When I was looking for a house to buy, I had given my agent what I thought was a very broad list but one she defined as serious business.  The only things that I asked for was that it had to have 3 or more bedrooms and they all had to be bigger than 10 x 10, a fireplace, horse property, fruit trees, no homeowners association, a pool and the overall house had to be bigger than 1800 sq ft.  In the end, I found the perfect house and showed it to the agent.  Yes, it had all the above and more.  I love my house though it is a "fixer upper".  Why do I bring this up?  Well, I have one fruit tree in particular that fruits all year without me doing a thing to it.  When I say fruit, I mean FRUIT.  It is my Tangerine tree.  All year round this thing is full of Tangerines.  Mostly I have ignored it.  Now however, I have been making all kinds of recipes with all those tangerines.  From fruit salad to marinades to smoothies.  Over the next few weeks, I will be posting all of the recipes here.  
What I had failed to do in the past was freeze the fruit.  That's right, freeze it.  I peel it and take off the stringy pulp and throw it into a freezer bag.  Who would have thunk!  I made my first Tangerine smoothie a few weeks ago and now just love them.  I do not take the seeds out, just throw the peeled fruit right into the blender.  It is just so yummy.  Want to make it sweeter or have this smoothie as a dessert?  Add some chocolate chips to it before you blend or Andes mints and use the Almond milk.  It tastes like a OrangeSicle with a hint of mint.
Oh, my Kumquats are about to be ripe too.  You have been forewarned.
Serves 1


3 whole Tangerines peeled (Frozen or Fresh)
3 pitted Dates, diced
1/4 cup plain Greek Yogurt
1/3 cup Juice (Orange, Pineapple, or use Almond Milk for a creamy taste)

Optional (one or all):
1 large Strawberry, 1/2 ripe Banana, 1/4 cup Blueberries, chocolate chips, mint leaves 


Tangerines, get as much of the stringy pulp off the outside as possible.
If your fruit is not frozen, add a small handful of ice to the blender first.  Then add the Tangerines, Dates, Yogurt and Juice.  
Blend until smooth
Nutritional information obtained using CalorieCount.com.
Months ago a friend had us ladies all over to her house for a "stitch and bitch".  Though there was not a lot of stitching or bitching, there was Cherry Moonshine.  This was the very first time that I had store bought moonshine and it was simply delish.  We had it straight up as a sippin' drink.  Needless to say 1 oz for most of us was quite enough.  Since then I have been making different drinks with my Cherry MoonShine and this is one of my favorites.  Yes, I know it is not really a "margarita" if it doesn't have Tequila in it but being that today is National Margarita day and I didn't have a name for this drink, Cherry Moonshine Margarita it is. It's my drink, I can call it want I want.  Delish is the other name though.  Here is the thing with moonshine, the alcoholic content is way up as this is 100 proof which means 50% alcohol.  Some Moonshines are even more.  To give you a comparison, Beer is usually normally 4-6% while Tequila (depending on the quality) is usually 40%.  In other words, don't drink and drive.  Better yet, wait till you get home, make this up.  Sit on the front porch and ignore the kids and enjoy.

Now is it gluten free?  The bottle that I use is not certified gluten free but is made with corn (as historically moonshine is made from corn).  Does that make it gluten free? Yes it can IF the factory is a gluten free factory and the corn is grown where other gluten products are not grown.  What I can tell you is that the one that I used, by MidNight Moon, they tweeted out that there's was Non GMO and Gluten Free.  I have not had a reaction to the one that I am drinking but I am not celiac just intolerant. You might be able to find one that is certified as I have not done any research.

Serves 1


1 oz Cherry MoonShine
1 oz Lime juice (Fresh is best)
2 oz Orange Juice (or Cherry juice)
1 tsp Sugar
Caster sugar for rim of glass, lime juice for rim of glass

In a blender or shaker mix all ingredients
Rim glass first with lime juice and then with the caster sugar
Pour in mix
Drink and enjoy
Don't drive
I hope you enjoyed this recipe.  If you did, leave a comment below.  I also have a YouTube channel where I feature many of my recipes.  If you would like to check it out, click on this link:  Bristlee One

Thank you for stopping by and remember, enjoy life.
It's the one you have,
The winter has finally settled onto the West Coast and we are getting "cold" weather.  Where I live that means nights down in the high to mid 20's (-6.6 C) and daytime highs in the 50-60 F (10-15.5 C) range. While not East Coast America cold, for us it is cold.  Which means we get to break out the mittens and scarves and warm sweaters.  Yes, they smell all musty for having sat unused for years but Yea! we get to wear them.  It also means hot drinks and cozy fires.
I know that I've posted about hot chocolate already, but you can't have too many hot chocolate recipes now an you.  If you don't have any whip cream, you can always use the whip cream flavored vodka.  It is actually quite tasty in hot chocolate.  The other thing, don't  turn up your nose on this one because it has peanut butter in it.  I only add a teaspoon but if you really like the taste of peanut butter, go ahead and add more to your liking.  It really is up to you on how much of these ingredients to add.  You really cannot go wrong when making any hot chocolate. 

12 oz Milk (Any type)
1 - 2 TBSP Chocolate (I use milk chocolate chips or Baker's German chocolate)
1 tsp Creamy Peanut butter
1 tsp crushed ButterFinger Bar (you can get this now in the baking isle where the chocolate chips are)
1/2 tsp vanila extract

Whip cream

Optional Extras:  1 oz espresso coffee or 1 oz Baileys Irish Cream (or both!)


Heat milk, chocolate and peanut butter in microwave safe cup for 2 minutes
Take out carefully and whisk
Place back in microwave for 1 minute

Remove carefully and add vanilla extract and espresso (if using)

Top with whip cream or first add Baileys (if using) top with Butterfinger pieces 
I hope you enjoyed this recipe.  If you did, leave a comment below.  I also have a YouTube channel where I feature many of my recipes.  If you would like to check it out, click on this link:  Bristlee One

Thank you for stopping by and remember, enjoy life.
It's the one you have,