The founder of My Pig Me Up was born in the Year of the Pig, as was I …and probably a lot of you also! This must surely mean that we are a special group of people, right?
Comment please if you were born in the Year of the Pig, specifically these years: 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, or 2007. The next year for the pig comes in 2019 and then 2031.
Predictions for the Year of the Pig
The Pig Horoscope 2016 predicts that you will handle 2016 with a confident manner, and enjoy more liberty than you will know what to do with. Challenges that come at you this year are sure to be met with independence and optimism. You will also be flexible in your approach and should seek the cooperation of others.
The Chinese 2016 Horoscope urges you to build new and powerful social relationships who those will support you in your quest for personal development. The stars will be in position for you to work harder this year and accept the help of others. However, Boars, you should not find yourself in a hurry for commitment to their requirements. Keep your own priorities front and center instead.
By the end of July, you will have had numerous chance to help other people. While some may try to use you for their personal gain, you will recognize their motives.
Pig Horoscope, An Overview of 2016
If you are excited to know what is ahead for the Boar in 2016, here is an overview which discusses love, work, finances, health, family and travel or other adventures. Below this interesting chart are the top 2016 predictions for this year’s pig (Boar).
Love and Relationship Predictions for 2016
The Chinese horoscope for the pig predicts a pleasant emotional environment from the beginning of the year and throughout 2016. Your personal life will be one of happiness and contentment if you do not make hasty decisions.
The single Boar will be able to charm and woo the opposite sex with very little effort, and new relationships will come quite easily. Passion soars for the pig in 2016, especially for those in committed relationships, who will find no trouble satisfying carnal desires.
Married Boars should consider planning their pregnancies and/or expanding their families this year. Single pigs are expected to find love in the month of May but not close to home; expect to travel for love.
In September and November of 2016, you can expect new opportunities for love in areas local to your home, most likely resulting in marriage or committed relationships. Those who are already in relationships should reassess and recommit during this time of the year.
Career Chinese Horoscope Predictions 2016
If you were born in the year of the Pig, 2016 is a great year for professional objectives and accomplishments, until September when productivity drops only a bit. You will enjoy positive relationships with co-workers and superiors as well as customers and clients.
Teamwork spells success in 2016 and the rewards are plenty. You have a green light in 2016 for new ventures and marketing projects, and self-confidence will grow with your success. New clients and customers abound in your business this year.
A word of warning though, about new friends and contacts in the months of September and November of 2016.
Pig Horoscope 2016 Financial Predictions
The 2016 Chinese horoscope for Boar regarding financial predictions suggest that you will probably make some luxury or unnecessary purchases that might upset your finances in the first few months, before summer.
Try to cap any unnecessary spending and save some money while spoiling those you love with time instead of money. From July until December, you should focus on additional work or investments.
Any extra money made this year should be saved or invested, or placed in long term securities. Purchase a complete 2016 Zodiac guide for clear details.
2016 Health Predictions for the Pig
Upon viewing the Chinese astrology 2016 for the Pig forecasts, it becomes clear that your health will be excellent from the beginning of the year through September. Enjoy confidence and good health and if you exercise, increased stamina and reduced anxiety.
Get plenty of rest and sleep well to maintain this good health and shape because, in the winter, your vitality will become reduced and more relaxation will be required to thwart a nervous breakdown. Expect delicate health in December of 2016.
Pigs, take care of your body with frequent exercise, a healthy diet and sufficient rest. Winter 2016 is a great time to travel to a spa or holistic destination for a quick rejuvenation of mind, body and soul.
Chinese Zodiac 2016 Forecast For Pig’s Family
2016 is the Year of the Fire Monkey which means that pigs will want to indulge in decorating their homes, based on Feng Shui methods for prosperity.
The 2016 Feng Shui Yearly Forecast & Horoscope for pigs suggest this will be a difficult year in numerous aspects but there will likely be some unexpected money.
In Conclusion, the Pig horoscope predictions promise that 2016 is the perfect time to dream about ambitions and begin planning ways to achieve them.
