Living in southeast Missouri, this would be called a not-so-typical typical Mandarin Orange Cake, but in other areas of the United States this delicious dessert is known as something quite different. In the Carolinas, and a few other Eastern states, this would be called a Pig Pickin’ Cake.
What On Earth is a Pig Pickin’ Cake?
You aren’t the first person to ask that question and it’s a safe bet that you won’t be the last, either. The name of this cake dates back to an unknown time (all I know is it was a long time ago!) when it was popular to roast a pig while holding a barbeque, especially in North and South Carolina.
The whole pig is roasted, choosing from any number of roasting methods including barrels, grills and the ground, until the meat is practically falling off of the bone. What doesn’t fall from the bone is pulled – which is where the first pulled pork originated from – yum!
I don’t have to tell you about all of the delicious barbeque side dishes that can easily be found at any Southern barbeque; they were all laid out to go with this delicious pulled pork! I’m sure there was no shortage of baked beans, potato salad, cole slaw, macaroni salad and…
desserts! Like this delicious pig pickin’ cake!
You can look up the old recipes for this yummy pig pickin’ cake and find it underneath many other names as well. Bell’s Best alone lists this cake under three: Pea Pickin’ Cake, Pig Pickin’ Cake and Mandarin Orange Cake …and there are plenty more! Some more names this cake has earned include the following:
Pig Cake, Pig Pickin’ Good Cake, Pig Lickin’ Cake, Pig Eatin’ Cake, Pineapple Cake, Orange Pineapple Layer Cake, Pineapple Orange Cake, Celestial Snow Cake, Summer Cake, Sunshine Cake, Okoboji Sunrise, Better than Sex Cake or as Paula Deen says… Not Better Than Sex Cake. I’m sure we can find even more if we try.
The Yummy Pig Inspired Cake Recipe
Upon hearing the name Mandarin Orange Cake, some people will mistakenly expect an orange cake but this recipe was never intended to be such. While there is mandarin oranges in the batter, these are meant to provide moisture and tenderness …but a distinctive orange flavor? Not so much. Most will love this recipe but a few may call it bland, and be disappointed at the cake’s lack of complexity.
Just as many others have likely done, you can easily alter the recipe to suit your personal taste. This is how the Pig Pickin’ Cake has so many variations, I’m sure. Some options to consider include adding orange juice to the mix, tossing in some orange extract or zest, putting more orange and less pineapple flavor in the frosting, or maybe folding in some softened cream cheese.
Too many changes though, and you’ll be making something completely different… like Orange Chiffon Cake. Another great recipe but not the cake for pickin’ pigs, right? Oh and by the way, traditionally the Pig Pickin’ Cake is made in layers – anywhere from two to four will do quite nicely! Anyway, here is the recipe:
Recipe: Mandarin Orange Pig Pickin’ Cake
Yield: Approximately 12 slices
1 box of butter style yellow cake mix (I recommend Duncan Hines Butter Recipe)
1/3 cup of vegetable or canola oil
3 large eggs
1 (11 or 15 ounce) can of mandarin oranges, undrained
1 (4-1/2 serving size) package of instant vanilla pudding
1 (20 ounce) can of crushed pineapple, undrained
1 (16 ounce) carton of whipped topping (like Cool Whip)
Sprig of fresh mint, for garnish, optional
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and butter three 8 or 9 inch round cake pans. Flour the pans or line them with parchment paper and set aside.
Add together the cake mix, oil and eggs using the bowl of your stand mixer. Mix on low speed just until blended.
Reserving a couple of the oranges for garnish, add the remaining oranges with their juice and blend on low before increasing to medium speed for about two minutes.
Divide the batter evenly into three prepared cake pans and bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until it passes the toothpick test.
Allow cake to cool in the round pans for 15 minutes, then turn them out onto a cake rack to finish cooling.
Blend together instant pudding and crushed pineapple before setting aside for five minutes.
Gently fold in the whipped topping and spread in between each of the layers. Then frost the sides and top.
Garnish the top of the cake with a mint sprig and the orange segments you reserved.
Cover and refrigerate until serving. After serving, store leftover cake in the refrigerator.
Changing This Recipe? Consider Coconut
Without a doubt, your family will love this recipe – and the name! If you decide to alter the recipe a bit, consider the addition of coconut, either as an ingredient (I recommend about 1/2 cup to the batter and 1/2 cup to the frosting) or a garnish
…and don’t forget the cherries. They’ll look amazing with the coconut!
Have you ever been on a pig farm? When you think about a farm, what animals come to mind that you would see and enjoy? You probably see chickens, pigs, and of course cows. Okay, you may not see the pigs, but you could surely smell them. The reason you don’t see any pigs when visiting a farm is because the pig pens are usually built away from the rest of the farm so the not so pleasant smell won’t bother anyone. A pig has a very distinct odor and if you ever get close to a pig pen you will understand why!
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to raise a pig as a pet?
It has been said that pigs are very clean animals when kept as a pet and out of the mud. The television shows ‘Green Acres’ and the movie ‘Charlotte’s Web’ are what most people envision when they consider what it might be like to raise a pig as a pet. Arnold, the pig from Green Acres, was smarter than most of the people of the town! He didn’t make any mess and wasn’t stinky. With Charlotte’s Web, who could not fall in love with the cuteness of that innocent and lonely little piglet named Wilbur. Even in a farm setting, Wilbur, the runt of the litter, was clean and sweet. He may not have been intended to be a pet, but thanks to Charlotte that is just what Wilbur became.
Have you ever wondered why pigs wallow in muddy and mucky water?
Pigs do not have enough sweat glands and they do not have much hair, so the mud and water help with three important problems that may occur. The water helps cool the pigs because without sweat glands they are unable to cool themselves and the soothing mud acts as a natural sun block for the skin since the hair is so sparingly, it also protects them from biting or annoying insects. When mud is not available, you may see pigs rooting up the soil. That is because the deeper the soil, the cooler it feels. Having a little kiddie pool in your yard filled with fresh water would be a wonderful treat for your little pink bundle of joy and it may keep your yard from being rooted as well.
Raising a pig as a pet can be hard work especially if the pig is not house trained. Really young pigs have to be on a diet that will keep them from getting runny stools. That kind of mess would not be pretty nor smell very good, let alone make a pig feel all that great. Once a diet is established, then you may be well on your way to a great experience with your pet.A good diet is one of the first steps to keeping the foul odor away at potty times. Always check with your vet about a diet that is right for your pig.
Did you know that you can train your pig to walk with a leash and learn what the word no means?
Pigs are very intellegent and can retain everything they learn. They can learn to open gates or doors with the help of the mechanics to do so at thier abilitly to reach them. Pigs are like a child, they can be very sneaky and will get into things for entertainment. You should be prepared to spend a lot of time interacting with your little piggy to keep him happy and healthy. They love to socialize and you may even want to get a second pig to help with the constant attention that they require. Keep in mind that pigs breed easily so you may want to get the same sex companion or if the opposite sex is what you choose you may want to have one of them spayed or neutered.
Have you ever seen a pig’s foot up close?
Did you know that a pig has four toes on each foot and the two back toes on each foot do not touch the ground when they walk? The back toes are used for balance and the toes are actually hooves just like a horse and they have to have them filed and clipped occasionally or it can cause ankle problems for them.
Enjoying Pigs On the Farm
If you ever get to enjoy a day on the farm, this is a great opportunity to find out several things you never knew about pigs. If you decide to take a piglet to keep as a pet, make sure you understand the responsibility that comes with this, and have the time to properly train, feed and care for your new little animal. If you are leasing your home or have a roommate, you’ll also want to ensure that a pet pig will be greeted with a warm welcome.
Have you ever wondered why people say piggyback when they do not ride a pig? Nor do you ever see anything being packed on the back of a pig. When you envision a large pig, the scene will usually include a muddy pig pen. You might also entertain images of a seemingly lazy pig enjoying a day in the mud, or snorting at the ground because there’s a tasty treat below the surface. If you’ve been around pig pens in the past, you might also remember the pungent aroma which is often overwhelmingly disgusting.
Piggyback: an Extortion of the English Language
The word piggyback doesn’t make sense, right? Who would want to carry anything on the back of a nasty and stinky pig? So where did this particular English terminology originate from? Piggyback was actually born by a slip of the tongue, creating the word we commonly use today. It was common practice to use one’s own back, or the back of an animal such as a horse, donkey or mule, to carry a person, package or other heavy load.
So where does a pig fit into all of this?
