Coffee Dog Names for Your Perky Pup!

Are you a coffee lover–or even a coffee aficionado? Then you just might want to combine your loves and give your new dog a coffee related name! We’ve fetched coffee dog names from coffee drinks (including some that you may not know!), Starbucks terminology and coffee around the world. Coffee Drinks as Cute Names Affogato: …

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Vegetarian Oven Nachos

Vegetarian Oven Nachos

You guys know how much I love tacos, but believe it or not, I like nachos even better.  And I have the most divine oven nacho recipe to share. They’re vegetarian, but you won’t miss the meat at all. They’re full of yummy black beans, cheese, and spices, and topped with tangy salsa, spicy jalapeños, and avocado. 

Vegetarian Oven Nachos
Vegetarian Oven Nachos
Serves 2-4

INGREDIENTS

1/2 bag tortilla chips 
1 can black beans 
5 cups shredded cheese
3/4 tsp chili powder 
1/4 tsp cumin 
1/4 tsp garlic powder 
1/2 teaspoon salt 
1-1/2 cups thick salsa
1 fresh jalapeño, sliced 
1/2 avocado, cubed 
lime
Preheat over to 400 degrees. Drain and rinse black beans. In a bowl, mix chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, and salt. Add a single layer of tortilla chips on a baking sheet. Spread beans evenly on tortilla chips. Cover with cheese. Sprinkle with spice mixture. Bake for 5 to 6 minutes, until cheese is melted. Top with CHI-CHI’s® Thick & Chunky Salsa, avocado, and jalapeño slices. Squeeze on a little lime. Serve immediately.
Vegetarian Oven Nachos
These oven nachos make for a delicious snack, or even a meal. Enjoy!  
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Samoyed Names for Your Smiling Pup

The beautiful Samoyed, known for its fluffy white coat and playful “Sammy smile,” traces its roots back to Siberia. If you are welcoming one of these companions into your life, we’ve fetched Samoyed names inspired by the Samoyed’s distinctive look, ancestral homeland, Arctic and popular Siberian and Russian names. For more information on the Samoyed, …

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GIVEAWAY: Lucy Pet Ultra AI Vacuum and Mop

We all know that with pets come pet fur, dust and dirt tracked in after a dog walk and, for those of us who also share our homes with cats, bits of cat litter that find their way everywhere. Fortunately AI vacuums can take on the cleaning chores with scheduled vacuuming–and a whole list of …

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Easy Black Bean Burrito Bowls

Black Bean, Avocado, and Rice Burrito Bowls

These black bean burrito bowls are such a great summertime meal! We love using the cherry tomatoes from our garden and eating them on the patio. And if you make the rice in advance, they only take a few minutes to prepare. 

Black Bean, Avocado, and Rice Burrito Bowls
Black Bean, Avocado, and Rice Burrito Bowls

Serves 2-4

INGREDIENTS
3-4 cups warm cooked rice (any variety) 
1 can black beans, drained
1 avocado
1 cup cherry tomatoes
handful baby greens
salsa (we like salsa verde)
salt to taste

half a lime
cilantro (optional)
hot sauce (optional)

In a small sauce pan, heat black beans over medium heat. While beans are heating, slice cherry tomatoes and the avocado. In individual bowls, add rice, beans, avocado slices, tomato, and greens. Top with salsa, lime juice, and salt. Add cilantro and/or hot sauce if desired.  

Black Bean, Avocado, and Rice Burrito Bowls
Black Bean, Avocado, and Rice Burrito Bowls

My daughter also loves hers rolled up into a burrito.  So good!

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Our Iceland Trip

The Blue Lagoon

I will admit that as Instagram (find us there) and TikTok (yep, I’m now there too) take over (or more accurately, have been taking over, for years) blogs, I only rarely share pieces of my personal life here anymore. The blog these days seems to be more of a place for me to share recipes or home projects or other content that will be of use to others, rather than glimpses into my experiences.

Reykjavik rainbow road
Rekjavik buildings
Reykjavik church
That said, I felt compelled to share some images from our trip to Iceland. This was way back in March, and since we’ve been on other trips (Disney, Clearwater Beach, various road trips), but Iceland was just so unique. The band my husband works for played there, and it was delayed two years because of the pandemic, which ultimately made it even more special. It was also the longest my husband and I have ever been away together without our kids. I missed them a lot, but it was so good for all of us. 
Reykjavik shops
Reykjavik music venue
Reykjavik
The Blue Lagoon
Reykjavik architecture
We didn’t get to see or do much outside of Reykjavik. It rained almost the entire time and we didn’t have a personal vehicle to explore. But I still felt satisfied. The city is really incredible – full of color, progressive, safe, and easy to navigate. I liked everything I ate and drink and saw. We also got to go to the Blue Lagoon, which was magical and a bucket list adventure.
I’d love to make it back and explore the country more, hopefully in the summertime. 
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Best Flour for Dog Treats: Which Should You Use?

Deciding to make your own dog treats for your pup can have many benefits. Making dog treats allows you to perfectly customize the flavor and texture to your dog’s preferences, saves money, and controls exactly what goes into the treats. Many dog treat recipes call for some kind of flour. The trouble is, there are …

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How to Store Dog Toys (and Beds!)

We all love treating our dogs to new toys (not to mention new cushy beds). If you’re wondering how to store those dog toys, we’re delighted to share a guest post today with some great…



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Fourth of July Sweet Chips and Salsa

Fourth of July Sweet Salsa + Chips

I know I share this exact same recipe every Fourth of July, but it’s just too fun not to share. If you’ve had it before, here’s a refresher. If you haven’t, give it a try! It’s so easy and always a big hit for Independence Day celebrations. 

Fourth of July Sweet Chips and Salsa
Serves 6-8

INGREDIENTS
1 jar pineapple, mango, or any fruit salsa
1-1/2 cups blueberries

1-1/2 cups strawberries, sliced
3/4 cup white sweet corn
1 bag white corn tortilla chips 
2 limes
2-3 T sugar
2 T cinnamon

Combine the salsa, blueberries, sliced strawberries, and white corn in a medium bowl and stir until well blended. Mix cinnamon and sugar in a small bowl. Pour chips into a large serving bowl (or gallon food storage bag), and squeeze lime juice on chips. Mix well until evenly coated, then sprinkle chips with cinnamon and sugar and mix again.  

Red, White, and Blue Sweet Salsa + Chips

This recipe is so quick and simple but still (sort of) homemade. I hope you love it as much as we do. 

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International Assistance Dog Week

Every dog may have his day but, during the dog days of summer, dogs who are devoted to enriching the lives of those in need of a helping paw are awarded an entire seven days of appreciation:…



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