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 Veggie Burger Soup Recipe



This soup is so good I am returning to blogging just so I don't forget the recipe. I watch a You tuber named Wicked Penny and she is making soup every Saturday on her channel. She made a cheeseburger soup so if you would like to see the inspiration for this soup go watch wicked penny on YouTube here is the link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kD5euE9Pgas.

I used most of the vegetables pictured below because they were on sale. I recommend using an onion and green pepper for flavour. As the soup is vegan I like to use a potato and sweet potato to give it a creamy texture. The carrots were on sale so I added them use any veggies you like.
veggies make the soup base

I didn't have any soup stock but spicy ketchup, seasoned diced tomato and whatever spices you have will give the soup a nice flavour. If you don't have spicy ketchup add hot sauce and ketchup. I used seasoning salt, smoked paprika, pepper, and curry spice just what is in my spice cabinet. You can really change the flavour of the soup by changing the spices to what you like.

spices give the soup taste

If you have not seen my previous posts I have a soup maker that I bought at a festival years ago. It is the best thing ever and you can find it on amazon.


everything is in the soup maker

Add a little bit of olive oil to the bottom of the soup maker.  Roughly chop all the vegetables add to the soup maker. Add spices and a little more olive oil. Add canned tomatoes and ketchup.  I had to drain a little of the water from the tomatoes because the soup maker was too full. There is no need to add additional water. I do not use actual measurements for the spices but I would recommend using a teaspoon of each spice, ketchup, and olive oil. Close the lid and set it to smooth. You have 26 minutes to go do something else perfect for a 25 minute workout.

soup maker is the best gadget


26 minutes is up. Open the lid add a can of drained black beans and close the lid for a few minutes. You could use a plant based meat instead of the beans but I wanted beans.

soup is done

Prepare your garnishes. Why am I showing you cream cheese for a Vegan Soup? Wicked Penny's recipe had cream cheese in it I wasn't sure about that so I added it later to a bowl. Maybe it was the sun-dried tomato flavour but I preferred the soup without the cream cheese so left it vegan. I tried another bowl with nutritional yeast and it did not change the flavour much so a good alternative. I also had a bowl with some cheese crackers and that was the best way to get the cheesy flavor if you want it. It is not necessary this soup is good on it's own.

Enjoy 



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