Many of us are familiar with the pets of popular personalities. The Obamas, for example, have their Portuguese water dogs Bo and Sunny, while Taylor Swift has her cats Meredith and Olivia. But did you know that a lot of celebrities have pigs as pets? That’s right! Apparently, the porcine fever has spread over to Tinseltown, turning some of today’s stars into proud porky pet owners. Here are some of them:
George is probably one of the most famous pet pig owners. His Vietnamese potbellied pig, named Max, lived for 18 years before he died in 2006. George bought Max as a gift for his then-girlfriend Kelly Preston; when they broke up, Max ended up with George and they were inseparable ever since. Max was a star in his own right, becoming a notable fixture in George’s mansion and being well-known among his friends and coworkers.
Miley is known for her outrageous onstage antics but, underneath the wild persona, it seems like she’s an animal lover at heart. Aside from adopting dogs and cats, she also has a pig: Bubba Sue, whom she adopted in August 2014. Bubba Sue has grown bigger and wilder, even to the point of scaring Miley’s dogs, but she’s still living the charmed life. She even appeared with her owner in the cover of Paper’s Summer 2015 issue!
Rupert’s Harry Potter received a pet owl which he nicknamed “Pig”. In real life, though, Rupert got himself two actual pet pigs which he named Oscar and Stanley. There have been rumors that the star was duped into thinking that he was buying teacup pigs when in fact there were just regular oinkers. Oscar sadly passed away in 2010.
The “Transformers” star had made news when she revealed that she had a pet pig named Piggy Smalls. Unfortunately, Megan had to give her pet up when he became too sexually aggressive. Megan’s husband Brian Austin Green admitted that they didn’t get him neutered, which greatly contributed to his upsetting behavior.
Denise and her pet pigs are another sad story. She adopted two pigs named Bert and Charlotte, both of whom were featured in her reality show “Denise Richards: It’s Complicated”. She even added another pig to the brood. Unfortunately, she reportedly had to hand them over to a pig rescue later on.
Paris is known for her beloved animals, which include dogs and rats as well as a potbellied pig named Princess Pigelette. The Hilton heiress was reportedly told that she was buying a teacup pig that won’t grow past 12 pounds, but this information apparently was wrong since Princess Pigelette is now much bigger than that. Fortunately, Paris didn’t let go of her pet and instead kept her comfortable in the family farm.
British TV celebrity Jonathan Ross reportedly got two kunekune pigs a few years back. According to his Twitter account, he added to the brood by adopting another pig called Houdini in early 2015. His pets seem to be adjusting well to life in his garden; Jonathan tweeted on October this year that his pig was “not interested in Halloween unless apples are involved.”
See! Ordinary people aren’t the only ones who want pet pigs since even celebs get the urge to adopt one or two (or more!). After all, who could resist the cute and cuddly face that piggies have, right?
As if we need any more reason to love all things pork-related, Hormel has come up with a new way for people to experience bacon. It’s called the Black Market, and it offers a virtual reality environment where customers can explore dark, Dali-inspired spaces that are brightened up by digital pieces of bacon.
You can access the Black Market by going to BlackLabelBacon.com on your smartphone’s web browser — no need to download an app. I didn’t use any other gadget when I opened the website; I simply held my phone up at eye level directly in front of me and navigated through the site’s content.
However, it’s better to use VR viewers to enjoy the virtual landscapes and fully immerse yourself in the experience. Hormel has created the Bacon Virtual Reality Viewer, which was based on the Google Cardboard’s design and came with a bacon-scented scratch-and-sniff sticker. The viewer was available for free, but supplies quickly ran out since they were limited in number. Still, if you have the standard Google Cardboard, you’re good to go.
So what is Black Market all about? Well, the main objective is to find your way around the virtual landscape and look for 3D pieces of bacon. Once you locate the “prize”, you’ll be given a one-use coupon, which will let you enjoy a discount when you purchase bacon through the VR content.
The Black Market comes with four worlds you can explore, and each of them leads to a different variety of Hormel’s Black Label bacon. If you like things hot and spicy, for instance, check out Jalapeño Volcano to end up with a coupon for Hormel’s Jalapeno Thick Cut Bacon. The other three worlds are named Salty Sea, Cherry Woods, and The Vastness of Variety, all of which correspond to various Hormel products.
