Gorgeous Creatures Dolls from Mattel?
From left: Princess Pig, Ms. Heavenly Hippo, Cow Belle, and Ms. Giddee Yup Dolls
Gorgeous Creatures Dolls made their debut in the Mattel toy line-up of 1979 and were marketed through 1980. Four different animal dolls were issued with colorful and humorous names, including a pig, a cow, a horse and a hippo. All were small waisted and well endowed but with curvier hips and legs than Barbie. Uniquely different, these dolls measured 7 1/2 inches tall, four inches shorter than most fashion dolls.
Mattel never marketed any additional clothes or accessories for these Gorgeous Creatures Dolls. The initial purchase, however, included matching hats and gloves and each southern belle had a picture of her “boyfriend.” Also, these Mattel dolls had a theme and a brightly colored box.
I had the whole set… can you guess which doll was played with most?
The commercial that featured these fashion savvy and attractive animals features a female narrator with a thick southern accent… much like that of Rue McClanahan’s sultry character, Blanche Devereaux, on the Golden Girls. In this advertisement, even mom was playing with one of these beauties. I still have all four dolls but only two still have their original box… check these two out. (And that’s my Skipper Fashion Doll Storage Case in the background too!)
Here is a closer look at my Princess Pig Doll and her sexy boa, clothes, tights and ‘diamond’ earrings.
Even though these dolls are very unique and unusual (none similar have been produced to my knowledge). these Gorgeous Creatures Dolls from Matte; do not hold much monetary value. Those still in boxes and never played with are valued at approximately $14-15.00 and the more played with dolls will only bring about $4-5.00. However, to those of us who love these vintage toys from our past, they are truly priceless. (Kudos to mom for making me take good care of my toys!)
Do you have any toys left from your childhood?
Bonus Points if they are pig-related (Wink!)
March 26th is National Make Up Your Own Holiday Day!
As any respectable pig lover would do, I am making yet another day all about pigs and what better idea than to celebrate with a wonderful manicure. So, if you needed an excuse to slip off to the salon for a well-deserved beauty treatment, you’re welcome! This will be the perfect Spring Pig-Me-Up – yes, I totally just said that! I couldn’t help myself!
What better way to celebrate the onset of Spring than with a massage and manicure?
What better manicure than one that combines pink polka-dots and those lovable piggys? Just think of all the compliments you will receive! This manicure is perfect whether your nails are short or long!
Here is another pig-tastic manicure in pink and piggy faces! If you were born in the Year of the Pig, this is a great way to celebrate the little porker that represents your birth date.
Similar to the other piggy manicures with polka-dots and sweet pig faces, but this color really pops! This is a really cool twist to the ho-hum traditional french manicure.
If you would like your manicure to tell a story, this is a wonderful nail art idea using the old tale of the three pigs and the big, bad wolf. This would be a great choice for teachers, child care providers and mothers of small children. Kids ares so easily amused and I bet they would love this design. There are some other cute designs for educators here.
Aren’t ideas that you could never think of great? I would have never thought of little black pigs and blue with polka-dots but this looks like so much fun! This is definitely a unique idea that I would love to try sometime.
This is a really cute idea celebrating a pigs main features, adorable faces complete with snouts and curly-cue tails, with what pigs say and do: roll in mud and say OINK! Really cute idea from Peace, Love and Polish!
While I could never consider pigs as evil, here is a great piggy manicure in green which features the evil pig on Angry Birds. What I do love is this bright green color and anything-but-dull french manicure. There is a cool tutorial on how to paint this manicure here.
If you love to play Angry Birds but cannot decide on a favorite character, here is the perfect manicure for you. Think of the comments and compliments you will receive when you are sporting this cool manicure!
Because Spring is the time when animals are supposed to become ‘twitterpated’, this seems like the perfect nail art for the month of March. This manicure also incorporates some new colors and shapes – red, black and hearts! Oh my!
This manicure would be like wearing little masterpieces on your fingernails. The heart is so adorable, perfect for showing off some pig love! Choose this adorable design to replace those boring Easter Nail Art designs – because seriously – pigs are so much more fun than ho-hum rabbits!
Seriously? This pigs and glitter combination makes me want to rush out right now and get my own Piggy Manicure! How perfect for Spring! Is anyone headed to Prom this month? Oh, I would be so tempted to do something original such as this if I were attending prom.
Because everyone loves Miss Piggy, this manicure celebrates Pig Power. This list would not be complete without homage to our favorite frog-loving gal. The stars add a really nice touch and the little glove-covered fist captures Miss Piggy’s spunky personality so well.
Which manicure do you like the best?
Are you going to celebrate my National Piggy Manicures Day?
Today is Sunday, March 23rd – Happy Chip and Dip Day!
Celebrate this All American Snack today!
