Limericks about Pigs

Written by Lillian Tram on May 31st, 2014

 

Do you remember studying limericks in Junior High School? Every week at my school, the entire class had to memorize about five different limericks to recite in front of the room. More like tongue twisters than poems, many of those crazy little rhymes are still stuck in my head more than twenty-five years later.
 
 
Many of the limericks learned in class were filled with humor and almost always about animals. For those of you who do not remember studying these, a limerick is often comical and nonsensical, and sometimes even lewd.
 
 
Limericks are structured in five line anapestic meter, offering a strict rhyme scheme referred to as AABBA. The first two lines always rhyme with the last line while the third and fourth line rhyme. Also, the third and fourth lines are usually shorter than the rest.
 
 
Here are some cute limericks for your enjoyment featuring a funny animal indeed, the pig. Say them aloud for an extra dose of fun …or to make others think you have finally flipped your lid.
 
 

There was a young pig whose delight
Was to follow the moths in their flight.
He entrapped them in nets,
Then admired his pets
As they danced on the ceiling at night.

-Anonymous

 

There once was a piglet named Bob
Who spent all of his days on a log.
He sat there all day
While his friends went to play
‘Til one day he was lost in the fog.

-by Allison Tremblay

 

There was a young pig who, in bed,
Nightly slumbered with eggs on his head.
When the sun at its rise
Made him open his eyes
He enjoyed them for breakfast in bed.

-Anonymous

 

There was a young pig from Racine
Whose botanical interests were keen.
He planted a sock
In a bright window box,
Where it blossomed and sprouted a bean.

-Anonymous

 

There was a poor pig on the street,
In the dustbin found tidbits to eat,
Though his hot garbage stew,
Smelled exactly like glue,
He declared that its taste was a treat.

-Anonymous

 

There was a sad pig with a tail
Not curly, but straight as a nail.
So he ate simply oodles
Of pretzels and noodles,
Which put a fine twist to his tail.

-by Arnold Lobel

 

Hopefully, you will find these as fun and entertaining as I have over the years.

What limericks do you recall from your school days?

Interesting Facts about Pigs on the Farm

Written by Lillian Tram on May 30th, 2014

 

Explore some Facts about the Pig’s Habitat 

 

If you want to know more about pigs, one good way is to learn about their habitats.  In America today, many people have domesticated pigs as pets and allow them to live indoors.  However, most pigs can be found living outdoors on a farm.  For your entertainment, here are some fun facts and trivia tidbits about farms and farm life.

 

 

Did You Know?

 

