World’s Oldest Woman Swears By Bacon

Written by Lillian Tram on December 6th, 2015

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.
 
World Oldest Person Susannah Mushatt Jones
 
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.
 

Look for the #Bacon Hashtag!

Written by Lillian Tram on November 20th, 2015

Part One – Bacon and Facebook

 
Those of us who love bacon are quite passionate about this delicious food group. Yes, in my mind bacon is a stand alone food group and I am sure there are others who agree!  After all, there are whole blogs, books and even Facebook groups dedicated to glorious bacon. There’s no reason for you to sit there, staring at the computer while you admire bacon all by your lonesome.
 

Finally, the world understands #bacon

 

#bacon hashtag

 
In this article, you will find a generous list of places bacon lovers can now assimilate and share stories, tips and advice surrounding their love of this previously unappreciated meaty goodness on Facebook. I’m sure you noticed the hashtag I’ve placed in front of the word bacon, above. (No, it’s really not a pound sign anymore.) Most of you are probably familiar with what a hashtag is but to be sure, I will explain it now.
 
Hashtags are used as a type of labeling process to help users find specific content on social media sites. What does this mean to you? Well, if you’re a #bacon fanatic, you can find all your new best buddies with the greatest of ease. (Smile)  No, seriously. There are millions of people who adore bacon as much as you… or almost as much. After all, you’re reading an entire article about bacon on a blog about bacon founded by a young lady born in the year of the pig …it’s safe to say you’ve got it bad for bacon.
 

#bacon on Facebook

 
So, first off let’s start by saying there’s help out there if the bacon addiction takes over your life and you start to feel like you’re drowning in bacon grease. Bacon Eater’s Anonymous is an online community founded on Facebook for the sole purpose of coming together and sharing their passion for bacon.
 
Next on my Facebook search for the most amazing communities with bacon as the star of the show is Bacon Revolution. On the Facebook page, founders share bacon memes and recipes as well as other bacon inspired communications. The page offers a promise that you can be a part of the epic revolution – Viva La Bacon!!
 
Bacon Today is another online community and their Facebook gathering is currently at a staggering 56,924 people and that number is still growing! You’ll find all sorts of interesting things to read such as today’s post on making bacon strip ornaments – what?! Oh goodness! Anyway, there’s no shortage of people ready to talk about all things bacon!
 
Sit up in your chair now and stop drooling on the keyboard. There’s another Facebook page for those who just cannot get enough bacon – ever! Visit Baconaholics to meet some of your own kind and enjoy partaking in conversation surrounding your greatest passion. I stopped in for a visit today myself and when I finish here, I’m heading back to check out a recipe collection they posted: Best Bacon and Pumpkin Recipes …sounds yummy! (If I find some good ones, I’ll be sure to share!)
 
How often do you say I love bacon? Well, if those words pass your lips as much as the delicious pig inspired man candy (aka bacon), you should check out the Facebook page named I Love Bacon and kick it with more that 12,000 other bacon lovers. They’re currently designing a bacon t-shirt for the group and you can help choose the best design. Sounds fun, huh!
 
Bacon is Awesome, right? I know I already said that… but this time it’s the name of a popular bacon themed Facebook group. Bacon is Awesome has more than 11K people and the number is climbing quickly. Bacon lovers are serious about their addiction and they aren’t ashamed to show their affection for this delectable breakfast food …not that they only eat bacon for breakfast. (We all know better than that.)
 
Are you enjoying your trip around the world? The World of Bacon, that is. I stopped by just this morning and found an adorable meme with Marty McFly and Doc (you recognize the names, right?) If you’re perusing Facebook on our bacon journey, I am sure you will see it and know exactly who I’m talkin’ about. I even shared the meme for our peeps to see and enjoy.
 
I like helping others find success in their endeavors almost as much as I like bacon. This next Facebook site is an up-and-coming bacon inspired online community with only 172 member to date, but with a name like Happy Bacon, you know they’re destined for greatness. I clicked the LIKE button so now that number is 173 – whoa! See? I told you they’re not gonna stay small for long!
 
Born in 1971 (year of the pig …yep yep), I am a sucker for 80’s tunes so the next community celebrating their love of bacon instantly caught my eye. Don’t Go Bacon My Heart (I couldn’t if I tried) is another small community of about 170 members but with a catchy name like that and such a popular food as their inspiration, this crew is sure to gain in numbers very quickly.
 