Think of all the words used today that are twisted and changed to carry new meanings. People today are especially bad about it. Here are some examples. Just for fun, see if you can guess the term.
- Promiscuous female versus garden tool?
- Physically ill versus super awesome?
- Broken vase versus street drugs?
- Carbonated soda versus illegal substance?
- Mechanic’s tool versus unclean woman?
- Baby bed versus cool hangout?
- Supernatural creature versus unlikable online user?
- Small body of running water versus file delivery?
- Popular bottom feeding fish versus unattractive internet dater?
The list goes on and on (oh, and you can find answers to the above questions at the end of this blog post) It is therefore no surprise that the term piggyback has an evolved meaning as well.
History of Piggybacking
In earlier times, people would use the term ‘pick a pack’ when man or beast needed to carry a heavy load. Over the years, the term was slowly changed to ‘pick a back’ which kind of makes sense, right?
Still more time passed and the term piggyback was shortened to today’s popular word, piggyback, as it rolled off the tongue easier. People found the term to be less of a mouthful, or easier to say, and the term stuck. Now, everyone associates the word piggyback with someone carrying something on their back.
Would You Consider Pig Riding?
Could you imagine someone actually riding a pig? You may be thinking that riding pigs sounds like a fun sport for young children. It would no doubt be very entertaining to watch the little ones being bounced up and down very quickly on the back of a speeding piggy! Surely, the size of the human would have to be paired with an appropriately sized pig so that the pig would not be in any pain or discomfort. The pigs would also need to be very tame for safety reasons. Since pigs do not buck like horses, and they do not try to throw off their riders like bulls, it seems like a fun idea to host a pig riding race.
Pig Races? Yes, Pigs are Quick!
Now, keep in mind that pig racing could be a very smelly sport, and perhaps not for everyone, but it would certainly draw large crowds. This is the kind of event you might find at a rodeo or a county fair, where unique entertainment is in high demand. During most rodeos in the Midwest, officiates often play rock music during bull rides and other events. The sound is typically upbeat with a lot of bass, such as ACDC’s ‘Bad to the Bone’ and Queen’s ‘We Will Rock You’.
Could you imagine one of these songs playing while you were on a piggyback ride? How about Lynyrd Skynyrd’s ‘That Smell’? Now that would be a kicker to get those pigs moving! This thought may leave you to wonder why pig riding has never become an event for rodeo fans to enjoy. If the sport hasn’t been developed, could it be because of the smell and the mess?
Who’s in Charge of Pig Related Requests?
If the smelly mess is the only reason pig riding is not popular today, why not use only the pigs which were raised in a clean environment? Clearly, pigs are trainable or there wouldn’t be so many kept as indoor and outdoor pets. Therefore, it seems plausible to have pig trainers domesticate these pigs so they would be tame and docile enough for somewhat organized racing.
Of course, not so organized pig racing sounds like even more fun! Not only would this be highly entertaining for rodeo fans across the U.S., this could also open a plethora of new opportunities for breeders and animal trainers too. Would you attend something as unique and unusual as pig races, or flock to a rodeo advertising such a unique venue?
By the way, here are the answers to the above mentioned questions, in order.
If you can think of other common words that have evolved with entirely new meanings, leave a comment to share them on the blog!
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.
It’s the first day of the New Year (Happy New Year, by the way!) and some important decisions must be made regarding the first meal of 2016, especially if you live in the south. There are certain traditions we southerners adhere to for the promise of good health and fortune in the year to come, such as eating hog jowl, greens (symbolizing money) and yes – even black-eyed peas for luck.
Black-Eyed Peas With Ham Hocks
and Collard Greens
Cooking this New Year’s Day southern feast takes about two hours and yields enough for a moderately sized family to chow down on, especially if you add other traditional holiday dishes such as the fried hog jowl. Your black eyed peas are believed to bring good luck to those who eat them on New Year’s day and adding greens to the meal is supposed to increase the luck they bring.
Simmer the black eyed peas and collards with onion and a big meaty ham hock or other options such as salt pork, bacon, pig feet, hog jowl and ham bones, will leave your black-eyed peas perfectly seasoned, southern style. If you love a little bit of spice for your New Year’s Day meal, include a bit of hot pepper and spices.
2 pounds black-eyed peas, soaked overnight if possible
2 pounds smoked ham hock, meaty ham bone or slab bacon
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 large onion, peeled and stuck with 2 cloves
1 bay leaf
½ teaspoon black pepper
½ teaspoon allspice
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
4 garlic cloves, minced
½ teaspoon crushed red pepper
2 pounds collard greens, cut in 1-inch ribbons (about 8 cups)
1 bunch scallions, cleaned and chopped, for garnish
Drain the peas and put them in a large Dutch oven or heavy-bottomed soup pot. Add ham hocks or bone and cover with 10 cups of water and turn the heat to high. Add salt, onion stuck with cloves, one bay leaf, black pepper and allspice.
Bring to a boil before reducing heat to a gentle simmer. Skim off and discard any foam that rises to the surface and simmer for 1 1/2 to 2 hours, or until peas are tender.
Throughout the cooking process, you will need to add water as necessary, always keeping the liquid level about one inch above the surface, stirring with wooden spoon occasionally.
Turn off the heat and check the broth for salt and adjust seasoning. The mixture should be fairly brothy. With a pair of tongs, remove the ham hock, ham bone, bacon or whatever you are using for seasoning. Chop this meat and skin into rough pieces and set aside.
Put a large skillet over medium-high heat and add vegetable oil, heating until the oil is wavy. Add garlic and red pepper to season and let sizzle but be careful not to brown.
Add the collard greens and stir to coat. Season with salt and add one cup of water, stirring to help wilt the greens. Add the chopped ham and reduce the heat to medium before covering with the lid slightly ajar.
Cook until the greens are soft, which takes about 20 minutes. Taste and season until perfectly suited for your taste buds.
To serve, put greens and meat in low soup bowls or plates with a decent edge, then ladle over the hot black-eyed peas. Optionally, you can sprinkle the top with scallions and serve this New Year’s Day recipe with cornbread.
Today, Lillian and the gang from My Pig Me Up would like to wish you and yours…
A Very Merry Christmas
It is our hopes that your Christmas is merry and bright,
surrounded by the friends and family you love most.
To show our thanks, we are sharing some adorable holiday pig pictures with you,
our readers and faithful followers.
Just when you think pigs simply cannot be any cuter,
you see an adorable photo like this one.
I believe it might be safe to say
these two pigs are probably one of the cutest things you’ve seen all season
…but wait, there’s one more!
Awww. Isn’t that sweet?
Makes me wish Santa was bringing me one of these little porkers.
May you sleep well on Christmas tonight
with a full tummy and visions of sugarplums
(or bacon, if you’re like me) dancing in your dreams.
God bless you this Christmas and throughout the year that remains.
Eggnog. It’s one of the most delightful offerings of the holiday season and sadly, when January arrives, the eggnog disappears from all the grocery store coolers. Every year I hope that someone will decide this holiday nog will somehow be deemed appropriate for all seasons and remain available. Disappointed because that never happens, I was forced to go without this cold and spicy protein rich concoction for another year …until I figured out how to make my own.
Eggnog and Bacon?
As bacon claims its new found fame, this delicious meat can now be found in just about everything, even cocktails. When I heard there was an bacon and eggnog concoction, I wasn’t in the least bit surprised. Excited maybe …but not surprised. Are you? While you might think eggnog to be a difficult recipe to make, it’s really not. It may put a tiny dent in your grocery budget but hey! With the added bonus of bacon, this could almost be considered a meal (smile).
Eggnog Recipe with Bacon
The ingredient list is short which makes my wallet happy.
8 eggs, separated
2/3 cup maple syrup
3 cups whole milk
2 cups heavy cream
2 cups bourbon
16 strips crisply cooked bacon
Place egg whites in the bowl of a stand mixer and whisk on low speed until frothy, about 30 seconds. Increase speed to medium-high and, watching carefully, beat until they are about the consistency of shaving cream, about 90 seconds. Reduce speed to medium. With mixer running, add half of maple syrup and beat until incorporated, about 30 seconds. Transfer whites to a large bowl. Do not wash bowl.
Add egg yolks and remaining syrup to now-empty stand mixer bowl and beat at medium-high speed until pale yellow and ribbony, shutting off machine and scraping down sides with a rubber spatula as necessary, about 2 minutes total. Add milk, cream, and alcohol and mix on low speed to combine.
Using a rubber spatula or handheld whisk, fold the whipped whites into the egg yolk/milk mixture until completely incorporated. Serve by ladling into special glassware or mugs and garnishing with a bacon strip.
