Quick and Easy at Home Starbuck’s Pink Drink

We live in a relatively¬† small city, compared to¬† where I grew up, and with that being said I grew up¬†with Dunkin Donuts trying¬† Starbucks was definitely out of my comfort zone but boy after I tried their famous secret menu drink the Pink Drink I am so glad I did. Prior to trying the Pink Drink I had only been to Starbucks¬†4 other times and had only tried their Vanilla Bean Frappe. I began seeing this “pink drink” all over my Facebook newsfeed over and over¬†everyday all day long, to the point where the Pink Drink was taking over all the political¬†post. While in Target (ours has a Starbucks inside…Does yours?) I decide to give it a try. At first I stumbled all over trying to order it…I thought you just order it by the name “I will take a large Pink Drink, please” 1st off LARGE is not a size at Starbucks…Short, Tall, Grande, Venti, and Trenta¬† 2ndly I needed to order the drink by asking for a Strawberry¬†Acai Refresher with Coconut Milk instead water.

Pink Drink 8  Pink Drink 7Does that not look so delicious and scream summer !

Sharing is the hardest part. The tie for the hardest part when you are left with an empty cup is the sad feeling when you have an EMPTY CUP ;)! Now you can make your own at home! It is so tasty and to me taste even better. I have been using fresh strawberries and then eating them after the drink is gone. I found all the ingredients at Walmart.

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 1. Use a 1/2 pack of the Lipton Strawberry Acai Tea (I found it in the aisle as the coffee & tea is in. You can order it on Amazon by clicking on Lipton above) 

2. Soy Delicious Coconut Milk Unsweetened (I found ours in the juice aisle where the dry and shelf milk is located) I like to put mine in the fridge before making my drinks will need 1/2 Cup

3. Ice Cold Water 1/2 Cup

4. Ice 1 Cup

5. Fresh Strawberries Slices 1/2 Cup

Whip Cream

In your tall cup add the Lipton tea mix and the water, stir until completely dissolved, then add the Coconut milk, ice and strawberries and stir. My kids like to top theirs off with whip cream! Any ENJOY!!!

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In less than five minutes, $6 ¬†and about 45 calories each I was able to make 5 Pink Drinks at home. Since making them at home I’ve only gotten 2 at a Starbucks and that was while in a different city. You can play around with how much or little you want of the water and Coconut milk. You can buy freeze-dried strawberries and add them vs fresh strawberries.

Come back and let me know how you enjoy yours when you made it and did you use fresh or freeze-dried strawberries? Did you top yours with whip cream? My girls’ even like to add pink sprinkles on top of their whip cream!

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A visit to Cupcake War’s winner Happy Cakes Cupcakery

Flip on The Food Network and you probably will catch one of their number one rated shows Cupcake Wars and if you are like my girls and I you know why. Not only is it about CUPCAKES, it has bakers racing and competing against each other to win the ultimate prize being named ‘Cupcake Wars Winner’ plus a check for $10,000. During the show you see 3 sets of teams race to make their best cupcakes¬†under one theme and using ingredients some might never think to even use ever, let alone in a cupcake! And if the pressure of having to compete isn’t frightening enough there is that looming time frame you have to get all your cupcakes done, decorated¬†and plated under. ¬†Oh did I forget to mention they have to taste DELICOUS!!!!

Angela Diaz and her daughter-in-law, Kaylee were selected to compete in a mother/daughter episode in June and ‚ÄúSeason 9: Episode 6: LA Bridal Bash‚ÄĚ aired on the Food Network on October 12, 2013. My girls and I watched that episode as it aired and we were all pulling for them to win! They were are mother/daughter team from Morehead City, NC just 45 minutes away from us — how could we not be home on the edge of our seats rooting for them!! When they won my girls, Faith & Megan were jumping up and down not only did their pick win but someone from Eastern North Carolina won!

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The big day came when I took the girls for the first time to visit HappyCakes Cupcakery and as soon I turned the corner and they saw the huge sign that read “WINNERS OF CUPCAKE WARS” they knew where we were and my SUV began to shake with excitement! As soon as I put the car in park Megan and Faith were on the sidewalk jumping up and down waiting for me LOL. Megan, who is the BIGGEST Food Network Star fan was starstruck and couldn’t contain her excitement. Before even entering the shop she was recalling the episode with her younger sister. When we opened the door to their Cupcake ‘Heaven’ Shop you are hit with the smells of fresh baked ingredients and my favorite their HUGE (I swear they are the size of my head) Cookies!