I think the Black Market is something that every bacon fan and pork lover should explore at least once. For one thing, it gives us an introduction into virtual reality, which is set to become the norm for gaming and entertainment in the coming years. It’s a complete sensory experience, particularly if you were lucky enough to get the Bacon Virtual Reality Viewer. You’ll get to immerse yourself in a world full of bacon imagery and sounds while getting a whiff of a smoky-meaty scent. It’s the next-best thing to eating real bacon!
Of course, having access to the discount coupons doesn’t hurt! As someone who loves eating bacon for breakfast (and lunch and dinner if I could get away with it), I don’t mind shaving a few dollars off my bacon expenditure. I could use those extra bucks to buy bacon-inspired books or even throw a bacon-themed party!
However, I think the biggest reason to check out the Black Market is simply that it pays homage to one of the most delicious foods of all time. It’s not every day that developers create a website that’s wholly dedicated to bacon and is basically a shrine to the most popular pork-based treat.
Something deliciously interesting came to my attention today while I was having my typical morning breakfast, and I realized that something has been missing from my life these last few years. I couldn’t really put my finger on it, so I continued on with the rest of my day in a lull while pondering about what it could be. Was it those little piglet slippers I saw at the mall last night that I didn’t buy? Was it the strange man on the bus who looked like he had a tail sticking out from under his suit?
Then it hit me! Bacon flavored diet coke. That’s right, bacon flavored diet coke. Let me say it one more time for those of you who are staring at your screens dumbfounded, not realizing what you just heard me say: bacon flavored diet Coke! I don’t know if the on-going battled between Pepsi and Coke has hit a desperate turn, or if a rouge scientist at the Coke factory had a revolutionary idea that he thought would transform the world, but I HAVE to find some of this bacon flavored diet Coke!
Are the rumors true? Is Coke really so brave as to release a bacon flavor that could potentially put them in a position to rule the world of flavored soda beverages? Let’s see what the spokesman for Coke had to say today in an exclusive interview with our staff.
Me: “Are the rumors really true, will you be releasing a Coke brand with a bacon flavor this summer?”
Reply: “Oink, oinkye, oink oinkyes”
I don’t know if you caught it in there, but I definitely heard the word yes somewhere in there. However…upon further extensive examination, our research department has concluded that the so-called spokesperson from Coke was in fact a prank call by the 12-year old and Coke doesn’t plan on releasing a bacon flavored diet Coke anytime in the near future. My apologies to anyone who has had their hearts broken by this article and the Photoshop expert who has been deceitful to all of us. It looks like we will have to wait patiently for the release of the diet Pepsi Nacho Cheese flavored soda in May of 2017.
You can wipe the tears now! With a little searching, I have discovered that indeed there are some “bacon flavored” sodas on the market for those of you who just cannot get enough of that delicious mouth watering bacon. The soda was created to not only taste like bacon, but to actually taste good enough to drink! It is an interesting mixture of sugar and bacon. Therefore, the next time you decide to barbeque or roast something, do not forget to pick up some “Bacon Soda” and really get those taste buds moving. This has got me wondering, what kind of bacon-flavored products have you tried or would like to see available to satisfy your bacon cravings?
Today, there are over one hundred breeds of the domesticated pig. The Oxford Sandy and Black, the Berkshire, and the American Yorkshire, are all popular pig breeds, just to name a few. Which type of pigs are your favorite? Do you know how to tell your swine apart?
Have a Swine Time Telling Pigs Apart
Now that keeping swine as pets has become a popular past time, the desire to have a small breed for the sole purpose of keeping it inside of the house has sparked more interest into designing (breeding) a pig breed to possess these desirable characteristics.
While some people would prefer a short, mid-sized pink pig, others would rather keep an even shorter, tiny black pig. Oh and then there’s the pot-bellied pigs… well, they seem to be a favorite pig breed for indoor pets.
Not only are these pig breeds different by color and shape, but they also differ by disposition. Some are sweet and loving while others may be quite a bit more pushy and demanding.
Not All Designer Pigs are Pets
Some small swine are just collections, not to be a pet but also not to be dinner some day either! If you could design a type of pig, what would it look like? A cute soft haired potbelly? Would it be pink or spotted? Long or short snout? What about the ears?