This homemade eggnog recipe takes ten minutes to mix and serve. The yield is about two quarts, which has the potential to make about ten people really happy …or just me. Yum! Please let me know how your eggnog turns out, and may you have a wonderful holiday season.
There is a very slim chance that your personal trainer or nutritionist will tell you to be sure and include bacon as part of a balanced healthy diet. However, that is exactly what the world’s oldest woman, Susannah Jones, is saying.
World’s Oldest Woman Swears by Bacon
Susannah Mushatt Jones, 116, was named by the Guinness World Records as the ‘World’s Oldest Woman’ in July. With a daily breakfast routine that consists of eggs, bacon and grits, Jones proudly displays a kitchen sign that reads, “Bacon makes everything better.” That, she believes, along with “lots of sleep” has positively contributed to her long and happy life. According to her, “I never drink or smoke. I surround myself with love and positive energy. That’s the key to long life and happiness.”
Meet the World’s Oldest Living Person, Susannah Mushatt Jones
The fact that Jones eats bacon every day came as quite a surprise to many, especially considering the World Health Organization’s recent claim that cancer can be caused by processed meats. While Jones claims that “lots of sleep” is the reason for her longevity, her family claims that her generosity to others and love of family are the real reasons.
Born on July 6, 1899, near Montgomery, Virginia in a small farm town, she was one of 11 children born to a cotton sharecropper and his wife Mary Mushatt. After attending a school for black girls, she graduated in 1922 and picked crops full time for her family.
In 1923, Jones left Virginia for New Jersey and work as a nanny, before eventually making her way to New York. There, she worked for wealthy families as a live-in child care provider and housekeeper for about $7 per week. While her original dream had been to become a teacher, and she had even been accepted into the Tuskegee Institute’s Teacher’s Program, her family had been unable to afford the tuition to send her.
Susannah Jones’ niece, Lois Judge, told the Daily Record that, “She adored kids.” Even though Jones was only married for a few years and never had any children. Adored by her 100 nieces and nephews as “T”, Jones was an active member of her local “tenant patrol team” for more than 30 years and received tribute from the New York Housing Authority and New York mayor Michael Bloomberg. It was NY Mayor Bloomberg who wished Jones, “good health and great happiness.”
Jones believes that, in addition to her love of bacon, her lack of vices is one of the greatest contributing factors to her longevity. Although she is now hard of hearing and blind, she only needs 2 medications per day and is not bed ridden. Whether or not it is due to her pension for bacon, Jones has now outlived the Guinness World Records’ oldest woman, Frenchwoman Jeanne Calment, who passed away at a ripe old age of 122 years and 164 days.
If you haven’t read part one of our journey to find bacon inspired communities and the famous #bacon hashtag online, you may want to put it in reverse and visit this page first: #bacon on Facebook. As for the rest of you, follow me as we begin a tour of our favorite hashtag (#bacon, as if you didn’t already know) on the Twitter community.
Twitter didn’t seem very interesting to me at first, but after a second look I know I misjudged this online social media platform. After taking a second look at how Twitter works, I was actually very impressed. If you haven’t made a profile there yet, you really should and after reading this article, you will probably find the motivation to start tweeting like the rest.
#bacon for Twitter Followers
On Twitter, there is a plethora of profiles dedicated to the love of all things bacon, and one of the cool things about Twitter is you know every time #bacon is on the news! Here are some top tweeters to follow if you want your Twitter account to be submerged in memes, articles, images, news stories and links about bacon.
Situated in Baltimore, Maryland, is the Bacon Ministry, spreading the message of bacon evangelism. The profile is by @SpamSpam, the Bacon Bishop of Baltimore, on behalf of the Ministry of Bacon, spreading the gospel of all things bacon. You need to join the other 6K+ followers to see these tweets but with a name like that, you know they’re gonna be great!
The name Bacon Today may sound familiar if you read my first article featuring the #bacon hashtag. Rest assured, this crew is hamming it up on Twitter too (pun intended)! If you are going to be on Twitter, you should totally follow Bacon Today to keep up with bacon news. They have over 7000 followers and post a wide variety of tweets you’re sure to find interesting. Remember that post about bacon strip ornaments? Check it out.
With a staggering 36.000+ followers, All Bacon delivers exactly that, in the form of information, stories, images and humor. #Bacon is the focus of this Twitter profile and there’s no denying their agenda …sharing the love and awe of all things bacon. Their slogan? All Bacon, all the time! Sounds like my kinda people!
Another great act to follow on Twitter is called Bacon Unwrapped, founded by none other than Heather Lauer. If that name sounds familiar to you, it should! Lauer is the author of a book I posted about earlier in the month called Bacon: A Love Story. (See it here.) She says bacon is the best meat ever, and is proud to have been a bacon eater since the 1970s, and a bacon blogger since 2005. To date, she has almost 3000 followers on Twitter and if there’s a food with bacon in it, you can pretty much bet that Heather knows about it or has tried it. See below.
Dear Bacon is a rising star in the Twitter world with just a few followers and a strong passion for bacon, using the #bacon hashtag liberally while sharing jokes, memes and photographs. I would say it is safe to expect big things from Dear Bacon and the Dear Bacon dot com website.
Next on the list is Mr. Baconpants, a Twitter user from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, who blogs mostly about bacon and beer. It’s also home to Bacon LIVE, which he introduces as the worlds ONLY podcast about bacon. He has almost two thousand followers so it’s safe to say Mr. Baconpants is kind of a big deal on Twitter. Oh yeah, and apparently he can cook too!
Next on our list of Twitter users is Bacon Scouts. These guys have a slightly different back story …and a darn good job. Established in July of 2013, Bacon Scouts have one important goal and it involves bacon. Are you ready for their job description? To search for, test, and sell the most incredible bacon from across America… I could totally do that!
These bacon inspired individuals are just a few of the many people you can socialize with if you amble over to Twitter and search using the #bacon hashtag. First on your list of people to visit should be the My Pig Me Up dedicated (and adorably pink!) Twitter profile featuring our very own VIP, Lillian Tram. She’s a big deal around here…
Thanks for reading Part Two of our spotlight on the #bacon hashtag and the various online communities where you can converse with complete strangers about bacon, restoring your faith in the world one crunchy crispy salty bite at a time.
Coming soon…. Part Three
#Bacon Inspired Blogs
At least once or twice in your life, you’ve probably shook your head and mumbled the words, ‘Life sure is crazy’. If you have, it’s most likely because our worlds are so unpredictable and …yeah, crazy. The people you meet and the places you end up will all occur based on your interests, or the things you are most passionate about – such as pigs, for instance.
In a world of more than 7.3 billion people and more than two billion internet users, I am both thrilled and in awe of the dedication to something so loved: pigs! And for those who love pigs and have aligned their interests to assimilate here on the My Pig Me Up blog, thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
A Portly Thank You to Our Followers!
May You Have a Pig-Tastic Thanksgiving Holiday with those you love most!
Here is a cute Thanksgiving poem for you, followers and fellow bacon lovers, to enjoy.
It’s me again, Lord
Thanking you for another year
And for the people that I hold dear…
I’m thankful for so many things
I’m not sure where to start
But Lord, you know what’s in my heart…
I’m grateful for the pantry
With plenty of things to eat
My freezer’s filled with bacon, my favorite kind of meat…
I thank you for so much more
Like talents you’ve bestowed on me
With these skills, My Pig Me Up is a success, you see…
Lord, there’s one more thing I ask
All the year’s bacon that’s passed my lips
Please don’t let that delicious goodness land on my hips…
Thanksgiving comes but once a year
But I’m more thankful each and every day
Because you, dear Father, hear me when I pray…
Others might think my prayers are silly
But I know You love me just the same
Bless them all, Lord, in Jesus’ name.
Written by Kerri Ponder
Bacon and soup – what a wonderful winter combination! I am sharing two of my favorite bacon soup recipes with you now …before it gets terribly cold outside! If you have never tasted bacon soup, you will find that this is comfort food at its finest, guaranteed to warm your soul and satisfy those taste buds.
Bacon Soup Recipes to Keep and Share
First on the list of favorites is a recipe I found a couple of years ago at a blog called Mel’s Kitchen Cafe and boy is this bacon soup delish! You won’t get over how creamy and cheesy this recipe is! The bacon and cheese come together like a young couple who cannot keep their hands off of one another. Coming from a large family and having six children of my own, one of the things I like about this recipe (aside from the inclusion of bacon!) is that this soup contains 10+ cups of vegetables! Now, that’s gotta be healthy! Knowing there’s so many vegetables packed in every bowlful, there’s a lot less shame in consuming all that yummy bacon and cheese.
