Everyday Should Be Take Your Dog To Work Day

Last week pups everywhere very much-enjoyed Take Your Dog To Work Day! What pup wouldn’t? It stinks getting left at home everyday while all of your favorite people go off to some mystery location (aka school and work). This awesome holiday gives dogs a chance to see first-hand where their human goes all day. Plus, it makes the work place so much more fun for you and all of your pet-loving coworkers.

 

 

The dogs on this list most certainly agree that everyday is a good day to take your dog to work!

 

1. Working hard or hardly working?

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2. Boss Man

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3. This whole working thing is a piece of cake!

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4. I’m here to help!

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5. 130-pound lap dog enjoying his day at the office

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6. Just one moment please, I’m a little busy here

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7. This awesome dentist brings his dog to work all of the time to help calm down his nervous patients.

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8. Bring your puppy to work and everyone has more fun (and things to post on Instagram)

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9. Desk drawer makes a good makeshift dog bed

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10. This gorgeous Malamute sure knows how to dress the part for bring your dog to work day

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11. Can we go home yet?

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12. “My brother’s dog likes to help him at work.” Awww!

Safety first, goggles on!

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13. Just taking care of this paperwork!

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14. This golden named Piper is the hardest worker yet!

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15. This Boston Terrier puppy isn’t quite as motivated…

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16. “My coworker brought her dog to work today. He sat like this for all 8 hours.”

See Ma, I told ya I’d be good!

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17. This Prague Advertising Agency encourages employees to bring their pet to work everyday, giant sheepdogs included!

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18. “So my dog goes to work with my dad, and she gets creepy when she is ready for a walk.”

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19. Olive the London Blippuppy… Guess who the real boss around here is?

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20. I’m had enough on-air time now, can we skip to commercial and play?

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Anatomy of a Classic: Italian-Style Shrimp and Grits

A Lowcountry chef translates shrimp and grits

 

The South really is the Italy of America. The cuisines of both are deeply regional and close to the farm. They share ingredients and a love for playing out life, the best and the worst of it, at the table. Those similarities weren’t on Jacques Larson’s mind when he first moved to Charleston, South Carolina, in 1996. He wasn’t cooking Italian food then, and he admits he knew little of Lowcountry foodways. So he spent his early years as a sous chef at Peninsula Grill, one of the first Charleston restaurants to specialize in Lowcountry cuisine, mastering dishes that define the region, such as hoppin’ John and she-crab soup.

 

Larson’s dedication to Italian food began when he decamped to Greensboro, North Carolina, to run Basil’s Trattoria and Wine Bar. From there, his path was set. He returned to Charleston in 2002, cooked for a few more years to great acclaim, and then left again to study in Mario Batali’s New York kitchens and in Italy’s Piedmont region. Back in the Lowcountry, his ability to blend both worlds blossomed at Wild Olive Cucina Italiana, his restaurant set among the farms of Johns Island. In 2014, he opened a second restaurant, the Obstinate Daughter, on nearby Sullivan’s Island.

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One of his signature hybrids is a variation on shrimp and grits. Traditionally the dish, which comes from the Gullah Geechee culture, includes shrimp in a sauce enriched with cream and bacon or sausage, enlivened with tomato, and then draped over grits. Larson’s rustic Italian interpretation begins with ’Nduja, a spicy spreadable salami. If you can’t find it at a specialty shop, you can substitute fresh chorizo or even andouille. The key is heat. Larson marries blistered cherry tomatoes with white wine, fresh spinach, and butter. The star, of course, is big Carolina shrimp. “One of the coast’s greatest resources,” he says.

 

All of this is spooned over crispy-fried slices of polenta, grits’ Italian cousin. Either will work in this dish, but coarse-ground yellow polenta holds together better when fried. That the two ingredients can swap places, like many Southern and Italian staples, is the beauty of being a cook in the Lowcountry, Larson says. Just don’t expect him to apologize to purists who say his dish doesn’t much resemble traditional shrimp and grits. “Those are good, too,” he says, “but they need to taste this.”