There sure are a lot to features to think about when you want your pig to be a certain color, shape and temperament. Choosing a pig should be determined not only by your desires but also your environment.
For example, a small house would be better suited for a small pig.
Types of Pigs: Favorite Swine Features
As you can see, not only are the colors or markings different on swine, the size and shapes are too! A long time ago, some pig breeders or swine enthusiasts could tell instantly the breed just by the pig’s colors or shape.
However, now that the breeding and cross breeding techniques have become so abundant, it gets harder to tell one from another – especially with similar swine breeds. There is a huge market for pigs and thanks to the internet, the swine market is growing faster every day.
The great benefit of buying and selling pure bred pigs on the internet is you can quickly search for the perfect swine for your needs or wants, and can have many to choose from without traveling from farm to farm with a stock trailer.
The National Swine Registry
There is a National Swine Registry and a National Junior Swine Registry that host several swine related shows and events each year. The National Junior Swine Association is the largest organization for livestock among the youth. They have regional and national shows, scholarship programs, conferences, and swine exhibition opportunities.
The main goals of these organizations are to promote the education and values of keeping pure genetic swine breeds. Since the year 2000, the Junior Swine Registry has over twelve thousand members.
Have you ever wondered what a pig eats, or how much it would cost to feed a pig? Well, keep reading and you will find out all about the pig’s favorite foods and just how much money you can save by feeding your animal with the food you already have …food that you would normally waste.
Food and Nutritional Needs of a Pig
Pigs are, well, pigs! They eat pretty much everything that they can find to eat and lots of it. Whether they are free to roam the fields or are confined to a pen, pigs still need a variety of foods for a healthy life. Foods like leftover fruits and veggies, fresh, outdated or soured milk …oh they absolutely love milk! Grains and nuts are also needed to balance the needs in a pig’s diet as well, and it’s very important to make sure they have plenty of fresh water to drink. Just like humans, pigs need water.
As humans, people have a lot of leftover food from nearly every meal that is stored in the refrigerator, but a lot of times these dishes and desserts are never eaten. What better way to keep from wasting all of that food than to save it for a pig! They do get so much pleasure from the tasty treats that we find not so tasty! So as you can see, keeping and feeding a pig can be very cost efficient!
All of the prep scraps are great too. Potato and apple peelings, apple cores, banana peels, any fruit or vegetable peeling or unused cuts are perfect to add to the scrap bucket; that’s right, a scrap bucket! You should choose one that has a tight fitting lid. Usually, a plastic three or five gallon bucket with a handle and well-sealing lid works best. After each emptying of the bucket, it can be easily rinsed out and used again.
How Many Pigs Are You Feeding?
If you are raising a single pig without having a farm, then you should probably buy a grain mix and add your household scraps to that for a great diet. However, if you have a farm and are raising several pigs, your animals will be even happier and healthier if you throw in some grass hay/alfalfa.
If you have a garden, the pigs can easily cultivate for you when the harvest is finished by eating all of the roots from previous crops. This also loosens the soil which makes it easier to prepare the land for your next planting session, and allows the pigs use their natural instincts to root. Most certainly, rooting is something that pigs all love to do. This is the best natural weed removal also. What more could a farmer want?
The Life of a Pig is Grand!
“Yep, fellas, the grass IS greener on the other side!” “Let’s call it a day, I am stuffed.” “We can start the next field tomorrow.” Can you imagine the snorts and grunts pigs make while eating turned into conversations like yours and mine? Ah, the life of a pig! Eat, sleep,eat, and mud baths!
What more can a pig want?
The founder of My Pig Me Up was born in the Year of the Pig, as was I …and probably a lot of you also! This must surely mean that we are a special group of people, right?
Comment please if you were born in the Year of the Pig, specifically these years: 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, or 2007. The next year for the pig comes in 2019 and then 2031.
Predictions for the Year of the Pig
The Pig Horoscope 2016 predicts that you will handle 2016 with a confident manner, and enjoy more liberty than you will know what to do with. Challenges that come at you this year are sure to be met with independence and optimism. You will also be flexible in your approach and should seek the cooperation of others.
The Chinese 2016 Horoscope urges you to build new and powerful social relationships who those will support you in your quest for personal development. The stars will be in position for you to work harder this year and accept the help of others. However, Boars, you should not find yourself in a hurry for commitment to their requirements. Keep your own priorities front and center instead.
