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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We pigged out on pork rinds, juicy BBQ, and listened to live music at the Atlanta Bar-B-Q Festival. The admission tickets were only $10 for two people if you bought the deal on Groupon. If you didn’t get a chance to go, there’s always next year. Oink oink!
Down in Florida right now, a city council is considering an amendment that involves figuring out pig weights, and determining whether people can keep pigs as pets. Among other issues, the proposed law is re-considering whether people can have pigs as pets if they weigh over a certain weight, and if they meet other requirements.
You can read about it here, but basically, a big hubbub has come out of some people holding pigs as pets, paying their annual domestic licensures, and other people seeing people not as pets, but as farm animals. That’s not new, of course, and these sorts of issues periodically pop up in various other states around laws when people question whether pigs are even allowed to be pets.
Georgia’s pigs as pets rule is a little bit difficult to decipher (read all about it in its original format here), but it appears that you are allowed to have “livestock,” including swine, so long as they have proper vaccinations and veterinary permits attached and required, as released and approved by the State Veterinarian.
There are all kinds of strange contests being held all over the world. Some of them can be pretty outrageous like the smelliest shoes or the longest spit, the loudest burp and quite a few other strange ideas, so it only makes sense that there would be a pig squealing contest too.
Every year a bunch of people in France meet up and get dressed in pig costumes in order to get into character. Their performance is not only based on their squealing abilities, but also on how well they can imitate every single thing that pigs normally do. Including how they eat, how they roll and how they interact with each other. There are many who dress up in very funny ways and even kids have participated in the squealing and the entire event is very family oriented. Some of these people travel from all over France just to make it to the festival.
If you’ve been living under a rock for the better part of the last few months, you’ve missed the cultural train wreck – er, phenomenon – that is Honey Boo Boo Child.
That’s right. The little girl from Toddlers in Tiaras who was born and raised in small town, down-home Georgia has been given her own spin-off show and lives it up doing all sorts of redneck stuff around the city.
Truth be told, the girl has a pretty funny personality, and she doesn’t seem as dumb as the cameras make her out to be, but you definitely get the feeling that you are watching complete trailer trash when you enjoy that show.
What’s more, it feels to me like I am losing some brain cells when it comes to watching her on television, too, since she surely isn’t stimulating any sort of conversation or interaction with me!