At least once or twice in your life, you’ve probably shook your head and mumbled the words, ‘Life sure is crazy’. If you have, it’s most likely because our worlds are so unpredictable and …yeah, crazy. The people you meet and the places you end up will all occur based on your interests, or the things you are most passionate about – such as pigs, for instance.
In a world of more than 7.3 billion people and more than two billion internet users, I am both thrilled and in awe of the dedication to something so loved: pigs! And for those who love pigs and have aligned their interests to assimilate here on the My Pig Me Up blog, thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
A Portly Thank You to Our Followers!
May You Have a Pig-Tastic Thanksgiving Holiday with those you love most!
Here is a cute Thanksgiving poem for you, followers and fellow bacon lovers, to enjoy.
It’s me again, Lord
Thanking you for another year
And for the people that I hold dear…
I’m thankful for so many things
I’m not sure where to start
But Lord, you know what’s in my heart…
I’m grateful for the pantry
With plenty of things to eat
My freezer’s filled with bacon, my favorite kind of meat…
I thank you for so much more
Like talents you’ve bestowed on me
With these skills, My Pig Me Up is a success, you see…
Lord, there’s one more thing I ask
All the year’s bacon that’s passed my lips
Please don’t let that delicious goodness land on my hips…
Thanksgiving comes but once a year
But I’m more thankful each and every day
Because you, dear Father, hear me when I pray…
Others might think my prayers are silly
But I know You love me just the same
Bless them all, Lord, in Jesus’ name.
Written by Kerri Ponder
Bacon and soup – what a wonderful winter combination! I am sharing two of my favorite bacon soup recipes with you now …before it gets terribly cold outside! If you have never tasted bacon soup, you will find that this is comfort food at its finest, guaranteed to warm your soul and satisfy those taste buds.
Bacon Soup Recipes to Keep and Share
First on the list of favorites is a recipe I found a couple of years ago at a blog called Mel’s Kitchen Cafe and boy is this bacon soup delish! You won’t get over how creamy and cheesy this recipe is! The bacon and cheese come together like a young couple who cannot keep their hands off of one another. Coming from a large family and having six children of my own, one of the things I like about this recipe (aside from the inclusion of bacon!) is that this soup contains 10+ cups of vegetables! Now, that’s gotta be healthy! Knowing there’s so many vegetables packed in every bowlful, there’s a lot less shame in consuming all that yummy bacon and cheese.
The blog writer describes this recipe “Like classic broccoli cheese soup on steroids” and she’s right! The flavor takes me back to when I was younger, back when my family served that tried and true broccoli chicken and rice casserole recipe every Thanksgiving. (Our family stuck to the traditional turkey and dressing with cranberry sauce but that was about it. We certainly marched to the beat of a different drum and that’s okay because when it comes to food, you gotta do what feels right …and his soup? Well, it feels better than alright. Just see for yourself.
#1 – Loaded Broccoli Cheese and Bacon Soup
While I could tell you to substitute delish pork bacon for the lower sodium and lower calorie turkey bacon, I simply refuse to do that. Put that bacon grease to work making the white sauce wow and leave out the butter. For a thicker heartier soup, use two heads of broccoli but if you prefer thinner soups, use only one head of broccoli, diced small of course as mentioned in the recipe below. You can also add broth in the final stage to thin this soup down a bit.
3 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1 cup peeled and chopped carrots, diced small
1 cup chopped celery, diced small
3 cups peeled and chopped potatoes, diced small
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
4-5 cups broccoli crowns, diced small (about 2 heads of broccoli)
4-6 slices bacon, chopped
3 tablespoons butter
1/3 cup flour
3 cups milk
4 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese (about 16 ounces)
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon dried mustard
In a large saucepan, combine the chicken broth, carrots, celery, potatoes and onion. Bring the mixture to a boil, cover and simmer for 10 minutes, until the vegetables are starting to get tender.
Add the chopped broccoli. Cover and simmer for another 10 minutes. The pan is going to be very full of vegetables (don’t let any picky eaters see the pot!) and it might seem more like stew than soup but I promise it all comes together later on, when you add the cheese mixture.
In a separate saucepan, saute the bacon until golden and crispy before removing the bacon and placing on a paper towel lined plate. Drain the grease and wipe out saucepan.
Melt the butter using the same saucepan you cooked the bacon over medium heat. Whisk in the flour and cook for 1-2 minutes until golden, stirring constantly.
Gradually whisk in milk and cook until the mixture is bubbling and slightly thickened, about 5-7 minutes. Stir in the cheddar cheese, one handful at a time, adding another handful after the cheese melts each time. Season with salt, pepper and dry mustard.
Slowly add the cheese sauce to the hot broth and vegetables, stirring to combine well. Add the reserved bacon and add additional salt and pepper to taste. I always add a little Tony’s Creole Seasoning but that’s because my family is hooked.
I have been playing with this recipe for just over a year, when I first found it on a cooking blog called The Wicked Noodle. Catchy name right? I love the name almost as much as I adore this bacon soup recipe! Maybe this recipe is just a little bit healthier too, since the red potatoes aren’t peeled. Is there nutrients in a potato peel? I gotta remember to look that up later.
One of the best features of this soup recipe is the amounts of cheese… and I am not ashamed to say that I always (yes, always – it’s gone on so long now I can actually say it’s part of my cheese addiction) add even more cheese than what the recipe calls for. I did mention that this soup has bacon in it too, right? Just kidding… sorta. I’m a sucker for anything with bacon in it but I also love jalapeno and I will put them in almost anything. Thankfully, my family loves it when I get my spicy on in the kitchen and hopefully yours will love this recipe as much as we do.
Bacon Soup Recipe #2 – Loaded Potato Soup
1/2 pound bacon, sliced into large pieces
1/2 medium-sized sweet onion, chopped
3 tablespoons flour
1 32-ounce container low-sodium chicken broth (4 cups)
3 pounds red potatoes, quartered or halved depending on size
1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
2 cups whole milk
kosher salt & freshly ground black pepper
shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream, chopped green onion, crumbled bacon, minced fresh jalapeno and a drizzle of adobo sauce.
Heat a stock pot over med-high heat. Add bacon and cook until crisp.
Remove bacon with a slotted spoon and let drain on a plate lined with paper towels. Leave the bacon grease in the pot.
Reduce heat to medium and add onions. Cook onions until they are soft and translucent, about 5 minutes. Be careful not to burn them.
Sprinkle flour over onions and cook, stirring constantly for about a one minute as this removes the raw flour taste.
Slowly pour in the chicken stock, whisking constantly until smooth and well-blended with the flour.
Add potatoes and bring to a boil; next, simmer until potatoes are very soft, about 15-30 minutes, depending on the size of the potatoes.
Using a potato masher or similar kitchen tool, crush potatoes to thicken soup, leaving some chunks but allowing some to level out into the soup.
Stir in the cheese until it is melted and the soup is smooth.
Add milk, bring soup back to a simmer and cook for an additional 10 minutes, or until very hot.
Ladle soup into bowls and add one or all of the toppings listed above, based on your preferences. Dig in!
It is no longer a surprise that everyone eats – and loves – bacon, right? So why wouldn’t we love to own books about bacon? Even though we all know how to use bacon in our diet, there is definitely enough place for some more interesting recipes that we could try from time to time.
Must Have Books about Bacon
So here you can see a list containing some of the most interesting books about bacon, which you would definitely love owning in your cook books’ collection. This is the second list of books so be sure to read the first blog on bacon books too – find it by clicking here!
Fifty Shades of Bacon by Benjamin Myhre and Ashley Myhre
Available in paperback and kindle edition, this book is definitely on the top list of books about bacon. Its title is even more appealing for readers, as it takes us all thinking about another best-selling book, don’t you think? As suggested in its title, the book contains 50 recipes that contain bacon.
101 Things to do with Bacon, by Eliza Cross
You can own this book in spiral-bound edition or kindle edition. This book contains delicious recipes that use bacon. Improve your home’s menu with innovative recipes for sandwiches, appetizers, soups, salads, entrees and desserts that use bacon as one of their ingredients.
Bacon Nation by Peter Kaminsky and Marie Rama
This book is available in paperback and kindle editions. The book comprises 125 irresistible recipes based on everyone’s favorite ingredient – bacon! The two authors created this book for those who share their love for bacon and they consider that this ingredient is able of turning an ordinary dish into a fabulous one.
Bacon 24/7: Recipes for Curing, Smoking, and Eating, by Theresa Gilliam
This hardcover cookbook comes with delicious recipes that are fit for any time of the day. According to its author, there is no wrong time for eating bacon. We totally agree with this statement, don’t we?
The Big Book of Bacon: Savory Flirtations, Dalliances, and Indulgences with the Underbelly of the Pig, by Jennifer L. S. Pearsall.
Another book that shows bacon can do miracles with any other ingredient in this world. The recipes contained in this book range from breakfast, lunch, appetizers, to dinner and even desserts.