Do you know why chips and dip became a popular snack in America? During the Great Depression, many people who entertained frequently had to give up the luxury of maids and cooks. Because of its simplicity and easy preparation, this became the go-to for party snacking among middle class families.
Whoever coined this holiday loves food as much as I do. The best way to celebrate National Chip and Dip Day is with something related to pigs, right? I’m thinking bacon! And, I have the perfect recipe in mind! It’s a piggy-licious dip recipe to serve with your favorite chips – or better yet, make some tasty homemade chips instead! And of course we will call it…
Pig and Dip Recipe
For the Pig aka Homemade Chips:
2 large russet potatoes, cleaned – sliced into rounds, skin on
16 ounces (4 cups) shredded Colby, cheddar or your favorite cheese blend
12 slices of bacon, cooked – chopped into small pieces
1/3 cup finely chopped chives or green onions, optional
Nonstick cooking spray
Preheat oven to 375-400 degrees.
Line the baking sheet with aluminum foil then spray with nonstick cooking spray.
Lay the dry potato rounds on the foil and spray them with cooking spray also.
Sprinkle each round with cheese and bacon pieces.
Bake eight to ten minutes or until cheese is melted.
Remove from oven to sprinkle with parsley and salt.
Transfer the cheesy chips to a cooling rack and allow to cool for five to seven minutes.
Serve with tasty dip, recipe below.
For the Dip:
2 Tablespoons of Ranch Dressing
6 Generous Tablespoons of sour cream
1/2 teaspoon of chipotle chili powder
1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon of salt
1/4 teaspoon of garlic powder
Combine all of these ingredients and mix well. Cover and refrigerate until time National Chip and Dip Day …or anytime you are craving the flavor of Pig and Dip! This appetizer recipe easily serves a family of four quite nicely.
Life is hectic. If you don’t have time to make your own homemade chips, grab a bag or two from the local supermarket or gas station to celebrate National Chip and Dip Day. There are so many delicious choices to eat with this tasty dip recipe!
What is your favorite brand and flavor?
In Chinese Astrology, each year is represented by an animal and 2014 is the year of the Wood Horse. For each of these representative animal signs, there are certain tips that should be considered for that year. I was born under the sign of – you guessed it – the Pig.
If you are born in the year of the Pig, there are certain Feng Shui tips available to improve your luck in 2014. In order to completely benefit from the following Feng Shui tips below, make sure your Chinese zodiac sign is the Pig and also see which birth feng shui element is representative for you. Read below as the Feng Shui can help you improve both energy and luck in 2014.
Overall: For people born under the Pig sign, 2014 is a good year. Auspicious energy and lots of good luck await you in this year, as long as you learn how to take advantage of all the opportunities that might come up your way. You need to take care of your energy, though, and do not overwork yourself. Use Feng Shui cures when needed to neutralize any possible negative energy and turn it into a positive force.
Wealth and Career: in 2014, there will be plenty of opportunities available for you and if you take some chances, you will gain more wealth and progress in your career. If needed, you should use the wealth and career progress feng shui cures. This means you should select the Feng Shui cures you feel you need and always trust your intuition.
Love: 2014 comes with good opportunities in the areas of love and relationships. You will be able to attract and keep an important love relationship. In order to grant your success in the Love area, you should choose the appropriate Feng Shui cures that will help you take care of the Southeast area.
Health: This year, you will need to take some time off to refresh yourself. If you do not, you risk exhaustion, losing energy which might lead to missing some good opportunities. Choose the most appropriate Feng Shui health cures for your situation and be careful about the Feng Shui health Trinity at your own home. You also need to make more space for your innermost self. Create your own altar and start a routine meditation practice.
Personal Feng Shui: In 2014, focus on strengthening your energy. If you apply proper attention to Feng Shui, you can improve your energy with a healthy environment and also by using certain crystals. In order to strengthen your energy this year, amethyst, aquamarine, black tourmaline and Celestite can help you. Use them as your personal amulets or choose jewelry that contains these desired crystals.
For the people born under the Pig sign, 2014 is a promising year. It will also be a challenging one in regards to your energy. You will fully benefit from all the opportunities at hand if you take care of your energy instead of exhausting yourself.
If you would like to know more about the Chinese Zodiac and the various Feng Shui cures available, click here. Many people live by these beliefs and have found that there are many truths to the Zodiac profiles.
What animal are you represented by? Do you believe in the Chinese Zodiac truths?
Well, not really tips… Miss Piggy has some pretty unique ideas regarding beauty treatments so we aren’t quite sure how she is prepping for the big day. She has been quoted many times regarding her beauty regimen and her answers are always so colorful.