This next one is a group rather than a dedicated page so you will have to click the button that says “join group” if you want to be a part of the social circle called I Heart Bacon. I have already made my request to join so soon they’ll have 96 super dee duper awesome members! I have no idea what’s beyond those online doors but I will be sure to let you know – just keep watching our blog because the bacony madness never ends here!
 
For those of you who haven’t signed up for Facebook, I know you’re already filling out the online form for a profile to call your very own, thanks to all these great bacon inspired groups. Once you find Facebook and are ready to roam around, we hope you will stop and sit for a spell with us at the My Pig Me Up dedicated Facebook page.
 

Next stop on our #bacon hashtag tour, Twitter

 

To Be Continued

 
 
and I know you have those Elton John lyrics stuck in your head now…. heh heh heh
 
You’re welcome for that.

 

 
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Great Bacon Theme Party Ideas

Written by Lillian Tram on October 18th, 2015

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

How to Throw a Bacon Theme Party

 

bacon theme party

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

 

Bacon for Everyone!

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

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

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

 

Don’t Forget Bacon Theme Party Cocktails

Bacon theme party cocktails

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

 

Games for the Bacon Party

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

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

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

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

 

Imagination is Everything for Your Bacon Theme Party!

bacon theme party invitations

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

 

OMGee! Pig Game Apps for Smartphones!

Written by Lillian Tram on June 29th, 2015

For those who love pigs, there is never a time when you get enough of those sweet curly tails and short little snouts. Nor do you tire of the darling pink color that covers them from head to toe. It is the swine enthusiast’s wish that in every direction, there should be pigs! Spotted pigs, mud-covered pigs, pink pigs, white pigs and even black pigs …even pigs on your phone!
 
 
Pig Apps for Smartphones
 
 

When You Just Gotta Have Pig Apps…

 
 
Wait… not like this! Even better, you can now choose from a large assortment of cell phone apps for your phone that celebrates your love of piggies. Sure, there are some very upset piggies on the hot game, Angry Birds, but there are plenty of other pigs for you to help and appreciate too! Here is our list of pig apps for you to check out and enjoy, in no particular order.
 
 

pigs apps - ham on the run#1 – Ham on the Run

 

 Now who could resist a pig related app with a name like this?! Ham on the Run is available for free from Glu Games, but there are several in-app purchases if you fall head over heels for this pig app. Ham is the name of the little guy you will be helping navigate through the game and keep from danger. He will keep you busy because this little porker likes to run.

 
 
Bad Piggies pig apps

#2 – Bad Piggies

 
Brought to you by Provio Entertainment, here is another great pig app for your cell phone that you are going to love! Currently only .99 cents with available in-app purchases to feed any addition, this game explores a pig’s point of view while building makeshift cars in an effort to get the eggs. While these pigs are smart and tricky, they still need your help to build a functional mode of transportation and get the goods. This is a very popular game with more than two hundred levels so get ready – Bad Piggies may become a good use of time for you!
 
 
Pig Rush pig app

#3 – Pig Rush

 
A free pig app from Reign Legacy, Pig Rush is an adorable game that is quite addictive and fun. The pig’s name is Jumpy and your job is to help him run away from the farm where he lives. Escaping isn’t as easy as you might think! You have to help Jumpy get through fire, ravines and even moving platforms by – you guessed it – JUMPING! Both kids and adults seem to love playing Pig Rush because this pig app has been downloaded more than two million times so far – and counting! Let us know if you love it!
 
 
Pig Shot pig app

#4 – Pig Shot

 
Start digging out your change because you are going to want this .99 cent pig app called Pig Shot from Nexx Studio! The reviews for this pig app is 4.5 stars which is a great score for any  game of this value. A lot like Angry Birds, you will launch your pink piggie off and watch as he rolls and rolls and rolls. You must avoid several different types of pitfalls while collecting power-ups to boost your pig’s performance. There are not one but two adorable pig characters on this pig app, Maggie and Bacon. Your pig can be a super hero if you get good at this game! How awesome is that?!
 
 
Bubble Pig pig app

 #5 – Bubble Pig

 
A lot of great apps are released by Donut Games and Bubble Pig is no different! For a mere .99 pig app purchase, you can enjoy helping Bubble Pig keep those sneaky foxes away. You will help this happy guy save his own tail too, as he lights up the fairy tale world he lives in (inside your smartphone!) and eats his way through danger! If you get addicted to Bubble Pig, don’t worry because there are at least sixty levels you can visit and each level is packed with secrets and food to keep your little pig happy and healthy.
 