  •  New York City farmers built a wall in the 17th century to keep pigs from roaming.  The street running alongside this wall was named “Wall Street”.
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  • Farmers are twice as likely to die on the job as police officers. In addition, they are approximately four times as likely to be killed on the job as firefighters.
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  • In Colorado, some sheep farmers keep llamas to guard their sheep.
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  • In the U.S., the first branded animals were not cows but rather, pigs. This began when farmers in Connecticut became required to mark their swine.
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  • The pork industry in the U.S. generates sales of approximately $21 billion per year. McDonald’s is one of the America’s largest buyers of pork products, responsible for consumption of about 1% of the nation’s total pork production.  This is due to the sales of Sausage McMuffins, the McRib sandwich and their breakfast menu.
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  • U.S. farmers are raising approximately 117.1 million pigs this year, the highest number in a half century or more.  World pork output gains 2.7 percent to an all-time high of 104.4 million metric tons according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
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  • A full grown pig can drink up to fourteen gallons of water a day.  Farmers must provide a large supply of water to pigs daily.
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  • One sow (mature female pig) can give birth to a litter of 7 to 12 piglets twice each year.  When a sow gives birth to her baby pigs, it is called farrowing. The gestational period for a sow is 114 days, which is a little less than 4 months.
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  • A baby pig (piglet) weighs approximately 2 ½ pounds when born but will double its weight in just one week.
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  • Pigs are very good swimmers and will actually choose water over mud.  Farms with ponds make good homes for pigs.
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  • Around the world, people eat more pork than any other meat, but in America, beef and poultry beat pork in popularity.
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  • While many think pigs eat nearly anything (slop), the truth is farmers are very picky about what their pigs eat.  Approved foods include corn, wheat and soybean meal. Vitamins and minerals are also added for growth and improved overall health.
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  • Pork offers protein, B-vitamins and Thiamine to healthy diets. This is about three times as much Thiamine as in any other food. This is important because Thiamine converts carbohydrates into energy.
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  • Pigs are curious and playful; they are happiest when they can keep busy.  Many farmers offer entertainment for their pigs in the form of beach balls and unneeded tires.
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  • While the name suggests gluttony, pigs will only eat until they are full.
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  • A mature pig has 44 teeth called tusks.  These tusks will continue to grow across the pig’s entire life but are honed and sharpened by the uppers rubbing against the lowers. It is a good thing that pigs are not normally aggressive.
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  • Pigs have a keen sense of smell, as their snouts are highly developed as a sense organ and is also very sensitive to touch.  Pigs can even smell things that are underground.  Many farmers will put rings in their pigs’ noses to prevent them from rooting. Wild pigs feed themselves by digging for roots to eat. This digging can causes a lot of damage and problems on the farm.
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  • Fully grown boars can weigh more than 500 pounds, while most sows can weigh anywhere from 300 to 500 pounds.
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  • The highest recorded price ever paid for a pig was $56,000 which was paid for a cross-breed named Bud.  This was on March 5, 1985.
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  • The Pet Hall of Fame features a pig named Priscilla who once saved a boy from drowning.  As a rule, pigs are very brave.
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  • The largest pig as of 2014 was a Poland-China hog named “Big Bill”.  This hefty porker weighed 2,552 pounds and was five feet tall and nine feet long.  Wow!
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  • The largest litter of piglets ever born was 37 piglets – 36 were born alive and 33 survived.
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  • Pig heart valves have been used to successfully replace damaged human heart valves.
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  • Insulin and more than forty other pharmaceuticals and medications are derived from pig products.
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  • Pig fat and other pig products are used in the following items: cosmetics, floor wax, crayons, chalk, weed killers, anti-freeze, glass, china, adhesives, plastics, paint, chewing gum, shoes, and many of other items.
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It is no wonder we love pigs!  Look at all the wonderful ways that pigs help us and in some cases, even save our lives.  Do you know any interesting facts about pigs or farm life?  Please share it with us by commenting below!
 
 

Easy Summertime Meal: Hot Ham and Swiss Sliders

Written by Lillian Tram on May 28th, 2014

 


 

Ham and Swiss Sliders with Tasty Poppy Seed Sauce

 

I found this recipe online and adapted it to suit my needs, serving these sliders to my hungry family at an outdoor birthday event. They were so easy to make ahead of time and store in the refrigerator until time to heat and serve. I used a covered casserole dish to serve these mini hot ham and Swiss sandwiches which made transporting them to the picnic a breeze.
 

The sliders were a huge success as I had only four sandwiches left after serving two pans full. Best of all, there was very little cooking and the assembly was easy. The most important thing to remember is to choose the very best tasting brands of ham, Swiss and dressing for optimal flavor. This recipe is extremely versatile and it will be easy to make small changes to suit your own needs.
 

 

Assembly of the Ham and Swiss Sliders

 

 

Slider Ingredients:

 

24 white dinner rolls

24 pieces of your favorite deli ham

24 small slices of quality Swiss cheese

1/2 cup Miracle Whip or mayo

 

 

Assembly is quite simple, starting with the delicious rolls to use for buns on your sliders. Sara Lee Dinner Rolls, Rhode’s Frozen Rolls, and King’s Hawaiian Rolls are the three best available to use in my area so I went with Sara Lee. Cut each roll in half to form a bun and pile on the goodies.
 

I put two slices of meat on each sandwich and a generous amount of Swiss on top, and then placed each mini slider into the casserole dish.  Try to place the finished sandwiches really close together in the pan so the bread won’t become soggy when you add the poppy seed sauce.  This is your stopping point if making these ham and Swiss sliders in advance. Cover and place in the refrigerator until you are ready to continue.
 