Take these beauty quotes for example…
“Often the only view we have of ourselves is from a mirror or photograph. Due to defection, refaction, conflection and infliction, mirrors always make you look larger in the wrong places. (An important scientist at a big university in a famous place discovered this.) And cameras do lie, because of all kinds of strange optical things and complicated gizmos that break and give you the wrong shortstop or spoil the focus-pocus, and little hairs that get stuck inside and goo on the film.”
“Having a dull hairstyle is like putting an olive on top of a chocolate sundae. It makes your whole appearance unappetizing.”
“It’s a good idea to apply an all-over facial pack once or twice a month, but I never, never use mud. (Frankly, it brings up unpleasant memories.) I recommend my own special facial mousse, a mixture of mocha cooking chocolate, icing sugar, eggs and cream (adjust the proportions to your own taste). The mousse should be beaten with a wooden spatula as if you were frosting a cake. If there’s a little bit left over, it is quite all right to taste a teensy bit.”
Did she accidentally confuse her facial mask with a favorite dessert recipe?
“For the glamorous look, choose plain-looking dining companions.”
“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and it may become necessary from time to time to give a stupid or misinformed beholder a black eye.”
Gosh, I love her spunk.
Actually, everyone loves Miss Piggy and you know she’d be a superb gal to hang out with. A Girl’s Night would be much more fun, wouldn’t it? Imagine that spunk after throwing back a couple of cosmos. Hmm, that reminds me – Will she be having a hen party before she gets into that amazing Wedding Dress designed by Vivienne Westwood? That could be interesting. have you seen it? It’s as stunning as she is!
She seems to be following her own advice regarding fashion…
“Never let your frog outdress you.”
When asked about this stunning wedding dress and the designer, Miss Piggy said, “ ‘Vivienne Westwood is fabulous – just like moi, When I asked her to design this wedding dress for moi’s new movie, Muppets Most Wanted, she was thrilled and I was thrilled. The only one a bit ‘iffy’ about it was the Frog.”
Kermit the Frog has been ‘a bit iffy’ about a lot of things though ..including his romance and commitment with this French speaking barnyard beauty. If he doesn’t end up getting cold feet, she and Kermy are to tie the knot on screen in the upcoming Muppets m0vie called ‘Muppets Most Wanted’ but it’s anyone’s guess if they will make it through the nuptials.
Rumor has it this takes place at the Tower of London – romantic, yes? The gal’s been waiting for her little green frog prince a long time so fingers are crossed that this one works out well for the unlikely couple. Some Muppet fans were confused about this possible wedding, believing that Kermy and Miss Piggy had already gotten married in the 1984 movie ‘Muppets Take Manhattan’ but Kermit has pointed out that was just a movie they were acting in.
We can literally count down the hours as the ‘Muppets Most Wanted’ hits theaters on March 21st. The movie will feature all of your favorite Muppet characters as well as offerings from Tina Fey, Ty Burrell, Tom Hiddleston, and Ricky Gervais, to name a few.
Are you heading to the theater this week to see Muppets Most Wanted?
Which Muppet is your favorite character and why? Let’s chat!
California or Bust for the Ninth Annual Pigs and Pinot Celebration
Pigs and Pinot will be celebrated this year for the ninth time, taking place on March 21-22, 2014, at Hotel Healdsburg in Sonoma County in Northern California. During this Pigs and Pinot weekend celebration, Chef Palmer will host a series of intimate dining and educational events. As part of the celebration, some of the Master Sommeliers and other international celebrity chefs will reveal some of the greatest Pinot Noirs in the world, with perfect pork pairings.
In order to attend the 2014 Celebration of Pigs and Pinot, attendees must buy tickets which became available for purchase on Thursday, January 16th. The tickets and packages available for this pig-tastic event are limited and net proceeds accumulated from the celebration will benefit ‘Share Our Strength Charities and Local Scholarships‘.
At this annual event, the following Chefs will participate: Amanda Freitag, Frank Crispo, Bryan Voltaggio and Philippe Rispoli. For the Gala Dinner, the following Winemakers will attend: Michael Browne – CIRQ, Pierre Emmanuel – Domain Pierre Gelin, Jesse Katz and Bill Foley – Roth/Te Kaiaranga, Tom Rochioli – Rochioli Vineyards & Winery and Mike Weersing – Pyramid Valley Vineyards.
This event begins on Friday with the ‘Taste of Pigs & Pinot’. The Pinot Cup is an annual wine competition in which 60 handpicked pinot noirs compete in a competition of blind-tasting which is held by a world-renowned judging panel. At this event, guests will sample 60 highly praised Pinot Noir wines which are competing in the Pinot Cup competition. In addition to the 60 Pinot Noir, this year’s guests will also be offered two Rosé wines.
With these offered wines, guests will also be served a variety of scrumptious pork dishes which include charcuterie, grilled pork, homemade sausages, pates and other exclusive creations from Chef Palmer and Dustin Valette, Dry Creek Kitchen Chef de Cuisine, guest celebrity chefs and local Healdsburg restaurants.
