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Starbucks Copycat Red Eye Drink

Monday, July 22, 2019

Hello blog friends.  

If you love Starbucks drinks than you are going to love this post.  👍 

Starbucks Copycat Red Eye Drink

Here at my house all three of us LOVE Starbucks drinks.

I am writing this post in honor of my husband.  He had the idea to make a Starbucks Red Eye drink at home.

I had never heard of a red-eye drink until he mentioned the drink to me.  This drink is so easy to make right at home and tastes great.

To start our day off I make a pot of coffee every morning using ground Starbucks coffee.  I usually buy a huge bag of it at Costco (whole beans and not ground).  

At Starbucks they will grind the bag of coffee for me for free!  When I do this I always treat myself to a cup of coffee.

Starbucks Hot Red Eye Drink


Starbucks Coffee and Espresso


Set up the coffee in your coffee machine as you usually do.  Now add one tablespoon of espresso to the coffee.  Add your water and put the machine on to brew.


Making the red eye drink this way is much easier than making regular coffee and a separate pot of espresso coffee.  You just make the coffee and espresso in the same pot.

You can also make this Starbucks Red Eye Drink as an iced or hot coffee.  Just let the pot of coffee cool off and add ice for an Iced Starbucks Red Eye Drink.  

NOTE:  For your information, a Starbucks Black Eye Drink is a regular coffee with two shots of espresso added.

Have you ever heard or tried a Red Eye drink?

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day.

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Family Trip to Asia - Part 2

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Hello blog friends.

I am back with more of our Family Trip to Asia - Part 2. 

We started the afternoon off by meeting our good friend from Singapore for lunch.  We met her at the Conrad Hotel.  We had an awesome buffet lunch which consisted of so many assorted foods.   

I loaded my plate with chicken, beef, noodles, rice, and different salads.

We also filled our plates with different desserts.  Sorry, I forgot to get a photo of them.  We had such a nice time catching up with our friend and the food was wonderful.  

After our huge lunch, we went to Marina Bay Sands, as seen in the movie Crazy Rich Asians.  If you haven't seen this movie, it's a must see. The same goes for the book series.  I enjoyed reading all three books.

Marina Bay Sands is a resort and hotel fronting Marina Bay in Singapore.

It has the worlds largest rooftop infinity pool at the top of all three buildings.  It looks as if a huge surfboard is stuck on top.  

The only access to this pool is if you are staying at the hotel, Marina Bay Sands.

We took an elevator all the way up to the top of the building.  The day was hot and the sky cloudy, but we totally enjoyed looking at the views overlooking Singapore.

You can also eat lunch at the restaurant seen below with the red umbrellas.  What gorgeous views they have of Singapore.

Looking down you can see the Gardens By The Bay.  You can also see the gardens in scenes from the movie Crazy Rich Asians.

It was time to walk around the mall inside Marina Bay Sands.

It has a waterway and boats you can ride on in the mall!  
Only in Singapore!

We went back to the hotel and rested.  We then had dinner at another friends house who happens to also be a business associate of my husband.  :)  She is a real foodie!

Our friends hosted a wonderful dinner consisting of Korean beef, dipping sauces, noodles, kimchee, and a salad.

Our friend has a real talent for cooking and making such a beautiful presentation of the food.

Sorry, I missed taking photos of the homemade ice cream which was so delicious.  I just wanted to enjoy the company of our friends.

Stay tuned for more of our family Trip to Asia.

Part 2 - Singapore.  

If you missed Part 1, you can read about that HERE.

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Instant Pot Stuffed Artichokes

Monday, July 15, 2019

Hello blog friends.  I made this Instant Pot recipe recently and it came out so good!  

We LOVE to eat Stuffed Artichokes in our house.  

We used to visit my husband's Italian aunt and she would make the best stuffed artichokes.  

I haven't made these in years until one day I was looking for an Instant Pot recipe to make them.

I found this awesome recipe by watching a YouTube video that shows step-by-step on how to make them.

If you like using your Instant Pot then you'll like how fast these artichokes cook up.


Below are the stuffed artichokes after cooking for 10 minutes.

The Delicious Dipping Sauce!


*  Please read my NOTES before making this recipe.


4 artichokes, stem cut off at the base, cut off tips of each leaf to remove thorny part
1 cup of grated Parmesan cheese
4 tsp of granulated garlic
2 tsp of salt
2 tsp of pepper
1 1/2 cups of water
1 heaping tbsp of crushed garlic
4 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil, divided


1)  Cut off each thorny tip of each artichoke leaf and chop off the stem with a knife.  When done, rinse them off and set aside to let dry.

2)  Mix together Parmesan cheese, granulated garlic, salt and pepper in a small bowl.

3)  Add the water and crushed garlic to the bottom of the Instant Pot which is big enough to accommodate 4 artichokes and add the trivet.

4)  Holding one artichoke at a time over the pot, spread the leaves and add about a 1/4 of cheese mixture trying to get it in between the leaves and lay each artichoke on the trivet when done.  (Any mixture that falls off the artichoke will go into the water in the pot which will become our dipping sauce).  Squeeze the artichokes together so they fit as best as possible.

5)  Drizzle each artichoke with 1 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil, allowing the excess to land in the water of the pot.

6)  Cover pot and hit "Manual" or "Pressure Cook" High Pressure for 10-20 minutes (go to 10 if you want it a little firmer and go to 20 if you want it very soft).  Quick release.  Carefully remove the artichokes with tongs and set on a plate.

7)  The water will darken and become the dipping sauce for your artichokes.  Pour into a bowl.

