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17 Starbucks Copycat Recipes

I love to unwind at Starbucks with a drink and dessert as a special treat. The problem is with Starbucks prices, this kind of treat can add up quickly. So I was stoked to find out that there were so many Starbucks copycat recipes out there – and not just for drinks but for desserts as well!

So here are 17 Starbucks Copycat Recipes that you can make right at home anytime. My favorites were the mocha frappe and petite vanilla scone. Enjoy!

Starbucks Copycat Drink Recipes
Vanilla Bean Frappe // The Black Peppercorn
Starbucks Java Chip Frappuccino // Raining Hot Coupons
Starbucks Green Tea Frappuccino // The Candid Pastor’s Wife
Caramel Macchiato // Babble
Mocha Frappe // Yes, We Coupon
Starbucks Caramel Brulee Latte // Fantastical Sharing of Recipes
Chai Tea Latte // Mrs. Scales’ Recipes n’ Things
Starbucks Hot Chocolate // My Frugal Adventures
Cinnamon Dolce Latte // Dr. Juris
Green Tea Lemonade // One Hungry Mama
Starbucks Copycat Dessert Recipes
Starbucks Lemon Loaf // Bright Green Door
Petite Vanilla Scone // Crazy for Crust
Cranberry Bliss Bars // What Taste!
Banana Walnut Bread // Hoosier Homemade
Cinnamon Chip Bread // Peanut Butter & Peppers
Peaches and Cream Muffin // Jared’s Point of View
Starbucks Gingerbread Loaves // The Cafe Sucre Carine
What’s your favorite Starbucks drink or dessert?

Be sure to check out 10 Subway Copycat Recipes and 21 Juicy Watermelon Recipes too!

10 Subway Copycat Recipes

There’s a lot of reasons to love Subway sandwiches – the fresh bread, sandwiches made right before your eyes by a “sandwich artist” and of course, the delicious cookies. So it’s no surprise that there are so many Subway copycat recipes from their cookies to bread to chicken salad. Here are 10 of my favorite Subway copycat recipes. Enjoy!

White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake Cookies // meals & moves
Subway Italian Herbs & Cheese Bread // Kathy’s Kitchen
Subway Orchard Chicken Salad // Poormet
Subway Meatball Marinana // The Gunny Sack
Subway Flatbread // Recipe(s) for Success
Sweet Onion Chicken Teriyaki // Coleen’s Recipes
Double Chocolate Chip Cookies // ksayerphotography
Golden Broccoli Cheese Soup // Knitting & Purling
Subway Classic Tuna // Recipe Secrets
Homemade Subway Bread // Bless This Mess Please
What’s your favorite Subway sandwich?

Be sure to check out 17 Starbucks Copycat Recipes and 21 Juicy Watermelon Recipes too!

21 Juicy Watermelon Recipes

What better way to celebrate summer (and beat the heat) than with a roundup of juicy watermelon recipes? I searched Pinterest high + low in search of the juiciest watermelon recipes and found goodies such as watermelon milkshakes, watermelon cold soup and watermelon fudge. Enjoy!

Watermelon Agua Fresca Recipe // Divya’s Culinary Journey
Watermelon Radish + Carrots Salad with Sesame Vinaigrette // vegan miam
Whole Food Rainbow Watermelon Fruitsicles // Low Fat Vegan Chef
Spicy Watermelon Gazpacho Soup // Cooking Stoned
Watermelon Milkshake // Archana’s Kitchen
Easy Watermelon Lemonade // Cheerios & Lattes
Watermelon Feta Bites Recipe // Snack Girl
Watermelon Cold Soup // Amu’s Recipes
Watermelon Strawberry All-Fruit Smoothie // Food Fanatic
Watermelon PB&J Smoothie // Reboot with Joe
Watermelon Breeze // In The Pink
Watermelon Push Pop // The Frugal Navy Wife
Watermelon on a Stick // Tidy Mom
Honey Grilled Spicy Watermelon Recipe // Stagetecture
Watermelon Mint Juice // Blend With Spices
Watermelon Fudge // Cookies & Cups
Watermelon and Goat Cheese Fruit Salad // Sweet Remedy
Watermelon Salsa // Barbara Cooks
Mango Watermelon Salsa Mahi Mahi Tacos // Big Bear’s Wife
Red White & Blue Watermelon Cake // Real Sustenance
Watermelon Sorbet // Whimsical Whimsies
What’s your favorite watermelon recipe?

Be sure to check out 10 Subway Copycat Recipes and 17 Starbucks Copycat recipes!

iPad Mini Giveaway

Welcome to the iPad Mini Giveaway! Oh My Gosh Beck! has teamed up with Shopaholic Mommy, Broward Saves, Military Wives Saving, OC Deal Mama, Racing and Saving Mama, Mom in Management and other blogs to give our awesome readers the chance to win a brand new iPad Mini Wi-fi 16GB ($329 ARV)!

