Sheltie X 4

Gorbio village has four new residents … well, five if you count the owner! These four beautifully behaved Shelties seem at home already on the old cobbled streets.

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Latest Dog News

Veteran Sues Morgantown Landlord Over Service Dog
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) – A former Marine has sued two Morgantown rental companies he says refused to rent an apartment to him if he brought his service dog. The Dominion Post reports Bradley Knox filed a lawsuit in Monongalia County Circuit Court …
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Don't Waste Your Money: Prickly dog treats
(Toledo News Now) – People with pets are on a heightened state of alert these days, after several pet food recalls and some deadly pet treats from China. One man was understandably concerned when he found something sharp in his dog's treats.
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Missing Dog, Owner Reunited After 5 Years Apart
Jessica Gutierrez didn't expect to see her dog Cookies again. But five years and 1,000 miles later, the Kansas City, Missouri, woman was reunited with her pet teacup poodle Wednesday. Gutierrez left the dog with her sister in New Mexico because she had
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Links I Love, Right Now

Last week when I posted the first ‘Links I Love, Right Now‘, I explained that it was in the spirit of my old ‘Friday is for Favorites‘ series, which I specifically stated I would not be bringing back. I also had no intention of making ‘Links I Love’ (which was truthfully a sort of last-minute post idea anyway) a regular series. However, it was one of the highest traffic posts of the past month, which I’m assuming (hoping?) means you guys liked it. And I really liked putting it together. Therefore, I’m thinking I will continue to do it every now and then – maybe once or twice a month at most. As long as it feels right, man.

Although I think a roundup of my favorite links/things in a given week is normally best suited for Fridays, we’re heading out of town this afternoon for a short trip to our favorite quick summer weekend getaway destination, Lake Geneva in Wisconsin. Robbie is going to be on the road with the band for all of Father’s Day weekend, so we decided this would be the perfect time to celebrate early with a mini vaca. It’s sort of a thing for Chicago area people to visit Lake Geneva in the summer months – I went at least once a summer as a kid, Robbie and I have always visited once or twice a year, and last summer, we took Essley for her first time. (You can see some moments from that trip here. She looks so tiny!) I’m really looking forward to seeing how she likes it now that’s she’s a little older. There’s a whole lot of rain in the forecast so I’m not sure how much beach time we’ll get in, but we’re pretty good at seeking out fun regardless of weather or circumstances. I’m not allowing myself to bring my laptop or camera (I’m gonna be fully present for this one, damn it), but knowing myself I’m sure there will be at least a photo or two from the trip on my Instagram.

And now that I’m done rambling, here are some links I love, right now:

This woman saved two dogs from being killed and then posted this on Craigslist. She is my new hero.

Who wants to buy this dress for me (as seen in image at top of post)? My birthday is only 6.5 months away…

Dads watching their own kids are not ‘babysitting.’  Amen. Robbie and I are equally Essley’s parents. We each spend time working and raising/taking care of her, alone and together. He isn’t ‘babysitting’ when he’s with her and I’m gone any more than I am when he’s gone. I can’t wait until this outdated way of thinking disappears.

The coziness level of our bed has grown exponentially since we got this quilt (in silver gray) earlier this week. Garnet Hill rocks.

I had tacos at a restaurant in Austin, Texas a few years back with a main ingredient of fried avocados. I basically died. And while browsing Bon Appetit the other day, I found this recipe. I am so making these.

I love those albums that contain lullaby versions of rock songs for babies. And as of this week, one has officially been made for the band my husband stage manages. Get your very own right here.

This sweet story of a joey koala and his mama – oh my heart. Excuse me, I’ve got something in my eye…

10 changes to make in your 30s that will set you up for life-long success. Adhering to #7 over the past couple of years has genuinely changed my life.

Dazed and Confused has a sequel coming out, which now has the official title of ‘Everybody Wants Some.’ Alright, alright, alright!

I wish I’d had this great piece on surviving bed rest during my final weeks of pregnancy with Essley.

My best (male) friend is getting married in California in two months, and Essley and I are both in the wedding. I need to find a lavender colored dress for Ess, and in my search stumbled upon this super cute kids clothes shop on Etsy. (I still haven’t found the perfect formal dress though; if you have suggestions, I’d love to hear them!)