After all of the mini ham and Swiss sliders have been assembled, it is time to make the poppy seed sauce. Don’t be afraid to be creative, adding things to make this recipe your own. Here are your base requirements for the sauce.
 

Poppy Seed Sauce Ingredients:

 

1 Tbsp poppy seeds

1 Tbsp of yellow mustard

1 stick of unsalted or regular butter, melted

1 tsp of onion powder

1/2 tsp of Worcestershire sauce

 

Start by melting the butter in a sauce pan or microwave safe bowl and slowly add all ingredients until everything is mixed well together.  Heat the sauce and allow to cool for a few minutes so the flavor can develop a bit before applying to the TOP of each slider. Use a pastry brush until every mini sandwich has an ample amount of seasoning. Again, wait at least ten minutes to allow the sauce to soak into the buns.
 

In the small town where I live, poppy seeds were unavailable so I chose a good quality Poppy Seed salad dressing from which to start my base. Finding poppy seeds and making your own sauce will likely be best but in a pinch, the dressing works too.  This recipe is so versatile and quick, the changes were a success and no one knew the difference.  If you like, throw in a little brown sugar and switch the yellow mustard for the spicy brown variety.
 

 

 

 

Cover both casserole dishes filled with sliders using aluminum foil and bake in the oven at 350 degrees.  Check after ten minutes and again after twelve minutes.  The sliders are ready when the Swiss cheese is nicely melted. Uncover and cook for an additional three minutes and serve immediately.
 

Jalapeno Popper Cheeseball Recipe with Bacon

Written by Lillian Tram on May 28th, 2014

 

Need a new and exciting cheeseball recipe? 

 

Don’t let the Jalapeno scare yo off!  This recipe is not too hot for most palates.

 

 

Sorry about the photograph as I was using Tupperware rather than an attractive serving dish. En route to an outdoor birthday party at the local park, this was taken before hurrying out the door.  This was a recipe I had found online but it has been nearly a year and I cannot recall where the adaptations came from. 

 

This cheeseball recipe was absolutely delicious and very easy to assemble.  The ingredients used were rather inexpensive and easy to find.  Even though the recipe calls for Jalapeno, the cheeseball was not too spicy or hot.  My daughter in law avoids all spicy food like the plague and even she enjoyed this delicious cheeseball recipe.

 

One of the best things about this recipe is the addition of bacon crumbles. I purchased mine from the grocery store to save on time.  Another great feature was that this recipe used Panko bread crumbs which are much more flavorful and satisfying that regular bread crumbs.

 

I wouldn’t make a cheeseball with any other type of bread crumbs actually – I am addicted. Panko bread crumbs give the cheeseball a nice crunchy texture that offsets the smoothness of the cream cheese.  Check out the recipe and see for yourself.

 

 Jalapeno Popper Cheeseball Recipe

 

Two eight ounce blocks of cream cheese, any brand
One four ounce can of diced jalapenos, drained
One four ounce can of diced green chilies, drained
1/4 teaspoon of garlic salt
1/3 cup of bacon crumbles
1/4 cup of grated Parmesan Cheese, consider using the bagged variety rather than a dry Parmesan shaker
1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup of Panko bread crumbs
1 tablespoon of real butter
1 tablespoon of parsley flakes, fresh is best if you have it on hand
The instructions are fairly simple. Just combine the cream cheese, Jalapeno, green chilies, garlic salt, bacon, Parmesan and cheddar cheese.  Form the mixture into a ball and chill in the refrigerator for at least fifteen minutes, if not longer. 
Melt the butter in a sauce pan and then add the Panko bread crumbs and parsley.  Toast the bread crumbs carefully, stirring often, until they turn a nice golden brown color. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
Once the bread crumbs mixture has cooled off completely and cheese ball is chilled well, remove the cheeseball from  the fridge. You will roll the cheeseball in the bread crumbs mixture until the outside is fully covered (see picture).  Cover the cheeseball and chill in refrigerator until time to serve.
Be sure to serve this wonderful cheeseball recipe with one or more varieties of crackers.  Refrigerate any leftovers and don’t forget to save this recipe for any encores.

 

Where’s the Pork and Other Important Facts

Written by Lillian Tram on May 26th, 2014

 

We’ve all wondered…

 

Where is the pork in pork and beans?  Why just this tiny piece of fat?