Bacon Cookbook: 150 Easy Bacon Recipes, by Bonnie Scott
This book contains a collection of more than 150 recipes containing bacon. There are also 20 dessert recipes using bacon as an ingredient. The recipes feature bacon either as their main ingredient, or as a flavor enhancer. In addition to the simple recipes found in this cookbook, it also contains helpful advice and tips.
Bacon: A Love Story, by Heather Lauer
This book contains recipes, fun facts and a history of the much-adored meat that is bacon. Filled with information, this book is a must-have for everyone who considers bacon as one of the most important and delicious foods in the world.
And there are probably more…
These are only a few titles that are out there in bookstores and online stores. However, there are many other interesting books that you can find related to bacon.
People love eating bacon …and this is not breaking news for anyone, right? As it is obvious and expected, bacon has been a source of inspiration for many authors for their cookbooks. However, additionally to the cookbooks, bacon was also used in other book types over the time. Here you can see a list with some of the most interesting books that focus on bacon.
Bacon Books? Yay!
Everyone loves bacon, by Kelly DiPucchio, is a children’s book for 3-6 years old children. The main character of this book is Bacon, who befriends different food types during its adventure. His earned fame makes Bacon forget about the important things in life.
Don’t Forget the Bacon!, by Pat Hutchins, is a lovely book for children, aged 3 to 8 years old. The story is about a boy who tries to remember the items on the shopping list that his mother made up for him. No matter what items he forgets, he always remembers bacon is on the list.
Chris P. Bacon, by Len Lucero, is a collection of three children’s books – “How to roll like Chris P. Bacon”, “Chris P. Bacon: My Life So Far…” and “Happy Birthday, Chris P. Bacon”. The collection is inspired by a true story, of a pig born with malformed hind legs. The author of the book is a veterinarian who took care of the pig, as he was impressed by this little pig.
Bacon & Beans: A Collection of Tales and Recipes from the West, by Stella Hughes, is a different cookbook, which contains recipes specific to the old West. Perfect for those who wish to take a trip back to the Old West, this book contains recipes and tips that help you cook like they used to do it back in the Old West. This book is the right choice for whenever you wish to add a bit of the past in your meals.
Death of a Bacon Heiress (Hayley Powell Mystery Book 7), by Lee Hollis, is a fiction book that focuses on a food and cocktails columnist, called Hayley Powell, and on the murder of Olivia Redmond, a posh bacon heiress. The story tells about the murder of Olivia, and her pot-bellied pig pet.
Bacon and Beans from a Gold Pan, by George Hoeper, is a true story of couple of prospectors, who moved in the mountains of California to try making their living from panning for gold. Gold prospectors consider this book truly inspiring and they recommend it as a good read to anyone, especially for those who are interested in gold mining.
Bacon the Pig, by J. Charles Jackson, is a book in which the author tries to change the collective perception that pigs are dirty animals. Within the pages of this book, the author tries to explain the misconception that people have about pigs, by showing that pigs are actually intelligent animals.
More Bacon Books Lists to Come…
There are many other interesting books to read about bacon and pigs. Regardless of the age or purpose, you can find an interesting title that focuses on this very famous topic. In fact, it is so easy to find bacon inspired books, we have another list for you - coming soon so stay close! You don’t want to miss the fun!
If you are a pet lover and think that pigs are practically the cutest animal ever, we have some great news for you: ‘micro pigs’ are now being bred! Not to be mistaken for the popular pets called Mini Pig, these micro sized wonders are sure to wee wee wee into your heart! Read with caution as the idea of owning your very own darling Micro Pig is inevitable and achievable! No doubt about it …you’re gonna want one!
The Micro Pig
The micro pig is in the planning, and is due to be sold as a household pet by a well-known Chinese research company. This company has succeeded in editing the DNA makeup of a pig in order to inhibit its growth. Beijing Genomics Institute is responsible for the Micro Pig project. Due to the changes this institute has initiated in areas regarding DNA and reestablishing growth factors, this newly created pet Micro Pig will grow to approximations between 14 and 20 kilograms.
Originally, the company used the Bama pig breed to modify its DNA for research purposes. However, their success lead to a bigger plan, so that the company decided to sell it and made this announcement at a Bio Tech Leader summit that took place in China.
How the DNA was Changed
For researchers, there are other reasons to be excited about this micro pig, other than that of being sold as a pet. According to a researcher from the University of Adelaide, Dr. Hannah Brown, the gene editing techniques that they used were fascinating. She compared their techniques to a GPS-guided molecular scissors that were used to attract a cell to a specific place in the DNA. Using this device, they cut out a piece of DNA and then exchange it for a different piece. They used this device to change the DNA that determines and regulates the growth of an average pig.
The Reasons behind Creating Micro Pigs
Of course, the micro pig wasn’t created for pet purposes initially, but rather for medical research. The researchers attempted to create a smaller and faster-breeding pig that could be eventually used for genetic testing, aiding in the development of disease models.
Another reason that led the researchers to the experiment of creating smaller pigs is the average cost and the amount of care that is involved in raising pigs. Since they are large animals, they can be quite expensive to care for and often require a lot of work to look after, making a smaller swine would reduce these factors. Researchers also consider that the techniques used on pigs in this study would possibly help other researchers use similar techniques to cure certain diseases in humans.
According to Dr. Brown, it is needed to identify the faulty DNA’s message and then replace it in order to cure a genetic disease. Researchers did a similar thing on pig DNA, as they cut out the part of the message that is responsible with the pig’s growth. This led researchers to the hope that they could one day use the same techniques to trim out certain disease-causing bits of DNA in human beings.
Long-Term Outcome – Can Micro Pigs Change the Future?
According to a spokesman from the Chinese company, these pigs were expected to live between 15 and 20 years. However, there is only one reproductive cycle for the created micro pigs, so that their life expectancy couldn’t yet be proven. These adorable mini versions of the common pig are expected to be completely normal, but this is also yet to be proven.
While it doesn’t seem like it should already be October, the year is two thirds of the way over. Today, October 31st is the day we dress up in costumes and masks while going door to door in hopes of collecting some tasty treats.
Happy Halloween from My Pig Me Up!
Have a great time and stay safe from Lillian and the gang at My Pig Me Up!
Whether you are into a relationship or just escaped from one, you are probably thinking about some reasons why you are better without your boyfriend, right? Well, we are here to help you so we decided to offer you five reasons why bacon is better than a boyfriend.
Bacon knows how to cook.
Not the same can be said about your boyfriend – or ex. Although there might still exist some boys who know how to cook, this rarely happens and even if they do, they rarely use the kitchen for other reasons than visiting it to make a mess – definitely not to help with cooking, right? On the opposite, bacon knows how to cook – only put it in the frying pan and it will almost cook by itself.
Bacon only makes funny noises when in the frying pan.
As you probably know from personal experience, guys often tend to make funny noises whenever they want to, and think it is quite fun – although they tend to choose inappropriate times for doing this. Well, bacon only does funny noises whilst in the frying pan …and the result definitely excuses the noise.
There is no such thing as “friends” for bacon.
No, dear, bacon will never go out with friends for a beer and forget to return home until after midnight. With bacon, you don’t need to worry about someone getting home drunk, or cheating on you whilst you lay alone on the couch, waiting for it to come back from a meeting with friends.
Bacon will never try to change you or your appearance.
Whilst your boyfriend may feel the need to tell you the many ways that you should change, bacon accepts you for who you are and welcomes your lips. He might also make fun of your weight, but this will never happen with bacon. Thumbs up for bacon!
You can always rely on bacon.
In contrary to a boyfriend, bacon is always reliable, honest and trustworthy. It will never cheat on you, nor will it lie to you. You will always know exactly where it is – as far as you put it wherever you want – and it is always there for you, whenever you need it.
Now if these aren’t enough reasons for you to choose bacon over a boyfriend, then we don’t know what is! So, whatever you do, don’t lose precious time crying over a boyfriend while bacon is right there, ready to make you completely happy anytime you need.
Sincerely, who doesn’t love potato and bacon? They are delicious in any combination, but when they come together, it seems nothing can be more appreciated by a hungry family, isn’t it true? So if you have some potatoes and bacon at home, then your meal for today is ensured. Get ready to learn the recipe that will make all your dear ones be thankful for a flavor-filled meal.
Need a Fabulous Bacon Side Dish Recipe Now?
Before proceeding with the recipe, here is a recommendation that you might want to consider, in order to give your meal a pronounced flavor. As you definitely know, potatoes need salt. Rather than salting the water that the potatoes boil in, you might want to try sprinkling the potatoes with salt after you drain them and then salt the white sauce separately. This way, you ensure a more pronounced flavor for your meal and everyone will surely appreciate your cooking talents.