These ice pops. (Pineapple. Cilantro. Blackberry.Vodka. I don’t even like cilantro but I still want to make these, because duh.)

I hope you have a great rest of your week and weekend! See you Monday.


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Latest Tick News

Prevention is key during peak tick season
STILLWATER, Okla. – Even full grown, ticks measure far less than a quarter inch, yet the tiny creatures can cause big problems. In Oklahoma, the American dog tick and lone star tick are most prevalent this time of year, said Justin Talley, Oklahoma
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'Uptick' in ticks with warm Portland weather
Ticks are typically found at lower elevations, and they are very common in The Gorge. If you plan to take a hike anytime soon, medical experts say it's wise to do a 'tick check' as soon as you can. “Take small tweezers or forceps, some people use their …

Intel Roadmap Conundrum: Tick-Tock is not a Swiss Clock
In my 30-year career as an IT hardware expert, I've seen thousands of roadmaps, leaked, manage-leaked and official alike. Many were on target, yet still quite a few headed for the “failed” dustbin. Among all of them, Intel's “tick-tock” plan was
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The most misused words in the English language

As most of you know, I taught English to American and foreign exchange college students for a number of years. I always got quite annoyed when I met a new person who would say, “I’d better be careful how I speak around you.” Annoyed because– They were not paying me, I was not their mother, so why would I give a ratsass how they spoke? Having studied the language I was aware that what is…
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Legend launches scathing attack on current state of wrestling

Legend launches scathing attack on current state of wrestling
Using his blog as a platform to reach fans, J.R offers similar commentary from that we came to enjoy back in his career on topical events throughout the wrestling world. Ross' latest blog entry is a no holds barred, damning assessment of where
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Greenwich Library presents cult films, biz programs and more in June
Stay up-to-date by subscribing to the Greenwich Library eNewsletter and other topical eNews editions such as AuthorsLive, Business, Teen, Music and Technology Training at You can also follow Greenwich Library on …
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Keeping TV Marketers Apace With Change
I would be going to the most current, topical and immediate source to find out what is going on. And of course, if the stations are doing their jobs, they'll be there. Exactly right. You talk about how do you build a value proposition, and you
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12 Delicious Summer Recipes + a Giveaway from Lee Kum Kee Sauces!

It’s June, which in my eyes means it’s officially summer. Along with plans for a whole lot of outdoor activities in the coming weeks, I also have plans for a whole lot of summertime food. In celebration of this, I’ve rounded up 12 delicious summer recipes, all of which are listed below. For the 8 of them that are my (vegetarian!) favorites, I’ve written them out in full (with ingredients, directions, and all). Below them are 4 more for you meat lovers out there, with links to their full recipes. The best part is that if you wanted, you could just come back to this blog post for almost the next two weeks and have a new summery recipe to try every single day. Wooot!

In addition to being summer-themed, each of these recipes also incorporates sauces from Lee Kum Kee, maker of some of the most delicious Asian style condiments I’ve ever tasted. While best known for its signature soy sauce, Panda Brand Oyster Flavored Sauce, and chili sauce, Lee Kum Kee offers more than 200 authentic Asian sauces and condiments that use only premium quality, non-GMO ingredients. They also offer several gluten-free sauce options, and (lucky for me), their sauces work amazingly well with a huge variety of vegetarian foods. Lee Kum Kee has also been around since 1888 (wow!), and has a presence in more than 100 countries and five continents.

Once you browse through all of these delicious recipes and decide which ones you’ll be making this weekend, scroll down to the bottom of the post where you can enter a giveaway to win $ 50 worth of Lee Kum Kee sauces of your very own. Score!

1. Beer Battered Asparagus with Plum Sauce
Serve Size: 4
Cook Method: Deep-Fry
Prepare Time: 40 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins

1 pound asparagus, cut ends
½ teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 Tablespoon lime juice
1 ounce water
2 ounces oil, for frying
1 whole egg
¾ cup beer
4 ounces Lee Kum Kee Plum Sauce

1. In a small bowl, combine Plum Sauce, water and lime juice (plum dipping sauce). Microwave for one minute and set aside.
2. In a medium mixing bowl, beat egg. Add in beer and the remainder ingredients (beer batter mixture). 3. Whisk mixture until smooth. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
4. Coat asparagus with beer batter mixture one at a time.
5. Dip fry asparagus until golden brown. Serve with plum dipping sauce.

