It’s October 31st, Halloween!

Written by Lillian Tram on October 31st, 2015

While it doesn’t seem like it should already be October, the year is two thirds of the way over. Today, October 31st is the day we dress up in costumes and masks while going door to door in hopes of collecting some tasty treats.


Happy Halloween from My Pig Me Up!

Halloween Greeting

Have a great time and stay safe from Lillian and the gang at My Pig Me Up!


5 Reasons Bacon is Better than a Boyfriend

Written by Lillian Tram on October 27th, 2015

Whether you are into a relationship or just escaped from one, you are probably thinking about some reasons why you are better without your boyfriend, right? Well, we are here to help you so we decided to offer you five reasons why bacon is better than a boyfriend.

Bacon better than a boyfriend

Bacon knows how to cook.

Not the same can be said about your boyfriend – or ex. Although there might still exist some boys who know how to cook, this rarely happens and even if they do, they rarely use the kitchen for other reasons than visiting it to make a mess – definitely not to help with cooking, right? On the opposite, bacon knows how to cook – only put it in the frying pan and it will almost cook by itself.

Bacon only makes funny noises when in the frying pan.

As you probably know from personal experience, guys often tend to make funny noises whenever they want to, and think it is quite fun – although they tend to choose inappropriate times for doing this. Well, bacon only does funny noises whilst in the frying pan …and the result definitely excuses the noise.

There is no such thing as “friends” for bacon.

No, dear, bacon will never go out with friends for a beer and forget to return home until after midnight. With bacon, you don’t need to worry about someone getting home drunk, or cheating on you whilst you lay alone on the couch, waiting for it to come back from a meeting with friends.

Bacon will never try to change you or your appearance.

Whilst your boyfriend may feel the need to tell you the many ways that you should change, bacon accepts you for who you are and welcomes your lips. He might also make fun of your weight, but this will never happen with bacon. Thumbs up for bacon!

You can always rely on bacon.

In contrary to a boyfriend, bacon is always reliable, honest and trustworthy. It will never cheat on you, nor will it lie to you. You will always know exactly where it is – as far as you put it wherever you want – and it is always there for you, whenever you need it.


bacon shakin boyfriend

Now if these aren’t enough reasons for you to choose bacon over a boyfriend, then we don’t know what is! So, whatever you do, don’t lose precious time crying over a boyfriend while bacon is right there, ready to make you completely happy anytime you need.

Asiago, Potato, and Bacon Gratin Side Dish Recipe

Written by Lillian Tram on October 22nd, 2015

Sincerely, who doesn’t love potato and bacon? They are delicious in any combination, but when they come together, it seems nothing can be more appreciated by a hungry family, isn’t it true? So if you have some potatoes and bacon at home, then your meal for today is ensured. Get ready to learn the recipe that will make all your dear ones be thankful for a flavor-filled meal.

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bacon side dish


Before proceeding with the recipe, here is a recommendation that you might want to consider, in order to give your meal a pronounced flavor. As you definitely know, potatoes need salt. Rather than salting the water that the potatoes boil in, you might want to try sprinkling the potatoes with salt after you drain them and then salt the white sauce separately. This way, you ensure a more pronounced flavor for your meal and everyone will surely appreciate your cooking talents.

1 1/2 pounds peeled Yukon gold potatoes, cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices

1 teaspoon salt – divided

2 tablespoons minced shallots

1/4 cup all-purpose flour

2 cups 1% low-fat milk – divided

3/4 cup (3 ounces) grated Asiago cheese

1/4 cup (1 ounce) grated fresh Parmesan cheese

4 bacon slices, cooked and crumbled

1/4 cup chopped fresh chives

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Cooking Spray

Start with preheating oven to 350 degrees.
Take a large saucepan and place potatoes in it, then cover with water. Bring it to a boil, then reduce heat. Simmer 5 minutes or until potatoes get almost tender, then drain them.
Use ¼ teaspoon salt and sprinkle potatoes evenly with it. Set aside and keep them warm.
Use cooking spray to coat a medium saucepan and heat it over medium heat.
Add shallots to saucepan and cook 2 minutes or until tender, remembering to stir frequently.
Using a dry measuring cup, lightly spoon flour and level it using a knife. Sprinkle flour over shallots.
Add ½ cup milk gradually and use a whisk to stir until well blended. Gradually add remaining milk, using the whisk to stir it.
Cook the composition over medium heat for 9 minutes or until thick and stir frequently. When ready, remove from heat.
Add Asiago, bacon, chives, pepper and ¾ teaspoon salt and stir them together.
Use cooking spray to coat an 8-inch square baking dish and arrange half of potato slices in it. Take half of cheese sauce and pour it over the potato slices.
Use the remaining potato slices and cheese sauce to top the composition and then use Parmesan to sprinkle it over the top.
Put the composition to oven and bake it at 350 degrees for 35 minutes or until cheese is lightly browned and bubbly.
Asiago, Potato, and Bacon Gratin

Let us know what you think of this delectable bacon side dish!


