Our New Baby

We added this adorable 4-month old Vizsla to our family today. We want to name her something to do with the color red, and have narrowed it down to the choices below. Which is your favorite? Until next time, Good day, and good dog!


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Not-So-Basic Basic Refried Bean Tacos

This post is sponsored by General Mills, but all opinions are my own.

Even if you’ve only stopped by here on occasion, you probably know how much I love tacos. Honestly, I’ve always been a little shocked that “taco” wasn’t my first word as a baby. (It was “moon,” but that’s a whole different kind of post. #hippiechild) And I’ve shared a lot of taco recipes here over the years, because, well, I eat a lot of tacos. From sweet potato and yogurt avocado sauce tacos to loaded breakfast tacos spilling over with eggs and potatoes, I’ve pretty much made (or at least eaten) them all. But in this house, there is one taco recipe that is our staple meal, especially in the summertime. It’s the one kind of taco that everyone in the family loves eating, and while it’s not some extravagantly complicated, eccentric recipe, it’s perfect. Some might call them basic, but once you taste them, you know they’re far from it.

Not-So-Basic Basic Refried Bean Tacos
Serves 5-6

1 package Old El Paso Stand ‘N Stuff Shells (10 Count)
1 can Old El Paso Traditional Refried Beans (16 oz)
2 cups soy “beef” crumbles (optional; may substitute ground beef, or exclude it all together)
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1-2 fresh tomatoes, diced
1/2 cup large black olives, sliced
shredded romain lettuce
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium saucepan, heat Old El Paso Traditional Refried Beans over low heat. Add spices to beans and stir. (If using soy crumbles, heat in a skillet according to package instructions.) While beans are heating, heat Old El Paso Stand ‘N Stuff Shells in oven as directed on package, and prep toppings (tomatoes, olives, lettuce, and cheese). Once beans and shells are heated, divide beans (and soy crumbles, if using) evenly between shells, then tops each with cheese, tomatoes, olives, and lettuce. We like to serve with homemade guacamole or fresh sliced avocado topped with salt and pepper. So good!

When I was growing up, we made good old fashion refried bean tacos just like this, and it was my favorite meal. It’s been so much fun to recreate them into a family tradition with my kids. There is nothing better than making the tacos together, sitting outside on our patio, and eating them up on a summer night! (My daughter calls taco nights with this yummy recipe our summer fiestas. The best!) The recipe is so quick and easy too. Every time we’re at Walmart, we’re sure to stock up on Old El Paso Stand ‘N Stuff Shells and Old El Paso Traditional Refried Beans so we have plenty on hand for our frequent taco nights. We love Old El Paso Stand ‘N Stuff shells because of their amazing crunch, the fact that we can fit so much goodness inside of them, and because they stand on their own (with sure does make less mess with these little ones.) And Old El Paso Traditional Refried Beans are so full of flavor and add the perfect textured based to our beloved tacos. (We also love Old El Paso Gluten Free Crunchy Shells and Old El Paso Super Stuffer Shells, also both available at Walmart!)

I hope you guys love our not-so-basic basic taco recipe as much as we do!

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AKC Meet The Breeds Event January 2020

Have you ever been to a Meet the Breeds event? They’re a lot of fun, and a great opportunity to do your breed research if you’re thinking about bringing a new dog into your household. And, as a bonus, there will be cats, too! Here’s what turned up in my mail bag this morning: In … Continue reading AKC Meet The Breeds Event January 2020


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Wolves on Couches

Don’t worry, wolves. The couch gets me every time, too! Until next time, Good day, and good dog!


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Hair Clip Trend: Yes Please or No Way?

Hair Clip Trend: Yes or No?
1. Slide Set (available in multiple colors), $ 12   |   2. Beaded Clip Set, $ 16   |   3. Luster Slide Set,    4. ‘Next’ Hair Clips, $ 16   |   5. Pearl Slide Set, $ 64   |   6. Fancy Slide Set, $ 28   |   7. Multi-Colored Clip Set, $ 30   |   8. Shimmer Clip Set, $ 16   |   9.  Rhinestone Stars Slide Set, $ 18

I genuinely never wear hair accessories, unless a stretched-out hair tie desperately holding a two day old bun that is slowly giving into gravity counts. But because trends interest me (even if I don’t follow them for the most part), and I’m kind of curious about all of the fancy clips/slides/barrettes everyone is wearing these days. I’m not sure they’re for me, but I do find them to be quite pretty when done right. During one of my 3 AM I-can’t-sleep-so-I’ll-just-make-it-worse-by-picking-up-my-phone rabbit holes, I searched out these clips and came upon a whole bunch that I did not hate. And then I felt compelled to share them here and see what your thoughts are on them.

So tell me, are you into the clip trend (or the scrunchie trend that doesn’t seem to be going anywhere, or just hair accessories in general)? Or are you more of a let your locks be free type of person? Any of the clips above strike your fancy? Should I get any of them? Am I asking too many questions on a platform (blogs, duh) that people don’t comment on anymore?

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Pool Safety for Dogs: How to Keep Your Dog Safe Around Your Swimming Pool

With summer in full swing, it’s natural for dog lovers and their dogs to take to the water–including swimming pools. According to Stephanie M. Colman of Caninestein Dog Training, “A dip in the pool…



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Dog Friendly Beaches: Rules and Etiquette You Should Know

Do your summer plans include travel to the beach for you and your dog? Not all beaches permit dogs–partly because some dog owners have disregarded public laws in the past. When you do find…



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Easy Like A Sunday Morning

This is how I spent my Sunday; how about you? Until next time, Good day, and good dog!


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Arctic fox walks more than 2,000 miles across the sea ice from Svalbard to Ellesmere Island

arctic fox crosses from Norway to Canada

The Guardian reports that an arctic fox has been documented walking 2,000 miles across the sea ice from Spitsbergen in the Svalbard Archipelago to Canada’s Ellesmere Island.

The vixen, a blue phase arctic fox, was collared with a tracking device on Spitsbergen. The Norwegian Polar Institute then followed her travels for the next 76 days. She wandered across the sea ice to Greenland, probably scavenging polar bear kills and catching sea birds. She then wandered across northern Greenland, eventually the sea ice again to settled on Ellesmere.

She traveled an average of 46.3 km per day, which is a little less than 29 miles day. On one day, she traveled  155 km or 96 miles across the ice sheet in Greenland.

Arctic foxes are significantly smaller than red foxes, which kill them where their ranges overlap.  The two species have hybridized in captivity, but the offspring are sterile. Arctic foxes are most closely related to the kit and swift foxes of North America, and they probably could produce fertile hybrids with them if they were ever given the opportunity.

Arctic foxes are not extremely dependent upon sea ice for survival, but the sea ice is useful for augmenting their diets in the winter, when they can follow polar bears.

Because it is unlikely that this fox’s journey is but a fluke, sea ice has been essential in retaining gene flow in the species across northern Eurasia and North America. More research must be performed on the genetics of this species, but it would surprise me if there wasn’t at least some gene flow across the arctic.

Arctic foxes are about the size of a toy dog, averaging 6-7 pounds in weight, but they are so well-adapted to long-distance travel that they can make such amazing journeys.

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