 


Shrimp with Fried Polenta Cakes
Serves 4

 

Ingredients

 

1 pint (about 2 cups) cherry tomatoes
4 tbsp. olive oil, divided
1 lb. ‘Nduja or spicy fresh sausage, such as chorizo or andouille
1 cup red onion, sliced into petals
2 cups white wine
Black pepper, to taste
4 cups packed baby spinach
1 lb. fresh wild Atlantic shrimp, peeled and deveined
6 oz. butter, chilled and diced
Salt, to taste
8 fried polenta cakes (recipe follows)

 

Preparation

 

Preheat oven to 350ºF. Toss tomatoes with 2 tablespoons olive oil in a shallow ovenproof dish that can hold the tomatoes in a single layer. Roast for 30 to 45 minutes, or until tomatoes collapse and begin to caramelize. (This can be done a day ahead. Bring tomatoes to room temperature before using.)

 

Heat a large shallow sauté pan over medium-high and add remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil, meat, and onions, breaking up the mixture with the edge of a spoon if necessary. Sauté until onions soften and meat is well browned, about 5 or 6 minutes. Add the white wine and a couple of grinds of black pepper; bring to a boil and cook until it is reduced by almost half. Stir in the roasted tomatoes, spinach, and shrimp, and cook for 2 or 3 minutes, until shrimp is just cooked through. Add butter and stir to make the sauce glossy. Salt as needed.

 

Spoon mixture over polenta cakes and serve immediately.

 

Fried Polenta Cakes

 

Ingredients

3 cups water
1½ tsp. kosher salt
¾ cup polenta (or grits)
Canola oil, for frying

 

Preparation

Combine water and salt in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Slowly whisk in polenta, reduce heat to a low simmer, and cook for 20 to 25 minutes, stirring frequently and adding water if needed to keep the consistency thick but easy to stir. Pour polenta into a lightly oiled loaf pan and refrigerate until cold and hard, about 2 hours or overnight.

 

When polenta has cooled, invert the pan onto a cutting board and slice the polenta into 8 even pieces. To fry, use a countertop deep fryer or add at least 3 inches of oil to a heavy saucepan and heat to 350ºF. Fry cakes 2 or 3 at a time until they are golden brown, about 4 minutes. Remove to a paper-towel-lined plate and keep warm until ready to serve.

 


 

Source: Anatomy of a Classic: Italian-Style Shrimp and Grits

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Riverbanks Zoo elephant helps pick ingredients for Conquest’s Brew at the Zoo release

 

Here’s something you don’t see every day: Columbia’s Conquest Brewing Co. was aided by a Penny, an African elephant, from Columbia’s Riverbanks Zoo, in picking ingredients for a beer that will be exclusively brewed for the zoo’s upcoming Brew at the Zoo beer festival.

 

To help pick the ingredients for the beer, Conquest’s Joseph Ackerman brought three different types of malt and four different types of fruit. Whichever Penny picked (and ate) first would be used for a new beer being released at the festival on Sunday, Aug. 7.

 

(Spoiler alert: She was a fan of chocolate malt, Vienna malt, mangos and blackberries.)

 

Watch a video of the selection process below, and try Penny’s Porter exclusively at the event. Tickets are $35 for zoo members and $45 for the general public and can be purchased here.

 

 

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Things Only a Southern Girl Can Understand About Style

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There’s a always something very special about a southern girl, and it doesn’t have anything to do with her abilities of pulling off a kick-ass backyard barbecue. They have a unique way of doing everything that they set their minds to, and like it or not, they’re good!

Here are a few things that make southern girls the super power that they truly are:

We Monogram ANYTHING, and EVERYTHING:

Whether its shoes, hats, southern girl shirts, jewelry, dresses or southern style bags; monograms are a thing that the southerner knows best about.

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Sandals are the KING OF KINGS:

Southern girls don’t believe there is even a single outfit that does not look with a pretty sandal. Easy on the feet yet attractive and comfortable:

 

Southern Girl T-Shirts in Multiple Categories

Girls from down south know how to rock a T-Shirt, and really know how to improvise. From rush T-shirts to date function T-Shirts, get ready to look through names you haven’t ever heard.

Pearl Earrings Are the Perfect Accessory

Inside every southern girl’s dressing table drawer, there will be a pair of simple yet beautiful pearls that have been accompanied by formal dresses and gym clothes alike to add a bit of southern charm to every ensemble.