If you have been seeing the hashtag #StandWithAnita on your favorite social media networks, but do not know the story behind the cause, here’s the scoop and why one compassionate gesture could land this lady in jail for up to ten years.
This is the real deal according to news headlines. If I don’t say that, you may think this is one of those satirical writing hoaxs like often shared on Facebook.
Compassion for Pigs Lands Activist in Deep Water
Canadian animal rights activist and Toronto resident Anita Krajnc, 48, is the founder of an organization called Toronto Pig Save, whose motto is “to bear witness [to the] suffering of animals in transport and at slaughterhouses”. She was charged with criminal mischief in a preliminary hearing, held after giving some fresh drinking water to some hot thirsty pigs on the way to the slaughter house, back in June of 2015.
The animals were loaded into a livestock truck when Krajnc tried to give the pigs a drink, which led to an altercation with the truck’s driver, who was waiting with his truck outside the Fearman’s Pork Inc. slaughter house in Burlington.
There is a video of the event circulating on YouTube and Facebook. You can also find it here.
In the video, Krajnc is seen shouting at the driver and is quoted, saying: “Jesus said, ‘If they are thirsty, give them water.’”
The driver can be heard responding with: “You know what? These are not humans, you dumb frickin’ broad.” He then threatens to call 911.
Owner of Pigs Speaks Up, Defends His Driver
At some point, the truck driver threatens Krajnc, “You do it again, and I’ll slap it out of your hands.” Instead of making good on his threat, the driver returns to his truck, leaving without further incident.
If you are wondering what the owner had to say about the way his driver behaved, Ontario pig farmer Eric Van Boekel couldn’t get to the police station fast enough, filing a police report the next day after the incident occurred.
Defending himself vehemently, Boekel assures the public that his pigs are always treated in accordance with the national standards/regulations.
But Krajnc believes that, for Canada, those animal standards and regulations are “behind the rest of the Western world”. Outside the courthouse in Milton after the pre-trial held on Nov. 4th, Krajnc is reported, saying:
“Everyone knows that compassion is not a crime. In fact, I did nothing wrong when I gave water to thirsty pigs; many of you have given water to thirsty pigs, and we’ll continue to do that.”
Anita Krajnc Rebuttal: Compassion is not a Crime
When Krajnc answered the door of her home on September 9th, a police officer handed her a summons, claiming she is guilty of criminal mischief …for giving water to the pigs that were loaded inside that truck.
Anita was worried about how members of her organization, Toronto Pig Save (TPS), might respond to these charges. Instead of being intimidated by the threat of legal problems, more than 100 people stood with her at Fearman’s Pork Inc. on September 24th to distribute water.
The most recent court appearance was December 15 but the legal proceedings are far from over. In August of 2016, the court proper will hear this case again. In a Toronto Pig Save’s press release, these words are written, “Canada has the worst transportation regulations in the Western World, worse than Australia, New Zealand, the European Union, and the United States.”
Anita is quoted in a Facebook post, saying: “Compassion isn’t criminal! Offering water to a thirsty pig is an act of compassion. It is not only a right, but a duty we all share. Causing the pigs to suffer in the first place is what is wrong. I face these criminal charges with dignity, knowing that truth and justice are on my side.”
Members of TPS continue to support Anita in her plight of compassion, and even larger numbers are expected to turn out for her next court appearance in August.
Wow. Can you believe the weather we are having? When’s winter gonna get here?!
I’ve been on strike since the Christmas baking frenzy ended, using only the rangetop portion of my stove to cook, but the month of January is half gone and that means I am once again getting the urge to bake. Cookies. It’s all I can think about.
But I only like the soft kinds. Enter the Maple Bacon Bourbon and Pecan Cookie… it’s delightful and I am in love. Definitely think you oughta bookmark this page for next Christmas because you’re gonna want to make these cookies again – and soon!
Maple Bacon Bourbon and Pecan Cookie Recipe
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 ½ cups granulated sugar
1 teaspoon of maple extract
2 tablespoons of your favorite bourbon
2 ¼ cups of all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon of salt – optional
1 teaspoon of baking soda
2 cups of pecan pieces
½ cup of crispy bacon pieces or approximately 8 ounces
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Prepare two sheet pans with parchment paper or silpats.