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Great Bacon Theme Party Ideas

Written by Lillian Tram on October 18th, 2015

Can you name a single person who doesn’t like bacon? Well, the answer is probably no. So, if you wish to show your appreciation for bacon and celebrate an important event in your life, it is now time to do something extraordinary and interesting: throw a Bacon Theme Party! This sounds a bit crazy, right? It’s actually quite popular!

How to Throw a Bacon Theme Party


bacon theme party

Your friends will surely appreciate the thought and effort put into your idea, and will consider you a truly inspired friend who undoubtedly has excellent taste! Read on and let’s see how to throw a bacon theme party that will make everyone happy!


Bacon for Everyone!

As you probably know, a bacon theme party is all about bacon, right? Obviously, everyone will expect to eat bacon so the menu is the first thing you will need to consider when throwing a bacon theme party. When it comes to bacon recipes to add to your menu, there are so many to choose from so you definitely won’t need to worry about having a boring party regarding the food you serve.

Good advice that you should follow is to ask your guests to bring their own dishes to the party. This way, the menu will be a truly diverse one and everyone will have the chance to impress friends with their cooking talents. Even with others bringing covered dishes, you can create a menu with appetizers, salads, entrees, soups and desserts. Of course, all of them need to contain glorious and delectable bacon!

And you know what? You can even organize a contest to choose the most delicious recipe and choose a prize to reward the person who cooked the winning recipe. And what should the prize be? Something involving bacon of course!


Don’t Forget Bacon Theme Party Cocktails

Bacon theme party cocktails

Any memorable adult party requires cocktails to be complete, doesn’t it? You can do a special search on the internet to you find some very interesting cocktail recipes made with bacon. (Yes, really!!!) You are sure to impress your guests with a fabulous tasting bacon cocktail.


Games for the Bacon Party

Your bacon-themed party doesn’t need to only include eating and drinking bacon-based foods and cocktails. You can give your party an entertainment note, choosing some fun games to play with your guests. Here are some ideas to use for your successful bacon-themed party:

Bacon Tasting – of course, everyone will appreciate tasting from all of the dishes available, as long as they all contain bacon in their composition. You can buy different types of bacon and arrange them on a tray, so that everyone can taste a sample of the displayed bacon types and vote for their favorites.

Bacon Sculptures – give everyone a pile of bacon and some toothpicks and ask them to create their own sculptures. They will use their imagination and you can choose a winner, if you all agree to turn this game into a contest.

Bacon Debate – you can play a game based on bacon-related questions. Use your creativity to play this game. You can ask questions like “who makes the best bacon?” or “Which is the best bacon recipe?”


Imagination is Everything for Your Bacon Theme Party!

bacon theme party invitations

Using your imagination and one of the most loved ingredient of all – bacon – you can throw a bacon theme party that will be remembered for a long time. Let your friends know about your idea and you’ll sure fill a list with guests for your party!


Delicious Bacon Stuffed Avocados Recipe

Written by Lillian Tram on October 12th, 2015

Have you been asking yourself what’s better than bacon while planning a special meal? Honestly, I don’t think there are many flavors to trump bacon, except for maybe chocolate …nah, I still say bacon is numero uno. If meal times are often boring because of the same ole side dishes, you need some vegetable recipes inspired by delicious bacon!
Imagine: what if every meal included the taste of bacon! It is possible, you know… when you have great bacon side dish recipes such as this delicious Bacon Stuffed Avocados Recipe, perfect for meal times or party menus. Who would have thought to stuff glorious bacon inside tasty avocados? It’s pure genius!
Bacon stuffed Avocados

What’s Not to Love about this Bacon Stuffed Avocados Recipe?

I’m not sure why it took an internet search to find this tasty gem of a side dish, but with bacon and avocados, you know it’s gonna be yummy! Adapted from a recipe found at the Better in Bulk website, these two ingredients are going to wow your meal time and make mouths happy. Need something for your next party menu or looking for a great way to start your day? This versatile bacon recipe is ideal anytime you are in the mood.

Bacon Stuffed Avocados Ingredients

Four medium ripe avocados
8 or 10 slices of your favorite bacon, cooked crispy before being crumbled
Dash of lime juice
½ cup of margarine or butter
¼ cup of light or dark brown sugar (the dark provides a richer molasses flavor)
¼ cup of white wine vinegar
¼ cup of chopped garlic
½ teaspoon of salt or salt substitute

Bacon Stuffed Avocados Instructions

Slice the avocados in half, lengthwise and scoop out enough avocado flesh to create a small bowl. Set aside
Place the scooped out avocado flesh in a mixing bowl, and add the crisp crumbled bacon. Mash gently.
Spoon this mixture back into the avocado halves and sprinkle with lime juice. This is to prevent the avocados from browning.
Combine the remaining ingredients in a small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium high heat. Stir occasionally until this mixture is smooth and the sugars are dissolved.
Pour the hot mixture over the stuffed avocado halves and serve immediately.
Bacon stuffed avocados
This is a great recipe when you want something that is truly different than what you normally eat. The flavors combine for a wow factor not normally seen in a side dish, thanks to this winning combination of flavors and rich syrupy garnish. The prep time is surprisingly short, only twenty minutes, and this bacon inspired recipe is quite satisfying.