By the end of July, you will have had numerous chance to help other people. While some may try to use you for their personal gain, you will recognize their motives.
Pig Horoscope, An Overview of 2016
If you are excited to know what is ahead for the Boar in 2016, here is an overview which discusses love, work, finances, health, family and travel or other adventures. Below this interesting chart are the top 2016 predictions for this year’s pig (Boar).
Love and Relationship Predictions for 2016
The Chinese horoscope for the pig predicts a pleasant emotional environment from the beginning of the year and throughout 2016. Your personal life will be one of happiness and contentment if you do not make hasty decisions.
The single Boar will be able to charm and woo the opposite sex with very little effort, and new relationships will come quite easily. Passion soars for the pig in 2016, especially for those in committed relationships, who will find no trouble satisfying carnal desires.
Married Boars should consider planning their pregnancies and/or expanding their families this year. Single pigs are expected to find love in the month of May but not close to home; expect to travel for love.
In September and November of 2016, you can expect new opportunities for love in areas local to your home, most likely resulting in marriage or committed relationships. Those who are already in relationships should reassess and recommit during this time of the year.
Career Chinese Horoscope Predictions 2016
If you were born in the year of the Pig, 2016 is a great year for professional objectives and accomplishments, until September when productivity drops only a bit. You will enjoy positive relationships with co-workers and superiors as well as customers and clients.
Teamwork spells success in 2016 and the rewards are plenty. You have a green light in 2016 for new ventures and marketing projects, and self-confidence will grow with your success. New clients and customers abound in your business this year.
A word of warning though, about new friends and contacts in the months of September and November of 2016.
Pig Horoscope 2016 Financial Predictions
The 2016 Chinese horoscope for Boar regarding financial predictions suggest that you will probably make some luxury or unnecessary purchases that might upset your finances in the first few months, before summer.
Try to cap any unnecessary spending and save some money while spoiling those you love with time instead of money. From July until December, you should focus on additional work or investments.
Any extra money made this year should be saved or invested, or placed in long term securities. Purchase a complete 2016 Zodiac guide for clear details.
2016 Health Predictions for the Pig
Upon viewing the Chinese astrology 2016 for the Pig forecasts, it becomes clear that your health will be excellent from the beginning of the year through September. Enjoy confidence and good health and if you exercise, increased stamina and reduced anxiety.
Get plenty of rest and sleep well to maintain this good health and shape because, in the winter, your vitality will become reduced and more relaxation will be required to thwart a nervous breakdown. Expect delicate health in December of 2016.
Pigs, take care of your body with frequent exercise, a healthy diet and sufficient rest. Winter 2016 is a great time to travel to a spa or holistic destination for a quick rejuvenation of mind, body and soul.
Chinese Zodiac 2016 Forecast For Pig’s Family
2016 is the Year of the Fire Monkey which means that pigs will want to indulge in decorating their homes, based on Feng Shui methods for prosperity.
The 2016 Feng Shui Yearly Forecast & Horoscope for pigs suggest this will be a difficult year in numerous aspects but there will likely be some unexpected money.
In Conclusion, the Pig horoscope predictions promise that 2016 is the perfect time to dream about ambitions and begin planning ways to achieve them.
While I should have shared these recipes earlier so you could enjoy them on New Year’s Day, it’s not too late to cook these bacon inspired recipes up for the family. The first recipe is a Grits and Greens Casserole which was adapted from a Trisha Yearwood recipe, and can easily please a small crowd.
Bacon Recipes for the New Year
#1 – Grits and Greens Casserole
Nonstick cooking spray
2 cups half-and-half
8 cups chicken stock
2 cups old fashioned grits
6 slices bacon, cut into small pieces
1 finely chopped medium Vidalia sweet onion
One 16-ounce package frozen collard greens, thawed
1 3/4 (6 oz.) cups grated Parmesan
1/2 cup (one stick) unsalted butter
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 cup shredded Monterey jack cheese
Preheat oven to 350. Spray a 9×13-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray and set aside. In a large pot, combine the half-and-half and 6 cups of the chicken stock; bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Once boiling, stir in grits and return to a boil.
Reduce heat to low and cover. Simmer, stirring frequently, until the mixture has slightly thickened, about 10 to 15 minutes. Use a whisk to break up any lumps that have formed.