Back to College Approach

This one really is the best, because when southern girls can’t make up their mind about any particular shade of anything, they automatically retract to their former college style favorites and make the impossible decision.  Unlike all women, Southern girls like to keep it on the down-low and don’t fuss over little things.

One Print Rules Over All Others

Depending on personal style, a southern girl will always have a favorite printed dress that she wears over, and over, and over…

Croakies are the Most Practical Accessories EVER MADE

This accessory emphasizes on your personal style, and that’s all what southern girls are about. These girls feel seriously responsible for their sunglasses, and there is no one who can tell them to do otherwise.

Nautical Themes Always Work

It can be the lake or the ocean, a southern girl is always at a hand’s distance from sparkling blue waters and this really reflects on their accessorizing habits. Seashell jewelry, oyster earrings, crab motifs, and flamingos are barely the tip of the iceberg- these girls wear the whole sea in the most charming way imaginable.

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14 Signs You Grew up in a Southern Town

southern-town-charleston-scThere are some things that only a southern small towner can relate to, since the south has a unique experience, accent, flavor or variation of almost anything! If you have lived your life in a small town of the southern region, here are a few things that work as signs that you are undeniably, unashamedly, a southerner in its truest form.

  1. When you spot someone wearing cool southern tees, you don’t have to ask them where they bought them from. You already know they must’ve originated from rare southern boutiques in town.
  2. The only traffic jams that you ever had to sit through happen near the Christmas parade season in the month of December, but you don’t have to usually worry about a parade you are probably a part of too.
  3. “Has no one ever heard of cowgirl/boy clothing?” That’s your mating call when you go shopping in fancy malls in the next biggest city or town. Choosing stores that offer a bit extra to your style is what is called a signature southerner move, since you can’t keep wearing the same kind of clothes, all ‘life’ long.
  4. You spend hours looking for the ‘perfect jeans’ that you can ruin within a week on the farm.
  5. You still remember every last person’s name who graduated with you, along with their parents’, siblings, pets, and even uncles and aunts sometimes!
  6. From August to October, you plan every Friday differently since all the places are shut down for the high school football tournaments.
  7. During the spiciest of gossip sessions in high school, “That‘s my cousin” was one of the top 20 most repeated expressions in your group.
  8. When you accidentally or intentionally miss church, everyone will know exactly why before the service is even over.
  9. Your teacher will always call you by ether your parent’s name, or your sibling’s, never yours.
  10. Your mama keeps the key of the house in a “secret” spot that the entire neighborhood already knows about.
  11. As you age, shopping for Christmas was happily transformed into an online experience, ‘cuz ain’t nobody got time for real shopping no more. Any small southern town never had the clothes that internet franchises did. Great Southern clothing brands are very hard to find in small towns.
  12. Driving a tractor to your school is NOT weird; it’s something you did every Wednesday!
  13. You mastered the art of saying “Hey y’allll!” when you were 5.
  14. You keeps saying how much you hate your small town and how many things just can’t be done if you stay put, but as you step through the doorway of your childhood dwelling, you realize there is no other place in this world that you’d rather call ‘home’.
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14 Things You Never Knew about the Palmetto State

South Carolina has a very rich history and most people hardly know about the famous Palmetto State’s origin and growth. The iconic lifestyle of Charleston has a particular charm that remains unmatched but there are a number of facts about this place that anybody is barely aware of.

Being the birthplace of barbeque and home to the famous Frogmore Stew, South Carolina has a lot to offer. The southern palmetto moon is not just a place that offers a fine lifestyle, but also great travelling opportunities. Here’s a list of fun facts you didn’t know about the beautiful city:

  1. On John’s Island, the famous Angel Oak is considered the oldest living thing that exists on the east of Mississippi river (over 15000 years old).
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  3. In 1969, in the town of Chester, the plant producing the non-dairy powdered creamer – Cremora faced issues with exhaust vent, and released the powder in the air. People breathed creamer for months!
  4. After California, South Carolina beats all the other states in terms of peach production in the entire country.sc-peaches
  5. The world’s smallest police station is as big as a toll booth, and situated in Ridgeway. It was used fully for almost 50 years (1940-1990).
  6. In the state of South Carolina, Fortune Tellers are required to acquire a special permit from the legal system of the state before telling people their fortunes.
  7. Lee County ‘may be’ home to a Lizard Man. In the year 1988, reports hit the news about a teenager whose car was attacked by a large scaly creature. The vehicle was left badly scratched and three-toed, 14-inch long footprints were found by the police near the swamp sighting.
  8. The Frogmore Stew is one of the most famous South Carolinian dishes and the weirdest thing about it is that it contains neither frog, nor is it a stew.frogmore-stew
  9. The very first Golf game in the U.S. was played in Charleston.
  10. South Carolina was the very first state to disaffiliate itself from the Union, and the state actually even created its own postage stamps and printed its own money after striking out.
  11. The UFO Welcome Center in Bowman was built by a local man – Jody Pendarvis who wanted to create a space to welcome aliens when they finally decide to visit.
  12. According to a local folklore, if you go o Marion and drink from the Catfish Creek, you will fall in love with the surrounding areas and never want to leave.
  13. The art of sweetgrass basket making originated in Mt. Pleasant and Charleston communities, but it has only managed to survive in the modern suburb of Mt. Pleasant, where it is still practiced today.
  14. In Edisto Islands, there is a mysterious tree-like structure which is basically a log that has a very strange collection of items hanging from it. Bottles, flip flops, t-shirts and even hairs have been hung up, but no one knows who put them there.
  15. Buying or selling an electric eel in South Carolina is illegal (Oh Shoot!!!).
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SC’s Largest Garage Sale – Myrtle Beach

SC’s Largest Garage Sale is in its 27th anniversary this year, and will be going on from 7:00am until 2:00pm on Sat. August 22nd, 2015 at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center, located at 2101 North Oak Street in the heart of downtown!

There are three main reasons for garage sales: to make money, to make room for new stuff, and to have fun! This is more than your average everyday garage sale, though. Folks come from all over the southeast just to get a spot at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center every year.

There will be everything from mint condition electronics to furniture at this much anticipated event. It’s only seven hours long, and if 2015’s is anything like years in the past a lot of merchandise will be sold before noon. My advice is to get there early, around 6:45am, so you can get a look at everything while the vendors still have plenty of merchandise in stock!

If by chance you want to participate in SC’s Largest Garage Sale, all of the spaces are just $50.00 a piece, and each vender can have up to four spaces. You will also need a SC Vendor License. Every space has an eight-foot table along with two chairs, and the 6×18 tables are also on hand for just $5.00. If you are a vender you will use the Farlow Street entrance to the big convention center parking lot. You can access it from 21st Avenue North.

I just can’t wait to get to the Convention Center on the 22nd of August for the great deals on the thousands of products that will be there. Parking is cheap too…only $3.00 a car. Come out to SC’s Largest Garage Sale with your wallets and purses ready for some of the best deals of the year on the Grand Strand!

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Hunting Island Camp Ground

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Hunting Island State Park is one of the most popular state parks and beach areas in South Carolina. Located on the edge of Beaufort, South Carolina, Hunting Island beach attracts over a million visitors a year. The erroding island acts as a natural barrier to the Atlantic Ocean, making it a unique island like no other with it’s pristine sandy beach and palmetto foliage. Hunting Island features a campground, which has spaces for RV’s and tent campers, as well as a primitive camp site for established groups. The camping area has very easy access to the beach.

Have you been there?

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Grown Fresh in South Carolina?

Nick Offerman Shows Off His Pizza Farm in Hilarious Ad for Healthy School Lunches

Taquitos and fish sticks straight off the vine

It’s easy to give kids healthy, farm-fresh snacks like pizza, taquitos and fish sticks. Just grab them straight from the vine at Nick Offerman’s pizza farm.
The actor gives you a tour of the agricultural marvel in this amusing video from Funny or Die. Those sloppy joes, in particular, look earthy and crunchy—literally so.
The whole thing, of course, is a parody. It’s aimed at getting the public to pressure Congress to reauthorize the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, which set strong nutrition standards for schools and after decades of meals loaded with sugar, fat and salt.

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Love the Grind

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