Saturday, March 22, 2014, brings the Tournament of the Pig which includes Charlie Palmer and Guest Chefs. This event takes places between the hours of 10:30 am and 12:30 am at Relish Culinary Adventures, Healdsburg, and the tickets cost $125.00. Guest chefs attending will be divided into two teams, and given a whole pig. Each team will need to this succulent creature to create two specific dishes, using ingredients they can find at Dry Creek Kitchen. A judging panel will regulate the competition and the audience will get an opportunity to taste the dishes.
Later Saturday, between 1 and 3 pm, the Ultimate Pinot Smackdown will be held. In this event, Master Sommeliers Drew Hendricks, Fred Dame, Keith Goldston, and Michael Jordan will march a wine seminar. Each of the four Master Sommeliers will sell 4 Pinots and only one of them can win the competition.
The Gala Dinner starts Saturday evening at 6:30 – 7 pm and will begin with a Spoonbar’s Swine and Wine Dinner where the guests will be served pork dishes accompanied by two of the Sonoma County’s premier Pinot Noirs. After the dinner, the guests will continue the celebration at Hotel Healdsburg, where they will be served drinks and dessert.
As time winds down with only few days left to make the necessary reservations to participate in the Ninth Annual Pigs & Pinot, tickets have become wait-listed. If you are interested in this palate pleasing event, access the Pigs & Pinot waiting list by filling in your personal information.
Are you one of the lucky guests attending this annual event celebrating two palate pleasers – Pigs and Pinot? Have you ever been to this event? We would love to hear all the details! Please share them here with us?
The Story of Porco Rosso
Certainly everyone knows the saying “When Pigs Fly” which is meant to represent something that will never happen, just as pigs will never be able to fly. Well, this is wrong! The Red Pig flies in a Japanese animated film from 1992. Porco Rosso, known as The Red Pig, was originally a cartoon called Kurenai no Buta.
Porco Rosso presents the story of an Italian veteran World War I pilot who now lives his life as a freelance bounty hunter, chasing so-called air pirates over the Adriatic Sea. The initial name of the main character was Marco Pagot but it transformed into Porco Rosso after the character went through an unusual curse that changed him into an anthropomorphic pig.
The story presents Porco Rosso fighting against Austro-Hungarian fighter planes, taking place in the years between World War I and World War II. The entire environment and characters presented in the scenes of this story are inspired from the real world. In the opening sequence of this animated film, Porco can be seen reading a magazine, on which the date 1929 can be seen. The film is placed in the fascist period and Porco Rosso makes a statement in his position as an anti-fascist, which is rather amusing: ”I’d much rather be a pig than a fascist!”
The beginning of this film presents Porco Rosso responding to an alert regarding an attack of airborne pirates on a ferry liner. After Porco Rosso defeats the pirates, he retires to the Hotel Adriano which is run by Gina, Porco Rosso’s long-time friend. The hotel’s restaurant is frequented by pilots and the heads of pirate gangs are introduced to Curtis, who is an arrogant and ambitious American Ace. Curtis falls in love with Gina and he is frustrated to see that Gina has eyes for Porco Rosso.
When Porco Rosso flies to Milan for plane improvements, Curtis follows and shoots him down, claiming he has killed Porco Rosso. Of course, Porco Rosso survives and continues his mission. This is where all of Porco Rosso’s adventures begin. He meets his mechanic, Piccolo, and finds out that Piccolo’s sons have immigrated and engineering is now done by his granddaughter, Fio. When the plane is repaired, Fio asks Porco Rosso to take her with him on his flight home.
On the way home, Porco Rosso and Fio are ambushed by air pirates but Fio saves the situation. Then, Curtis comes on the scene to challenge Porco to a final duel. During that night’s events, Porco Rosso tells the story of an event which happened from World War I. The duel between Porco Rosso and Curtis is arranged for the next day when a large crowd will gather to observe their duel.
The duel begins with a dogfight, which is indecisive, then continues with a bare fist boxing match. Meanwhile, Gina appears and tries to stop their fight, telling them and the crowd that Italian air force has already been alerted and is on the way.
After Gina’s apparition, Porco Rosso wins the fight and asks Gina to take care of Fio. Before Porco Rosso takes off in his plane, Fio gives him a kiss. After all these events, Piccolo becomes an aircraft manufacturer and Fio becomes the company president. Curtis becomes a successful actor and the pirates continue to frequent the Hotel Adriano. In the end, it is suggested that Porco Rosso proposes to Gina.