In another large saucepan, cook bacon over medium-high heat until just turning crispy, about 7 minutes. Remove the bacon and allow to drain on a paper towel.
Using the same saucepan, add onions to the leftover bacon drippings and saute until translucent, 5 to 7 minutes. Add collard greens and the remaining 2 cups chicken stock and cook until tender, another 10 minutes. Drain the collards and onions in a colander.
Once the grits are cooked, add Parmesan, butter, salt, pepper and 1/2 cup of the Monterey jack. Stir until the butter has melted and all the ingredients are well combined. Add the drained collards mixture and stir.
Transfer the grits mixture to the prepared baking dish and top with the crumbled bacon and the remaining 1/2 cup Monterey jack. Bake until the cheese is melted and bubbly, about 15 minutes.
The second recipe has a name I love: Good for the Soul Green Beans. Both recipes are sure to soothe your taste buds and give your crew something to talk about for some time!
#2 – Good for the Soul Green Beans
Serves 6 to 8
4 or 5 cups of green beans, fresh & trimmed
1/4 lb. Jimmy Dean sage sausage, cooked
1/4 lb. smoked hog jowl, chopped
1/2 cups pearl onions
1 Tbsp. garlic cloves, chopped
1 tsp. crushed red pepper
Sea salt to taste
Sauté hog jowl and sausage in a heated pot for three minutes. Add garlic and sauté for an additional minute.
Next, add enough water to cover the meat and simmer for 20 to 30 minutes. Don’t rush: this step seasons the water!
Add green beans, onions, pepper and salt to the pot and just enough water to again cover the green beans.
Simmer this soul food for an additional hour or so before serving to develop the flavor.
The internet seems to have given everyone a voice, a platform to discuss their many likes, dislikes and even grievances. In the year 2015 …oops, I meant 2016, there are entire blogs dedicated to the love of – c’mon people, you know the answer to this one …BACON! If you know all about this love affair with bacon, these top bacon blogs are sure to be on your list of favorite websites and, if you are merely flirting with the magic wonders of bacon, these number one bacon blogs will show you the many ways to celebrate and enjoy life with this piggy inspired goodness.
Top Blogs about Bacon
Yes, there are many talented individuals who consider themselves “foodies” and have dedicated their lives to writing about yummy delicious (wimpy or crunchy) flavorful slices of bacon using dedicated blogs online. Somehow, this doesn’t seem a bit eccentric or unusual …wonder why? Inserting my innocent smile here…
If you get a warm sensation in your heart followed by a rumbly in your tummy when you hear the word ‘bacon’, you are not alone. In fact, more than two million consume bacon everyday and because of these lucky people, numerous blog posts, Facebook posts and Twitter tweets are born. For those who write and are dedicated to bacon inspired blogs, these individuals have found a way to not only enjoy every scrumptious bacon morsel but to celebrate this love and share this remarkable flavor with their followers. In no particular order, here is an up-to-date list of the top blogs featuring a love of all things bacon.
#1 – Bacon Today
Bacon Today is considered to be one of the best bacon blogs online due to the fact this website is an excellent resource for all things bacon. Bacon Today attests that it was “founded on the simple principle that a world of bacony goodness exists out there for all to discover and enjoy.” If you love the delicious flavor of this no-longer-just-for breakfast food, consider bookmarking Bacon Today to help us keep a close eye on this top bacon blog. Birds of a feather eat bacon together… or something like that.
#2 – The Daily Bacon
With a newsy title like ‘The Daily Bacon‘ and a tagline that boasts of ‘yummy yummy bacon and other stuff’, they certainly have captured our undivided attention! Still, this is not the first time The Daily Bacon has been named to a top ten bacon blog list, coming in at number six on a list compiled by All Womens Talk. This online blog is the bacon child of Michael Baird, who is admittedly obsessed with all things bacon. He is quoted as saying, “I LOVE BACON! I am not ashamed at all to tell you that I can easily eat a pound at one breakfast sitting. How did this love affair start? I honestly don’t recall…but I can tell you that once that sweet meat hits my tongue and that fat starts to melt in my mouth…well I’m in culinary heaven!” Michael, we know how you feel and we love your top bacon blog!