 

Hungry Piggy pig apps

#6 – Hungry Piggy – Donuts Mania Edition

 
If you love pigs and you love getting things for free, this is one of the best pig apps for you to consider. Hungry Piggy is designed by Big Wood Games and is sure to steal your heart and keep you coming back for more fun! So far, Hungry Pigs is a five star game which is WOW since it is also FREE! In this game, the adorable little pig isn’t angry or upset with anyone; he’s just hungry! Find the best way to feed your little pig by dangling donuts and other tasty delectable goodies in front of him. This cool pig app for your smartphone features great challenges and puzzles for you to contend with. Have fun with Hungry Piggy!
 
 
Money Pig pig apps

 #7 – Money Pig

 
More than eight hundred reviews and this free pig app from the developers at Blue Wind has an impressive four star review. Money Pig is another pig game app for your smartphone brought to you by FreeAppParty.com, where you can become a member and enjoy some cool benefits. Instead of eating donuts and delectable goodies, this little pig loves to eat money. The controls are easy to use and this app game is easy for any age to enjoy. You can manipulate the money by simply tilting your iPhone left and right. Go through several cool stages with your fortune pig where you will explore pirate ships, fields of flowers, a cemetery and more! As your money pig travels through the game, keep your eyes open! When you find specially placed items such as clocks, magnets, lottery tickets and scissors, the game gets even more exciting!
 
 

#8 – Clumsy Pig – Endless TouchClumsy Pig pig apps

 
The pig inspired games are never-ending! Check out this colorful pig app from Itch Mania called Clumsy Pig, another FREE app that will keep you or the younguns busy for hours of fun. Clumsy Pig currently boasts a 4.5 star review and with this game, there is no question that these developers know how to keep us happy! First of all, your pig can fly and if that’s not cool enough …he has a mustache! Along the way, your pig will gather coins needed to advance to the next levels as he navigates through all kinds of crazy and colorful obstacles. Get this – as you play, you can even unlock new mustaches for your little pink porker!
 
 
Fly Fly Pig pig apps

#9 – Fly Fly Pig – A Flappy Adventure

 
Here is a free game from the developers at Thinkcube Incorporated that all pig enthusiasts will love, Fly Fly Pig. It’s a Flappy Adventure you are going to love, complete with a flying pig named Fly that can go high, higher …as high as it takes to beat the level and start a new challenge. Fly the pig can jump on a rocket and beat the odds, and you can share your progress with friends on Facebook and Twitter. If you hold a special fondness in your heart for games from your childhood, you will love the retro feel of Fly Fly Pig.
 
 

#10 – A Baby Piggies Bad Day at the Farm A Baby Piggies Bad day at the Farm pig app

 
Last on our list (but certainly adorable enough to be at the top) is this darling pig app from M&M App Service called A Baby Piggies Bad Day at the Farm. Available for free with several in-app purchases available, this is the adventure of a baby pig who has gotten loose and is trying to escape from the farm. He needs YOU to help keep him safe from all of the dangers that loom in each of the game’s levels.There are other animals your darling piggie must avoid such as crows, porcupines and more! Choose from a male or female piggie at the start of your game and have some fun with this piggie game app, optimized for iPhone 5.
 
 

Do You Have Pig Related Apps on Your Phone?

 

Any recommendations?

 

Teacup Pigs as Pets

Written by Lillian Tram on June 24th, 2015

Teacup Pigs and Why You Should Get One

 

Teacup Pigs as Pets

 
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.
 

teacup pig pets

 
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.
 

pet teacup pig

 
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.
 

caring for teacup pigs

 
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.
 

 Teacup Pigs are Lovable

 
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.
 
 

Miniature Pigs as Pets

Written by Lillian Tram on June 20th, 2015

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.
 

miniature Pigs as Pets

 

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….
 

mini pigs as pets

 

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.
 

pigs as housepets

 

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!

 

 

Yummy Watermelons and Watermelon Pigs

Written by Lillian Tram on June 8th, 2015

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 watermelon

 

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.
 
How to Choose Your Watermelon
 
#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.
 
Watermelon Pig
 
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.
 
Watermelon Pig DisplayI 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.
 
watermelon display pig
 

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?

 
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Ever Heard of Pig Candy?

Written by Lillian Tram on May 23rd, 2015

Pig Candy aka Man Candy

 
If you have never experienced this addictive and delectable treat, Pig Candy is the perfect confection for those who have a sweet tooth and love the distinct flavor of bacon. A perfect combination of candied bacon and rich dark chocolate, you will be addicted from the moment you taste this salty sweet treat but where can you score a sample? If you want to try the real deal, head to Roni-Sue Chocolates on Essex Street in New York City. If that’s a little too far for you, check out our easy Pig Candy recipe below.

