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If you are looking to adopt a pet, you should consider a shelter dog. Read this blog to discover the different reasons why shelter dogs are the best!

A Dog Is Advertising for It’s Adoption by Wearing an Adopt Me Bandana
A Dog Is Advertising for It’s Adoption by Wearing an Adopt Me Bandana

If you are looking to bring a pup into your home, you should consider rescuing a shelter dog, and here are 15 reasons why:

1. You can find a dog that is best suited to you — When you adopt a dog from a shelter, many organizations try hard to match you with a pup that fits your personality and lifestyle.

2. You will be saving a life — Getting a rescue…


If you have never experienced street food before, you are seriously missing out! Please read this blog to learn what street food is and why it’s so good.

Balkan grill. B-B-Q. Rostilj, Balkan cuisine. Street food. Food festival
Balkan grill. B-B-Q. Rostilj, Balkan cuisine. Street food. Food festival

Street food is more than just something to pick up in a hurry when you’re walking around a city, and it’s more than just an experience of taste and smell — It’s a visual and sociological adventure. Street foods have a long history in many parts of the world. The foods are reflective of local and traditional cultures.

Around one-third of the human population eat street food. Street food vendors are the…


Yummy Spring Cocktails to Ring in the Spring.

“Spring is nature’s way of saying, let’s party!” -Robin Williams

Lemonade martini with lavender on dark background
Lemonade martini with lavender on dark background

Lavender Lemon Drop

The lavender lemon drop is a fabulous twist on the classic lemon drop martini. There are two great options for this luscious lemon drop. The first option is to use a lavender-infused simple syrup, which is very easy to make and store for various spring and summer cocktails. The second option is to muddle lavender buds with simple syrup, which releases a beautiful floral essence.

Regardless of the option you choose, this drink is a fantastic flavor experience. The…


Flu coronavirus pandemic virus infection, travel and health concept. Medical stethoscope and travel documents on wood background. 3d illustration
Flu coronavirus pandemic virus infection, travel and health concept. Medical stethoscope and travel documents on wood background. 3d illustration

Travel is fascinating, and the journey is cleansing, inspirational, and enriching. But not during a global pandemic. In pandemic times, travel equates to the spread of a deadly virus. For the past year, the world has been struggling to control the proliferation of Covid-19.

The measures different countries, states, counties, regions, cultures, and societies have imposed to achieve that goal vary. The result is kaleidoscopic of restrictions and preconditions primarily for international travel, which have affected people’s lives, the travel and tourism industry, and how we perceive travel in general. …


A black and white pit bull resting on a bed
A black and white pit bull resting on a bed
Mary

Sadly, this topic is personal, heart-wrenching, and warrants pet parent awareness, so no other family has to endure the loss and grief my family experienced.

A girl named Mary

In 2011 my daughter and I rescued pit-bull sisters Mary and Mabel Mae from difficult street life. Each of us brought an adorable pittie into our loving homes. Mary went to live with my daughter and Mabel Mae with me. As a bonded pair, the sisters could retain their loving relationship and spend countless hours romping, roughhousing, noshing, and cuddling. …


Ethno Art Room in the quaint village of Kiselchovo in the Rhodope Mountains of Bulgaria.
Ethno Art Room in the quaint village of Kiselchovo in the Rhodope Mountains of Bulgaria.
Courtesy of Ethno Art Room - Kiselchovo, Bulgaria

Roumy Stoyanova had amalgamated all of the above when she developed the Ethno Art Room in the quaint village of Kiselchovo in the Rhodope Mountains of Bulgaria. Roumy has created a destination for those who would like to explore local culture, cuisine, and nature. The Greek seaside is a short drive away for those who would like to split their experience between solitude and social exploration.

Roumy provides the opportunity to low-fi your experiences abroad by diving into the centuries-old pace of life, connecting with the surroundings, and embracing your inner self. …


Many dogs run and play with a ball in a meadow — a pack of Jack Russell Terriers
Many dogs run and play with a ball in a meadow — a pack of Jack Russell Terriers

Dog parks offer plenty of perks. They provide an opportunity for dogs to socialize with other humans. Studies have shown dogs accustomed to meeting people are less likely to be fearful toward strangers.

Dog parks allow a dog to dog socialization; dogs will not feel the need to display dominance if they are relaxed when meeting other dogs. Parks allow dogs to get vigorous exercise. Studies have shown that a well-exercised dog is a healthier dog and is less prone to anxiety-induced behavior like excessive barking and property destruction.

These benefits have a positive effect on their owners as well…


It’s so wonderful having an intelligent, compassionate, and articulate adult with a moral compass in the White House. Thank you, Mr. President, for giving millions of Americans a ray of hope when all hope seemed lost. We can breathe again.


The definition of croquettes is simple. It is leftover ingredients mixed with béchamel sauce, then breaded with egg and breadcrumbs and later fried in an abundance of oil. The origin of this succulent cylindrical-formed bite is not Spanish but French. This dish emerged from the need to use all of the food sources in a time of scarcity. So, with the purpose of not neglecting the leavings from the previous day’s stew and the remnants of ham that were getting hard, the croquette was born.

A plate with homemade croquettes decorated with parsley
A plate with homemade croquettes decorated with parsley

Ingredients

4 tbsp olive oil or 2 oz butter

4 tbsp all-purpose flour

1 cup…


Empanadillas are a smaller version of the turnover-like pastry Empanadas and are commonly found in South American and Spanish kitchens. Empanadillas are filled with sweet or savory ingredients. When made with savory ingredients, the Empanadilla is often stuffed with various foods, including meat, poultry, fish, cheese, potatoes, and vegetables, such as onions, olives, tomatoes, and peppers. In Spain, empanadillas are commonly eaten as a tapa or as a first course.

Empanadas pastry filled with shrimps baked or fried in mexico, mexican food
Empanadas pastry filled with shrimps baked or fried in mexico, mexican food

Ingredients

4 1/2 oz chorizo sausage, outer casing removed

All-purpose flour for dusting

9 oz ready-made puff pastry, thawed if frozen

Beaten egg to glaze

Paprika, to garnish

Method

Preheat the oven…

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