#3 – Royal Bacon Society
Coming in at number seven on another list of top bacon blogs, the Royal Bacon Society snags readers and bacon enthusiasts from the first page view, thanks to a delicious looking header featuring… you guessed it, bacon! Not only will you find oodles and oodles of excellent bacon recipes but you will also find all sorts of humorous and entertaining titles with this porky goodness as the star of the show. Whether you love looking at pictures or want to buy a truckload of cool bacon inspired goods, this top bacon blog is a cool place to start! Love the pet pics in bacon costumes found here!
#4 – Mr Bacon Pants
Seriously, that name though! We have written numerous times about pig related topics that led to the mentioning of this top bacon blog. Mr. Bacon Pants hopes to provide keen insight on bacon, beer, and everything else while celebrating a hip new love of bacon. Hmm…bacon and beer together? No wonder this is considered to be a top bacon blog! Sadly, this bacon inspired blog doesn’t seem to be posting new topics very often but the available content is excellent and well worth navigating to their page. However, you can still reach out to the writers on their podcast, Bacon Live.
#5 – Republic of Bacon
Doesn’t that name sound so amazing? Makes me wish I’d thought of it! Republic of Bacon says it best here: “Bacon is the vegetable for the Gods, and here at the Republic of Bacon we recognize that the love for bacon runs deep in all of us. We aim to be the source of all that is bacon, bringing you the latest bacon recipes, video, pictures and humour.” Well, you don’t make it to the top ten blogs about bacon without taking your goals seriously so congrats, Republic of Bacon for your many submissions and contributions to the love of all things bacon! This bacon blog is an excellent place to seek out bacon recipes and enjoy some pig inspired humor.
#6 – Skulls and Bacon
Sounds a little dark and dangerous, right? Well, perhaps not as dangerous as eating a couple pounds of bacon all by yourself (No, I have never done that… okay, maybe once and it was by accident. Don’t judge.) Skulls and Bacon is a top bacon blog that breaks away from the normal, combining the love of two non-related items …or are they? You will enjoy the cool and unusual bacon and skull inspired products posted from all over the internet. Some of these items will make you wish you had a fat bank account while others will leave you scratching your head and saying, ‘what the..’ Either way, you are truly going to love reading the articles on Skulls and Bacon.
#7 – The Bacon Show
If you love bacon and enjoy cooking, The Bacon Show should be forever bookmarked on your computer or smartphone, and you’re gonna want to sign up for updates. Why? The Bacon Show is a top bacon blog because these writers promise to deliver “one bacon recipe per day… FOREVER. Now, that is a commitment to bacon that everyone should be able to appreciate! Even if you don’t particularly love bacon the way we do, The Bacon Show is an excellent source for foodies everywhere. Check out this blog the next time you need a mouth-watering recipe containing uber delicious and oh so salty and satisfying bacon!
#8 – Bacon Unwrapped
Visit the top bacon blog called Bacon Unwrapped to enjoy some pig inspired humor and hilarious puns, along with great bacon recipes and events. This blog was started by Heather Lauer in June of 2005, the author of Bacon: A Love Story – A Salty Survey of Everybody’s Favorite Meat. While parts of being a bacon blogger and best selling bacon writer seems odd at times, Lauer admits, “my adventures with bacon have been the source of much amusement, some incredible meals, and – best of all – many new friendships.” Check out this top bacon blog the next time you’re surfing the net.
#9 – Theories of Bacon
If you want a steady source of interesting blog posts about bacon, here is another site that’s worthy of your attention. Theories of Bacon is a great source for bacon infused recipes and other cool topics and best of all, NO ads. Just lots of little piggy inspired tidbits to entertain your mind and please the palate.
#10 – Lords of Bacon
Lords of Bacon gives a new spin to the topic of bacon when compared to other top bacon blogs by offering reviews of bacon and bacon inspired products for those of us who would love nothing else than to be surrounded by this delightful pork product. This blog hasn’t updated in some time, but there is still plenty of information to be enjoyed and we have high hopes that these writers will be back to work soon.
Celebrate Top Blogs about Bacon with My Pig Me Up
This super-de-duper list of top bacon blogs wouldn’t be complete without one more added to the list… and I am sure that you can guess which one I am talking about! Started by Lillian Tram as a resource to build awareness and recruit volunteers, My Pig Me Up was designed to bring sunshine and rainbows into the lives of others …not literally, of course. It is our hopes that the My Pig Me Up blog will be used as a tool for spreading love and goodwill. If you would like to volunteer or join our team, check out our Volunteer Page. As Lillian says, “Together, we can bring piggy-pink happiness to those who really need it! Explore MyPigMeUp today and get your oink on!”