 

Pig Candy

Pig Candy from Roni-Sue Chocolates

 

How to Make Pig Candy

 
One of the easiest candy recipes you will ever make, Pig Candy doesn’t take long but delivers results that are absolutely unforgettable. Often referred to as ‘Man Candy’, this is a confection that pleases the palates of young and old alike. But please be warned that not just any ole bacon strips will do this recipe justice. You will want to splurge on a thick sliced and truly great tasting pound of bacon. For this recipe, we recommend purchasing thick and savory strips of Applewood Smoked Bacon. Are you ready to be amazed? Let’s get cooking!

 

Ingredients: 

One pound of thick sliced Applewood smoked bacon

One twelve ounce bag of semisweet chocolate morsels

Four ounces of white or dark chocolate almond bark (optional)

 

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees and lay strips of bacon in a single layer using a foil lined pan. Place in the oven for fifteen to twenty minutes or until bacon has a nice color and is crispy.
 
Allow the bacon to cool paper towels. When cool, cut each strip in half.
 
Melt the semi-sweet chocolate chips and almond bark separately, using either a double boiler or a microwave. Stir constantly or in thirty second intervals to prevent burning if using the microwave. If the melted chocolate is too thick, add a teaspoon of shortening and stir until smooth. This should provide a thinner consistency.
 
Dip each strip of bacon into the melted chocolate and place on parchment or wax paper to harden until each piece is well-coated.
 
For presentation, drizzle the melted white chocolate almond bark over the chocolate covered bacon strips. Refrigerate the pig candy until set, approximately thirty minutes. When dry, remove from wax or parchment paper and place in an air tight container until serving.

 

 Pig Candy: Variations to the Recipe

 

Pig Candy

Breaking up Pig Candy for a cookie recipe!


 
With a little creativity, you can easily play with this recipe to create your own delectable Pig Candy. Some popular variations include coating the bacon strips in Cinnamon or Brown Sugar before dipping into the melted chocolate. You might also try adding petite chopped pecans, yummy caramel, Cayenne pepper or other additions that will make this recipe even more unforgettable. If you put your imagination to work, you could even make Pig Candy to use as ingredients in cookie, brownie and even cheesecake recipes! 
 

Hungry for Pig Candy yet?

10 of the Craziest Bacon Inspired Products Ever

Written by Lillian Tram on January 23rd, 2015

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?

 

Ten Best Bacon Tattoos… Again!

Written by Lillian Tram on January 17th, 2015

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?

 

October 30th is National Candy Corn Day

Written by Lillian Tram on October 30th, 2014

Have you ever wondered who created the delectable Halloween treat known by all as Candy Corn? If the answer is yes, you are in for a real treat. Because today is October 30th, National Candy Corn Day AND the day before Halloween, now seems like the perfect time to share the origin of this sugary sweet orange and white treat.

 

The Origin of Candy Corn

 

 

 
As Halloween draws near, adults and children are looking forward to munching down on some delicious Candy Corn. Many will hit the streets tomorrow night hoping to secure a hefty harvest of candy corn after a night of trick-or-treating. Those delectable yellow, orange, and white kernel shaped treats are iconic among Halloween candies,  with a legacy that dates back for more than a century.

 

It is believed that a man named George Renninger, a candymaker employed by the Wunderlee Candy Company in Philadelphia, was the inventor of this revolutionary tri-colored candy, back in the 1880’s. Once distributed by the Goelitz Confectionery Company, yummy tasting Candy Corn is now provided to kids (and kids at heart) by the Jelly Belly Candy Company.

 

With the longest history of making candy corn, Jelly Belly has changed its cooking methods but not the delicious flavor and original recipe. As you can see in the image below, many products mimic the delicious flavor of Candy Corn for the holiday.

 

 

Do You Love Candy Corn?

 

Candy corn begins as a unique mixture of sugar, corn syrup, fondant, vanilla flavoring, and fluffy marshmallow creme, melted to create a liquid candy called slurry. Color is added before the candy is run through a cornstarch molding process that creates each tasty kernel. Wooden trays are used to mold these delightful candies, sealing all three layers. Colorful kernels of candy corn are then sifted from these wooden trays, polished in larger drum pans using edible wax, and a glaze is added for an attractive shine.