 

pork and beans

 

 The “pork” advertised inside commercially manufactured Pork and Beans is actually nothing more than pork fat.  During the cooking process, nearly all of the pork fat is rendered.  Manufacturers answer this question by saying the pork fat is only present to add flavor rather than content.

 

There are a few Pork and Bean manufacturers who have considered changing their recipe to include only lean pork while others have considered leaving the word “pork” off of the product.  Some consumers have tried to lobby with the FDA to require a healthier and more honest change but the Pork and Bean manufacturers say the customers love their product and do not want to make any changes.
 

Pork and Beans – A Huge Success

 

Manufacturers are probably right not to want to change their recipe.  Campbell’s sells approximately one hundred million cans of Pork and Beans annually.  That is a LOT of beans!  Canned Pork and Beans were first introduced in the 1880’s, but were not a huge success until H.J. Heinz developed another version in 1895.
 

Thanks to an Indianapolis grocer named Gilbert Van Camp, Pork and Beans are an American classic that is surely here to stay.  He used an old family recipe to develop the Pork and Beans in tomato sauce and opened a canning company after his surname of Van Camp’s.
 

Interestingly enough,  Gilbert Van Camp was said to have built the first cold storage warehouse.  It was also Frank Van Camp who asserted that the beans taste better hot.  In addition, another reason for the success of Van Camp’s Pork & Beans is because he gained a contract with the Union Army during the Civil War.  Perhaps all of this is true or the stories maybe nothing more than urban legend.
 

Nutritional Content of Pork and Beans

 

 

Beans have a lot of protein and fiber so all in all, Pork and Beans could be considered somewhat healthy.  However, they also contain a huge amount of sodium.  In addition, Pork and Beans also contain two or more types of fats depending on the brand – hence the “pork” ingredient.   Because of this, if you are on a strict diet, a different bean choice would be more sensible and offer less calories.

 

What do you think of Pork and Beans?

 

Shortbread Cookie Recipe for Pig Lovers

Written by Lillian Tram on May 25th, 2014

 

Everyone loves Shortbread Cookies!

 

Shortbread Cookie Recipe

 

Iced shortbread cookies are an absolute favorite of mine and I am sure you will agree that these pink piggys look positively scrumptious.  With some cute pig shaped sprinkles, you can make these cookies even more pig-tastic!  These are from Amazon – aren’t they adorable?!

 

Pink and White Pig Sprinkles

 

Shortbread Cookie Recipe

 

  • Cooking spray, if you do not have parchment paper on hand
  • 2 cups of unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups of confectioners’ or powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of pure vanilla extract
  • 4 cups of southern all-purpose flour, plus a bit more for rolling out the dough
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder – check the date to make sure it’s fresh enough for shortbread

 

Line your baking sheets with parchment paper or use a generous amount of cooking spray.  Using the paddle attachment on your mixer, beat butter and sugar on high until fluffy.  Add pure vanilla extract and continue to beat until combined well.

In another bowl, stir the flour and baking powder together and add the flour mixture to the butter mixture – slowly while the mixer is on a low speed.  Stop beating when the flour is mixed in.

Do NOT over beat or your cookies will be tough rather than soft!

Form the shortbread dough into a round shape and cover in plastic wrap.  Refrigerate for one hour.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and lightly flour a smooth surface to roll out the dough to one quarter of an inch in thickness.

Use a delightful pig shaped cookie cutter to cut the shortbread cookies.  Next, carefully transfer the pig shaped cookies to the prepared baking sheets and place them about one half inch apart.  Combine the dough scraps and continue to cut cookies until all the dough has been used.

Bake until light brown around the edges, approximately ten to twelve minutes. Cool on baking sheets for about ten minutes, then transfer to wire racks before icing cookies.

When the cookies are cool, dip them face down in the pink icing, recipe below. Set cookies on the parchment paper to allow the icing to harden before decorating.