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Feeling Pig-tastic on New Year’s Eve 2015!
Wow, another year has come and went. Tonight is the last day of 2015; the thought of this seems so surreal. It is my hopes that you laughed often, loved much and accomplished many good things this year. As 2015 comes to an end, may you be surrounded by good friends and the sounds of laughter and merriment. celebrating in a safe manner with designated drivers and people who have your best interest at heart.
New Year’s Eve Drink Recipes
As you celebrate, I am sure you will be trying new drinks so I have a few to share with you here. Before I began my career as a writer, I worked as a bartender and managed a night club for nearly twelve years. Here are some of my favorite (spiked) punch recipes from those days, and a couple of new ones for you to try as well. So that our article stays in the theme of all things pink with corkscrew tails, I am including some very intoxicating images for you to enjoy.
May the New Year usher in many great things to you and yours!
Holiday Citrus Punch
(a good excuse to break out the punch bowl)
2 cups bottled pear nectar
4 cups orange juice
2 cups chilled club soda
1 cup Bacardi light rum
Orange slices for garnish
Set a fine mesh sieve over a large punch bowl. Pour 2 cups of bottled pear nectar and 4 cups of orange juice removed from blood oranges or regular juice oranges through the sieve. Before serving, stir in 2 cups of chilled club soda and 1 cup of Bacardi light rum. Let orange slices float in punch bowl. Pour into glasses over ice and garnish with additional orange slices.
Pomegranate Champagne Punch Recipe
(Another great punch bowl recipe)
1 1/2 cups pomegranate juice
1 cup pear nectar
1/4 cup Grand Marnier orange-flavored liqueur
1 bottle (750 ml) Champagne
In a large pitcher, combine pomegranate juice, pear nectar and the Grand Marnier orange-flavored liqueur. Slowly add the Champagne. Serve over ice. You can also substitute the Champagne for other sparkling white wines for delectable and festive libations.
Apple Cider, Cranberry and Ginger Holiday Punch
Bring out your favorite holiday glassware!
1/3 cup fresh cranberries
2 tablespoons sugar
1 1/2 cups fresh apple cider
2/3 cup chilled ginger beer
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
3 1/2 ounces (1/4 cup plus 3 tablespoons) gin
Muddle cranberries with sugar in a pitcher. Add the apple cider, ginger beer, lemon juice and gin. Divide among four glasses and serve chilled or over ice.
HAVE FUN ON NEW YEAR’S EVE
SEE YOU IN 2016!!!!
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.
As a writer for the My Pig Me Up blog, I often rely on random pig-spiration when looking for new and unusual topics. No matter how much I love cute little pigs or delicious bacon and pork, sometimes it can be difficult thinking of something new and fun to share with you, our loyal readers and fellow bacon enthusiasts. When an idea doesn’t come to me immediately, there’s only one thing left to do… Google it.
Not just Google though …Google images is my first stop. I pick a word or two relating to pigs such as bacon, pork, pink pig, or something else that’s similar to the topic I hope to write about and see what happens when I click ‘search’. It’s an entertaining process to say the least. So… now you know my secret. Don’t tell anyone.
Just for fun, I am going to type the words “crazy bacon” in my Google search bar and show you all the coolest pics and share-worthy stories I find. This is going to be one of the most random (and hopefully entertaining) articles I have written for My Pig Me Up. Okay …are you ready? Let’s start our Google search.
Crazy Bacon Act #1 – A Starry Night
It does resemble Vincent Van Gogh’s masterpiece but this one is completely original and one of a kind …and a lot greasier than its inspired piece. This is completely cool though. This is far beyond anything I could have dreamed of doing with raw bacon – kudos to the artist. I’m impressed. I’d like to see the art gallery …bet they have some more delicious exhibits. Too cool… might have never seen a bacon masterpiece if it hadn’t been for my random search.