8)  Serve immediately.  Each leaf should easily tear out.  Dip each leaf and skin the meat off with your teeth and discard the leaf.  Then eat the heart if you desire to work to get it out (some say this is the hidden treasure of the artichoke).

9)  Enjoy!

NOTES:  This recipe was adapted from Pressure Luck Cooking.  The blog has step by step photos and a video on how to cook the stuffed artichoke in the Instant Pot.

For my recipe, I did not have any granulated garlic, so I used dry minced garlic.  I also used two tsp. of salt and it tasted like too much salt for me.  The next time I make it I will only use one tsp. of salt.  I used inside the bottom of the Instant Pot minced garlic instead of crushed garlic.  The recipe calls for extra virgin olive oil but I used regular olive oil.

For the cooking time in the Instant Pot, I cooked it for 10 minutes.

**  The Instant Pot that I use is: Instant Pot Duo 7 in 1 Programmable Pressure Cooker - 6QT.

Yummy Instant Pot Stuffed Artichoke!

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Friday Favorites - July

Friday, July 12, 2019

Hello blog friends and Happy Friday.  

I'm really enjoying the simple and relaxed schedule of the summer.  I hope you are too! 

It's been a while since I last did a Friday Favorites.

1.  Final Straw

I was introduced to the Final Straw by my daughter.  She suggested we buy the straw instead of using a plastic straw when we go out to lunch or dinner.  You can order this reusable straw on the Final Straw website or on Amazon.

We ordered the straw and I am hooked.  I used the straw a few times and I love it.  I went to Starbucks for iced coffee and I used this instead of a plastic straw.  I just take the straw home and clean it.  It's so simple and it takes little effort to use.  I love that I'm not wasting any plastic straws.

2.  Plastic Starbucks Cup

Since I'm on a roll, I bought at Starbucks a plastic cup to bring with me to use for hot or ice coffee.  I paid $2 for the reusable cup.  If you bring the cup to Starbucks, you save 10 cents.  I love this idea and I'm not wasting any plastic cups!

3.  My dog Bosco

Bosco and I are enjoying our summer walks.  He loves going on his walks with his mom.  We usually see one of Bosco's dog friends on our walks.  Since it's so hot out we usually don't take as long of a walk as we do in the fall.  

4.  Summer Food

I also enjoy making snacks of vanilla yogurt, strawberries, and granola.

Going out for an early morning breakfast with the family.  I totally enjoyed my everything bagel and zucchini frittata.  Some of you might remember seeing this photo on my Instagram feed @brklynhousewife.  I wound up eating only half of everything and saving the rest for later.

Trying a new Mexican restaurant for lunch with my daughter.  I had a grilled chicken burrito.   I eat only half of the burrito for lunch and the rest with a salad for dinner.

I enjoyed eating at this Mexican restaurant so much that I ate there again!  This time I had dinner with my husband.  I enjoyed a meatless cheese quesadilla.  It was a nice evening out and we both enjoyed our meal.  

5.  Summer Flowers

I am loving my summer flowers and hydrangeas are one of my favorites.  I love that they are blooming a light lavender color and some even look pink.

6.  Stranger Things

I am so excited to be watching on Netflix Stranger Things season three.  It's an American science fiction-horror series that is only 8 episodes.  I'm already done with watching half of this series and I love this one the best!

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a Happy Friday and a wonderful weekend.

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Family Trip to Asia- Part 1

Monday, July 8, 2019

Hello blog friends.  I hope you enjoyed celebrating the 4th of July.
We enjoyed going out for a late lunch in our neighborhood and seeing the fireworks on TV.  We had a quiet day which we enjoyed due to my husband going to work the next day.

With a lot of planning on my husband's part with friends/business associates and myself, we took a family vacation to Asia.

We decided we would visit Singapore, Vietnam, and Hong Kong.  Some of you might have been following along with me on Instagram (@brklynhousewife) and seen some of my photos of our trip there.  

I decided I would share a little bit about the trip here for some of you that might have missed seeing those photos on Instagram.

I will be dividing the trip up into many parts since we traveled to three different places in a span of two weeks.

My husband and I have both been to Singapore and Hong Kong a few times, but we have never been to Vietnam.  In 2007, my daughter had visited Singapore but enjoyed it more now that she is an adult.

We took a direct flight to Singapore which was 17 hours in the air.  We arrived exhausted in the late afternoon at the Shangri-La Hotel.  

After some resting for a bit, I walked around taking a few photos of the lobby and grounds.  After seeing the pool area I knew that we would enjoy our stay for the next few days. 

We agreed we wanted to experience street food for dinner.  We took a short car ride to the Chomp Chomp Food Center.

We sampled hawker food at a few food stations.  Street food is the culture and so popular in Singapore.

We all shared an oyster omelet, dipping sauces, chicken on a stick with string beans and more sauces, and shrimp noodles.

Everything was so delicious as we were so tired and hungry.

I couldn't wait to get up the next morning and do some sightseeing and shopping.

We had a small breakfast at The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf because we were going to meet a friend for lunch.

Singapore is known for many huge shopping malls and we started off on Orchard Road.

We thought it was so cool to see Milk Tea served in vending machines.  My daughter picked the peach oolong tea, which reminded me of peach Snapple ice tea.

It was so amazing to see so many designer stores in the malls.

It's very hot in this part of the world, between 80 to 90 degrees.  It felt so refreshing to stay in the malls to cool off.

Please stay tuned for more adventures on my family trip to Asia.

Part 1 - Singapore.

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