The blog writer describes this recipe “Like classic broccoli cheese soup on steroids” and she’s right! The flavor takes me back to when I was younger, back when my family served that tried and true broccoli chicken and rice casserole recipe every Thanksgiving. (Our family stuck to the traditional turkey and dressing with cranberry sauce but that was about it. We certainly marched to the beat of a different drum and that’s okay because when it comes to food, you gotta do what feels right …and his soup? Well, it feels better than alright. Just see for yourself.
#1 – Loaded Broccoli Cheese and Bacon Soup
While I could tell you to substitute delish pork bacon for the lower sodium and lower calorie turkey bacon, I simply refuse to do that. Put that bacon grease to work making the white sauce wow and leave out the butter. For a thicker heartier soup, use two heads of broccoli but if you prefer thinner soups, use only one head of broccoli, diced small of course as mentioned in the recipe below. You can also add broth in the final stage to thin this soup down a bit.
3 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1 cup peeled and chopped carrots, diced small
1 cup chopped celery, diced small
3 cups peeled and chopped potatoes, diced small
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
4-5 cups broccoli crowns, diced small (about 2 heads of broccoli)
4-6 slices bacon, chopped
3 tablespoons butter
1/3 cup flour
3 cups milk
4 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese (about 16 ounces)
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon dried mustard
In a large saucepan, combine the chicken broth, carrots, celery, potatoes and onion. Bring the mixture to a boil, cover and simmer for 10 minutes, until the vegetables are starting to get tender.
Add the chopped broccoli. Cover and simmer for another 10 minutes. The pan is going to be very full of vegetables (don’t let any picky eaters see the pot!) and it might seem more like stew than soup but I promise it all comes together later on, when you add the cheese mixture.
In a separate saucepan, saute the bacon until golden and crispy before removing the bacon and placing on a paper towel lined plate. Drain the grease and wipe out saucepan.
Melt the butter using the same saucepan you cooked the bacon over medium heat. Whisk in the flour and cook for 1-2 minutes until golden, stirring constantly.
Gradually whisk in milk and cook until the mixture is bubbling and slightly thickened, about 5-7 minutes. Stir in the cheddar cheese, one handful at a time, adding another handful after the cheese melts each time. Season with salt, pepper and dry mustard.
Slowly add the cheese sauce to the hot broth and vegetables, stirring to combine well. Add the reserved bacon and add additional salt and pepper to taste. I always add a little Tony’s Creole Seasoning but that’s because my family is hooked.
I have been playing with this recipe for just over a year, when I first found it on a cooking blog called The Wicked Noodle. Catchy name right? I love the name almost as much as I adore this bacon soup recipe! Maybe this recipe is just a little bit healthier too, since the red potatoes aren’t peeled. Is there nutrients in a potato peel? I gotta remember to look that up later.
One of the best features of this soup recipe is the amounts of cheese… and I am not ashamed to say that I always (yes, always – it’s gone on so long now I can actually say it’s part of my cheese addiction) add even more cheese than what the recipe calls for. I did mention that this soup has bacon in it too, right? Just kidding… sorta. I’m a sucker for anything with bacon in it but I also love jalapeno and I will put them in almost anything. Thankfully, my family loves it when I get my spicy on in the kitchen and hopefully yours will love this recipe as much as we do.
Bacon Soup Recipe #2 – Loaded Potato Soup
1/2 pound bacon, sliced into large pieces
1/2 medium-sized sweet onion, chopped
3 tablespoons flour
1 32-ounce container low-sodium chicken broth (4 cups)
3 pounds red potatoes, quartered or halved depending on size
1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
2 cups whole milk
kosher salt & freshly ground black pepper
shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream, chopped green onion, crumbled bacon, minced fresh jalapeno and a drizzle of adobo sauce.
Heat a stock pot over med-high heat. Add bacon and cook until crisp.
Remove bacon with a slotted spoon and let drain on a plate lined with paper towels. Leave the bacon grease in the pot.
Reduce heat to medium and add onions. Cook onions until they are soft and translucent, about 5 minutes. Be careful not to burn them.
Sprinkle flour over onions and cook, stirring constantly for about a one minute as this removes the raw flour taste.
Slowly pour in the chicken stock, whisking constantly until smooth and well-blended with the flour.
Add potatoes and bring to a boil; next, simmer until potatoes are very soft, about 15-30 minutes, depending on the size of the potatoes.
Using a potato masher or similar kitchen tool, crush potatoes to thicken soup, leaving some chunks but allowing some to level out into the soup.
Stir in the cheese until it is melted and the soup is smooth.
Add milk, bring soup back to a simmer and cook for an additional 10 minutes, or until very hot.
Ladle soup into bowls and add one or all of the toppings listed above, based on your preferences. Dig in!
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 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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
Is there anyone on the planet who doesn’t love bacon? I really hope not but if there is, that just means there will be more for the rest of us, right? As proof that the majority of people do love the salty goodness of bacon, there are many fall festivals held annually, all year long …for the sole purpose of celebrating bacon.
In fact, there is probably a bacon festival held somewhere near your present location. If you are a bacon lover and would like to be entertained by others who are in the bacon-y spirit, here are great bacon fall festivals that you can enjoy this year. Just as one might expect, these festivals offer a plethora of carnal delights for those who just cannot get enough of …yeah, you guessed it… BACON!
Get Ready to be Entertained During Bacon Fall Festivals
There are various events and opportunities created for the enjoyment and entertainment of every bacon loving person who attends these fall festivals. You’ll find many different and fun-filled things to do, including bacon eating contests, bacon weddings, bacon food samples, beer and cocktails… even the decorations and prizes will be centered around these delightfully cured strips of meaty goodness.
Here is a great line-up of bacon festivals that are ready to offer you pleasure and delight during the fall, held in different locations across the United States. If you are very lucky, there will be one within traveling distance of your town!
Bacon Festivals in October and November
Dubuque Area Bacon Fest
The Dubuque Area Bacon Fest will be held on the 1st of October 2015, in Dubuque, IA. This is an event during which local grocery stores, restaurants and BBQ pits prepare and serve samples of dishes containing bacon. The event aims to serve for a great cause, as all the proceeds from this bacon fall festival will go to Area Residential Care to help people with intellectual disabilities in an attempt to improve the residents’ quality of life.
Bacon and Beer Classic
With a name like this, you know the Bacon and Beer Classic is going to be a ful fall festival! Created in Chicago, IL, this bacon inspired fall festival will take place on the 10th of October 2015. This is an all-inclusive festival that is held inside iconic stadiums across America. People who attend this festival are welcome to taste delicious bacon based food recipes created by local cooks. Beer samples are also available …can life get any better than this?
San Mateo Bacon and Brew Fest
The San Mateo Bacon and Brew Fest takes place in San Mateo, CA, on the 10th of October 2015. This festival will be open between 11 am and 5 pm and will welcome guests with local food vendors, breweries, live music and unique artisan crafts. Families with kids are also welcome, as the festival also includes a children’s play area where young ones are welcome to have fun in the bouncing house or enjoy the unique fun of face paintings.
Bacon Bash Texas
A festival that will be held in Cranfills Gap, TX, on the 17th of October 2015 is the Bacon Bash. Wow, what a name, right? Bacon, beer and music are some of the more important things that will allow visitors to be entertained during this bacon fall festival. This year, organizers of the festival have also added something new to the mix… wine is now available for bacon crunching guests.
Southwest Bacon Fest
The Southwest Bacon Fest will be held in Albuquerque, NM, on the 7th of November 2015. Attend this festival to enjoy over 100 unique bacon dishes created by 50 of the top restaurants and food trucks in the US. There will also be breweries available in the area, bands offering live music, games and activities for everyone and a special zone prepared just for kids.
Check out the PA Baconfest, a bacon fall festival to be held in Easton, PA, on the 7th and 8th of November 2015. This is one of the most popular events hosted in the area. Over one hundred vendors will await the arrival of bacon adoring guests who will be entertained by listening to music and tasting delicious bacon dishes. That’s better than any date night!
Dallas Bacon Festival
Have you been to Dallas? Now you have a supremely awesome reason to travel to this southern city! The Dallas Bacon Festival is to be held in Dallas, TX, on the 14th of November 2015. Over 50 restaurants and food trucks will serve more than 100 unique bacon dishes to delight and inspire fall festival goers. Music, games and activities will take care of the entertainment.