In a standing mixer bowl, cream together the butter and granulated sugar until fluffy.
Add the eggs and combine well; next, add the maple extract and bourbon and combine very well.
In a separate bowl, combine the flour, salt and baking soda. Add the dry ingredients to the batter and mix until dough is sticky.
Fold in the pecan pieces and bacon and mix the batter well.
Scoop cookie dough by spoonfuls onto prepared sheet pans and bake for approximately 12 minutes at 350 degrees.
Cool on cookie racks and store in airtight containers, such as Tupperware or Rubbermaid.
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 12 minutes
And another pork recipe for you….
There’s no such thing as leftover cookies at my house (what an oxymoron, right?) but let’s just pretend for a moment that, hypothetically, you have enough to make the recipe below.
Cookie Crusted Pork Tenderloin Sliders Recipe
Cookies, made according to recipe above
1 cup breadcrumbs
1/3 cup prepared brown mustard
Salt and pepper
One 3-pound pork tenderloin, cut in half lengthwise
1 can whole berry cranberry sauce
24 slider buns
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil.
Break the cookies into large chunks. Next, combine cookies and breadcrumbs together and pulse in food processor until crumbly. Remove two cups of the crumbs and place on a separate baking sheet.
In a small bowl, stir together the mustard and a dash of the salt and pepper. Coat tenderloins with mustard mixture and roll in cookie crumbs mixture. Place on the prepared baking sheet.
Bake until a meat thermometer inserted in the tenderloin registers about 155 degrees F, which should take approximately 25 to 35 minutes. Remove tenderloin from the oven and let stand 10 minutes before slicing.
To serve, thinly slice the tenderloin crosswise and place on bottom buns with 1 or 2 teaspoons of cranberry sauce on the underside. Top the sliced pork with mayonnaise, onions and lettuce, if you like.
Then cover with the bun top and serve warmed, or room temperature.
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 30-32 minutes
Enjoy these recipes! More to come very soon (smile!).
While I should have shared these recipes earlier so you could enjoy them on New Year’s Day, it’s not too late to cook these bacon inspired recipes up for the family. The first recipe is a Grits and Greens Casserole which was adapted from a Trisha Yearwood recipe, and can easily please a small crowd.
Bacon Recipes for the New Year
#1 – Grits and Greens Casserole
Nonstick cooking spray
2 cups half-and-half
8 cups chicken stock
2 cups old fashioned grits
6 slices bacon, cut into small pieces
1 finely chopped medium Vidalia sweet onion
One 16-ounce package frozen collard greens, thawed
1 3/4 (6 oz.) cups grated Parmesan
1/2 cup (one stick) unsalted butter
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 cup shredded Monterey jack cheese
Preheat oven to 350. Spray a 9×13-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray and set aside. In a large pot, combine the half-and-half and 6 cups of the chicken stock; bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Once boiling, stir in grits and return to a boil.
Reduce heat to low and cover. Simmer, stirring frequently, until the mixture has slightly thickened, about 10 to 15 minutes. Use a whisk to break up any lumps that have formed.
In another large saucepan, cook bacon over medium-high heat until just turning crispy, about 7 minutes. Remove the bacon and allow to drain on a paper towel.
Using the same saucepan, add onions to the leftover bacon drippings and saute until translucent, 5 to 7 minutes. Add collard greens and the remaining 2 cups chicken stock and cook until tender, another 10 minutes. Drain the collards and onions in a colander.
Once the grits are cooked, add Parmesan, butter, salt, pepper and 1/2 cup of the Monterey jack. Stir until the butter has melted and all the ingredients are well combined. Add the drained collards mixture and stir.
Transfer the grits mixture to the prepared baking dish and top with the crumbled bacon and the remaining 1/2 cup Monterey jack. Bake until the cheese is melted and bubbly, about 15 minutes.