1 1/2 pounds peeled Yukon gold potatoes, cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices
1 teaspoon salt – divided
2 tablespoons minced shallots
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 cups 1% low-fat milk – divided
3/4 cup (3 ounces) grated Asiago cheese
1/4 cup (1 ounce) grated fresh Parmesan cheese
4 bacon slices, cooked and crumbled
1/4 cup chopped fresh chives
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Start with preheating oven to 350 degrees.
Take a large saucepan and place potatoes in it, then cover with water. Bring it to a boil, then reduce heat. Simmer 5 minutes or until potatoes get almost tender, then drain them.
Use ¼ teaspoon salt and sprinkle potatoes evenly with it. Set aside and keep them warm.
Use cooking spray to coat a medium saucepan and heat it over medium heat.
Add shallots to saucepan and cook 2 minutes or until tender, remembering to stir frequently.
Using a dry measuring cup, lightly spoon flour and level it using a knife. Sprinkle flour over shallots.
Add ½ cup milk gradually and use a whisk to stir until well blended. Gradually add remaining milk, using the whisk to stir it.
Cook the composition over medium heat for 9 minutes or until thick and stir frequently. When ready, remove from heat.
Add Asiago, bacon, chives, pepper and ¾ teaspoon salt and stir them together.
Use cooking spray to coat an 8-inch square baking dish and arrange half of potato slices in it. Take half of cheese sauce and pour it over the potato slices.
Use the remaining potato slices and cheese sauce to top the composition and then use Parmesan to sprinkle it over the top.
Put the composition to oven and bake it at 350 degrees for 35 minutes or until cheese is lightly browned and bubbly.
Let us know what you think of this delectable bacon side dish!
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Can you name a single person who doesn’t like bacon? Well, the answer is probably no. So, if you wish to show your appreciation for bacon and celebrate an important event in your life, it is now time to do something extraordinary and interesting: throw a Bacon Theme Party! This sounds a bit crazy, right? It’s actually quite popular!
How to Throw a Bacon Theme Party
Your friends will surely appreciate the thought and effort put into your idea, and will consider you a truly inspired friend who undoubtedly has excellent taste! Read on and let’s see how to throw a bacon theme party that will make everyone happy!
Bacon for Everyone!
As you probably know, a bacon theme party is all about bacon, right? Obviously, everyone will expect to eat bacon so the menu is the first thing you will need to consider when throwing a bacon theme party. When it comes to bacon recipes to add to your menu, there are so many to choose from so you definitely won’t need to worry about having a boring party regarding the food you serve.
Good advice that you should follow is to ask your guests to bring their own dishes to the party. This way, the menu will be a truly diverse one and everyone will have the chance to impress friends with their cooking talents. Even with others bringing covered dishes, you can create a menu with appetizers, salads, entrees, soups and desserts. Of course, all of them need to contain glorious and delectable bacon!
And you know what? You can even organize a contest to choose the most delicious recipe and choose a prize to reward the person who cooked the winning recipe. And what should the prize be? Something involving bacon of course!
Don’t Forget Bacon Theme Party Cocktails
Any memorable adult party requires cocktails to be complete, doesn’t it? You can do a special search on the internet to you find some very interesting cocktail recipes made with bacon. (Yes, really!!!) You are sure to impress your guests with a fabulous tasting bacon cocktail.
Games for the Bacon Party
Your bacon-themed party doesn’t need to only include eating and drinking bacon-based foods and cocktails. You can give your party an entertainment note, choosing some fun games to play with your guests. Here are some ideas to use for your successful bacon-themed party:
Bacon Tasting – of course, everyone will appreciate tasting from all of the dishes available, as long as they all contain bacon in their composition. You can buy different types of bacon and arrange them on a tray, so that everyone can taste a sample of the displayed bacon types and vote for their favorites.
Bacon Sculptures – give everyone a pile of bacon and some toothpicks and ask them to create their own sculptures. They will use their imagination and you can choose a winner, if you all agree to turn this game into a contest.
Bacon Debate – you can play a game based on bacon-related questions. Use your creativity to play this game. You can ask questions like “who makes the best bacon?” or “Which is the best bacon recipe?”
Imagination is Everything for Your Bacon Theme Party!
Using your imagination and one of the most loved ingredient of all – bacon – you can throw a bacon theme party that will be remembered for a long time. Let your friends know about your idea and you’ll sure fill a list with guests for your party!
Have you been asking yourself what’s better than bacon while planning a special meal? Honestly, I don’t think there are many flavors to trump bacon, except for maybe chocolate …nah, I still say bacon is numero uno. If meal times are often boring because of the same ole side dishes, you need some vegetable recipes inspired by delicious bacon!
Imagine: what if every meal included the taste of bacon! It is possible, you know… when you have great bacon side dish recipes such as this delicious Bacon Stuffed Avocados Recipe, perfect for meal times or party menus. Who would have thought to stuff glorious bacon inside tasty avocados? It’s pure genius!
What’s Not to Love about this Bacon Stuffed Avocados Recipe?
I’m not sure why it took an internet search to find this tasty gem of a side dish, but with bacon and avocados, you know it’s gonna be yummy! Adapted from a recipe found at the Better in Bulk website, these two ingredients are going to wow your meal time and make mouths happy. Need something for your next party menu or looking for a great way to start your day? This versatile bacon recipe is ideal anytime you are in the mood.
Bacon Stuffed Avocados Ingredients
Four medium ripe avocados
8 or 10 slices of your favorite bacon, cooked crispy before being crumbled
Dash of lime juice
½ cup of margarine or butter
¼ cup of light or dark brown sugar (the dark provides a richer molasses flavor)
¼ cup of white wine vinegar
¼ cup of chopped garlic
½ teaspoon of salt or salt substitute
Bacon Stuffed Avocados Instructions
Slice the avocados in half, lengthwise and scoop out enough avocado flesh to create a small bowl. Set aside
Place the scooped out avocado flesh in a mixing bowl, and add the crisp crumbled bacon. Mash gently.
Spoon this mixture back into the avocado halves and sprinkle with lime juice. This is to prevent the avocados from browning.
Combine the remaining ingredients in a small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium high heat. Stir occasionally until this mixture is smooth and the sugars are dissolved.
Pour the hot mixture over the stuffed avocado halves and serve immediately.
This is a great recipe when you want something that is truly different than what you normally eat. The flavors combine for a wow factor not normally seen in a side dish, thanks to this winning combination of flavors and rich syrupy garnish. The prep time is surprisingly short, only twenty minutes, and this bacon inspired recipe is quite satisfying.
When will you serve these Bacon Stuffed Avocados?
If you love all things related to pigs, there is a good chance this feeling towards porkers will be passed on to your children. Of course, since anything and everything about pigs most definitely catches your eye, you have probably read several children’s stories to your beloved offspring. In the spirit of October and the upcoming holiday, here is a list of darling stories you may want to share.
Halloween Pigs by Rita Balducci
An author of forty children’s books and counting, Rita Balducci has found great success with her stories – the most popular being ‘The Nutcracker’, an extremely popular Christmas themed story. In this story called Halloween Pigs, three little pigs named Oinky, Pinky, and Winky disguise themselves as wolves and plan to crash B.B. Wolf’s Halloween party. Will their plan work or will their behavior give them away?
Spookie Pookie by Sandra Boynton
Sandra Keith Boynton is the author of Spookie Pookie as well as more than fifty books in both both children and adult genres. This little story is about a darling piggy who hasn’t a clue what he wants to be this Halloween. As he tries on one costume after another, he realizes none of them are right. The resolution to Pookie’s dilemma is sure to delight toddlers as well as adults, and this book is sure to become a Halloween classic.
Mercy Watson: Princess in Disguise by Kate DiCamillo
Are treats enough to entice this adorable pig to wear her princess costume on Halloween? This little story is sure to release some Halloween havoc, Mercy Watson style, thanks to author Kate DiCamillo. In this story, the Watsons decide to dress their pig up in snug fitting princess attire – complete with a tiara! They are sure this pig will be absolutely gorgeous and she can’t wait for the rewards of trick-or-treating, but the cat next door has other plans, leading everyone on a crazy Halloween parade.
Pumpkin Trouble by Jan Thomas
Jan Thomas is the author of ‘Pumpkin Trouble’, a great little Halloween story for ages three to five. This is a fun and silly story about a Duck who accidentally falls inside of a pumpkin while he is trying to carve it. Along comes a Pig and a Mouse who mistake this little duck for a Pumpkin Monster. While there are few words in this story book, the pictures do a great job of carrying the story along.
When you have guests for dinner and you don’t know what to cook, you might get frustrated. Time shows up to never be on your side in such situations, so you need to rapidly get some inspiration from somewhere, right? And where is this “somewhere”, other than the internet? Better yet, by visiting your favorite ‘Pig Me Up’ blog
Creamed Corn with Bacon and Leeks Side Dish Recipe
I remember having only a few hours until my unexpected guests were to arrive at my home and I needed to urgently find a recipe to prepare, preferably one with delicious bacon! I really wanted to spoil my dinner guests with a nice warm welcome, and the aroma of a home cooked dinner – down to the last side dish.