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HappyCakes Cupcakery¬†prides themselves on what they DON’T put¬†their cupcakes! Yes, I worded that correctly…what they DON’T add. Once you taste their cupcakes you will never want¬†or even like store bought or box cupcakes every again, the reason why is because¬†of¬†all¬†the¬†artificial colors, flavors and ingredients they don’t add. The sign behind Megan¬†‘Butter Makes Everything Better’ is¬†just one hint¬†to the standards they have¬†for all their bake goods. As stated on their HappyCakes Cupcakery Facebook page

We make deliciously moist, made-from-scratch cupcakes. We do not use food coloring or packaged products when they can be avoided. We feature homemade caramel, fruit fillings, Swiss meringue buttercreams, and so much more.
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 Pictured above is their Vanilla Bean (vanilla bean cake, vanilla bean buttercream), Chocolate Mousse (chocolate cake, milk chocolate mousse filling, vanilla buttercream, chocolate shavings), and Strawberry Cream (vanilla cake, fresh strawberry buttercream). My favorite is there HUGE Chocolate Chip cookies. Fresh baked daily just so happen that when we arrived the were still warm (insert heart eyes emjoi)!!
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Actual size! Be sure to pair your cupcake or cookie with their fresh brewed coffee.
Of course we couldn’t leave without a sneak peak and finger swoop! Faith double checking her cupcake was still here there CHECK!
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Oh did you notice the missing cupcake too? Your mission is to go to Happycakes Cupcakery and walk out without eating one of their daily delicious cupcakes! It isn’t easy!
When storing your cupcake at home their boxes have instructions to help keep them fresh longer. Since I had the cookie, which took me two days to finish…yes it is that HUGE, I stored my in non other than a glass cupcake stand!
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Very fitting for this Vanilla Bean Cupcake! Stayed fresh for 3 days, though the icing didn’t last…as in it didn’t last my every once in a while finger swoop! ;)!
And what better way to celebrate turning 17 years old than a Chocolate Indulgence (chocolate cake, rich chocolate buttercream, chocolate shavings) Cupcake
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happy cakes 9¬†¬† I am not sure that cupcake lasted 5 minutes before it was just the wrapper and crumbs! It was a surprise trip to the Happycakes Cupcakery Shop in Morehead City, NC. and the girls thoroughly enjoyed every moment of it and every moment of eating their Famous Cupcakes. It was a surprise when we brought back¬† enough for their 3 brothers and dad to celebrate Eric’s 17th birthday, and needless to say everyone picked their favorite and tried each others and there were non left over! Kevin had the Tiramisu (Irish cream cake with Irish cream and espresso glaze, Irish cream mascarpone buttercream, cocoa dusting), Sean tried the Cookie Dough (vanilla cake, homemade chocolate chip cookie dough center, vanilla buttercream with mini chocolate chips, homemade mini chocolate chip cookie topping), and dad/George tried the Chocolate Strawberry (chocolate cake, fresh strawberry buttercream). Tummy’s were full and happy!

If you are in our area be sure to make the trip to Happycakes Cupcakery, if your not in the area….what are you waiting here is the address quick put it in Google Maps and make the trip!



Why I love to support local businesses. Not only does Happycakes Cupcakery make my now all time favorite cookie but they donate 10% of their¬†purchases to Wipe Every Tear¬†! If you walk in see them wearing one of the shirts above that say “Refuse To Do Nothing” that¬†is the¬†Happycakes Cupcakery Family showing their support for Wipe Every Tear, which ¬†helps rescue beautiful people trapped in human trafficking in the Philippines and Thailand.

Watch their Cupcake War’s Episode :

You can check out Happycakes Cupcakery on their

Happycakes Cupcakery Facebook Page

Happycakes Cupcakery Website

Happycakes Cupcakery Instagram

Wipe Every Tear Facebook Page

Wipe Every Tear Website

*Happycakes Cupcakery did not endorse this post, I wrote this review as a show of support for a local business we are proud of here in Eastern, NC and in our house rooted for during the show Cupcake Wars on the Food Network*

Rainbow of DumDums

Ever have a crazy thought pop in head around 1 am and next thing you know you and your son are on the couch sorting your jar Dum Dums Lollipops¬†into piles of coordinating colors? Or is it just me?! I had a tall glass apothecary jar filled to the top with Dum Dums that I had just dumped in there, no method just pure madness. After going on Instagram and seeing on of the post made @RaisingUpRubies (if you aren’t following her you definitely should be, she has her own shop and post colorful uplifting post) had made with her DumDums all neat and organized I couldn’t get that image of my messy unorganized jar of them out of my head. So yes, at 1 AM it was turn the jar over and dump them out time and let the color crazy madness begin! Bring on the late night Rootbeer Floats, John Oliver episodes and an extra bag of Dum Dums!


We started with the mystery flavor (which there is way too much of lol) at the bottom, doing two rows of them, then one row grape, a row of cotton candy, two rows of blue raspberry, a row sour apple, lemon-lime, a row of peach, orange, fruit punch, cherry and this is where having the second bag came in handy since the best flavors even though they were up top and only needed one row didn’t come with as many as other flavors we now have abundance of. After the row of cherry we did a row of watermelon and then took the pink bubble and stood them up straight at the very top!