 

10 Great (and EASY!) Candy Corn Ideas for Halloween

 

 
Because Candy Corn is universally loved, and oh so colorful and festive, there are tons of great ideas for you to consider as you celebrate National Candy Corn Day and Halloween this year. Below, you will find a list of ten great (and EASY!) candy corn ideas to make your holiday amazingly special! Are you ready? Okay, pop at least one Candy Corn in your mouth and let’s get started!

 

#1o – Rice Crispy Treats with Candy Corn

 

Rice Krispie Treats are one of the easiest desserts you can possibly make, requiring only marshmallows, butter, Rice Krispies Cereal, and Candy Corn. Doesn’t this look so festive? You know the kids are going to love it, and seeing those happy faces makes it all worthwhile! You can find detailed instructions here.

 

 

# 9 – Candy Corn Banana Snacks

 

 If you would like something healthy to eat with your delightfully high fructose Candy Corn treat, consider making these adorable Corn on the Cob snacks, using a banana. How adorable is this? I bet the banana goes well with the flavor of Candy Corn. Here, you will find the detailed instructions.

 

 

 #8 – Candy Corn Vodka (for Adults, of Course!)

 

Obviously, there are some adults that just can’t get enough of the delicious taste of Candy Corn. Candy Corn flavored vodka is simple to make. Just purchase a cheap bottle of clear unflavored vodka and dump some Candy Corn inside. After a specific amount of time, the candy dissolves and you are left with some yummy and festive liquor! Check out the instructions here.

 

 

#7 – Candy Corn Marshmallow Guys

 

Aren’t these ideas just amazing? The creativity just blows me away. Just look at these cute Candy Corn Marshmallow Guys, made from this festive candy, melted white chocolate and food coloring. Nothing could be easier to make and the kids will love these guys… they kind of remind me of Minions. I bet with some more yellow food coloring, you could alter the recipe and create little yellow Minions.

 

 

#6 – Candy Corn and Peanuts

 

By October, you probably have your candy dishes on display; after all, it’s that time of year. Some of you may even have super-cool Halloween inspired candy dishes, complete with scary motion activated hand and spooky sounds- too cool! If you are wondering what to put in your festive dishes, look no more! Check out this cool combination that’s uper-simple to throw together, found here. Yes! It is as simple as it looks!

 

 

#5 – Candy Corn Popcorn

If you’re a popcorn lover, watch out! This treat has your name on it! Easy to make and looks delightfully seasonal, this Candy Corn Popcorn is made with the simplest of ingredients: popcorn, Candy Corn, Halloween sprinkles and vanilla candiquick. Check out the step by step instructions and have a blast with this popcorn recipe.

 

 

#4 – Candy Corn Almond Bark

 

If you like quick and easy recipes, and love the taste of white chocolate and Candy Corn, you’re going to flip over this new recipe! Made with salty and sweet ingredients such as pretzels and Candy Corn for a flavor explosion, this festive almond bark will be hard to walk away from. While it takes only minutes, your guests may beg for the recipe, thinking you’ve been creative in the kitchen all day!

 

 

#3 – Candy Corn Pretzel Hugs

 

Are you noticing how great salty treats seem to pair up with delicious Candy Corn? Here is another example, coming to you in the form of Candy Corn Pretzel Hugs. Made with pretzels, Hershey’s Kisses, and Candy Corn, these add a delightful pop of color for your table. Check the instructions out here and have fun making these adorable treats for your trick-or-treaters!

 

 

#2 – Halloween Candy Corn Muddy Buddies Mix

 

Why buy your party mixes and snacks when you can have this delicious Halloween Candy Corn snack mix? Simple to make and quick to disappear, this Muddy Buddies recipe is slightly different from other Chex brand, as it includes the colorful and sweet flavor of Candy Corn. I can almost taste this Muddy Buddies mix now!

 

 

#1 – Candy Corn Popcorn Balls

 

Popcorn balls and Halloween are almost as traditional  as Jack-o-lanterns and trick-or-treaters, and with this simple recipe, you can easily see why! Don’t stop with Candy Corn unless you just want to! Some other items that would go great with popcorn balls include Oreo cookies, peanuts and cashews, M&Ms, pretzel sticks, and many other great tasting treats!

 

 

How’s that for a fast fall line-up?