The second recipe has a name I love: Good for the Soul Green Beans. Both recipes are sure to soothe your taste buds and give your crew something to talk about for some time!
#2 – Good for the Soul Green Beans
Serves 6 to 8
4 or 5 cups of green beans, fresh & trimmed
1/4 lb. Jimmy Dean sage sausage, cooked
1/4 lb. smoked hog jowl, chopped
1/2 cups pearl onions
1 Tbsp. garlic cloves, chopped
1 tsp. crushed red pepper
Sea salt to taste
Sauté hog jowl and sausage in a heated pot for three minutes. Add garlic and sauté for an additional minute.
Next, add enough water to cover the meat and simmer for 20 to 30 minutes. Don’t rush: this step seasons the water!
Add green beans, onions, pepper and salt to the pot and just enough water to again cover the green beans.
Simmer this soul food for an additional hour or so before serving to develop the flavor.
The internet seems to have given everyone a voice, a platform to discuss their many likes, dislikes and even grievances. In the year 2015 …oops, I meant 2016, there are entire blogs dedicated to the love of – c’mon people, you know the answer to this one …BACON! If you know all about this love affair with bacon, these top bacon blogs are sure to be on your list of favorite websites and, if you are merely flirting with the magic wonders of bacon, these number one bacon blogs will show you the many ways to celebrate and enjoy life with this piggy inspired goodness.
Top Blogs about Bacon
Yes, there are many talented individuals who consider themselves “foodies” and have dedicated their lives to writing about yummy delicious (wimpy or crunchy) flavorful slices of bacon using dedicated blogs online. Somehow, this doesn’t seem a bit eccentric or unusual …wonder why? Inserting my innocent smile here…
If you get a warm sensation in your heart followed by a rumbly in your tummy when you hear the word ‘bacon’, you are not alone. In fact, more than two million consume bacon everyday and because of these lucky people, numerous blog posts, Facebook posts and Twitter tweets are born. For those who write and are dedicated to bacon inspired blogs, these individuals have found a way to not only enjoy every scrumptious bacon morsel but to celebrate this love and share this remarkable flavor with their followers. In no particular order, here is an up-to-date list of the top blogs featuring a love of all things bacon.
#1 – Bacon Today
Bacon Today is considered to be one of the best bacon blogs online due to the fact this website is an excellent resource for all things bacon. Bacon Today attests that it was “founded on the simple principle that a world of bacony goodness exists out there for all to discover and enjoy.” If you love the delicious flavor of this no-longer-just-for breakfast food, consider bookmarking Bacon Today to help us keep a close eye on this top bacon blog. Birds of a feather eat bacon together… or something like that.
#2 – The Daily Bacon
With a newsy title like ‘The Daily Bacon‘ and a tagline that boasts of ‘yummy yummy bacon and other stuff’, they certainly have captured our undivided attention! Still, this is not the first time The Daily Bacon has been named to a top ten bacon blog list, coming in at number six on a list compiled by All Womens Talk. This online blog is the bacon child of Michael Baird, who is admittedly obsessed with all things bacon. He is quoted as saying, “I LOVE BACON! I am not ashamed at all to tell you that I can easily eat a pound at one breakfast sitting. How did this love affair start? I honestly don’t recall…but I can tell you that once that sweet meat hits my tongue and that fat starts to melt in my mouth…well I’m in culinary heaven!” Michael, we know how you feel and we love your top bacon blog!
#3 – Royal Bacon Society
Coming in at number seven on another list of top bacon blogs, the Royal Bacon Society snags readers and bacon enthusiasts from the first page view, thanks to a delicious looking header featuring… you guessed it, bacon! Not only will you find oodles and oodles of excellent bacon recipes but you will also find all sorts of humorous and entertaining titles with this porky goodness as the star of the show. Whether you love looking at pictures or want to buy a truckload of cool bacon inspired goods, this top bacon blog is a cool place to start! Love the pet pics in bacon costumes found here!