So have you decided on the bacon fall festival you want to attend already? Now it is time to save the date for the festival that you wish to attend this year, to celebrate one of the most enjoyable foods ever – bacon!
Gone are the days when bacon was only served for breakfast or on a sandwich. Now bacon has grown into a phenomenon and people are looking for new and innovative ways to add bacon to every dish – even desserts. It started with doughnuts and cupcakes and migrated to cheesecakes and cookies. Now, some genius figured out how to combine bacon with the delectable taste of bacon and voila! Bacon candy is a hot new treat.
Ever heard of Bacon Peanut Brittle?
It’s a NYC favorite!
According the restaurateurs who make this delicious salty sweet bacon dessert, it’s all about choosing and using the right peanuts. The Redhead is the well-known New York City restaurant located on South 13th street serving this delectable goodness, and they credit the success of their establishment to having the ‘best beer nuts in America’. Using these nuts in every batch of Bacon Peanut Brittle has been key to this East Village gastropub’s rise in popularity.
How to Make Your Own Bacon Peanut Brittle
Even if you are a million miles from New York City, you can enjoy the wonderful flavor of bacon and peanuts infused in sweet syrup. While it won’t be the same as the candy served up north, you will find that this recipe can easily make your mouth very, very happy! Let’s check out this recipe, shared from the food.com website.
Bacon Peanut Brittle Ingredients
- 8slices bacon
- 1 1⁄2cups sugar
- 1⁄2cup pure maple syrup
- 2 1⁄2cups unsalted dry roasted peanuts (if salted, reduce salt to 1/4 teaspoon)
- 8tablespoons unsalted butter(one stick)
- 3⁄4teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning
- 1⁄2teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1⁄2teaspoon dry mustard
- 1⁄2teaspoon kosher salt
Bacon Peanut Brittle Directions
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Place bacon on a rack over a cookie sheet and cook until crispy, about 15 minutes. Reserve bacon fat. The recipe calls for 8 tablespoons of butter (fat) – replace as much of butter as you have bacon fat. Once bacon is done, drain on paper towels and chop into bits.
- Place the sugar and maple syrup in a large, heavy saucepan over high heat and stir with a wooden spoon until sugar begins to melt. Lower the heat to medium-high and keep stirring just until the sugar is melted. Stop stirring and watch for it to turn a medium caramel color. About 10 minutes total.
- Stir in peanuts, and then bacon fat and butter. Then add Old Bay, cayenne and dry mustard. Allow peanuts to cook for about two minutes, stirring constantly. Stir in the bacon.
- Turn the mixture out onto a sheet pan lined with parchment paper, and spread it evenly to the desired thickness with a wooden spoon or stiff rubber spatula. Sprinkle salt on top, while brittle is still warm.
- Allow to cool completely–at least one hour–then break the brittle into pieces and store in an airtight container at room temperature. If your brittle isn’t brittle enough to break into pieces, pop it in the freezer for 10 to 15 minutes, until it hardens enough to snap easily.
Have you ever tasted Bacon Peanut Brittle?
Let us know if you love the recipe!
Wow! The time sure does fly a lot faster than pigs! It seems like yesterday we were talking about hog jowl and celebrating the New Year! Lillian and all of us at the My Pig Me Up blog hope you have a safe and wonderful fourth of July, surrounded by friends, family and pigs …cooked or uncooked – it doesn’t really matter as long as you are happy and safe!
Speaking of staying safe, here are a few tips to help keep your fourth of July celebration running smoothly. After all, we need you here next week, saying yum or awe as you browse through our blog! This time of year, a lot of people get hurt or badly injured so please give this post a quick read before you party it up on the 4th!
Safety Tips for the July Holiday
…if you’re a people. If you’re a pig, well… you are probably better off going into hiding because everyone is going to be grilling or cooking some type of tasty pork fare. Here are some safety tips for our human followers.
Cooking and Grilling Tips
Grilling and cooking seems like a normal and safe activity but many times, there are plenty of children and guests around while cooking out and it is easy to become distracted. One great way to make sure everyone knows their job is to choose one person to be in charge of the grilling process.
1. Once you have chosen one person to be in charge of the grill, he or she should always be near this heat source for constant supervision.
2. You should never grill inside your home as this is a fire and smoke hazard, and can be quite dangerous.
3. If your pet is large enough to upset the barbeque grill, contain him with a leash, lead, cage or crate for his own safety.
4. Use long handled utensils designed for cooking on a barbeque grill to prevent burns.
5. Operate your grill in an open area, away from low hanging branches or other fire hazards. Keep the ground around your grill clear also.
Fireworks Safety Tips
If you can attend a public fireworks display, this is the best option. These large events will have firemen and paramedics on hand and professionals who are trained and have much experience with fireworks. If you cannot attend a public display, please consider taking the following precautions.
1. Always keep water nearby while shooting fireworks.
2. Never allow children or teenagers within 500 feet of fireworks as they are being discharged.
3. Never allow children to hold lit fireworks in their hands to prevent burns.
4. Always wear safety goggles if you are the person lighting the fireworks and only light one firework at a time. Do not try to relight duds.
Holiday Travel Tips
The highways will be filled with people who are anxious to reunite with family and friends or get their 4th of July vacation underway. Before leaving or returning home, always make sure you are joining those masses with plenty of rest under your belt – for your safety and the safety of others traveling along the same highway.
1. Keep your vehicle equipped with necessities such as a spare tire, water (for your car and for consumption) and maps.
2. Stay alert as you travel through construction zones. Don’t assume highway workers are enjoying the 4th of July – they may be working!
3. If you are traveling out of town, never let your gas tank fall below half, just in case there’s no more gas stations for a while.
4. Be respectful of those you share the roadways with and try to be courteous. After all, it’s a holiday.
5. Use your headlights during the day as well as the evening for increased visibility to other drivers. Make sure all of your signals and horn works.
Happy Fourth of July from Lillian and My Pig Me Up!
Teacup Pigs and Why You Should Get One
Having a teacup pig around can be one of the most fulfilling experiences because these pets are a very unique companion to have around, even though it involves a lot of commitment and devotion. Most people who think of getting a teacup pig would probably be better of to consider having a dog, a cat or even a bird instead of a darling teacup pig.
We are not talking about regular pigs of normal size. We are actually talking about teacup pigs… pigs that may initially fit inside your favorite cup! These cute miniature pigs weigh no more than 9 ounces at birth on average but keep in mind these darling pets can grow! These teacup pigs could reach 30 to 60 pounds as a maximum weight. These small pigs are usually referred to as teacup pigs because of their size and they look amazingly cute on a teacup saucer.
Having a teacup pig around is a wonderful idea, not only because of how adorable they look but also because they are very smart animals and learn things quicker than other pets. Teacup pigs come in different colors and they are very peaceful creatures who enjoy running around your house.
Mini pigs love putting their noses in anything that comes in their way, which means you have to be extra careful because they can easily hurt themselves if you don’t properly prepare your house for these extra small animals who will not stop playing around. The below list will give you a clearer idea of why you should get a teacup pig.
Teacup Pigs Live a Long Time
Teacup pigs can be wonderful companions to have around, especially since they have a surprisingly long lifespan. Your teacup pig has a life expectancy that is between 20 to 25 years. For such a small creature, this is a very long life!
Teacup Pigs Don’t Make Lots of Noise
One common drawback about having a teacup pig around the house is the constant noises they make, whether they are grunting and snorting or trying to bark like dogs. Teacup pigs will probably not disturb you or your neighbors in that sense though, because they are so small, they simply don’t make very loud noises.
The Teacup Pig is Remarkably Smart
Pigs are known for their intelligence and they are believed to be smarter than domestic dogs and other animals. Your teacup pig will prove this animal has a higher level of intelligence than other animals. As a pet pig owner, you can easily teach your little teacup baby to use a litter box and to do a lot of tricks.
Pigs Are Very Affectionate House Pets
It might be due to their miniature size but teacup pigs require a lot of affection and love, and they will give this attention back in the cutest ways. A teacup pig will sit in your lap or sleep in the palm of your hand whenever they get a chance, and you will find them always running after you around the house.
These Small Pigs Won’t Get You Sick
Teacup pigs are not like other pets as they will likely not cause you any type of allergy issues.Theses little sweethearts are very safe and harmless around the home, and are not dangerous around small children. It is highly likely that everyone who enters your home will be able to love on your pet pig without incident.
If you don’t mind slightly altering your life routine to include the smallest and cutest pet in the world, teacup pigs are perfect for you.