So if you wish to see an interesting story which will convince you that pigs can fly, Porco Rosso is the perfect choice. The story contains all the adventure and excitement to hold the watcher’s interest and is presented with delightful humor, as animated films usually are. Another cool fact to remember is that Porco Rosso was Japan’s number one grossing film back in 1993.
Have you ever heard of Porco Rosso, the famous Red Pig? Please leave your comments here!
5K Piggy Pilgrimage
From zombie races to foam runs – what’s next when it comes to the latest 5k event themes? Chances are, you probably wouldn’t have guessed it would be a Bacon Chase. This delicious 5k Piggy Pilgrimage event infuses two things that people typically do not often associate together – bacon and running. This exciting race is one that does not end with a trophy or medal. Instead, the run ends with a reward that is sure to have your mouth watering in anticipation during the entire 3.1 miles!
Bacon Chase Prizes
While hustling your ham as fast as you can, you will be showered with the benefit of unlimited bacon bits all the way to the finish line which will keep your spirits and appetite going. As soon as you gloriously step foot across the finish line, you will be rewarded with an unlimited amount of crispy, delicious bacon strips as well as a nice Bloody Mary to wash it all down – as long as you are 21 years of age, of course. Everyone who participates also receives a signature Bacon Chase T-shirt and the signature Bacon Chase scratch-n-sniff bib. Runners will be able to proudly display their love of bacon with these one of a kind rewards.
Blitz to Bacon Chase
For those more interested in the bacon rather than chasing at this celebration of all things bacon, there is also an event called the 0.05k Blitz to Bacon where participators will make their way across a stretch of only 164 feet to feast on an infinite amount of savory bacon strips. Although your hoofs may be tired after running this 5k of pure bacon bliss, participants will rejoice with delight at all of the bacon-themed activities that will await. Exalting all that is scrumptious and hammy, this bacon-themed festival is something you surely do not want to miss.
Bacon Chase Registration
If you want to go on a journey that leads to piggy delight, the upcoming Bacon Chase is being held at the Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Georgia, on March 22, 2014. Don’t wait too long to register as spots are limited and people are gobbling them up quickly!
Why Participate in the Bacon Chase?
The Bacon Chase is an event that benefits St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. For more information on this worthy cause or to register online for this year’s Bacon Chase, please visit www.baconchase.com. Racers should sign up to become a St. Jude Hero while completing the registration process to help fund research for sick children with life-threatening illnesses. Save children’s lives as you celebrate your love of bacon and earn cool prizes and enjoy several race day incentives.
- $20 for one ticket to the 5K Bacon Chase on March 22 ($45 value)
- $15 for one ticket to the 0.05K Bacon Chase on March 22 ($25 value)
Pigs Can Be Romantic too!
While it is still weeks away, Valentine’s Day quickly approaches. Sure, candy and flowers are a safe bet but why not give her something that really stands out? Be brave. Take a chance. You should begin planning your Valentine’s Day strategy now rather than wait until the last minute when all the great gifts are gone.
Perhaps you are lucky enough to have a girlfriend or wife who adores piggys as much as we do! If so, you are going to love this list of great gift ideas that will really make her night and keep you out of the dog house. Our list of gift ideas are affordable and adorable so choose your favorite idea and create a magical evening with the one that makes you as happy as a pig eating slop! With each item on this list, you will find some great ideas that will make these gifts even more amazing.
Piggy Paint Set of Three $20
Here is a wonderful gift idea to spoil the lady in your life. This Piggy Paint Set is a wonderful way to tell her how much you appreciate all that she does. These three fun colors of nail polish offer unlimited options and make her feel beautiful. Another great feature of this great gift idea is that it is suitable for all ages.
I recommend doing a little homework by finding out where her favorite salon is located. purchasing a gift certificate to her favorite beauty or nail salon for any service of her choosing. A happy woman is a woman who feels pretty and pampered.
Singing Plush Cupig Shuffle
Whether she loves to dance or not, your special lady will love this wonderful Singing Plush Cupig Shuffle Gift from Hallmark Gold Crown Stores. The Cupid Shuffle is a popular song with an unforgettable beat that really fills the dance floor. This techno plush pink piggy shuffles, shakes his plump, protruding belly, and sings a catchy excerpt of this hit. Her heart will melt and it will be one of her favorite Valentine’s Day for years to come. Hallmark has a great deal on this little piggy – $32.95 or $15.95 with the purchase of three greeting cards. This is another gift that will please nearly any age group.
I recommend gifting this item to your special gal on a Valentine’s Day evening date of dinner and dancing, or drinks at your favorite pub. Shock her by learning all the moves to “The Cupid Shuffle” and it will be a night she will never forget, leaving behind a lasting smile and fond memories. A great learning video can be found here: http://bit.ly/1fyhXMh
Just For Fun Piggy Foot Spa Gift Set
This Valentine’s Day, treat her overworked feet to the pampering and splendor of this Just for Fun Piggy Foot Spa Gift Set by Spa Sister Gift Essentials. For only $34.00, this slipper set includes soft, shaggy animal slippers, an exfoliating foot scrub, deeply nourishing foot butter, a premium nail File, and deluxe comfort toe separators. When your feet feel rejuvenated, your day is a little better.