Corn is a faithful side dish standard but sometimes it is also a boring option …without bacon of course. I prepared this Creamed Corn recipe for them and it turned out to be a real joy for everyone. They appreciated my cooking talents and were really impressed with the aromas that spread all through my dining room. (Everyone loves the smell of bacon, right?)
Here I will show you what ingredients you need and how you will prepare this extraordinary, delicious meal. You’ll try it once and will sure fall in love with its delicious taste.
6 ears corn
2 cups 1% low-fat milk
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
4 slices bacon
1 cup chopped leek
First, take the corn and cut the kernels from ears, so that they measure 3 cups.
Take a bowl and scape milk and remaining pulp from cubs, using the dull side of a knife blade.
Place low-fat milk, sugar, salt, pepper, cornstarch and one and a half cups kernels in a food processor and process the composition until smooth, scraping sides.
Take a large cast-iron skillet and use it to cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Turn it once before ready. Remove the bacon from the pan and reserve one teaspoon drippings in pan. Crumble bacon.
Then, add leeks to pan and cook them for 2 minutes or until tender. You need to constantly stir.
Puree corn mixture and add it to pan, together with remaining 1 ½ cups corn kernels and corn milk. Bring the composition to a boil.
Reduce heat and then simmer for 3 minutes or until the composition gets slightly thick, remembering to constantly stir.
Before serving, sprinkle with the crumbled bacon.
Everyone loves nachos, whether they are served alone, with cheese or loaded with delectable goodness. While you might consider this a Mexican dish, nachos were actually created for the American palate. A man named Ignacio Anaya, who was nicknamed Nacho, worked as a maitre d’ in a popular restaurant called the Victory Club, located in Piedras Negra near the Eagle Pass, Texas military base.
It is believed that one evening, a group of military wives arrived for a meal after the cook had gone home. While he knew he had no culinary skills to speak of, Nacho did not want to lose their business. He retreated to the kitchen, donned the chef’s hat and went to work, creating a trio of warm delicious goodness we know and love today: nachos with cheese and jalapeno pepper rings. The ladies loved this new dish and it is likely that, when they asked for its name, Nacho named the edible invention after his namesake.
Nachos as Game Day Food
Twenty years after their initial restaurant debut, a man named Frank Liberto thought nachos would be great as stadium food, adding them to the menu at Arlington Stadium, which was home to baseball’s Texas Rangers. His idea made this American fare even more popular than it already was, tweaking the cheese recipe to prolong the shelf life and promote faster service as this improvement wouldn’t require warming the deliciously yellow goodness.
From that point, it is believed that people said, “Hey, I can make this delicious stadium food at home!” Sure enough, not only did they begin making the delectable original featuring jalapeno rings, but they began to experiment with an assortment of toppings which led to today’s term of “LOADED NACHOS”. Loaded with what, you might be asking? Anything and everything that sounds delicious with Nacho cheese. Among the favorites meat choices today are homemade chili, pulled pork and hamburger meat. Other popular toppings include shredded lettuce, fresh diced tomatoes, sour cream and black olives, to name a few.
Are you craving nachos yet? If not, you certainly should be!
Adapted from the cookbook called ‘Get Grilling’ comes a great recipe for the ultimate loaded nachos, perfect for those who love the taste of pulled pork and tasty bacon. Need a great recipe for pulled pork so you can make these tasty loaded nachos? Follow the link in the ingredient list to our very own pulled pork recipe.
1 1⁄2 cups cooked pork, shredded
2 cups of your favorite barbecue sauce
12 ounce can of pinto beans, drained and rinsed
1 tablespoon of Cajun seasoning
2 medium tomatoes, diced
2 pickled jalapeno peppers, chopped
1⁄2 cup of fresh cilantro, roughly chopped plus some for garnish
7 ounces of white corn tortilla chips
1⁄3 cup of sour cream, plus additional for garnish
Three or four strips of bacon, cooked and crumbled for garnish
12 ounces of shredded cheddar cheese
salt and pepper
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
Toss the pulled pork with one cup of barbeque sauce and set aside.
Coarsely mash the beans in a bowl, adding the lime juice, half the Cajun Rub, and salt to taste.
In another bowl, toss the diced tomatoes with the jalapenos and 1/2 cup of cilantro.
Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Scatter half the tortilla chips in a baking dish.
Scatter the meat, beans, and 1/3 cup of sour cream as well as half the tomato mixture over the tortilla chips.
Cover with the remaining chips evenly before spreading the remaining tomatoes, sauce, and Cajun Rub.
Sprinkle the shredded cheese over the entire dish.
Bake the deliciously loaded nachos until the cheese has melted and begins to brown, which is about seven minutes.
Serve this American fare warm, garnished with additional sour cream, bacon crumbles and cilantro.
Try this exceptional Mushroom & Bacon Casserole!
When you cook for family or friends, for special occasions, one of the most difficult decisions is what to cook to impress and to make everyone appreciate your cooking talents. Of course, there are various dishes to choose from, but you probably wish to come with something new and interesting, to touch their senses with the aromas of your dish.
Therefore, you first need to think about the main ingredients that you will use. For me, having mushrooms and bacon on hand is very important, as these are some of my favorite ingredients. I consider that either of these two ingredients allow me to diversify my meals and come with something new and delicious every time I wish to cook something delicious.
Now think about creating a dish which uses both mushrooms and bacon. Can you imagine the aromas and the taste of it? Well, the result is exceptional and you’ll sure love it! Anyway, I recommend doing this recipe when you have enough time to spend in your kitchen, as it requires over one hour of cooking.
Mushroom and Bacon Casserole Ingredients
4 cups unsalted beef stock
3 cups of water
8 center-cut chopped bacon slices
1 cup chopped onion
1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
6 garlic minced cloves
8 ounces sliced cremini mushrooms
8 ounces sliced shiitake mushroom caps
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
2 cups uncooked pearl barley
1/3 cup Madeira wine
4 ounces Gruyère cheese – about 1 cup shredded and the rest divided
1/2 cup chopped drained oil-packed sun-dried tomato halves
2 teaspoons lower-sodium soy sauce
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 (about 10-ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed, drained, and squeezed dry
How to prepare Mushroom and Bacon Casserole:
First, you need to preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
Using a large saucepan, bring stock and the 3 cups of water to a simmer, without boiling it. Make sure you keep mixture warm.
Using a Dutch oven, cook bacon over medium-high heat, until it gets crispy.
Remove bacon from the cooking pan, set it aside and reserve one tablespoon drippings in the pan.
Put pan to medium-high heat and then add onion, garlic and thyme to the remaining drippings in pan. Sauté the composition for 3 minutes or until it gets tender. Add mushrooms and then add salt. Cook the composition for 10 minutes or until it gets a brown color. Stir it occasionally.
Add the barley and cook for 1 minute, stirring the composition frequently.
Add Madeira and cook for 1 minute or until the entire liquid is absorbed by the composition in the pan.
Reduce the heat from medium-high to medium.
Add 2 cups of broth mixture and stir. Cook for 4 minutes or until the liquid gets nearly absorbed. Frequently stir during cooking. Add the remaining broth mixture, one cup at a time and stir frequently, so that the composition absorbs each portion of broth mixture. This step will require about 30 minutes to complete, as you need to wait until each portion of broth is completely absorbed before you add the next one.
Add 2 ounces Gruyère, tomatoes, spinach, bacon, soy sauce and pepper and stir them together.
Coat a 2-quart ceramic or glass baking dish with cooking spray and place barley mixture in it. Sprinkle the composition with remaining cheese.
Coat aluminum foil with cooking spray and use it to cover the composition.
Bake the composition at 375 degree for 15 minutes. Remove foil and bake for another 10 minutes, or until all the cheese is melted. Let Mushroom and Bacon Casserole stand for 5 minutes before serving.
Celebrating Bacon at the 2nd Annual Little Rock Bacon Fest
The time has finally come to celebrate the Annual Little Rock Bacon Fest. 2015 will be the second year this celebration takes place, so the event is something relatively new and interesting. This event takes place on 19th of September, at the Arkansas State Fairgrounds and it aims to provide support to the Arkansas State Fair Scholarship Program.
Walk/Run for Bacon
Starting in the morning at 10.00 am, Bacon Fest awaits its visitors and contestants with a 5k bacon themed run, which will open the festivities. Registration for the run begins at 9.00 am and the start time is at 10.00 am. The Fun Run/Walk is a non-timed run with a bacon theme, so that people participating at the run will get the opportunity to enjoy various tasty bacon food stations. Everyone is welcome to this walk/run contest, regardless of their age or abilities.
Everyone who attends the Fun Walk/Run event will be rewarded with prizes, which include:
- A t-shirt with the 2015 Little Rock Bacon Fest
- A “Prized Pig” ticket, which enables the owner to early entry into the festival before the general public. Gates to the event open at 11.00 am
- Race rib
- Pig nose
- Bacon snacks and treats during the race, and a bacon pancake at the end of the race
Bacon Themed Contests
During the event’s day, people are welcome to participate at the bacon themed cooking contests.