Don’t Buy a Miniature Pig Yet
If you are a pet owner or pet lover, you know how amazing it feels to have such wonderful companions around. Unlike some human beings, miniature pigs as pets genuinely care for you and will do their best to please you. However, having a pet is not devoid of some significant drawbacks such as the time and effort it takes to train your pig. Over time, you will spend a lot of energy on your pig in an effort to get him used to your life style, and to teach them basic hygiene rules.
Of course, some pets require more attention than others but there are a few animals that really need your full attention and require a great degree of commitment and care …such as miniature pigs! Miniature pigs as pets can be the cutest and most adorable creatures on earth, and unlike other tiny pets, they live up to 25 years and are extremely intelligent. But….
Despite these obvious and unavoidable facts, raising a miniature pig as a pet is not an easy thing to do. The entire process of training miniature pigs as pets is very different from raising other animals. These are the some of the things you should take into consideration before deciding to take a micro pig as your indoor pet.
Miniature Pigs Are Very Curious
These tiny cute creatures can cause you a lot of trouble due to their size and extreme curiosity. They will be running around the house all the time and will want to look inside anything open and interesting. These extra small pets can easily become injured due to their curiosity levels. You will have to keep everything that might hurt them out of their reach and make the necessary accommodations around your place for this very purpose.
Miniature Pigs Can Become Aggressive
All pigs are relatively well-known for their behavioral issues as these animals tend to get aggressive when they are hungry or not well at ease. This same attitude also applies to miniature pigs as well so you might want to be extra careful when taking a pet pig due to their sometimes ornery behavior.
Miniature Pigs Need Much Emotional Attention
Miniature pigs can become great pets but they need a lot of love and care on your part. These small and lovable creatures will want you to be around often in order to pet them and play with them which may not be convenient for most people. If you do not spend too much time away from home, miniature pigs might be the perfect pet but if you work or travel often, these attention-loving animals may not be for you.
Miniature Pigs Not Always Good With Other Pets
If you are a dog or cat owner and are currently thinking of taking a miniature pig as a pet, you will need to think again because these tiny animals don’t always get along with dogs and cats. Many times, miniature pigs will treat your other housepet as a rival even if you manage to separate the two in terms of space.
Miniature Pigs Can Vary in Growth
Certain breeds of miniature pigs will not remain as small as when you first adopted them and can reach the size of a regular pig. You might want to read more about miniature pigs and learn to recognize the types available where you live if you don’t want a big pig running through your house.
If you are okay with everything that has been mentioned in the above list and are still thinking of getting a miniature pig, good luck to you on your journey! Miniature pigs can often be too cute to resist …even though you have been properly warned. If you have adopted a pig baby, please share pics in the comments below.
We hope you are enjoying your new companion!
Watermelons! They’re so good to eat! Have you ever wondered just how many watermelons are being consumed each year? Me too …but I couldn’t find an answer. However, I did find out that an average American eats almost 16 pounds of watermelon each year, according to statistics.
Watermelon always tastes great but some are clearly better than others. Have you wondered why? Obviously there are different types of watermelons available beyond the seeded and seedless options, but there are also some great tips you can follow to make sure you’re bringing home one of the tastiest in the produce section or farmer’s market.
How to Choose a Yummy Watermelon
Yes! This is totally important. Here are some of the best characteristics to look for in a watermelon to ensure you and your crew have a tasty and healthy summer snack. Check out these watermelon buying tips and let us know if you have used these methods to choose your watermelons in the past.
#1 – You don’t want a picture perfect watermelon, such as the one above. The truth is, that shiny appearance on the outside of your watermelon means it’s under ripe on the inside. Choose an already developed dull-looking watermelon. The same rule applies to Honeydews …if you’re a fan.
#2 – The side on which your watermelon sat while growing in the field is called the ‘field spot’ or ‘yellow spot’. If your watermelon’s field spot is not a nice creamy shade of yellow such as the one pictured here, keep looking.
#3 – If you love a watermelon that is amazingly sweet, you should remember that the darker this yellow spot is, the sweeter your melon will taste! A white field spot means your watermelon isn’t ripe and hasn’t had a chance to sweeten up yet.
#4 – You have probably seen people in the produce aisle, knocking on watermelons and other fruit and listening to the sound this makes. Are you wondering if there is anything to this old trick? Yes, prepare to join the masses who knock on their fruit in the grocery store because a “dull” thud indicates soft flesh and an under ripe fruit. When you knock on a watermelon, your knuckles should bounce off of the melon, meaning the rind should be hard and firm.
#5 – Don’t buy a watermelon without picking several of them up! You want to find the heaviest watermelon of the particular size you want. The heavier your watermelon, the more water your fruit contains. Note the difference: the heaviest does not necessarily mean the largest.
#6 – While you have that big guy in your arms, feel him up. It’s not like you aren’t already lusting after his tasty goodness anyway. Fell for lumps, bumps and knots to find areas of inconsistency which will mean your watermelon might have gotten inconsistent amounts of sun and water during the growth process which can affect its taste and quality.
Now that you’ve got the information needed to find the absolute best watermelon available in your area, here are some cute ways to incorporate those darling pigs we all love into your next family day, friendly gathering or celebration. All you need is a really sharp knife, a cutting board and a melon baller and you’re ready to create an edible masterpiece from your watermelon.
Expect many compliments and enjoy the faces of children when they first see this amazing carved fruit display. Here are some other variations to consider when creating a festive watermelon pig for your special day.
I would suggest using fruit that you can find in season to save money while making a watermelon pig. As you can see in the next photograph (right), you can opt to serve only its own fruit in your watermelon carving.
Some of the more popular fruit additions that hold up well include pineapple chunks, honeydew, cantaloupe, strawberries, mandarin orange slices, kiwis and seedless grapes. Some people add bananas but I would recommend waiting until the last minute to add these slices to the display to prevent browning, or ripening.
While you are working on the watermelon, be sure to refrigerate all of your fruit until time for assembly into the fruit display. Below is a quick syrup that you can make to coat your fruit and keep everything looking and tasting wonderful.
Natural Syrup Recipe for Watermelon Fruit
You will need a small saucepan, one-quarter cup of white granulated sugar, one-half cup of water and two tablespoons of fresh grated lemon zest.
Place the saucepan on the stove over medium-high heat, bringing the water and sugar to a boil. Once boiling, all of the sugar should be dissolved.
Remove the saucepan from heat and continue to stir until you cannot see any of the sugar granules.
Add the fresh lemon zest and set the mixture aside to cool.
Place all of your fruit bites in a large mixing bowl and pour this syrup over, tossing the fruit around to completely coat every bite. For best results, keep the bowl of fruit and the carved watermelon in the refrigerator until time to fill and serve your watermelon pig display.
Have you ever made a watermelon carving?
If you ever get the chance to visit New York City, you absolutely must add Schmackary’s to your list of must sees. Why? They have more than forty-five different cookie varieties, including regular and gluten-free options and best of all… one of these delectable treats incorporate bacon! Meet the Maple Bacon Cookie from Schmackary’s.
Bacon and Cookies are a Perfect Match
Schmackary’s is located on West 45th Street and opens each morning at 8 a.m. to begin baking their deliciously massive assortment of cookies, including the above mentioned Maple Bacon Cookie. By 10 a.m., you will think you’ve died and gone to cookie heaven as each delicious batch is removed from the oven and placed on display. Expect to pay a little more for these goodies since they’re baked with love in an official ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ location, as single cookies are $2.75 or you can buy two for $5.00. Take some for the road, choosing either a half-dozen ($14.00) or a dozen ($24.00).
Are these gourmet cookies worth the price? Oh, that all depends on how much you love cookies! If you choose the Maple Bacon Cookie, you will be investing in delicious tidbits of candied bacon blended with maple syrup, lovingly mixed with sea salt and toffee bits to deliver an ooey gooey and oh so delightful New York confection. There are many other year round and seasonal favorites you won’t be able to resist so visit Schmackary’s when you’re really hankering for cookies!
Maple Bacon Cookies …Not just for New York City Folks
There are recipes floating around the internet for several of Schmackary’s best selling cookies, including the oh so yummy Maple Bacon variety. We know you cannot travel to New York every time you get a bacon craving and a yen for something sweet so here is one of our favorites. Let us know what you think of the Maple Bacon Cookie after trying the recipe below which yields about three dozen.