I would highly recommend purchasing a gift certificate which will treat her to a deeply relaxing massage or a special spa day. A good alternative to this plan would be to select a beautiful matching bathrobe like this plush pink terry cloth short robe available on sale now for only $39.50 at Victoria Secret. http://bit.ly/1dPBm8n
Flying Pig Glass Margarita Gift Set
Sometimes, a girl just needs a margarita night to distress and have some fun and what better way to unwind than with this adorable hand-painted Flying Pig Glass Margarita Gift Set. This beautiful glassware is only $33.00 and can be personalized with your leading lady’s name right on the base. Artist Carla Tyree offers this adorable piggy on a cloud design on your choice of glassware so you can choose a pilsner, wine, champagne flute, or pint glass – whatever your lovely lady prefers. All paint is baked onto the outer glass for durability and can be washed by hand for best results.
Pair this beautiful set with her favorite liquor, wine, or brew and plan a fun evening of drinks and laughs. Secure a hotel room or vacation rental with an indoor hot tub for a Valentine’s Day neither of you will soon forget.
Hopefully, one of the above ideas and themes will appeal to you this Valentine’s Day. Please comment if you have an idea to add to the ones listed above and do have a wonderful holiday with someone dear to your heart!
Hello to all my fellow pig & pork lovers. My name is David and I will be contributing to the MyPigMeUp blog weekly with post about technology & science that involves pigs. Just so you have a little background about me, I am in the IT field, I also enjoy learning about technology and how it involves us in this world. With that in mind, hope you will enjoy my first blog post of the week.
Could humans be a mixed hybrid of pigs and chimps mating?
Based off a article found at http://news.techeye.net/science/humans-are-a-pig-chimp-hybrid. It’s believed that humans came from a mix of a pig and a chimp mating over time. Hard to believe this theory could be true or not? Based off results from Geneticist Eugene McCarthy it is a very possible scenario that we take certain aspects of pigs. For example, our skin and organs microstructure issimilar. No wonder I feel a uncanny love for pigs then. Then just like the little oinkers I never had.
Then on top of that we have taken certain living habits over there mating. Like the chimps raised several pigs and they took on the cultural habits of those chimps. So just think how some of those animalistic tendencies could have been passed down to the human species. Just how we like to sit on the couch and ponder our thoughts. Last time I checked pigs and chimps do the same exact thing.
Take the article for what is worth it validates some possibilities of how humans become what they are today. One hypothesis says we mated and from there the genetics created different humanoids and other species of animals as well.
Hope you found the first article about how humans and pigs share so many unique qualities with one another. With great geneticist out in the field today who knows what will be shown in the future. Who knows maybe there a pig out there that looks just like you. Literally the possibilities with science are endless. Until next time your friendly technology pig blogger David Holtzclaw and may all your piggy dreams come true.
In the South, we have a scrumptious New Year’s tradition for your enjoyment and consideration to which we owe the pig some big thanks. Perhaps you have never heard of hog jowl but it is something we eat every New Year’s Day. Similar to bacon but thicker and substantially more coarse, hog jowl is believed to bring good luck to all who consume it on this day.
Hog jowl is a tough cut of meat from the “cheek” of the hog. Typically, this cut of meat is best when smoked, cured, and fried like bacon. Hog jowl can also be used when seasoning beans, peas, and greens for a divine flavor that’s hard to turn down.
For New Year’s Day, hog jowls are traditionally fried and eaten to promote health, prosperity, and success. Those of us who live in the South are not alone in our New Year’s Day beliefs. All over the world, people celebrate the beginning of a New Year with pork. Germany is known for creating marzipan pigs for centerpieces and for giving to neighbors. Austria natives enjoy dining on pig’s feet, pork sausage, roast suckling pig, or pork dumplings.
Pigs: the Symbol of Health and Wealth
Pigs have always been symbolic of health and wealth in the South as owning a hog could mean a family’s survival for the entire winter. The fatty meat which pigs provide can help to create a significant source of food for those who are not wealthy. In times past, having pork in one’s possession would mean the difference between life and death for some poor Southern families.
Pigs: the Symbol of Success
Throughout history, pigs have also symbolized success and progress. There is a superstition that because pigs cannot turn their heads to look back, they are always looking to the future which makes them a perfect fit for many New Year’s Day celebrations.
But Why the Tough Cut of Hog Jowls?