One of the most important contest of the day is the Amateur Cooking Competition. Any amateur cooks are welcome to enter this free contest. This contest is presented by Petit Jean Meats, which will also supply 2 lbs. of bacon for use in the competition. The teams are allowed to use their imagination to create unique dishes based on bacon.
Contestants are allowed to prepare their dishes ahead of time and bring them to the festival, or they can cook and prepare the dishes on site. Contestants can prepare appetizers, entrees or deserts, and these will be judged in the related categories.
There are three different awards in this contest:
- Most creative dish
- Best presentation
- Tastiest dish
Fun for Everyone
Different entertainment venues are ready to provide fun for everyone, young and old alike. Some of these include vendor booths, kids’ zone with inflatables, various bacon contests and live music.
There is a general admission fee for adults and kids under 8 years old are free to enter, with an adult.
If you missed it, the NFL 2015 Kick Off happened last Thursday, September 10th in a game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the New England Patriots. The 28-21 football game ended in the Patriot’s favor, leaving die hard football fans hungry for another game. That’s not all those football fans are hungry for this season though, but with the following list of Game Day Snacks, you’re going have no problem intercepting those appetites with some delightful bacon-y goodness!
15. Bacon Lover’s Trail Mix
Find the recipe here
There’s nothing like watching a football game while munching on something with a salty bacon flavor, and this Bacon Lover’s Trail Mix is a sure fire winner. Best of all, the recipe is so quick and simple, even the busiest football fan can find the time to whip some up and invite friends over for a great game day get-together.
14. Crispy Bacon Grilled Cheese Roll Ups
Find the recipe here.
Crispy Bacon Grilled Cheese Roll Ups are another quick and easy game day snack that you can make in just a few minutes without blowing your bacon budget for the month! In fact, the entire recipe is super short and sweet, allowing you more time to catch those touchdowns and socialize with your guests. During half-time, you are sure to be raking in the compliments for your bacon inspired offerings.
13. Game Day Mini Bacon Quiches
Find the recipe here
While these little bacon inspired jewels take longer to make, your guests will appreciate the time you took to make these Game Day Mini Bacon Quiches. A little of this, a little of that, toss them into a muffin tin and place in the oven …and presto! Your guest can enjoy a delicious snack that oozes with cheesy goodness and delectable bacon!
12. Pig and Dip
Find the instructions here
No Game Day celebration is complete without chips and dip …but if you are tired of tasteless and overly processed potato chips, check out this Pig and Dip recipe using real Russet potatoes! Don’t have time to make your own homemade chips? Pick up a couple of bags of store bought chips and serve them with this de-lish homemade dip recipe.
11. Bacon on the Ritz
Find the instructions here
You may think that you do not have time to make Game Day snacks but this little recipe is here today to prove you are wrong. Made with Ritz crackers, bacon and rich brown sugar, this little gem of a recipe costs next to nothing to make and is sure to be a big hit with your munching football fans.
10. Bacon Cheddar Deviled Eggs
Recipe available here
Deviled eggs have been a traditional food for gatherings and get-togethers for as long as most people can recall. Since your Game Day theme is centered around bacon, here is a quick and simple recipe that combines this finger food with that delectable bacon-y flavor. Betcha they won’t eat just one!
9. Man Candy
With a name like Man Candy, it’s no wonder this chocolate covered snack would be chosen as part of a Game Day line-up. Underneath this rich chocolate blanket is a strip of sweet and salty and ohh so crispy bacon! How’s that for a score?
8. Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers
Recipe is posted here
Whether you have a weakness for spicy peppers or not, these tempting Game Day snacks are delicious and mild enough for nearly any palate to enjoy. With only three ingredients to gather, you won’t spend a mint making these bad boys and your football lovin’ guests will leave the platter empty.
7. Hot Dog and Bacon Roll-Ups
Detailed Instructions Here
Stadiums around the United States know that Game Day and Hot Dogs are a match made in heaven, but add bacon to the mix and wow! Hot Dog and Bacon Roll-Ups are sure to become the next all-American sports fans’ favorite snack. Requiring only three ingredients and a handy dandy crock pot, you can cook these tasty appetizers in just a few hours.
6. BBQ’d Pork Nachos with Bacon
Why would you bother serving plain ole nachos with cheese when you can have the delectable goodness of these barbeque pork and bacon topped nachos? These BBQ’d Pork Nachos with Bacon are sure to be a dish your football fans will talk about from kick-off until well after the football season has ended.
5. Bacon Wrapped Scallops with Spicy Mayo
With 20 minutes of prep time and 15 additional minutes to cook, these Bacon Wrapped Scallops with Spicy Mayo are certainly worth the time and effort required to throw these bay boys together. A word of warning though… your football fans are going to want more of these bacon inspired Game Day snacks.
4. Game Day Nachos
Get more nacho recipe ideas here
Nachos can be made a million different ways and are an excellent way to celebrate the onset or end of football season. Whether you opt for homemade tortilla chips or buy them from the store, these Game Day Nachos are sure to please your football lovers’ palates!
3. Jalapeno Popper Cheeseball
Check out our recipe here
What’s a Game Day get-together or football party without the addition of a yummy bacon flavored cheeseball to your menu? This Jalapeno Popper Cheeseball has lots to offer, especially with these crunchy panko bread crumbs.
2. Bacon and Cheddar Sliders
Get the instructions here
When planning your football inspired party, sliders are another great offering for guests. These Bacon and Cheddar Sliders are quick and easy to build, and it isn’t likely you will have any leftovers to contend with. Take this recipe and make it your own, topping these burgers with your own favorite veggies and cheese.
1. Bacon-Wrapped Potatoes With Creamy Dill Sauce
Find the recipe here
If Game Day parties are common at your house, here is a new recipe to toss into the mix. Bacon-Wrapped Potatoes With Creamy Dill Sauce are easy to make and offer a new flavor to please and tease your guests’ taste buds. Not sure if you like the idea of a creamy dill sauce? Dip these little spuds in the spicy dip on number twelve, above.
Keep watching for more great recipes, coming soon to our blog!
Is there anyone on the planet who doesn’t love bacon? I really hope not but if there is, that just means there will be more for the rest of us, right? As proof that the majority of people do love the salty goodness of bacon, there are many fall festivals held annually, all year long …for the sole purpose of celebrating bacon.
In fact, there is probably a bacon festival held somewhere near your present location. If you are a bacon lover and would like to be entertained by others who are in the bacon-y spirit, here are great bacon fall festivals that you can enjoy this year. Just as one might expect, these festivals offer a plethora of carnal delights for those who just cannot get enough of …yeah, you guessed it… BACON!
Get Ready to be Entertained During Bacon Fall Festivals
There are various events and opportunities created for the enjoyment and entertainment of every bacon loving person who attends these fall festivals. You’ll find many different and fun-filled things to do, including bacon eating contests, bacon weddings, bacon food samples, beer and cocktails… even the decorations and prizes will be centered around these delightfully cured strips of meaty goodness.
Here is a great line-up of bacon festivals that are ready to offer you pleasure and delight during the fall, held in different locations across the United States. If you are very lucky, there will be one within traveling distance of your town!
Bacon Festivals in October and November
Dubuque Area Bacon Fest
The Dubuque Area Bacon Fest will be held on the 1st of October 2015, in Dubuque, IA. This is an event during which local grocery stores, restaurants and BBQ pits prepare and serve samples of dishes containing bacon. The event aims to serve for a great cause, as all the proceeds from this bacon fall festival will go to Area Residential Care to help people with intellectual disabilities in an attempt to improve the residents’ quality of life.
Bacon and Beer Classic
With a name like this, you know the Bacon and Beer Classic is going to be a ful fall festival! Created in Chicago, IL, this bacon inspired fall festival will take place on the 10th of October 2015. This is an all-inclusive festival that is held inside iconic stadiums across America. People who attend this festival are welcome to taste delicious bacon based food recipes created by local cooks. Beer samples are also available …can life get any better than this?
San Mateo Bacon and Brew Fest
The San Mateo Bacon and Brew Fest takes place in San Mateo, CA, on the 10th of October 2015. This festival will be open between 11 am and 5 pm and will welcome guests with local food vendors, breweries, live music and unique artisan crafts. Families with kids are also welcome, as the festival also includes a children’s play area where young ones are welcome to have fun in the bouncing house or enjoy the unique fun of face paintings.
Bacon Bash Texas
A festival that will be held in Cranfills Gap, TX, on the 17th of October 2015 is the Bacon Bash. Wow, what a name, right? Bacon, beer and music are some of the more important things that will allow visitors to be entertained during this bacon fall festival. This year, organizers of the festival have also added something new to the mix… wine is now available for bacon crunching guests.