To make all the rows even I would stick the root beer and cream soda dum dums sideways but out of sight which would allow the rows to be more sturdy and stay even as we stacked them. I am so thrilled how it turned out and love looking it each day when I am sitting at my office desk.

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Everyone likes to ask is it hard not to eat them….I guess the good thing about doing it this way is, I love the pretty rainbow look and if I ate my favorite, which happens to be right at the top, the watermelon, there would go my pretty rainbow and having to buy the extra bag LOL I had plenty of leftovers to toss in a bowl…..


Best Dad Ever Contest

One of our favorite subscription boxes The Gentleman’s Box is hosting a contest for the Best Dad Ever Contest. This year they are giving away a prize box¬†with estimated value of $1000 Prizes will include items from:
Gentleman’s Box, HelloFresh, Isle Box, & Harry’s, DeadSoxy, Crosby & Co, Knots Apparel, WoodchuckUSA, Jim Beam, and more!

The winner will be based on number of votes received on their photo entry. Here is the photo we entered for George,


To help vote for George go here and then click on VOTE FOR THIS ENTRY¬†¬†contest runs from June 6, 2016 @ 8:00 AM ‚ÄĒ June 14, 2016 @ 11:59 PM,¬† you can vote once per day.

Thank you for your vote and support!!

The Bathroom Door

Ah the days when the bathroom door was solely there to give you privacy from the outside world, in other words SHUT! Might have been a revolving door in some homes with large families and often slammed if there was only one that was meant to be shared with you and anyone other than you. But it was constantly shut and often locked, let our siblings bang all they want, they are not getting in while I take my 45 minute unnecessarily  long shower! We depended on the door to do its job and remain shut when we shut it, and locked when we locked it.

We slowly realize the bathroom door will no longer be used much and then even a stage not used at all once our little ones¬†arrive. Even in the hospital just prior to birth, it can be a challenge to shut it. Good luck trying to get¬†the IV pole in there or after you give birth your maternal instincts kick in some probably kept the door open slightly ‚Äújust in case‚ÄĚ. Then we arrive home!! It is almost as if the bathroom doors have magically removed themselves in advance of our arrival. THEY KNOW! ~~By child 3 they stay on~~


When our idea of being pampered is being able to use the restroom in private or in peace we know we have reached the status of being a MOM! When we do shut the door for the first time ‚Äúon them‚ÄĚ their reactions are priceless. HOW DARE SHE!

Little fingers appear under the door frame, trying to see if they can reach us or finding a weak spot for later bathroom use.

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Cold tile will not stop a toddler who wants in, they will sit in front of the shut door waiting……and waiting for US.

Sometimes screaming and crying, other times talking to us and the moments I would worry most about ‚ÄĒ for myself‚Äď was when they would sit there facing the door BEING QUIET! You know their brain is thinking, turning inside. And when¬†we¬†open the door it is the same reaction we receive when we get home and our dog greets us‚Ķ..no concept of time, they are just pure happy to see us.

My little boys who would once do this are now teens, they respect me and never do this now. Now my girls, 5 & 6 they will instead  yell LOUD from way outside my bedroom door, MOM CAN I GET A CHEESE STICK?     MOM THE BOYS ARE FIGHTING.        MOM CAN I COME IN?        MOM WHEN ARE YOU GOING TO BE DONE?       MOM I AM HUNGRY.        MOM….. MOM….. MOM….. MOM…..

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‚ÄúOKAY MOM I WILL WAIT RIGHT HERE FOR YOU.‚Ä̬† they do, they just check in every 2.1 seconds.

Oh bathroom door I took you for granted for decades and now I just wish I could afford a sound proof one.

Homemade Churros, YUMMY!!

This was a 2 man, sticky, fun and easy job! YUMMY is the keyword in the title. I mean how could they not be…..you have cinnamon, sugar, and dough, Here is how we made the not so normal looking churros.

3 1/4 cup of Bisquick

2-3 inches of oil in a 3-quart saucepan

Cinnamon/Sugar McCormick Mix


Heat the oil on medium to high heat until it is 375 degrees. I don’t have a piping bag so I used a sandwich bag and snipped the corner off and squeezed the dough out from there. When it got too long or too thick I used clean kitchen scissors to cut it loose into the oil. Once the dough is in the oil, it only takes a minute or two on each side until golden brown and done. Remove quickly onto the plate of cinnamon/sugar and roll around until completely covered. Once all dough is made and covered in cinnamon/sugar now is the best part….EAT AND ENJOY!!!

Have you made Churros before, any tips for our next time?