#4 – Mr Bacon Pants
Seriously, that name though! We have written numerous times about pig related topics that led to the mentioning of this top bacon blog. Mr. Bacon Pants hopes to provide keen insight on bacon, beer, and everything else while celebrating a hip new love of bacon. Hmm…bacon and beer together? No wonder this is considered to be a top bacon blog! Sadly, this bacon inspired blog doesn’t seem to be posting new topics very often but the available content is excellent and well worth navigating to their page. However, you can still reach out to the writers on their podcast, Bacon Live.
#5 – Republic of Bacon
Doesn’t that name sound so amazing? Makes me wish I’d thought of it! Republic of Bacon says it best here: “Bacon is the vegetable for the Gods, and here at the Republic of Bacon we recognize that the love for bacon runs deep in all of us. We aim to be the source of all that is bacon, bringing you the latest bacon recipes, video, pictures and humour.” Well, you don’t make it to the top ten blogs about bacon without taking your goals seriously so congrats, Republic of Bacon for your many submissions and contributions to the love of all things bacon! This bacon blog is an excellent place to seek out bacon recipes and enjoy some pig inspired humor.
#6 – Skulls and Bacon
Sounds a little dark and dangerous, right? Well, perhaps not as dangerous as eating a couple pounds of bacon all by yourself (No, I have never done that… okay, maybe once and it was by accident. Don’t judge.) Skulls and Bacon is a top bacon blog that breaks away from the normal, combining the love of two non-related items …or are they? You will enjoy the cool and unusual bacon and skull inspired products posted from all over the internet. Some of these items will make you wish you had a fat bank account while others will leave you scratching your head and saying, ‘what the..’ Either way, you are truly going to love reading the articles on Skulls and Bacon.
#7 – The Bacon Show
If you love bacon and enjoy cooking, The Bacon Show should be forever bookmarked on your computer or smartphone, and you’re gonna want to sign up for updates. Why? The Bacon Show is a top bacon blog because these writers promise to deliver “one bacon recipe per day… FOREVER. Now, that is a commitment to bacon that everyone should be able to appreciate! Even if you don’t particularly love bacon the way we do, The Bacon Show is an excellent source for foodies everywhere. Check out this blog the next time you need a mouth-watering recipe containing uber delicious and oh so salty and satisfying bacon!
#8 – Bacon Unwrapped
Visit the top bacon blog called Bacon Unwrapped to enjoy some pig inspired humor and hilarious puns, along with great bacon recipes and events. This blog was started by Heather Lauer in June of 2005, the author of Bacon: A Love Story – A Salty Survey of Everybody’s Favorite Meat. While parts of being a bacon blogger and best selling bacon writer seems odd at times, Lauer admits, “my adventures with bacon have been the source of much amusement, some incredible meals, and – best of all – many new friendships.” Check out this top bacon blog the next time you’re surfing the net.
#9 – Theories of Bacon
If you want a steady source of interesting blog posts about bacon, here is another site that’s worthy of your attention. Theories of Bacon is a great source for bacon infused recipes and other cool topics and best of all, NO ads. Just lots of little piggy inspired tidbits to entertain your mind and please the palate.
#10 – Lords of Bacon
Lords of Bacon gives a new spin to the topic of bacon when compared to other top bacon blogs by offering reviews of bacon and bacon inspired products for those of us who would love nothing else than to be surrounded by this delightful pork product. This blog hasn’t updated in some time, but there is still plenty of information to be enjoyed and we have high hopes that these writers will be back to work soon.
Celebrate Top Blogs about Bacon with My Pig Me Up
This super-de-duper list of top bacon blogs wouldn’t be complete without one more added to the list… and I am sure that you can guess which one I am talking about! Started by Lillian Tram as a resource to build awareness and recruit volunteers, My Pig Me Up was designed to bring sunshine and rainbows into the lives of others …not literally, of course. It is our hopes that the My Pig Me Up blog will be used as a tool for spreading love and goodwill. If you would like to volunteer or join our team, check out our Volunteer Page. As Lillian says, “Together, we can bring piggy-pink happiness to those who really need it! Explore MyPigMeUp today and get your oink on!”
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