Southwest Bacon Fest
The Southwest Bacon Fest will be held in Albuquerque, NM, on the 7th of November 2015. Attend this festival to enjoy over 100 unique bacon dishes created by 50 of the top restaurants and food trucks in the US. There will also be breweries available in the area, bands offering live music, games and activities for everyone and a special zone prepared just for kids.
Check out the PA Baconfest, a bacon fall festival to be held in Easton, PA, on the 7th and 8th of November 2015. This is one of the most popular events hosted in the area. Over one hundred vendors will await the arrival of bacon adoring guests who will be entertained by listening to music and tasting delicious bacon dishes. That’s better than any date night!
Dallas Bacon Festival
Have you been to Dallas? Now you have a supremely awesome reason to travel to this southern city! The Dallas Bacon Festival is to be held in Dallas, TX, on the 14th of November 2015. Over 50 restaurants and food trucks will serve more than 100 unique bacon dishes to delight and inspire fall festival goers. Music, games and activities will take care of the entertainment.
So have you decided on the bacon fall festival you want to attend already? Now it is time to save the date for the festival that you wish to attend this year, to celebrate one of the most enjoyable foods ever – bacon!
Gone are the days when bacon was only served for breakfast or on a sandwich. Now bacon has grown into a phenomenon and people are looking for new and innovative ways to add bacon to every dish – even desserts. It started with doughnuts and cupcakes and migrated to cheesecakes and cookies. Now, some genius figured out how to combine bacon with the delectable taste of bacon and voila! Bacon candy is a hot new treat.
Ever heard of Bacon Peanut Brittle?
It’s a NYC favorite!
According the restaurateurs who make this delicious salty sweet bacon dessert, it’s all about choosing and using the right peanuts. The Redhead is the well-known New York City restaurant located on South 13th street serving this delectable goodness, and they credit the success of their establishment to having the ‘best beer nuts in America’. Using these nuts in every batch of Bacon Peanut Brittle has been key to this East Village gastropub’s rise in popularity.
How to Make Your Own Bacon Peanut Brittle
Even if you are a million miles from New York City, you can enjoy the wonderful flavor of bacon and peanuts infused in sweet syrup. While it won’t be the same as the candy served up north, you will find that this recipe can easily make your mouth very, very happy! Let’s check out this recipe, shared from the food.com website.
Bacon Peanut Brittle Ingredients
- 8slices bacon
- 1 1⁄2cups sugar
- 1⁄2cup pure maple syrup
- 2 1⁄2cups unsalted dry roasted peanuts (if salted, reduce salt to 1/4 teaspoon)
- 8tablespoons unsalted butter(one stick)
- 3⁄4teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning
- 1⁄2teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1⁄2teaspoon dry mustard
- 1⁄2teaspoon kosher salt
Bacon Peanut Brittle Directions
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Place bacon on a rack over a cookie sheet and cook until crispy, about 15 minutes. Reserve bacon fat. The recipe calls for 8 tablespoons of butter (fat) – replace as much of butter as you have bacon fat. Once bacon is done, drain on paper towels and chop into bits.
- Place the sugar and maple syrup in a large, heavy saucepan over high heat and stir with a wooden spoon until sugar begins to melt. Lower the heat to medium-high and keep stirring just until the sugar is melted. Stop stirring and watch for it to turn a medium caramel color. About 10 minutes total.
- Stir in peanuts, and then bacon fat and butter. Then add Old Bay, cayenne and dry mustard. Allow peanuts to cook for about two minutes, stirring constantly. Stir in the bacon.
- Turn the mixture out onto a sheet pan lined with parchment paper, and spread it evenly to the desired thickness with a wooden spoon or stiff rubber spatula. Sprinkle salt on top, while brittle is still warm.
- Allow to cool completely–at least one hour–then break the brittle into pieces and store in an airtight container at room temperature. If your brittle isn’t brittle enough to break into pieces, pop it in the freezer for 10 to 15 minutes, until it hardens enough to snap easily.
Have you ever tasted Bacon Peanut Brittle?
Let us know if you love the recipe!
Wow! The time sure does fly a lot faster than pigs! It seems like yesterday we were talking about hog jowl and celebrating the New Year! Lillian and all of us at the My Pig Me Up blog hope you have a safe and wonderful fourth of July, surrounded by friends, family and pigs …cooked or uncooked – it doesn’t really matter as long as you are happy and safe!
Speaking of staying safe, here are a few tips to help keep your fourth of July celebration running smoothly. After all, we need you here next week, saying yum or awe as you browse through our blog! This time of year, a lot of people get hurt or badly injured so please give this post a quick read before you party it up on the 4th!
Safety Tips for the July Holiday
…if you’re a people. If you’re a pig, well… you are probably better off going into hiding because everyone is going to be grilling or cooking some type of tasty pork fare. Here are some safety tips for our human followers.
Cooking and Grilling Tips
Grilling and cooking seems like a normal and safe activity but many times, there are plenty of children and guests around while cooking out and it is easy to become distracted. One great way to make sure everyone knows their job is to choose one person to be in charge of the grilling process.
1. Once you have chosen one person to be in charge of the grill, he or she should always be near this heat source for constant supervision.
2. You should never grill inside your home as this is a fire and smoke hazard, and can be quite dangerous.
3. If your pet is large enough to upset the barbeque grill, contain him with a leash, lead, cage or crate for his own safety.
4. Use long handled utensils designed for cooking on a barbeque grill to prevent burns.
5. Operate your grill in an open area, away from low hanging branches or other fire hazards. Keep the ground around your grill clear also.
Fireworks Safety Tips
If you can attend a public fireworks display, this is the best option. These large events will have firemen and paramedics on hand and professionals who are trained and have much experience with fireworks. If you cannot attend a public display, please consider taking the following precautions.
1. Always keep water nearby while shooting fireworks.
2. Never allow children or teenagers within 500 feet of fireworks as they are being discharged.
3. Never allow children to hold lit fireworks in their hands to prevent burns.
4. Always wear safety goggles if you are the person lighting the fireworks and only light one firework at a time. Do not try to relight duds.
Holiday Travel Tips
The highways will be filled with people who are anxious to reunite with family and friends or get their 4th of July vacation underway. Before leaving or returning home, always make sure you are joining those masses with plenty of rest under your belt – for your safety and the safety of others traveling along the same highway.
1. Keep your vehicle equipped with necessities such as a spare tire, water (for your car and for consumption) and maps.
2. Stay alert as you travel through construction zones. Don’t assume highway workers are enjoying the 4th of July – they may be working!
3. If you are traveling out of town, never let your gas tank fall below half, just in case there’s no more gas stations for a while.
4. Be respectful of those you share the roadways with and try to be courteous. After all, it’s a holiday.
5. Use your headlights during the day as well as the evening for increased visibility to other drivers. Make sure all of your signals and horn works.
Happy Fourth of July from Lillian and My Pig Me Up!
For those who love pigs, there is never a time when you get enough of those sweet curly tails and short little snouts. Nor do you tire of the darling pink color that covers them from head to toe. It is the swine enthusiast’s wish that in every direction, there should be pigs! Spotted pigs, mud-covered pigs, pink pigs, white pigs and even black pigs …even pigs on your phone!
When You Just Gotta Have Pig Apps…
Wait… not like this! Even better, you can now choose from a large assortment of cell phone apps for your phone that celebrates your love of piggies. Sure, there are some very upset piggies on the hot game, Angry Birds, but there are plenty of other pigs for you to help and appreciate too! Here is our list of pig apps for you to check out and enjoy, in no particular order.
#1 – Ham on the Run
Now who could resist a pig related app with a name like this?! Ham on the Run is available for free from Glu Games, but there are several in-app purchases if you fall head over heels for this pig app. Ham is the name of the little guy you will be helping navigate through the game and keep from danger. He will keep you busy because this little porker likes to run.
#2 – Bad Piggies
Brought to you by Provio Entertainment, here is another great pig app for your cell phone that you are going to love! Currently only .99 cents with available in-app purchases to feed any addition, this game explores a pig’s point of view while building makeshift cars in an effort to get the eggs. While these pigs are smart and tricky, they still need your help to build a functional mode of transportation and get the goods. This is a very popular game with more than two hundred levels so get ready – Bad Piggies may become a good use of time for you!
#3 – Pig Rush
A free pig app from Reign Legacy, Pig Rush is an adorable game that is quite addictive and fun. The pig’s name is Jumpy and your job is to help him run away from the farm where he lives. Escaping isn’t as easy as you might think! You have to help Jumpy get through fire, ravines and even moving platforms by – you guessed it – JUMPING! Both kids and adults seem to love playing Pig Rush because this pig app has been downloaded more than two million times so far – and counting! Let us know if you love it!