 

Icing Recipe for Pig Shaped Shortbread Cookies

 

  • 2 cups of confectioners’ or powdered sugar, sifted well
  • 1/4 cup of whole or 2% milk
  • 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
  • Pink food coloring

 

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the following ingredients: powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla extract.  Tint with food coloring until you get the perfect pink pig color and mix well.

 

These shortbread cookies will be a family favorite and it is very doubtful they will last long.  This recipe is much cheaper than purchasing overpriced shortbread cookies in your favorite grocer’s bakery.  In addition, it is not likely you would find these adorable pig shapes!

 

Do You Love  the Way Shortbread Cookies Seem to Melt in Your Mouth?

 
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Marranitos – Mexican Pig Shaped Cookies

Written by Lillian Tram on May 23rd, 2014

 

Need a Recipe for Your Pig Shaped Cookie Cutter?

 

Marranitos

 

Have you ever heard of “Gingerbread Pigs?”  If so, you were probably hearing about traditional marranitos cookies which are shaped like pigs and are quite delicious. The marranitos cookie offers a spicy brown flavor thanks to the recipe’s need for rich molasses. This recipe is the perfect way to utilize your adorable piggy cookie cutters!

 

These Mexican cookies are rich and decadent, offering a soft cake-like texture that is very similar to a shortbread cookie.  The spices used in this recipe create a deeply flavorful treat, accentuated by the traditional dark unrefined sugar called piloncillo.  Marranitos cookies are wonderful alone or with a warm beverage such as coffee or Mexican Hot Chocolate – called Champurrado.  The following recipe will yield approximately 40 pig shaped cookies.

 

Marranitos Ingredient List

 

2 1/2 cups of packed grated piloncillo (dark brown sugar)
1/2 cup of butter or shortening, room temperature
4 large eggs, room temperature
2/3 cups of whole milk
3 teaspoons of vanilla bean paste
3 teaspoons of baking soda
3 teaspoons of ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons of ground ginger
1 1/2 cups of molasses
1/2 cup of pure honey
10 to 12 cups of all-purpose flour, may vary slightly depending on geographic location

Marranitos Recipe

 

Beat the piloncillo and butter in a large bowl until combined.
Add 2 eggs, milk, and vanilla bean paste; beat again until smooth.
Add the following ingredients and beat well: baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, molasses, and honey. 

Add in 6 cups of the flour and beat well. Slowly add the additional flour, using a wooden spoon once the dough becomes stiff.
The dough will be a little crumbly. Once you have added as much of the flour, quickly use your hands to knead in the rest.
You need a consistency in the dough that can be rolled out.
Place a sheet of plastic wrap on the counter and turn out the dough.
Shape the dough into a large oval and wrap in plastic. Refrigerate for at least one hour at minimum.
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
Cut the refrigerated dough in half and re-wrap one half; place the wrapped half back inside the refrigerator.
Roll the remaining dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Dough should be about ¼” thick.
Use your favorite pig-shaped cookie cutter to cut out the Mexican cookies.
Place cookie cut outs on the paper covered baking sheets. Re-roll dough and cut more cookies until all of the dough is used.
Repeat these steps with the other section of dough that is in the refrigerator.
Brush a thin coat of the remaining two beaten eggs on the cookies before putting them in the oven.
Bake in the middle of the oven for approximately fifteen minutes or until cookies turn gold around the edges. Marranitos should be cooked through.
Remove cookies from the oven and place them on a rack to cool. Keep these scrumptious cookies completely covered so they will remain soft and delicious.

With this simple and delightful recipe, you can enjoy the same cookies found in traditional panaderias, or Mexican bakeries.  Remember that baking soda is the leavening agent in this recipe so the amount used will make pigs fatter or skinnier. The small amount of shortening helps to keep these pig cookies moist.

 

Have you ever eaten a Marranitos Pig Cookie?

 

Would You Try a Bacon Cupcake?

Written by Lillian Tram on May 22nd, 2014

At Last, A Cupcake for Bacon Lovers!

 

Bacon Cupcakes

 

This is an amazing way to celebrate the love of bacon!  Shown here is a Maple Bacon Cupcake, topped with icing and lean delicious bacon crumbles. While it may seem odd to pair sugary sweet icing and cake with salty bacon, the two flavors seem to complement each other quite well. This particular cupcake combination can be found in many small cupcakerias and bakeries across the US.