This can be answered quite easily – because it is winter time. Because Hog Jowl is a cut that can be cured and stored for a long period of time, it becomes the perfect choice for our New Year’s Day spread. Another reason to choose hog jowl is the added benefit of seasoning those black-eyed peas and greens which we also consider good luck to consume on this special day.
How to Buy Hog Jowl
Hog Jowl is usually packaged just like thick-sliced bacon or on the rind. Cooks remove the rind and slice the jowl before frying it on both sides in a skillet. Drain the fried meat on a paper towel and serve it with the rest of your holiday feast. A good condiment to have available is Tobasco sauce or hot sauce.
How to Cook Hog Jowl
Cooking hog jowl is amazingly simple as it can be cooked exactly like bacon. Season your black-eyed peas and collard greens just as you would with bacon pieces. Southerners like my Mother would say that isn’t enough hog jowl to bring prosperity. You would need to also fry some hog jowl up to eat as well. Because it is a tougher cut, you will have to fry it longer than you would bacon. Deep frying is recommended for the best flavor. In the South, we have deep fried almost everything at one time or another.
Don’t Feel Bad for Pigging Out on New Year’s Day
Through the ages, hogs and pigs have been a symbol of both positive and negative proportions through the aspects of prosperity and gluttony. Some say they are “being a pig” when they eat more than they feel they should have while other cultures have traditions that imply the more pig consumed on New Year’s Day, the more money will come to you in the coming year. For those of us who simply love food, this is great news. Now we have a great reason to return to the table for seconds.
From our Home to Yours,
May You Have a Prosperous and Pig-tastic New Year!
Pigs are delicious as bacon or pork chops but have you ever thought they could also taste sweet and look like candy? They can with this tradition which uses sweet pigs made of Holiday candy! The Peppermint Pig is a popular Christmas tradition in which a pig made of peppermint candy is passed around the dinner table and all of the participants must use a hammer (imagine a small kitchen hammer such as a meat tenderizer, not the hammer your husband or dad carries in his toolbox) in order to break a piece from the candy pig, eat it and then pass the pig and the hammer over to the next person.
The pig represents good fortune, prosperity and good health. In the Victorian days, pigs were treated as good luck charms. And so they passed this belief to us who now celebrate this as a sweet Christmas tradition. The Peppermint Pig tradition is very old, beginning somewhere in 1880’s, in Saratoga Springs NY. It is a fun tradition that will bring joy and happiness to all of the participants to a dinner where these sweet and satisfying Peppermint Pigs are served. The Peppermint Pig is made of pink, solid candy, very similar to candy canes. It is delicious and can also bring lot of entertainment and conversation to the dinner table on Christmas evening.
You can buy a Peppermint Pig from many stores, but if you wish to make this tradition even more fun and interesting, try crafting a Holiday Peppermint Pig on your own. You will enjoy all the fun of this tradition from the manufacturing of the pig to the ‘beating and eating.’ In order to create a Peppermint Pig in your own kitchen, you should buy some candy canes and, of course, a pig shaped cookie cutter.
You will begin by smashing the candy canes – you will now discover the fun of smashing objects and this can help you on your mood boost! Then, you will put all of the smashed pieces inside the oiled cookie cutter lying on a cookie sheet over parchment paper and put it in the pre-heated oven to bake it. You will need to pay attention to it as it melts to get the desired color and texture from it – you wouldn’t want your Holiday pig to look more brownish than pink!
When it gets to the color you wish, pull it from the oven and allow it to cool completely before removing the handmade Peppermint Pig from the cookie cutter. You may decide to make more than one Peppermint Pig which will allow you to give some away as gifts. For gifts, you will put the piggy in a plastic, transparent bag and add a festive bow with a tag describing the Holiday tradition.
This sweet pig will add to the pleasure of everyone’s Holiday experience. Children will especially love this old tradition. Whether homemade or store bought, the Peppermint Pig can bring smiles and laughter to your Christmas dinner table. Your family will be highly entertained, elevating your moods even before you get to taste the delicious, sweet Peppermint porker!
I have a feeling that breaking the candy pig could be a real Holiday stress reliever… what do you think?
Are you looking for some great piggy Christmas gifts for those you hold dear to your heart? It is always a difficult task to find unique and usable gifts for everyone within your budget. They will squeal with delight when they find these special gifts under the tree this year and best of all, these pink piggy finds are all under $10.00.
Normally priced at $12.00, this attractive set features a Pewter flying pig ornament adorned with pink glitter wings and the hand silk-screened message that reads “When pigs fly” and a matching flying pig necklace with earring set. Made in the USA of high quality Pewter, this adorable set offers a great value and is sure to stir up some stimulating conversation at any Christmas celebration. Surprisingly, this boutique quality item can be found at Kmart.