#4 – Pig Shot
Start digging out your change because you are going to want this .99 cent pig app called Pig Shot from Nexx Studio! The reviews for this pig app is 4.5 stars which is a great score for any game of this value. A lot like Angry Birds, you will launch your pink piggie off and watch as he rolls and rolls and rolls. You must avoid several different types of pitfalls while collecting power-ups to boost your pig’s performance. There are not one but two adorable pig characters on this pig app, Maggie and Bacon. Your pig can be a super hero if you get good at this game! How awesome is that?!
#5 – Bubble Pig
A lot of great apps are released by Donut Games and Bubble Pig is no different! For a mere .99 pig app purchase, you can enjoy helping Bubble Pig keep those sneaky foxes away. You will help this happy guy save his own tail too, as he lights up the fairy tale world he lives in (inside your smartphone!) and eats his way through danger! If you get addicted to Bubble Pig, don’t worry because there are at least sixty levels you can visit and each level is packed with secrets and food to keep your little pig happy and healthy.
#6 – Hungry Piggy – Donuts Mania Edition
If you love pigs and you love getting things for free, this is one of the best pig apps for you to consider. Hungry Piggy is designed by Big Wood Games and is sure to steal your heart and keep you coming back for more fun! So far, Hungry Pigs is a five star game which is WOW since it is also FREE! In this game, the adorable little pig isn’t angry or upset with anyone; he’s just hungry! Find the best way to feed your little pig by dangling donuts and other tasty delectable goodies in front of him. This cool pig app for your smartphone features great challenges and puzzles for you to contend with. Have fun with Hungry Piggy!
#7 – Money Pig
More than eight hundred reviews and this free pig app from the developers at Blue Wind has an impressive four star review. Money Pig is another pig game app for your smartphone brought to you by FreeAppParty.com, where you can become a member and enjoy some cool benefits. Instead of eating donuts and delectable goodies, this little pig loves to eat money. The controls are easy to use and this app game is easy for any age to enjoy. You can manipulate the money by simply tilting your iPhone left and right. Go through several cool stages with your fortune pig where you will explore pirate ships, fields of flowers, a cemetery and more! As your money pig travels through the game, keep your eyes open! When you find specially placed items such as clocks, magnets, lottery tickets and scissors, the game gets even more exciting!
#8 – Clumsy Pig – Endless Touch
The pig inspired games are never-ending! Check out this colorful pig app from Itch Mania called Clumsy Pig, another FREE app that will keep you or the younguns busy for hours of fun. Clumsy Pig currently boasts a 4.5 star review and with this game, there is no question that these developers know how to keep us happy! First of all, your pig can fly and if that’s not cool enough …he has a mustache! Along the way, your pig will gather coins needed to advance to the next levels as he navigates through all kinds of crazy and colorful obstacles. Get this – as you play, you can even unlock new mustaches for your little pink porker!
#9 – Fly Fly Pig – A Flappy Adventure
Here is a free game from the developers at Thinkcube Incorporated that all pig enthusiasts will love, Fly Fly Pig. It’s a Flappy Adventure you are going to love, complete with a flying pig named Fly that can go high, higher …as high as it takes to beat the level and start a new challenge. Fly the pig can jump on a rocket and beat the odds, and you can share your progress with friends on Facebook and Twitter. If you hold a special fondness in your heart for games from your childhood, you will love the retro feel of Fly Fly Pig.
#10 – A Baby Piggies Bad Day at the Farm
Last on our list (but certainly adorable enough to be at the top) is this darling pig app from M&M App Service called A Baby Piggies Bad Day at the Farm. Available for free with several in-app purchases available, this is the adventure of a baby pig who has gotten loose and is trying to escape from the farm. He needs YOU to help keep him safe from all of the dangers that loom in each of the game’s levels.There are other animals your darling piggie must avoid such as crows, porcupines and more! Choose from a male or female piggie at the start of your game and have some fun with this piggie game app, optimized for iPhone 5.
Do You Have Pig Related Apps on Your Phone?
Teacup Pigs and Why You Should Get One
Having a teacup pig around can be one of the most fulfilling experiences because these pets are a very unique companion to have around, even though it involves a lot of commitment and devotion. Most people who think of getting a teacup pig would probably be better of to consider having a dog, a cat or even a bird instead of a darling teacup pig.
We are not talking about regular pigs of normal size. We are actually talking about teacup pigs… pigs that may initially fit inside your favorite cup! These cute miniature pigs weigh no more than 9 ounces at birth on average but keep in mind these darling pets can grow! These teacup pigs could reach 30 to 60 pounds as a maximum weight. These small pigs are usually referred to as teacup pigs because of their size and they look amazingly cute on a teacup saucer.
Having a teacup pig around is a wonderful idea, not only because of how adorable they look but also because they are very smart animals and learn things quicker than other pets. Teacup pigs come in different colors and they are very peaceful creatures who enjoy running around your house.
Mini pigs love putting their noses in anything that comes in their way, which means you have to be extra careful because they can easily hurt themselves if you don’t properly prepare your house for these extra small animals who will not stop playing around. The below list will give you a clearer idea of why you should get a teacup pig.
Teacup Pigs Live a Long Time
Teacup pigs can be wonderful companions to have around, especially since they have a surprisingly long lifespan. Your teacup pig has a life expectancy that is between 20 to 25 years. For such a small creature, this is a very long life!
Teacup Pigs Don’t Make Lots of Noise
One common drawback about having a teacup pig around the house is the constant noises they make, whether they are grunting and snorting or trying to bark like dogs. Teacup pigs will probably not disturb you or your neighbors in that sense though, because they are so small, they simply don’t make very loud noises.
The Teacup Pig is Remarkably Smart
Pigs are known for their intelligence and they are believed to be smarter than domestic dogs and other animals. Your teacup pig will prove this animal has a higher level of intelligence than other animals. As a pet pig owner, you can easily teach your little teacup baby to use a litter box and to do a lot of tricks.
Pigs Are Very Affectionate House Pets
It might be due to their miniature size but teacup pigs require a lot of affection and love, and they will give this attention back in the cutest ways. A teacup pig will sit in your lap or sleep in the palm of your hand whenever they get a chance, and you will find them always running after you around the house.
These Small Pigs Won’t Get You Sick
Teacup pigs are not like other pets as they will likely not cause you any type of allergy issues.Theses little sweethearts are very safe and harmless around the home, and are not dangerous around small children. It is highly likely that everyone who enters your home will be able to love on your pet pig without incident.
If you don’t mind slightly altering your life routine to include the smallest and cutest pet in the world, teacup pigs are perfect for you.
Don’t Buy a Miniature Pig Yet
If you are a pet owner or pet lover, you know how amazing it feels to have such wonderful companions around. Unlike some human beings, miniature pigs as pets genuinely care for you and will do their best to please you. However, having a pet is not devoid of some significant drawbacks such as the time and effort it takes to train your pig. Over time, you will spend a lot of energy on your pig in an effort to get him used to your life style, and to teach them basic hygiene rules.
Of course, some pets require more attention than others but there are a few animals that really need your full attention and require a great degree of commitment and care …such as miniature pigs! Miniature pigs as pets can be the cutest and most adorable creatures on earth, and unlike other tiny pets, they live up to 25 years and are extremely intelligent. But….
Despite these obvious and unavoidable facts, raising a miniature pig as a pet is not an easy thing to do. The entire process of training miniature pigs as pets is very different from raising other animals. These are the some of the things you should take into consideration before deciding to take a micro pig as your indoor pet.
Miniature Pigs Are Very Curious
These tiny cute creatures can cause you a lot of trouble due to their size and extreme curiosity. They will be running around the house all the time and will want to look inside anything open and interesting. These extra small pets can easily become injured due to their curiosity levels. You will have to keep everything that might hurt them out of their reach and make the necessary accommodations around your place for this very purpose.
Miniature Pigs Can Become Aggressive
All pigs are relatively well-known for their behavioral issues as these animals tend to get aggressive when they are hungry or not well at ease. This same attitude also applies to miniature pigs as well so you might want to be extra careful when taking a pet pig due to their sometimes ornery behavior.
Miniature Pigs Need Much Emotional Attention
Miniature pigs can become great pets but they need a lot of love and care on your part. These small and lovable creatures will want you to be around often in order to pet them and play with them which may not be convenient for most people. If you do not spend too much time away from home, miniature pigs might be the perfect pet but if you work or travel often, these attention-loving animals may not be for you.
Miniature Pigs Not Always Good With Other Pets
If you are a dog or cat owner and are currently thinking of taking a miniature pig as a pet, you will need to think again because these tiny animals don’t always get along with dogs and cats. Many times, miniature pigs will treat your other housepet as a rival even if you manage to separate the two in terms of space.
Miniature Pigs Can Vary in Growth
Certain breeds of miniature pigs will not remain as small as when you first adopted them and can reach the size of a regular pig. You might want to read more about miniature pigs and learn to recognize the types available where you live if you don’t want a big pig running through your house.
If you are okay with everything that has been mentioned in the above list and are still thinking of getting a miniature pig, good luck to you on your journey! Miniature pigs can often be too cute to resist …even though you have been properly warned. If you have adopted a pig baby, please share pics in the comments below.