 

Below is the recipe for delicious maple flavored cupcakes.  As you make these wonderful cupcakes, maple syrup can be used to create some impressive recipes. Maple syrup is probably most often used in cookie recipes so be sure to consider this the next time you need some easy finger foods.  For this recipe, choose either Grade A or Grade B maple syrup (Grade B will yield a slightly stronger flavor). Please do not substitute regular pancake syrup for real maple syrup – it will be a disappointment.

 

Maple Cupcake Recipe

 

3 cups of all purpose flour
2 tsps of baking powder
1/2 tsp of salt
1 cup of real butter, room temperature
1 1/2 cups of dark brown sugar
4 large eggs, room temperature
2 tsps of real vanilla extract
2/3 cup of buttermilk
2/3 cup of real maple syrup

 

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and gather your ingredients.
 

Line muffin tins with paper cupcake liners.  A nice chocolate or tan color will look wonderful.
 

Using a medium sized mixing bowl, whisk together the first three ingredients: flour, baking powder and salt.
 

In a second, larger mixing bowl, cream together the real butter and brown sugar until light. Dark brown sugar will give your cupcakes a stronger molasses flavor than light brown sugar.
 

Beat in the four large eggs, one at a time. Follow with real vanilla extract.
 

Stir in the buttermilk and your real maple syrup.
 

Gradually you should blend in the flour mixture, stirring just until the batter is combined well.
 

Divide the batter evenly into the prepared muffin tin of cupcake liners. Fill approximately half way for perfectly shaped cupcakes.
 

Bake cupcakes for approximately 15-18 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a middle cupcake comes out clean.
 

Set cupcakes out of warm muffin pans and onto a wire rack to cool before frosting. Do not leave them in the pan to cool.
 

Yield: 24 regular cupcakes or 48 mini cupcakes
 
 

Choose Your Favorite Icing

 

Once your cupcakes have cooled, it is time to make some icing. Check out the following icing recipes where you can choose from a Buttercream that is Maple flavored or a Vanilla Chai Buttercream icing which will also complement the flavor of this cupcake. Choosing the Maple flavored icing will result in a stronger, more authentic flavor. It is recommended to choose whichever will please your palate. 

 

Maple Buttercream


 

1 cup of real butter, room temperature
4 tbsps of maple syrup, room temperature
4-6 tbsps of milk, room temperature
4-6 cups of powdered confectioners’ sugar

 

In a medium size mixing bowl, combine butter, maple syrup, milk and 3 cups of confectioners’ sugar in a large bowl. Beat at medium-high speed until the mixture is smooth.
 

Add the remaining amount of sugar in gradually until frosting becomes thick enough to spread without effort. (You may not need all of the sugar.)
 

If the icing is too dry, add some additional milk – a little at a time – until icing reaches the desired consistency.
 

Spread or pipe the icing onto cooled cupcakes.
 

 

If You Prefer a Vanilla Flavored Icing…

 

This is a wonderful Vanilla Chai Buttercream icing recipe that can easily be piped or spread onto the cupcakes. The flavor is absolutely sinful and the frosting has tiny flecks which will add to the character and appearance of this magnificent, delicious cupcake.  This recipe will make four cups. For impressively iced cupcakes with peaks that are piped on, you may need to double the recipe.

 

 Vanilla Chai Buttercream Icing Recipe

 

 Bacon Cupcake Icing

 

1/2 cup of half and half

2 black tea bags

2 cups of butter at room temperature

8 cups of powdered confectioners’ sugar

1 tsp of Ground Cinnamon

1 tsp of Ground Ginger

1/2 tsp of Ground Cardamon

1/2 tsp of Ground Cloves

4 tsps of real Vanilla Extract

 

Measure the half and half into a microwave safe mixing bowl and heat for 50 seconds.
 

Remove bowl from the microwave and place the two tea bags in the half and half to steep.
 

Mix the real butter for one minute with an electric mixer on medium speed.
 

Add the following ingredients: powdered sugar, cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, cloves and vanilla extract.
 