2. Cabbage Salad Mix 

2 Tbsp. Lee Kum Kee Sriracha Mayo
4 cups cabbage, thinly sliced
1 jalapeño, thinly sliced
2 mini sweet peppers, thinly sliced
2 tsp. apple cider vinegar
½ tsp. salt
1 tsp. sugar
10 cilantro leaves
2 Tbsp. masago (optional)

1. Cut cabbage into quarters, then slice thinly.
2. Trim both ends of the jalapeño, cut in half lengthwise, and remove seeds. Then thinly slice across, forming crescent-shaped strips.
3. Prepare the sweet peppers the same way as the jalapeño.
4. In a bowl, toss together cabbage, jalapeño, sweet peppers, salt, sugar, and mix well.
5. Add apple cider vinegar and Sriracha Mayo, mix well.
6. Garnish with cilantro leaves and masago.
 Note: Grilled shrimp also goes well as a garnish for this salad.

3. Flour Tortilla Vegetable Lasagna with Chili Garlic Sauce
Serve Size: 16
Cook Method: Bake
Prepare Time: 45 mins
Cook Time: 1 Hour 0 mins

3 whole squash, yellow, sliced into thin pieces
2 Tablespoons olive oil
16 ounces mozzarella cheese, shredded
16 ounces ricotta cheese
8 ounces parmesan cheese
8 ounces mushrooms , sliced
1 whole red bell pepper seeded, cut into rings
28 ounces tomato sauce
½ Tablespoon parsley, chopped
2 whole eggs, beaten
1 pinch salt and pepper
1 whole red onion, peeled, cut into rings
10 flour tortillas, with trimmed edges to form square shapes
4 Tablespoons Lee Kum Kee Chili Garlic Sauce
2 Tablespoons Lee Kum Kee Hoisin Sauce

1. In a small bowl, combine chopped parsley, beaten eggs, ricotta cheese, parmesan cheese, mozzarella cheese, tomato sauce and Chili Garlic Sauce (mixture).
2. On a skillet, season all vegetables with salt and pepper and 2 tbsp. olive oil. Grill vegetables untilcooked.
3. In a greased half-sheet pan, assemble flour tortillas, vegetable, and mixture. Cover with aluminum foil.
4. Bake at 375F for 45 minutes. Remove cover and bake for another 15 minutes.

4. Grilled Tofu and Vegetables
Serve Size: 4
Cook Method: Grill
Prepare Time: 25 mins
Cook Time: 25 mins

1 pound zucchini,cut into ½-inch thick pieces lengthwise
1 pound squash, yellow, cut into 1/2-inch thick pieces lengthwise
8 ounces asparagus, snapped ends
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 pinch black pepper, to taste
2 teaspoons lime juice
1 pound tofu, firm, cut into 2x4x1-inch thick pieces
4 Tablespoons Lee Kum Kee Premium Soy Sauce
1 Tablespoon Lee Kum Kee Sesame Oil (Pure)

1. In a small mixing bowl, combine Premium Soy Sauce, black pepper, Sesame Oil and lime juice. Mix well and set aside (soy sauce mixture).
2. Season vegetables with black pepper. Drizzle olive oil and toss well.
3. Grill vegetables and tofu for 5 minutes on each side.
4. Serve with soy sauce mixture.

5. Grilled Vegetables with Premium Soy Sauce and Herbs
Serve Size: 4
Cook Method: Grill
Prepare Time: 25 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins

1 small zucchini, cut lengthwise 1/2 inch thick
1 stalk bok choy, cut lengthwise 1/2 inch thick
1 small squash, yellow, cut lengthwise 1/2 inch thick
4 Tablespoons olive oil
1 small red bell pepper, removed stem and seed
2 Tablespoons parsley, chopped
1 Tablespoon lime juice
1 Tablespoon Lee Kum Kee Chili Garlic Sauce
4 Tablespoons Lee Kum Kee Premium Soy Sauce
2 Tablespoons Lee Kum Kee Sesame Oil (Pure)

1. In a mixing bowl, combine Sesame Oil, Chili Garlic Sauce, lime juice, parsley and Premium Soy Sauce (mixture). Set aside.
2. Drizzle olive oil onto the vegetables then grill on both sides.
3. Serve with mixture.