Anyone on your Christmas list would benefit from one of these Hand Held LED Flash Lights. Perfect for children or adults, these are not only brightly colored but the light these little pigs provide is pretty bright too. These little Flash Lights will come in handy all year long and are the perfect size to hang from your purse or key ring. These little piggies will offer lots of help to the loved ones on your Christmas list.
Joie Piggy Wiggy Timer $8.13
Perfect for anyone who loves to cook or bake, this little Joie Piggy Wiggy Timer will help prevent overcooking those special Holiday dishes. Just a simple twist of this piggy’s round body will set him to go off when the time is right. Available at Amazon, you can easily personalize this gift by adding some cookie mix and beater with a festive bow attached.
This adorable eight piece Charcoal Companion Pig Corn Holders will add some serious fun any night you serve some corn on the cob. Each set of two corn holders equals four helpful little pigs, making the perfect Christmas gift for anyone who adores piggies. Made of poly-resin and stainless steel, the prongs will easily attach to the cob so you can enjoy your corn with lots of butter. These little pigs will certainly add to the dinner conversation.
Want a unique Christmas gift that your loved one can put to use immediately? This adorable little piggy will keep all the Holiday beverages safe while you party the night away. Made of iron, the Bobblehead Pig Bottle Stopper will add fun and function for a combination that equals a truly awesome Christmas gift idea. This gift will make an even bigger splash when you give this bottle stopper with a great bottle of wine. Who wouldn’t want to invite this cute little piggy to a fun Holiday party?
Flying Pig Mug $6.48
This Flying Pig Mug from Pier1 Imports is an adorable find for anyone who loves pink piggies and at this price, consider purchasing several to fill with Christmas candies or gourmet coffee and tea varieties for a truly festive gift. Tie a Christmas bow around the goodies and place in this dishwasher safe mug. Who wouldn’t be thrilled to receive such an awesome gift?
Rubber Pig Coin Purse $4.75
The Rubber Pig Coin Purse from Claire’s has to be one of the cutest ways to store change that I have ever seen. This little pink piggy offers the perfect solution for all of that spare change lying around in the bottom of your purse or in the car. This adorable little change purse is perfect for any age and will make Holiday giving a much simpler task.
Anyone who travels will recognize what a great help this Cute Pink Pig Rainbow Stripes Luggage Tag could be during Holiday travel. All luggage sets can look the same when traveling via bus or plane, making it difficult to spot your suitcase in a crowd. This brightly colored piggy will protect your personal belongings to help prevent them from being lost. Personalize these however you like and give them to the travelers on your Christmas list. Holidays without lost luggage are the best ones of all!
If you carry an Apple iPhone 4 or 4s, you are in luck because this Fosmon 3D Pink Pig Silicone Protector Case is super cheap and oh so cute! This handy rubber case will protect your phone from damage and give you something to smile about. This is the perfect Christmas gift for the iPhone owner on your piggy loving Christmas list.
This adorable sixteen inch PIG Crystal Necklace is as delightful as the adorable Piggy in a Dress Gift Box it will arrive in. Perfect for any young lady on your Christmas list, this whimsical set will bring much joy and laughter to its new owner as she discovers the love of this pink piggy.
Of course, this precious pig should be at the top of our list. She’s beautiful, glamorous, popular, world-wise and knows exactly what she wants in life. She is a prima-donna who oozes grace, charm, and beauty… and we never see her with hardly a hair out of place. She also reeks of talent: singing, dancing, acting, speaking French, and even knows karate! What we love about her most is that she isn’t afraid to follow her heart even if it means breaking the rules… falling in love with a little green frog for example. If the love of her life steps out of line, she has the spunk and character to let him know it too!
Taco night is always a favorite dinner ritual for many families, and is a quick and easy meal solution that everybody can enjoy. While surfing the net, we found a spectacular way to have taco night with a twist that any pork-lover is sure to appreciate – with bacon taco shells. Having your taco shell made completely out of crispy, delicious bacon strips a unique way to have your tacos and integrate your love for bacon simultaneously!
There are a few ways to successfully craft a bacon taco shell; however the method shared on Dude Foods yields a nicely defined taco shell that’s actually shaped like the traditional shells. The shell consists of a simple technique where approximately 10 to 12 pieces of bacon are overlapped using a “weave” style technique.
No, this title is not a misprint, folks. Johnston Memorial Hospital found an interesting way last year to make their fundraisers a bit more fun, and they did it with a man dressed up as a pig mascot… who then got arrested. While the arrest was kind of a joke, the fundraiser was not, as they hospital raised more than $33,000 with the mascot’s help to benefit their Mountain States Foundation and improve care for people in and around the hospital.
Plus, overall, the campaign raised a whopping $209,000 – not only their most successful campaign to date, but something that proves that pigs can really bring in the bacon and fry it in the pan! Ok, bad pun. Sorry. Read more »
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