Mix on low speed until the powdered sugar is mixed into the butter; then, increase mixer speed to medium and add the tea flavored half and half (discard the tea bags).
 

If icing is not at the desired consistency, add more powder sugar – a little at a time – until the desired consistency is reached.
 

Use immediately or store for up to one month in an air-tight container in the refrigerator.
 

 

Pretty Please with Bacon on Top 

 

making bacon cupcakes

 
 
Are you ready to make some candied bacon for your delicious garnish?  Preheat your oven to 325 degrees.  All you will need is some good quality brown sugar cured shoulder bacon , one cup of dark brown sugar, and 6 tbsp of real maple syrup.
 

Line your baking sheet by spreading parchment paper out to lay the bacon out. Mix the real maple syrup and dark brown sugar together. Brush this sweet mixture onto both sides of the bacon.
 

Bake the bacon in the oven, basting every few minutes with the brown sugar and maple syrup mixture. Be sure to flip bacon over several times to reapply the sweet mix.
 

After your cupcakes have been iced, strategically place prepared candy bacon crumbles on top of your delicious maple cupcakes. Take some pictures because you are going to want to show these delicious treats off. 

 

 

More Funny Pig Jokes and Riddles

Written by Lillian Tram on May 19th, 2014

Jokes Especially for Pig Enthusiasts

 

pig jokes and riddles
The size, stature and appearance of the lowly barnyard pig offers plenty of reasons to laugh but just in case you need another reason, here are some cute pig jokes to enjoy. Hopefully, these witty one liners and pig jokes will make you laugh. Share them with your friends and make someone’s day.

 

Pig Jokes: One Liners

 

What will you get if you cross a dinosaur and a pig?

Jurassic Pork

 

Why did the pig spread a blanket on the ground?

He wanted to have a pig-nic

 

What kind of pig knows martial arts?

A Pork Chop

 

What do you call a pig with a sunburn?

Bacon

 

How did the pig get to the hospital?

In a Hambulance

 

What did one pig say to the other pig?

Let’s be pen pals

 

What is it called when you are stampeded by pigs?

Sooey-Side

 

Where do pigs park their cars?

The Porking Lot

 

Why does it take the pig hours to cross the road?

He is a slow-pork

 

What happened when the pig pen broke?

He had to use a pencil

 

Which magazine does the Big Bad Wolf like to read?

Pork’s Illustrated

 

What do you call a pig with three eyes?

A Piiig!

 

How do pigs share top secret messages?

Invisible Oink

 

 More Pig Jokes

 

The Insult

A lady goes into a bar with her goose. Then the bartender comes up to her and says, “Why did you have to bring the pig in with you?” 

 

Then the lady answered, “Excuse me, I think this is a goose.”

And the bartender says, ”Excuse me, I was talking to the goose.”

My Brother’s Pig

 

Two brothers are separated at birth, one going to live in the big city and the other on a farm in the coutry. Eventually, the two learn of each other and there’s a happy reunion on the country brother’s farm. Having never been to a farm before, the city brother asks for a tour. The farmer shows him the cows, the barn, horses, and the corn fields before coming to the pig sty, where he proudly introduces his prized possesion: a three-legged sow.

 

“That sow is finest animal to ever live,” proclaimed the farmer, “She saved my three children from the barn when it was burning down.”

“When I fell from the tree over yonder, she ran all the way to town and fetched the doctor,” he continued.

“And, when my wife went into labor in the middle of the night, she delivered my yongest son!”

Amazed, the city brother remarked, “that’s quite a pig. But, what happened to her that she only has three legs?”

“Well, hell,” said the farmer, “be a damn shame, eat a pig like that all at once.”

The Farmer

 

A traveling salesman is driving down a country road when he comes across a farmer who is standing in his orchard, hoisting pigs into the apple trees with ropes. He stops. “What are you doing?” the salesman asks.

 

“I’m feeding the pigs,” answers the farmer, incredulous that someone could ask a question with such an obvious answer. “Well,” says the salesman, “why don’t you let the apples fall to the ground, gather them up in baskets, and feed the pigs that way?”

 

The farmer ponders, then says, “Hmmmm. Yes, I guess I could do it that way. But what would be the point?” The salesman is a bit exasperated: “Well, it would save time, wouldn’t it?” The farmer ponders again.