The iPad mini features a beautiful 7.9-inch display, iSight and FaceTime cameras, the A5 chip, ultrafast wireless, and up to 10 hours of battery life. And over 275,000 apps on the App Store made for iPad also work with iPad mini. So it’s an iPad in every way, shape, and slightly smaller form.

This giveaway ends on December 31st at 11:59 PM EST. There are also daily entries available so be sure to come back every day to increase your chances of winning. Good luck!


Would You Do This For 20 Bucks

A few weeks ago my mother received a letter in the mail from Simmons Market Research Bureau. It was a 2-page survey with some basic questions plus $7 in cash. Yes, cash.

My mother did what most people would do. She filled out the survey, sent it back and kept the $7.

A couple weeks later she received another letter from Simmons thanking her for returning the survey and asking her to participate in another survey.

This time the whole family would be able to participate. She figured, Why not? They had paid $7 for 2 pages so it seemed like a pretty fair deal.

Then the surveys arrived.

Except it wasn’t a 2-page survey this time.

Or even a 20-page survey.

This time it was a 140-page Simmons National Consumer Survey.

Let me tell you, there’s a HUGE difference between 2 pages and 140 pages.

Each page is filled with question after question about what you watch on TV, what you eat, diet, shopping habits, pretty much any question you can think of.

Then I found how much Simmons would be compensating each member of my family for their time and efforts.

$20 and a cheap insulated lunch bag.

No joke.

Frankly, I was more than a little insulted. So I whipped off an email to Simmons letting them know that I would not be letting any more family members complete their surveys until they could assure me that everyone would be FAIRLY compensated.

I thought maybe I was overreacting a little, so I posted on Facebook asking my readers how much they would expect to be compensated for a detailed 140-page survey. Here are a few of the comments I’ve received so far:

You can see more of the responses here.

Don’t get me wrong, my mother never intended to get rich from these surveys. In fact, she sent her survey in anyway because that’s the kind of person she is.

My point is that if a reputable market reserach bureau like Simmons wants this much information from consumers, then they need to be willing to compensate their participants in a fair way. Not by offering a measly amount of cash and cheap promotional items.

And if they’re not willing to fairly compensate their participants, then I believe that people should think twice before participating in any surveys from Simmons Market Research Bureau.

What do you think? Would you complete a 140-page survey for 20 bucks and a lunch bag? Let me know in the comments below or leave me your thoughts over on Facebook.

If you think $20 is too low, please retweet the tweet below or share this post on Facebook. Thanks!

Would you do THIS for 20 bucks?

— Becky Fuentes (@ohmygoshbeck) September 5, 2012

UPDATE #1: There have been a few questions about whether it is one survey or one per person. They sent a total of 5 surveys – each of them 140-pages long and they are offering to compensate each person with $20 and a lunch bag.

UPDATE #2: Received a response from Simmons on 9/6 – “We would love your compensation would be meaningful, but I can assure you that as soon as you see the quality of our survey and the hard work we have placed into it, you will feel proud to be part of it. Moreover, we will be happy to send an extra $15 to each participant as long as the Household and personal surveys are completed.” So now they are offering $35 and telling me that I should feel proud to be a part of this survey. Replied to this email telling them this was still too low and invited them to check out all the reader comments on this post and on Facebook. Waiting to hear back again.

UPDATE #3: Received another response from Simmons on 9/7 – “Thank you for your e-mail and feedback. We appreciate your time, and we will be happy to share your opinion with our experts. For more than 60 years we have being the voice of the American consumers, and we never intended to make you feel this way. We wish that our compensation would be meaningful for you. On the other hand, we have placed a lot of thought into this study. As a matter of fact, most of our participants feel proud of participating in this important study. As soon as you start the survey, you will see the dynamics of it, and it is not intended for you to do it all at once. Most of our participants take around 15 minutes per day and within 2 to three weeks the survey is finalized. Once again, we would have liked to have included your opinion in this study.”

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9 Valentines Day Gift Ideas Say it with Chocolate

We’re counting down to Valentine’s Day with 10 days of Valentine’s Day gift ideas.

Day one is… chocolate!

Here are some sweet treats I found on Pinterest that are sure to say “I Love You” to any chocolate lover.

Vanilla Pudding Chocolate Chip Cookies

Source: via Becky on Pinterest

Double Chocolate & Raspberry Pavlova

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Black Cherry White Chocolate Cupcake in a Jar

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Strawberry Tuxedo

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The Best Chocolate Mousse of Your Life Under 5 Minutes

Source: via Becky on Pinterest

Brownie Heart Cupcakes

Source: via Becky on Pinterest

Homemade Hot Chocolate

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Valentine’s Day Neapolitan Cupcakes

Source: via Becky on Pinterest

You can keep up with all the Valentine’s Day inspiration by following me on Pinterest and my 10 Days Of Valentine’s Day Gifts board.