I tried the new Starbucks Pineapple Refresher

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  I had stars that were going to expire so I decided to try the new refresher. I have seen some reviews of people that love it and others of people that hate it. It’s often sold out but I was in a location where they had it.  I am not really a fan of pineapple flavours. I like other refreshers from Starbucks and I love passion fruit so thought it might be good. There are options to add coconut milk or lemonade. I always get coconut milk in my coffee but I don’t like it in refreshers and I always like lemonade. The drink at first seemed okay but it had a strange bitter aftertaste after each sip. I am not sure the addition of the lemonade made it like that but my mom and I both didn’t like it. It was drinkable but not something I would order again. I will stick to the the Mango Dragon Fruit refresher as my go to refresher from Starbucks.  Let me know if you have tried it in the comments or on Instagram @livingottawalocal.

October 16, 2017Attempting to make recipes shared on facebook delish how to make stuffed eggplant parmesan


I know its been awhile and in another post in the future I will give the life update for the last few months.

Since I haven't cooked in awhile I thought it would be fun to try making some of the recipes I have shared on facebook in the past but have never attempted to make before.

The first dish is is from delish How to make stuffed eggplant parmesan and the link is here
Full recipe: http://dlsh.it/vePxgK0

I bought the eggplant a long time ago so I only salvaged around half of it also missing

olive oil - substituted coconut oil
cherry tomatoes - substituted tomatoes that have also been around awhile
oregano - substituted basil and herbamare (free from social nature an herbed salt)
missing - breadcrumbs, parmesan cheese, and fresh basil

The video starts with scooping out the center of the eggplant I just cut what I could salvage into chunks.




 Then sauté the onions in olive oil I used coconut oil and used a bit less onion for my taste




Then add the eggplant


Then add garlic, and seasoning



Then add the marinara sauce lately I have been using costco brand or Rao's I went cheaper today because it was made in Italy and I do not recommend it. Stick with a good quality tomato sauce this one tastes like tomato paste.


Then add tomatoes, egg, and cheese. The magic bullet is the cheapest and fastest way to grate cheese although I wasn't using the correct blade for it. 




Realized I needed a bit more for the top so used a different cup and blade 



and its ready to go into the toaster oven for half an hour


Final Product after 30 mins not to bad considering there was no parmesan cheese in it


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