6. Sriracha Ketchup Roasted Potatoes

1 ½ lbs. halved baby potatoes
½ cup Lee Kum Kee Sriracha Chili Ketchup
½ cup olive oil

1. Toss halved baby potatoes, Lee Kum Kee Sriracha Chili Ketchup and olive oil in a large bowl.
2. Spread in baking dish and roast at 450 F for 20 minutes.

7. Spring Vegetable Stir-Fry
Serve Size: 4
Cook Method: Stir-Fry
Prepare Time: 25 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins

8 ounces broccoli, florets
4 ounces carrots, sliced into 1/4-inch thick pieces4 ounces squash, yellow, sliced in 1/2-inch thick pieces
4 ounces mushroom, removed ends and sliced
4 ounces red bell pepper, seeded, cut julienne
1 pinch black pepper, to taste
1 ounce water
3 Tablespoons cooking oil
2 Tablespoons Lee Kum Kee Premium Soy Sauce
3 Tablespoons Lee Kum Kee Hoisin Sauce

1. In a heated pan with oil, stir-fry vegetables for 5 minutes.
2. Stir in Hoisin Sauce, Premium Soy Sauce and water.
3. Cook mixture for another five minutes. Mix well and season with black pepper.

8. Vegetarian Lettuce Cup

90 g carrots, diced finely
90 g button mushrooms, canned, diced finely
90 g baby corn, canned, diced finely
6 pcs fresh shiitake mushrooms, diced finely
1 tsp garlic, minced
Lettuce leaves, for serving

2 Tbsp. Vegetarian Stir-Fry Sauce
1 tsp corn starch
6 Tbsp. water

1. Saute garlic in 1 tbsp oil. Add all ingredients (except lettuce) and stir-fry for about 2 minutes.
2. Stir in sauce mix and cook through.
3. Wrap filling with lettuce leaves and serve at once.

And a few more:

9. Barbecue Pork Ribs with Hoisin Sauce
10. Grilled Salmon with Oyster Flavored Sauce
11. Spicy Chicken Wings with Sriracha Chili Sauce
12. Summer Beef Kabobs and Vegetables with Premium Soy Sauce

AND NOW FOR THE GIVEAWAY! One lucky Bubby and Bean reader is going to win an assortment of Lee Kum Kee sauces, including those that are highlighted in the recipes above, for a total value of $ 50. To enter, just use the form below. There are several ways to gain entries.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Giveaway will run through June 16th and is open to Bubby and Bean readers worldwide. The winner will be randomly chosen and announced here shortly after.

Who else is excited for summertime recipes? Which recipe above would you most want to try?

This post is in partnership with Lee Kum Kee. Thank you for supporting Bubby and Bean by allowing me to post accessional sponsored content.


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Lascar, Bassett des Alpes,

This is Lascar, the new puppy belonging to Romain, the young hunter in Gorbio. He’s a Bassett des Alpes (also called a Alpine Dachsbracke) The breed originates from Austria and is used to hunt wild boar and also to find wounded animals. He will be used as a hunting dog alongside Romain’s other dog, Tina who you can see HERE. She’s also in the third photo alongside Lascar.

Voici Lascar, le nouveau chiot appartenant à Romain, un jeune chasseur de Gorbio. C’est un Basset des Alpes (appelé aussi Alpine Daschsbracke). La race est originaire d’Autriche , elle sert à chasser le sanglier et également à retrouver les animaux blessés. Il servira  de chien de chasse aux  côtés de l’autre chien de Romain, Tina que vous pouvez voir ICI. Elle se trouve également dans la troiseme photo à côté de Lascar.


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Latest Pest News

Vermont Garden Journal: Companion Planting For Pest Control
It might happen that you get fewer pests on your tomatoes if onions are growing nearby, but that may be due more to weather or just coincidence. One common companion flower often touted is the marigold. However, modern marigold varieties don't have a …
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Cotswolds pest control officers preparing for a busy summer
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Do-It-Yourself Pest & Weed Control
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Halo Pets’ in-house vet, Dr. Donna Spector, recommends that once your pet is eating all Halo you do not need to transition your pet to different diets of Halo recipes.

Watch this video where she explains rotating Halo diets.

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