Four slices of thick bacon, cooked and cooled
Two and one-half cups of all purpose flour
One-half teaspoon of baking powder
One-half teaspoon of baking soda
One and three-quarter cups of light brown sugar
One-half teaspoon of Kosher salt
Two teaspoons of Maple extract
Three-quarter cup of butter
One cup of semi-sweet chocolate morsels
It is important to note that before you begin this recipe, cook the bacon by laying it out flat on a small foil lined baking sheet and top with one-third cup of brown sugar. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and cook the bacon for fifteen to twenty minutes.
When the bacon has cooled completely, cut each strip into small pieces and set aside for the recipe. Reduce oven to 375 degrees.
Using a mixer, begin by beating the butter and brown sugar for four minutes. Next, add the eggs and extract.
Slowly add in the all purpose flour, baking soda and baking powder until blended.
Next, fold in the candied bacon pieces and semi-sweet chocolate morsels.
Using an ice cream scoop or large spoon, drop rounded cookies onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for approximately ten to twelve minutes.
Remove from oven and let sit for two minutes before transferring cookies to a wire rack .
I am not sure exactly when or how it happened but finally, bacon is starting to get the attention and adoration that it so deserves. Whether you love bacon that is wimpy or fried to a crisp, you will find a new appreciation for each of these five cities. When you see the social status of bacon in each of these hip pork-loving American towns, you might even want to relocate!
Five U.S. Based Cities that Love Bacon
It is no surprise that bacon is popular since the average American consumes nearly eighteen pounds of it per year… that is the equivalent to nearly 18 billion pounds annually! If that doesn’t amaze you, expect to be surprised or at least entertained, at the unique way these five cities show their love of bacon.
#1 Los Angeles, California – Head over Hoof in Love with Bacon
Second only to New York City in terms of bacon consumption across the United States, Los Angeles, California has had more than one feature on the popular television show called ‘United States of Bacon‘. This bacon loving town is also home of numerous festivals and events that celebrate their love affair with this salty treat, including the LA Bacon Festival and annual Bacon Social. Also home of the website, BaconFreak.com, Los Angeles natives and tourists can easily find delicious bacon inspired meals and treats in local restaurants such as bacon-wrapped bacon and popcorn bacon. You can also find bacon desserts such as ‘bacon crack’, named for those who cannot get enough bacon. Before leaving town, try some delectable bacon ice cream from the Sweet Rose Bakery.
#2 Chicago, Illinois – Big Love for Bacon
Chicago natives know good food when they taste it, especially dishes and desserts inspired by a love of bacon. Known for their deep dish pizzas, or deep dish bacon pizzas in our case, Chicago, Illinois is number five on the list of U.S. cities in terms of bacon consumption and has also appeared several times on the show ‘United States of Bacon‘. You will have no trouble finding kindred spirits for which to celebrate your love of bacon, as there are many festivals held in the honor of this all-American food choice. Visit Chicago during the Baconfest or the Beer and Bacon Fest …or stop by Paddy Long’s bacon-themed restaurant for an unforgettable bacon experience. If you are a die hard bacon fan, you might even want to stop by Fargginay’s, a Chicago-based company that has successfully captured the terrific smell of bacon …in cologne form! Now that’s dedication to bacon!
#3 New York, New York – Always Hankering for Bacon
By now you can already see that the love of bacon is becoming widespread but New York, New York is taking bacon adoration to a new level! This is really no surprise since New Yorkers now consume more bacon than any other group across the United States. When you visit New York, New York, you will see bacon also used as garnishes, toppings and desserts in restaurants that are completely devoted to this fabulous American food. The more popular bacon restaurants in New York include Baconery and Crif Dogs, known for fabulous bacon-wrapped hot dogs, and Traif , the perfect choice when you’re craving a fresh bacon doughnut. If you plan ahead, you can easily enjoy some of New York’s bacon inspired festivals such as the Bacon Bash or Baconfest, where bacon consuming locals and tourists celebrate their love of pork.
#4 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – City of Bacon… Kevin Bacon
Formerly made popular by the famous cheese steak sandwich and delectable cheesecake, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is quickly gaining a reputation based on bacon consumption. This American city is number six on the bacon market consumption list and home to popular actor, Kevin Bacon… whoa! This cannot be a coincidence! If you happen to be in Philadelphia during their annual Bacon Fest, you might even get to say hello. Some popular bacon offerings found in this U.S. city include deep fried oysters with bacon aioli from Cochon, or bacon tacos from PYT… where the shells are actually made of bacon!
#5 Portland, Oregon – Can’t Say No to Bacon
The people of Portland, Oregon love their food… especially bacon! It is no surprise that Portland has a special group you can join called the Bacon Lovers of Oregon which meets to discuss the addictive qualities of this food. This American city is also the home of bacn.com, a website featuring great goodies and gifts such as bacon coffee and bacon inspired clothing. Know a deserving bacon admirer? Sign them up for the bacon of the month club. Popular bacon festivals held in Portland, Oregon include the Bacon Cup, PDX Baconfest, and the popular event, Bacon and Bourbon.
These are just a few of the many American cities that adore the flavor of scrumptious bacon on a number of traditional and nontraditional food choices. How much does your city love the delectable and addictive taste of bacon?
Bacon Inspired Products: Salute to the Pig
It is no secret that the world loves bacon. Everywhere you look, bacon is being incorporated into some new and delightful recipe or creation. Yet, that isn’t all that bacon has been doing. You are not going to believe the crazy products that are inspired by bacon and are now making their own hit debut. Go ahead and make a pig of yourself, they are!
Here are 10 of the craziest bacon inspired products ever:
1. Bacon Flavored Toothpaste
Have you ever dreamed of a delicious tasting toothpaste that makes you thrilled to brush your teeth every morning? Well, now there is BACON FLAVORED TOOTHPASTE! Who would want minty-freshness when you could have bacon-licious-ness?
2. Bacon Flavored Dental Floss
Not to be outdone by the bacon flavored toothpaste, but here is a bacon inspired and flavored dental floss. Skip the minty-freshness in every way and have a morning mouth that smells like a sumptuous breakfast.
3. Bacon Flavored Mints
Worried that your mouth might lose its bacon-y freshness? Never fear! Bacon inspired mints are here. Now you can refresh your mouth with bacon, anytime you need it. Clearly this is not a bacon inspired product designed to prevent bad breath or promote dental health.
4. Bacon Scented Candles
While your belly may be full, that doesn’t stop you from loving the aroma of freshly cooked bacon. Now you can delight your senses anytime with bacon scented candles. Whether you simply love filling your home with the delicious aromas of bacon inspired goodness, or are planning a romantic night alone with your significant other, bacon flavored candles are a must have.
5. Bacon Soap
Nothing is better than the sweet aromas of fresh bacon. Now you can have that sensational aroma in the bathroom and all over yourself! Take your hygiene to a whole new level with the wonders of bacon inspired soap.
6. Bacon Flavored Baby Formula
Is there a tiny bacon lover in your home? Feed their love of bacon with bacon flavored baby formula that is specially formulated with nutritious servings of bacon in every scoop.
7. Bacon Flavored Coffee
For those coffee connoisseurs out there with a pension for bacon, what could be better than a combination of the two? Have your morning coffee and bacon combined into one delicious cup with Boca Java’s Maple Bacon Morning coffee.
8. Bacon Inspired Vodka
Need a little nip to take the edge off? Having trouble separating from your bacon obsession? Sit back and relax with BAKON, the one and only bacon inspired vodka. Guaranteed to take the edge off, bacon vodka will make you a believer.
9. Bacon Jelly Beans
Are you in the mood for candy, but just can’t find anything that hits the ‘bacon spot’? Well, now there is Bacon Beans – the bacon flavored jelly beans that are sure to hit the candy spot and the bacon spot all at one time!
10. Bacon Personal Lubricant
Are you ready to have a sizzling good time in the bedroom? Well, now you no longer have to sacrifice the love of your significant other for your love of bacon, you can have them both!
Taking the world’s love of bacon to a whole new level, these products make it possible to incorporate bacon into every aspect of your daily life. Never again will you have to sit at work longing for your bacon when you can just pop in a bacon mint or have some bacon beans. Even the love of your life will be amazing at how far your obsession with bacon has come!
Would you use any of these bacon inspired products?
10 Best Bacon Tattoos Ever …Since Last Time!
What better way to proclaim your love for bacon than to have it permanently branded into your skin? No, this is not a joke. Some people simply love bacon so much that they need a permanent skin decoration to proclaim their devotion to the entire world.
1. The Bacon Equation Tattoo
Why stop at bacon? This tattoo shows this person’s love of the entire process. From the barnyard to the butcher’s block, and then …to your plate – What’s not to love about this delicacy?