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Halloween Pigs and other Great Stories

Written by Lillian Tram on October 7th, 2015

If you love all things related to pigs, there is a good chance this feeling towards porkers will be passed on to your children. Of course, since anything and everything about pigs most definitely catches your eye, you have probably read several children’s stories to your beloved offspring. In the spirit of October and the upcoming holiday, here is a list of darling stories you may want to share.

Halloween Pigs by Rita Balducci


Halloween Pigs


An author of forty children’s books and counting, Rita Balducci has found great success with her stories – the most popular being ‘The Nutcracker’, an extremely popular Christmas themed story. In this story called Halloween Pigs, three little pigs named Oinky, Pinky, and Winky disguise themselves as wolves and plan to crash B.B. Wolf’s Halloween party. Will their plan work or will their behavior give them away?


Spookie Pookie by Sandra Boynton



Sandra Keith Boynton is the author of Spookie Pookie as well as more than fifty books in both both children and adult genres. This little story is about a darling piggy who hasn’t a clue what he wants to be this Halloween. As he tries on one costume after another, he realizes none of them are right. The resolution to Pookie’s dilemma is sure to delight toddlers as well as adults, and this book is sure to become a Halloween classic.


Mercy Watson: Princess in Disguise by Kate DiCamillo


Mercy Watson: Princess in Disguise

Are treats enough to entice this adorable pig to wear her princess costume on Halloween? This little story is sure to release some Halloween havoc, Mercy Watson style, thanks to author Kate DiCamillo. In this story, the Watsons decide to dress their pig up in snug fitting princess attire – complete with a tiara! They are sure this pig will be absolutely gorgeous and she can’t wait for the rewards of trick-or-treating, but the cat next door has other plans, leading everyone on a crazy Halloween parade.

Pumpkin Trouble by Jan Thomas 

Pumpkin Trouble
Jan Thomas is the author of ‘Pumpkin Trouble’, a great little Halloween story for ages three to five.  This is a fun and silly story about a Duck who accidentally falls inside of a pumpkin while he is trying to carve it. Along comes a Pig and a Mouse who mistake this little duck for a Pumpkin Monster. While there are few words in this story book, the pictures do a great job of carrying the story along.

Creamed Corn with Bacon and Leeks

Written by Lillian Tram on October 3rd, 2015

When you have guests for dinner and you don’t know what to cook, you might get frustrated. Time shows up to never be on your side in such situations, so you need to rapidly get some inspiration from somewhere, right? And where is this “somewhere”, other than the internet? Better yet, by visiting your favorite ‘Pig Me Up’ blog 🙂
Bacon side dish
Creamed Corn with Bacon and Leeks Side Dish Recipe
I remember having only a few hours until my unexpected guests were to arrive at my home and I needed to urgently find a recipe to prepare, preferably one with delicious bacon! I really wanted to spoil my dinner guests with a nice warm welcome, and the aroma of a home cooked dinner – down to the last side dish.
Corn is a faithful side dish standard but sometimes it is also a boring option …without bacon of course. I prepared this Creamed Corn recipe for them and it turned out to be a real joy for everyone. They appreciated my cooking talents and were really impressed with the aromas that spread all through my dining room. (Everyone loves the smell of bacon, right?)
side dish ingredients
Here I will show you what ingredients you need and how you will prepare this extraordinary, delicious meal. You’ll try it once and will sure fall in love with its delicious taste.

6 ears corn

2 cups 1% low-fat milk

1 tablespoon cornstarch

1 teaspoon sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

4 slices bacon

1 cup chopped leek



First, take the corn and cut the kernels from ears, so that they measure 3 cups.

Take a bowl and scape milk and remaining pulp from cubs, using the dull side of a knife blade.

Place low-fat milk, sugar, salt, pepper, cornstarch and one and a half cups kernels in a food processor and process the composition until smooth, scraping sides.

Take a large cast-iron skillet and use it to cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Turn it once before ready. Remove the bacon from the pan and reserve one teaspoon drippings in pan. Crumble bacon.

Then, add leeks to pan and cook them for 2 minutes or until tender. You need to constantly stir.

Puree corn mixture and add it to pan, together with remaining 1 ½ cups corn kernels and corn milk. Bring the composition to a boil.

Reduce heat and then simmer for 3 minutes or until the composition gets slightly thick, remembering to constantly stir.

Before serving, sprinkle with the crumbled bacon.