 

“Yes,” he says after a pause, “I guess it would save time. But what’s time to a pig?”

Pig Riddles

 

Riddle: How are a pig and a horse like each other?

Answer: When a pig is hungry, he eats like a horse.
And when a horse is hungry he eats like a pig!!!

 

Riddle: Why can’t you play basketball with pigs?

Answer: Because they hog the ball!

 

Riddle: Why shouldn’t you tell a secret to a pig?

Answer: Because he is a squealer

 

 

Riddle: What do you get when you cross a pig with a centipede?
Answer: Bacon and legs!

Pigs in the Kitchen

Written by Lillian Tram on May 19th, 2014

Pig Purchases for Baking Enthusiasts

 

If you are absolutely crazy about pigs and love to bake delicious treats for your family, the following product line-up will be right up your alley. Enjoy freshly baked piggies in all shapes and sizes or choose from several other helpful kitchen merchandise to brighten your day and ease the workload.

 

 Kitchen Kritters Silicone Pig Pot Holder Set

 pig shaped potholders

 

A busy cook can never have too many potholders and grabbers in the kitchen. While many pot holders are made of materials which wear out quickly, these savvy pigs are sure to last a long time. The silicone construction provides durability and the design is definitely fun! Find these exceptional pig related baking products at overstock.com for less than $20.

 

Lovely Pig Cake Mold

 

pig shaped silicone baking mold

 

 

There are so many great baking and craft uses for silicone molds, and these little pigs are guaranteed to inspire you! There are sixteen cavities for you to create any number of desserts, soaps, tea light candles and other crafts. Available on Etsy, you can order this durable bakeware for less than a five dollar bill!

 

Piggy Etched Casserole Dish

 

piggy etched casserole dish

 

Potlucks requiring a covered dish will never be boring when they scoop from this etched casserole dish to find an adorable pig and teasing message! This one of a kind bakeware is available on Etsy and would make a wonderful gift for the pig enthusiast in your life.  Is it even possible to have too many glass casserole dishes?

 

Pig Chocolate Candy Molds

 

pig candy mold

 

If you are looking for a great way to spend $2.00, your search is officially over! These adorable plastic pig molds will make great novelty candy and chocolates. Completely safe for hand washing, this mold creates 18 adorable piggys. One pound of candy coating or chocolate will yield about 80 pigs!

 

Edible Pink Pig Sprinkles

 

pig shaped sprinkles

 

Now any cake or cupcake can celebrate your love of pigs! Check out these adorable pink piggy edible sprinkles available at Country Kitchen Sweetheart for less than $2.00! Sized at approximately 1/4″ wide and 1/32″ thick, these sprinkles offer a great way to make your busy day pig-tastic!
 

Wilton Pantastic Cake Pan

 

Wilton Pantastic Cake Pan

 

 Wilton offers so many wonderful pans but this one is sure to be a favorite! This Pantastic Pig will help you bake a whimsical cake for any celebration. Available at Confectionery House, baking enthusiasts can purchase this pan for the low price of $6.99. Made of durable plastic, the end result will be a generous 8 x 13 size. 

 

 

Pig Cookie Cutters

 
 
pig shaped cookie cutterEvery respectable kitchen must own at least one pig shaped cookie cutter, right? Of course! There are so many piggy shaped cutters available, it may be hard to settle on just one design. The design featured comes from Peach Suite, and is available for less than $5.00.  

 

Pink Cupcake Liners

 

Pink Pig Cupcake Liners

 

Another kitchen supply to keep on hand at all times are these nifty and bright paper cupcake liners in pink. Perfect for making pink pig cupcakes, these liners are available at Birthday Direct for approximately $2.00. With some pink icing, a marshmallow snout, two brown m&ms for eyes, and two pink sugar wafer ears, you can craft some adorable edible pig cupcakes!

 

 What Piggy Items Do You Have?

 

There are so many wonderful baking items for the kitchen that will help fans celebrate the love of pigs! This line-up is only the beginning. What other great pig related merchandise would you recommend? What piggy items do you own and love?