2. No Regrets
While many of us might want a tattoo proclaiming “No Regrets” in regards to our life or love, but this person takes it to an entirely new level. While they may eat enough bacon to feed a third world country, surely the pain is worth every bite.
3. Side of Bacon
Taking the term “a side of bacon” to a whole new level is this fellow, who has a tattoo of bacon strips spelling out the word “BACON” on his side. Not only does this show his amazing dedication to his favorite meat, but it is also anatomically correct…in a manner of speaking.
4. Bacon Woman
While this may be a cry for help…or a girlfriend, this Bacon Woman tattoo definitely takes the obsession with bacon to entirely new heights. Of course, who wouldn’t see bacon as a sumptuous woman with curves in all of the right places, complete with sunny side up egg ‘breasts’?
5. FRESH Bacon
Naturally, nobody likes old bacon. Oh, who’s kidding? Bacon lovers love bacon. Period. This person decided to proclaim to the entire world the importance of fresh bacon by having the word FRESH spelled out with bacon strips. Epic? Or is this an epic fail?
6. Bacon City
That’s correct. This bacon lover wanted a tattoo of a city made entirely of bacon. There doesn’t really seem to be any words that can truly reflect on this…. this is a bacon lover’s fantasy world merged with New York City.
7. Make Bacon – Not War
Nothing is more integral to achieving world peace than a tattoo stating, “Make Bacon Not War.” While they may have a strange way of showing it, we’re sure that their bacon…err heart, is in the right place. Perhaps we should ask the pig.
8. I Heart Bacon
This person obviously loves their bacon and is also encouraging everyone else to share their love of this sumptuous meat. What could be a better proclamation of your love of meat than this bacon tattoo?
9. Bacon Strip Heart
This bacon tattoo is simple, straightforward and says it all. Without the dramatics of many bacon tattoos, this one is a simple statement of the love and devotion that this bacon lover has for one of the most delicious meats on earth.
The love of bacon is enough to have anyone making a pig of themselves, but the faithful few take it even further by proclaiming their love and devotion on their skin. These 10 bacon tattoos are just a few of the millions of people who have found one of the most inspirational ways to show their love of bacon.
Would you get a Bacon Tattoo?
5 Crazy Bacon Foods
One of the most beloved foods of all time is bacon, so it is only natural that it should be incorporated into as many recipes as possible. While we all know the unhealthy levels of cholesterol and saturated fats that thrive in this sumptuous fried food, it doesn’t deter us from making pigs of ourselves (pun intended).
While bacon can be deliciously added to any number of dishes for a delightful finish, sometimes the creativity boarders on insanity. With the explosion of the internet and social media, it seems that more people than ever are sharing their crazy bacon creations.
Here are 5 crazy bacon foods; you decide if they are delish or yuck!
5. Crazy Bacon & Egg Cupcakes
Bacon and egg breakfasts have been a common household staple for centuries, but this creation definitely adds a new twist to an old favorite. With bread on the bottom, bacon sides and an egg center, this bacon creation could definitely take the place of your average plate breakfast. The question is: Would you stop after eating just one?
4. Crazy Bacon Weave Taco
Nothing is better than a big, juicy taco….unless it’s a big, juicy taco made with a bacon shell! While bacon taco shells have been done before, their lack of effort left much to be desired. Staying true to the art of bacon, Nick Chipman has taken the bacon taco shell to the next level by weaving the strips together to create the epitome of bacon taco shells.
3. Crazy Bacon Weave Ice Cream Sandwich
With another creation from Nick Chipman, a true bacon artist, comes the Bacon Weave Ice Cream Sandwich. While not everyone likes a combination of salty and sweet, that is not stopping bacon lovers everywhere from chowing down on this unique delicacy. Nick recommends using maple flavored bacon in order to really set off the flavor of ice cream.
2. Crazy Bacon Lattice Top Apple Pie
Apple pie is one of America’s favorite pastimes, but this apple pie is not exactly like what mother used to make. This apple pie features a delectable lattice work topping made out of bacon. Foodies recommend adding a slice of cheddar, either on top or worked into the crust, for a sensational taste that you won’t find anywhere else. It seems that the combination of sweet and salty is becoming more and more popular.
1. Crazy Bacon Turtle Burger
Taking the love of bacon to a whole new level, this Bacon Turtle Burger combines beef hamburger patties, hot dogs and bacon to create one of the most unique versions of the hamburger ever. This is definitely a win-win for meat lovers around the world.
Following the world’s love of bacon and bacon creations is a never-ending adventure in the foodie world. Whether you like trying new and interesting eats or simply love to see the passion and creativity that goes into a bacon-lover’s design, following the world’s bacon creativity is never dull.
What’s your favorite ‘Crazy Bacon’ food?
By now you’ve probably noticed how much fun it is to report all these wild and wacky holidays. Today is Plush Animal Lovers Day, a day chosen in celebration of your favorite stuffed toy. Give your special plush an extra special squeeze today as I tell you how this day became nationally recognized.
What is Plush Animal Lovers Day?
No one is one hundred percent sure how the Plush Animal Lovers Day came to be recognized but we have a pretty good idea. An confirmed Urban Legend states that a collectibles dealer named Royal Selangor wanted to celebrate a Teddy Bears Picnic Day, back in the late eighties. It is rumored that the other stuffed toys (especially the pigs!) became jealous. After all, why should only Teddy Bears be adored on this day?
The Plush Animal Lovers Day quickly gained popularity, replacing the Teddy Bears Picnic Day, and it’s only fair, right? Today, Plush Animal Lovers Day is an opportunity to share your love of stuffed and plush toys with the rest of the world. Take one to work or school or throw a tea party for your plush animals.
Buy someone you love a special stuffed animal and enjoy their reaction. Personally, I recommend choosing a ping piggy plush but hey – to each their own, right? Remember, a plush, or stuffed, toy is not just for Christmas – it needs love and affection all year long! For those of you who embrace all things piggy, here are some wonderful plush choices for you!
See Our Plush Pig Parade!
Aurora Plush 12″ Piggolo Flopsie
Found on Amazon for approximately $9.99 to $12.30 and available with the gift-wrapping option, this little piggy is ready for some snuggle time. Numerous reviews have given this little pink barnyard dweller an average score of 4.5! Do you know someone who would give this special pink baby a loving home?
Pauline the Plush Spotted Pig by Douglas
Available on Stuffed Safari, this little guy has an adorable spotted feature that makes you instantly want to say aww! That little pink nose and equally adorable ears are sure to win your heart almost instantly! Pauline the Plush Spotted Pig retails for $22.49, and there are several personalization options to choose from on their site.
Webkinz Pot Bellied Pig
This sweet Webkinz Pot Bellied Pig, priced at $39.98, comes with an activation code so you can play online games, interacting with a virtual version of this plush animal. Choose whether this darling pig is a girl or boy, and after adoption, you can decorate, buy furniture, clothes and food for your pet’s bedroom. Basic requirements such as health and hunger can be monitored, and each pig comes with a special food and belonging, available at Amazon.
Minecraft 7 inch Animal Plush – Baby Pig
Do you know someone who loves pigs and Minecraft? If so, this may be the perfect gift! This seven inch plush baby pig is soft and cuddly with a luxurious pink plush exterior. Available for $17.99 at the NZ Game Shop, you’re sure to make someone smile with this exceptionally crafted stuffed pig!
Fruit Ninja Jumbo Truffles the Pig Plush Toy
Amazon offers another great stuffed animal, the Fruit Ninja Jumbo ‘Truffles the Pig’ plush toy, available for $49.95. This adorable little fruit ninja is on the 2014 Holiday Toy List so you better grab your own Truffles the pig while he’s still available! At 20 inches by 8 inches by 16 inches, he’s kind of a big deal!
McDull Pig Plush Toy Large
For only $39.99, you can own this large and in charge pig from Greekk, lovingly named McDull Pig. This stuffed pig has a large pink snout and a round midsection that’s just begging to be squeezed! Need a special gift that says I love you in a grand way? Choose the McDull Pig Plush Toy and you can’t go wrong!
Pig Plush Key Chain – Cute Accessory
Each of our Kawaii Pig key chains are made from soft felt , measuring approximately 4 inches tall and filled with stuffing. The tiny details are carefully and securely stitched by hand for a unique key chain that is 100% handmade. Because no machine is used to sew these sweet little pigs, there may be small differences in the designs.
Do you plan to celebrate National Plush Animal Lovers Day?