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.

Vegan Noodle Soup





If you don't have a soup maker I really love mine. I bought it years ago it is a kettle with a blender in it where you just put the ingredients in press the timer and in 25-28 minutes you have soup. This recipe can be made in a pot but I made it in the soup maker.


 Ingredients 

Vegan Broth
1 Sweet Potato cut into pieces
half a white onion sliced
3 small carrots  (I was practicing with my spiralizer)
1 package smoked tofu
curry spice
pepper
rice noodles
additional water 
1 tsp olive oil


I had never used the carrot spiralizing tool before and I forgot I had carrots. I tried to use it on a sweet potato it didn't work so that is why this soup has carrots and sweet potato in it.

I found the soup maker works best if you use a little bit of fat in it which is why I added olive oil. Add the oil, onion, sweet potato, spices, broth and fill to the line with water.



Plug the soup maker in and select chunky for the type of soup. The alarm will sound in 28 minutes so you can go do something else. I used to come home from work put the soup on do a 25 minute workout and when the workout was done I would eat soup for dinner. I am trying to get into that routine but that is another blog post.



 I like smoked tofu crispy so I pan fried some of the pieces.


When the soup maker timer goes off add the rice noodles, non fried tofu, and carrots to the soup maker.

There is no short timer on the soup maker so put the lid back on set the soup maker to chunky. Set a manual timer for 3 minutes and unplug the soup maker after the 3 minutes is up.


I took the picture after I poured most of the broth into the bowl. After my bowl of soup I had noodles for the rest of the week.

Pour soup into a bowl and top with pan fried tofu. Enjoy.


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