Priscilla Pink Pig Ride @ Macy’s

Written by Lillian Tram on October 28th, 2011



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Every year since 2003, the Macy’s at Lenox Mall in Atlanta, GA has hosted the Priscilla pink pig train ride. This train ride tradition has been around for over 50 years in Atlanta, with most of the proceeds going to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. This ride runs for a little over two months during winter. The line for the pink pig train ride is more popular than the line for Santa Claus during Christmas time. I went last year to Macy’s to check out what all the hype was about and to donate to a good cause. Every single time I tried to get on the ride, the line was ridiculously long so I’d wait a while and came back but the line never died down. It was getting close to Christmas time and I wanted to go before the ride closed up until next year. Tickets were only $3 which was super reasonably priced.  No wonder the ride beats out Santa Claus every year. Taking photos with Santa does not come cheap. The pink pig ride was enjoyable because it took you through a life-size story book. I also took photos with Priscilla the Pig who was more than willing to ham it up for the camera. All in all, I had a good time and will go again this year even though I was the only one over 12 years old that didn’t have a child riding this train. Visit the photo gallery for more pictures of this event.

 

For more information, check out these links:

 

A good article about the history of the pink pig.

 

Time and location

Monkey Riding a Pig

Written by Lillian Tram on October 26th, 2011

 

This picture and video made me smile and I wanted to share them with you.  The baby monkey and pig are so adorable!  Hopefully the video makes you smile too.  Careful though, if you watch the video too many times the lyrics will get stuck in your head…

 

Here’s a youtube clip of baby monkey riding on a pig song.

 

Vietnamese Pork Chops

Written by Lillian Tram on October 24th, 2011

 

You ever get one of those dishes that just makes your mouth water whenever you think about it?  Today, I’ve been craving Vietnamese pork chops.  Here’s a great recipe I found of grilled lemongrass pork chops, so you can start salivating over it too.  The tang of the fish sauce and lemongrass, a little bit of sugar, and juicy pork chops make a perfect combination.  Give it a try and let me know what you think.

 

Recipe Yields 2 Entree Portions

  • 1 lb (4 thin slices) center-cut loin pork chops, bone in
  • Vietnamese fish sauce to taste
  • Fine sea salt & freshly cracked black pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 2 stalks fresh lemongrass, minced
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 Bird’s eye chili, seeded & minced
  • Drizzle of extra virgin olive oil

 

Directions

Marinate pork chops with ingredients for at least a couple hours. These chops are best grilled over hot charcoal, but a really hot oven broiler or pan will do in a squeeze. Serve them with hot jasmine rice, a fried egg, sliced tomato and sweet pepper. Garnish rice and chops with fried scallion and drizzle generously with dipping sauce right before eating.

 

Recipe found at http://www.pho411.ca/pork-chops/

My Constant Moral Struggle (Involving Pigs, Bacon and Pork)

Written by Lillian Tram on October 22nd, 2011

 

So I have a deep, dark secret to reveal…I love pork.

 

I was against eating pork for many years, not because of any religious belief, but because of guilt.  On the one hand, pigs are cute, cuddly, and smart.  On the other hand…have you smelled freshly cooked bacon in the morning?  Exactly.  You know what I’m talking about.  When I was growing up, that delicious aroma of bacon would fill the house many mornings, but I managed to avoid temptation by eating other foods like omelets, cereal, croissants, fruits, muffins, or cookies (I do have a sweet tooth…guilty pleasures).  It was quite the paradox.  I love pigs so much, but bacon smelled so delicious, and that made me feel wrong.  I can say proudly that I didn’t eat pork for twenty-something years (you didn’t think I was actually going to give away my age, did you?)

 

One random morning, I decided that I had to try a slice of bacon.  No harm done, right??  I was wrong…ever since, I have been eating crispy, scrumptious bacon constantly.  I love the flavor, the aroma, that wonderful crunch, and just that perfect amount of salt.  I dream, savor, and love bacon.  From there, I began to enjoy other pork dishes such as pork tenderloin, pork chops, barbeque, ham, and on and on.  Perhaps it is a paradox.  In the end, though, you could say that I love all things pig.

My First Post (I am a Pig Lover)

Written by Lillian Tram on October 20th, 2011

 

I’m really excited to start blogging about pigs. For those of you who know me, know that I’ve liked pigs for many many years. In fact, my very first stuffed animal I owned was Miss Piggy. I also happen to be born on the Year of the Pig and National Pig Day lands on my birthday. I love pigs of all shapes and forms.  Pigs can be quite amusing, smart, and tasty.  I hope one day, you guys will like pigs just as much as I do, if not more. I’ve manage to write the word pig in all my sentences. I promise all my post won’t be like this. Thanks for joining me on this journey and hope you guys come back for more.