Blog-iversary! :) Glad you like the Blood Oranges. They sure look pretty with the red wine.

  10. Hmmm…maybe more dinner entrees. What you guys eat for dinner.

  11. Nichole B-P says:

    I’d love to see quick, healthy, weeknight meal recipes.

  12. Congrats on your 6th blogiversary! I’d love to see more lightened-up Cajun dishes!

  13. Congrats! Quick and easy healthy meals for b, l or d!

  14. More healthy meals (but keep the sweets coming too!) :)

  15. I love recipes of any kind!! Congrats!!

  16. I’d love to see more healthy meals!

  17. Weeknight meal ideas

  18. I’ll have to try this… I haven’t had a Sangria since I vacationed in Spain, in the ’80’s.

  19. I love following your weight loss/healthy living journey so I’m always up for healthy foods/lighter meals & snacks.

    With that being said, I’m also a dessert kind of girl! :)

  20. Congrats on blogging for 6 years! As a self-proclaimed foodie, I am sad to admit that I have never tried a blood orange.

  21. Congratulations! I enjoy recipes of all sorts.

  22. Congrats on 6 years! Would love to hear more about your running routines and goals.

  23. Malissa W says:

    Greetings from a fellow runner! I am training for my 6th half marathon and its nice to see someone else’s journey chronicled. I wish you luck! I agree with everyone and easy healthy meals are always appreciated. Although I agree it can be super challenging during training for a half – seriously always hungry!!

  24. I’d love to see some wine and beverage pairings!

  25. I always love to see healthier soup options!!

  26. I’m interested in seeing some healthy meals.

  27. Congrats on 6 years! :)

  28. Congratulations on 6 years! I just hope that you continue sharing great food like you always have! :)

  29. I love hearing all about the weight loss journey and the yummy recipes. I am a vegetarian, so maybe you could experiment more with veggies only recipes. Maybe a lentil casserole?

  30. I’m totally stealing this recipe. It looks awesome!

  31. Any and all recipes! Plus cute pictures of Millie are always welcome too :)

  32. More fast, healthy meals!

  33. Congratulations! I’d love to see more quick meal ideas!

  34. 6 years!! You are amazing! Congrats! xoxo- K

  35. More vegetarian-friendly meal recipes? Although I already love your blog, so there’s that :)

  36. Congrats! I love to hear more about your weight loss journey and perhaps, how you can eat all this amazing food and still lose. That is awesome.

  37. Quick weeknight meal ideas

  38. I would like to see more food giveaways!

  39. I’d love to see more healthy living ideas and tips. Also, I think it would be great if you did a post on how you trained for your half marathon and if you thought the training was good.

  40. I would love some quick prep healthy crockpot meals. I have been loving my crockpot lately.

  41. Would love to see more dinner ideas!

  42. I love quick/easy/cheap weeknight dinner ideas!

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