We hope you are enjoying your new companion!
Whoa! Check out this Bacon Mushroom Ragu Pasta Recipe!
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes
Total time: 45 minutes
Cooking Italian with Delicious Bacon
If you want something that is easy and fairly quick to make with excellent yumminess, this Bacon Mushroom Ragu is it, seriously. I was a bit apprehensive about what the kids would say about the mushrooms, they’re not fans of the fungus family…yet, though I am determined to develop an appreciation for them in the kids. The original recipe I found calls for a pound of ground turkey, and you can certainly use that as opposed to the lesser amount of Italian sausage, but I mean it’s Italian sausage.
To soothe over the possible apocalypse of mushrooms in their food, I made up a batch of my roasted garlic no-knead bread the night before. It must have worked because not only did they not shoot me with their dagger eyes, they said, “Mom, this is the bomb!” Whew! As those of you with teens will know, there is apparently no higher praise than “being the bomb”. Enough talking, make this, eat this, and fantasize about making it again; I know I am.
2 tbsp. oil
8-10 strips of bacon, chopped in small pieces
1/2 lb. cremini mushrooms, chopped
3 tbsp. fresh thyme, finely chopped (keep 1 tbsp. for garnish)
½ lb of Italian sausage (I used the hot links, they were fantastic)
1 large sweet onion, finely chopped
3 cloves garlic, pressed
Salt and pepper
1 6 oz. can tomato paste
2 cups stock
1 lb. penne ziti pasta
2 tbsp. butter, melted
Freshly grated Parmesan Cheese
In a large skillet, heat the oil and add the bacon, cooking until the fat melts, about 3 minutes.
Add the mushrooms and 2 tbsp. of thyme, stirring until the mushrooms are brown, about 5 more minutes.
Add the onion and cook another 5 minutes.
Lastly, add the ground turkey to the skillet with garlic, breaking the meat into tiny pieces as it cooks.
Cook for about 5 minutes until the meat is done.
Add the tomato paste and stir for about 1 minute.
Stir in the stock and bring to a boil; simmer on low while the pasta cooks.
Meanwhile, cook the pasta according to package directions, minus 1-2 minutes, cooking it al dente.
Drain and place the pasta in a large bowl, adding the melted butter.
Pour the bacon and mushroom ragu sauce over the pasta.
Sprinkle with cheese and fresh thyme; serve.
Watch as everyone devours this bacon Italian inspired goodness!
Adapted from The Reluctant Entertainer
Watermelons! They’re so good to eat! Have you ever wondered just how many watermelons are being consumed each year? Me too …but I couldn’t find an answer. However, I did find out that an average American eats almost 16 pounds of watermelon each year, according to statistics.
Watermelon always tastes great but some are clearly better than others. Have you wondered why? Obviously there are different types of watermelons available beyond the seeded and seedless options, but there are also some great tips you can follow to make sure you’re bringing home one of the tastiest in the produce section or farmer’s market.
How to Choose a Yummy Watermelon
Yes! This is totally important. Here are some of the best characteristics to look for in a watermelon to ensure you and your crew have a tasty and healthy summer snack. Check out these watermelon buying tips and let us know if you have used these methods to choose your watermelons in the past.
#1 – You don’t want a picture perfect watermelon, such as the one above. The truth is, that shiny appearance on the outside of your watermelon means it’s under ripe on the inside. Choose an already developed dull-looking watermelon. The same rule applies to Honeydews …if you’re a fan.
#2 – The side on which your watermelon sat while growing in the field is called the ‘field spot’ or ‘yellow spot’. If your watermelon’s field spot is not a nice creamy shade of yellow such as the one pictured here, keep looking.
#3 – If you love a watermelon that is amazingly sweet, you should remember that the darker this yellow spot is, the sweeter your melon will taste! A white field spot means your watermelon isn’t ripe and hasn’t had a chance to sweeten up yet.
#4 – You have probably seen people in the produce aisle, knocking on watermelons and other fruit and listening to the sound this makes. Are you wondering if there is anything to this old trick? Yes, prepare to join the masses who knock on their fruit in the grocery store because a “dull” thud indicates soft flesh and an under ripe fruit. When you knock on a watermelon, your knuckles should bounce off of the melon, meaning the rind should be hard and firm.
#5 – Don’t buy a watermelon without picking several of them up! You want to find the heaviest watermelon of the particular size you want. The heavier your watermelon, the more water your fruit contains. Note the difference: the heaviest does not necessarily mean the largest.
#6 – While you have that big guy in your arms, feel him up. It’s not like you aren’t already lusting after his tasty goodness anyway. Fell for lumps, bumps and knots to find areas of inconsistency which will mean your watermelon might have gotten inconsistent amounts of sun and water during the growth process which can affect its taste and quality.
Now that you’ve got the information needed to find the absolute best watermelon available in your area, here are some cute ways to incorporate those darling pigs we all love into your next family day, friendly gathering or celebration. All you need is a really sharp knife, a cutting board and a melon baller and you’re ready to create an edible masterpiece from your watermelon.
Expect many compliments and enjoy the faces of children when they first see this amazing carved fruit display. Here are some other variations to consider when creating a festive watermelon pig for your special day.
I would suggest using fruit that you can find in season to save money while making a watermelon pig. As you can see in the next photograph (right), you can opt to serve only its own fruit in your watermelon carving.
Some of the more popular fruit additions that hold up well include pineapple chunks, honeydew, cantaloupe, strawberries, mandarin orange slices, kiwis and seedless grapes. Some people add bananas but I would recommend waiting until the last minute to add these slices to the display to prevent browning, or ripening.
While you are working on the watermelon, be sure to refrigerate all of your fruit until time for assembly into the fruit display. Below is a quick syrup that you can make to coat your fruit and keep everything looking and tasting wonderful.
Natural Syrup Recipe for Watermelon Fruit
You will need a small saucepan, one-quarter cup of white granulated sugar, one-half cup of water and two tablespoons of fresh grated lemon zest.
Place the saucepan on the stove over medium-high heat, bringing the water and sugar to a boil. Once boiling, all of the sugar should be dissolved.
Remove the saucepan from heat and continue to stir until you cannot see any of the sugar granules.
Add the fresh lemon zest and set the mixture aside to cool.
Place all of your fruit bites in a large mixing bowl and pour this syrup over, tossing the fruit around to completely coat every bite. For best results, keep the bowl of fruit and the carved watermelon in the refrigerator until time to fill and serve your watermelon pig display.
Have you ever made a watermelon carving?
Nearly everyone enjoys a little bit of trivia, right? Well, today we are going to change things up a bit. Instead of asking the location of the Dead Sea Scrolls or the name of the largest desert in the world, let’s see how much you know about bacon. Once you have completed our entertaining bacon inspired quiz, you can find the answers by clicking here.
Bacon Inspired Trivia
#1 Which of the following breakfast foods contain the most calories?
a) four strips of bacon
b) two scrambled eggs
c) one yogurt cup
d) granola bar
#2 When did bacon become a food staple?
c) 1200 A.D.
d) 7000 B.C.
#3 From which part of a pig’s body does bacon come from?
#4 Which of these breakfast foods do people eat the most?
a) saugsage links
b) sausage Patties
#5 How much bacon can you harvest from one pig?
a) 15 pounds
b) 30 pounds
c) 45 pounds
d) 60 pounds
#6 Which of the following best describes pork?
a) white meat
b) red meat
c) low protein
#7 The consumption of bacon is linked to which of the following?
a) irregular hormone levels
c) Swine flu
#8 Which of the following is not a real bacon product …yet?
a) Bacon Cologne
b) Bacon soap
c) Bacon Candy
d) Bacon deodorant
#9 Which U.S. city consumes the most bacon?
a) Philadelphia, PN
b) New York City, NY
c) Houston, TX
d) Des Moines, IA
#10 From which country did bacon originate?
a) United States
c) United Kingdom
#11 Some claim that bacon has cured which of the following medical issues?
#12 Which percentage depicts the number of people who would rather eat bacon than have sex?
d) Umm… no one!
#13 Which part of the pig provides us with Canadian bacon?
#14 What do you call a side of cured and salted pork?
a) side belly
b) half side
c) full quarter
#15 What is present in pork that gives it the reputation as ‘the other white meat’?
#16 How much does the average strip of bacon weigh?
a) one ounce
b) one-half ounce
c) two ounces
d) three ounces
#17 Which of the following is NOT found in bacon?
a) Vitamin B-1
b) Vitamin B-12
#18 Which is NOT a popular bacon flavor?
b) Apple Wood
#19 When is ‘Bacon Day’ celebrated in the U.S.?
a) the day before Christmas
b) third Thursday in November
c) Saturday before Labor Day
d) May 5th
#20 Name the pork product consumed on New Year’s Day in the U.S. for good luck?
a) salt pork
b) Canadian bacon
c) hog jowl