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    Kitchen Essentials you actually NEED

    These are the kitchen tools I reach for on a regular basis. Honestly, I couldn’t cook dinner without these items, especially when it comes to weeknight meals. They help me stay organized, but most importantly, they are multi-taskers. And necessary for every cook out there. Here are my favorite kitchen tools to help me get through my weeknight cooking. *This post contains affiliate links on qualifying purchases. For more info, see my policies and disclaimers page. Storage containers When we moved into our first apartment, we had accumulated a lot of mismatched dishwares and plastic containers. After losing most of the containers and corresponding lids, I FINALLY bought my own…

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    10 ways to make weeknight cooking easier

    Your weeknight cooking just got a lot easier with these tips. We’ve all been there. It’s been a long day. You’re tired. The last thing you want to do is spend 3+ hours in the kitchen cooking and cleaning, but we’ve gotta eat. So, how do we actually get dinner on the table in 30 minutes? Here are ten ways to simplify your weeknight cooking. This article contains affiliate links. Please see my disclaimers for more info Know what you’re going to make ahead of time I know it’s obvious, but it’s necessary. Figure out what you’re going to cook and read through the recipe before you get home.  Start…

  • 7 easy ways to make weeknight dinners better

    Why can’t weeknight dinners feel like a date night? We’re all busy, but just because your busy doesn’t mean you should just go through the motions, especially when it doesn’t take a lot of effort to make weeknight dinners a bit more romantic. Some things are apparent, like using wine glasses, but here are seven easy tips for making weeknight dinners feel like a date night. This post contains affiliate links. Please see my disclaimers for more information. 1. Set the table. Don’t let your China collect dust. It doesn’t have to be extravagant, just spend a few minutes setting the table. In my home, we use cloth napkins. Not only do…

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    Starbucks Very Berry Hibiscus Refresher Copycat Recipe

    This copycat recipe for Starbuck’s Very Berry Hibiscus Refresher is the real deal! If you loved Starbuck’s Very Berry Hibiscus Refresher, you’re going to love this copycat recipe because it tastes just like the real thing. Plus, all of the ingredients can be found on Amazon Prime, so you can make this ASAP!  For those of you who like the Violet Drink, check out the notes on the recipe card at the bottom of this post! I actually prefer the Mango Dragonfruit Refresher, which I also have a recipe for. Find the Mango Dragonfruit Refresher recipe, here. However, I decided to make a very berry hibiscus refresher copycat for you.…

  • mandyolive.com boneless leg of lamb recipe

    Lamb with herby yogurt sauce and blistered veggie goat cheese salad

    This boneless leg of lamb recipe is topped with an herby yogurt sauce and a blistered green bean and radish goat cheese salad. Serve it for a dinner party and prepare to impress every guest! You’ll love this boneless leg of lamb recipe because it’s… easy looks fancy juicy tender rich in flavor *Some of the links provided are affiliate links which means I may make a small commission when you purchase through my links. For more information, please see my disclaimers and policies page.* Pesto Fresh pesto brings uniformity throughout the dish. It uses a salad blend of kale, swiss chard, spinach, parsley, and mint as the base. To…

  • how to make a starbuck's peppermint mocha at home

    Starbuck’s Peppermint Mocha

    If you’re looking for the REAL Starbuck’s Peppermint Mocha recipe, look no further. Every season, Starbuck’s drops their holiday-specific drinks, like the peppermint Mocha (my personal fave) and they are so popular — for good reason. These are easy to recreate at home, so you can keep drinking it even when it’s been discontinued. This series will include the original Pumpkin Spice Latte, the Salted Caramel Mocha, and the Peppermint Mocha. Today we’re going to focus on Starbuck’s Peppermint Mocha. *Looking for the original PSL recipe? Click here. *Did you know the salted caramel mocha isn’t actually salted caramel? Click here. I’ve done quite a few Starbuck’s copycat recipes on this…

  • How to make Starbuck's salted caramel mocha copycat recipe

    Starbuck’s Salted Caramel Mocha

    Did you know that Starbuck’s Salted Caramel Mocha’s main flavor isn’t actually Salted Caramel? Every season, Starbuck’s drops their holiday-specific drinks, like the Salted Caramel Mocha (my personal fave) and they are so popular — for good reason. These are easy to recreate at home, so you can keep drinking it even when it’s been discontinued. This series will include the original Pumpkin Spice Latte, the Salted Caramel Mocha, and the Peppermint Mocha. Today we’re going to focus on Starbuck’s Salted Caramel Mocha. *Looking for the original PSL recipe? Click here. I’ve done quite a few Starbuck’s copycat recipes on this blog –like a lot. You can find them by typing…

  • How to make starbucks pumpkin spice latte

    Starbuck’s Pumpkin Spice Latte Copycat Recipe

    How to make the Original Pumpkin Spice Latte and Iced Pumpkin Spice Latte recipe. Every season, Starbuck’s drops their holiday-specific drinks, and they are so popular. These are easy to recreate at home, so you can keep drinking it even when it’s been discontinued. This series will include the original Pumpkin Spice Latte, the Salted Caramel Latte, and the Peppermint Mocha Latte. Today we’re going to focus on the Pumpkin Spice Latte. **This post contains affiliate links. Please see my Policies page for details** I’ve done quite a few Starbuck’s copycat recipes on this blog –like a lot. You can find them by typing ‘Starbuck’s copycat recipes’ in the search…

  • starbuck's pumpkin cream cold brew

    Starbuck’s Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew

    Starbuck’s Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew is SO GOOD, and now you can make it at home! PSL season is here, and the NEW Starbuck’s Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew is perfect for the transition into fall. Frankly, I’m more of a salted caramel girl, but that’s a recipe for later (so make sure you sign up for my newsletter, to be notified of when I drop the next few recipes in this series: salted caramel, the original PSL, gingerbread and Peppermint Mocha.) Looking for the Original PSL recipe? Click HERE! To be honest, when I started this blog, I didn’t think it would become a hub for Starbuck’s copycat recipes, but…

  • Starbucks Copycat Iced Coconut Milk Mocha Macchiato

    This is the ONLY copycat recipe that is closest to the Starbucks Iced Coconutmilk Mocha Macchiato Did you know that the mocha in a Starbucks Iced Coconutmilk Mocha Macchiato is actually white mocha? Whenever I want to make a Starbucks copycat recipe, I always check to see if someone has a great recipe. Typically, they always seem to fall short. When you do a quick search for this iced coconutmilk mocha macchiato, every recipe I clicked on uses the wrong kind of mocha sauce. How do I know this? I look up the ingredients on the Starbucks website. What are the ingredients in Starbucks Iced Coconutmilk Mocha Macchiato? According to…