Crazy Bacon Act #2 – Diet Coke with Bacon
Oh my goodness… if you’re like me, you are asking yourself if it’s even possible this is a real product. It kind of seems like an oxymoron just because it’s a diet cola. Everyone knows bacon is delicious but it’s not exactly diet food, at least not with any of the diets I have tried to follow. I found this so perplexing that I did some research and found out the image is a fake. The can was photo-shopped and the word bacon was actually lemon when it left the Coca-Cola plant. There is a such thing as bacon soda though. I have never tried it – have you?
Crazy Bacon Act #3 – Bacon Inspired Camping Recipe
This one isn’t wild and crazy but it sure is cool …especially to those of us who grew up watching mom or dad cook in a cast iron dutch oven like the one shown below. This is a really cool baked beans recipe being put together on an open campfire. This image and article titled 20 Genius Campfire Recipes not only looks delicious but it’s also very interesting. If you try this recipe, or have already made a similar version, please let us know. You know we love bacon!
Crazy Bacon Act #4 – Baby Bacon Formula
Surely not…. this one simply cannot be real. Or can it? I followed the link to Pinterest where I found a board called ‘Crazy Bacon Stuff‘ but when I clicked on the image, it took me to yet another website. I landed on an article called Top 10 Strangest Bacon Products but there were actually eleven pictures of crazy bacon products.
Crazy Bacon Act #5 – Bacon Toothpaste
Are you having fun yet because I am completely entertained. I love reading about bacon almost as much as I like eating it. This product is another one that makes me want to scratch my head in confusion but hey, if it chases away those cavities, what can I say? Seriously now, I have a question… would you honestly buy and try bacon flavored toothpaste? I think it might confuse the kids and doubt it would last long in my house.
Crazy Bacon Act #6 – A Baconator …or Bacon Gun
They say a picture is worth a thousand words and I hope that proves to be true here as well since all I have is the picture but no story to go along. I followed the link to an open forumwhere bacon loving individuals were discussing the magical world of bacon but still no back story. Feel free to make up one if you have a good imagination and share it with us here. Still, I found this image to be completely entertaining and definitely crazy.
Crazy Bacon Act #7 – Bacon Inspired Tattoo
Umm… sure this tattoo is a little eccentric but with today’s modern love affair with bacon, this isn’t too far-fetched or crazy. The tattoo reads “I love” on one foot and “bacon” on the other. Now I am no financial guru but had I been her advisor, I would have suggested a $20 pedicure before getting a tattoo …and when do you suppose was the last time this gal washed those tootsies? Y’eesh.
Crazy Bacon Act #9- Bacon Scented Deodorant
Oh wow. Bacon deodorant… whoever dreamed this one up loves bacon as much as we do! The real question here is would you buy this and even more importantly, would you actually use it? I’m not so sure I would but this would be one crazy gag gift for someone in your life. Perhaps a stocking stuffer for Christmas?
Crazy Bacon Act #10 – Bacon Flavored Mouthwash
This is another item which doubtfully exists but if it does, go Scope! Bacon flavored mouthwash is living on the edge for sure! So, that means a bacon loving individual could easily have a morning regimen that puts bacon front and center: bacon flavored toothpaste, body wash, lip balm, mouthwash, deodorant and more…
I hoped you enjoy learning how some of our feature articles begin and look forward to many more interesting articles and tidbits. Keep watching the blog and if you haven’t yet, find us on Facebook and give us a shout out. We’d love to hear from you!
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.
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
If you are a pet lover and think that pigs are practically the cutest animal ever, we have some great news for you: ‘micro pigs’ are now being bred! Not to be mistaken for the popular pets called Mini Pig, these micro sized wonders are sure to wee wee wee into your heart! Read with caution as the idea of owning your very own darling Micro Pig is inevitable and achievable! No doubt about it …you’re gonna want one!
The Micro Pig
The micro pig is in the planning, and is due to be sold as a household pet by a well-known Chinese research company. This company has succeeded in editing the DNA makeup of a pig in order to inhibit its growth. Beijing Genomics Institute is responsible for the Micro Pig project. Due to the changes this institute has initiated in areas regarding DNA and reestablishing growth factors, this newly created pet Micro Pig will grow to approximations between 14 and 20 kilograms.
Originally, the company used the Bama pig breed to modify its DNA for research purposes. However, their success lead to a bigger plan, so that the company decided to sell it and made this announcement at a Bio Tech Leader summit that took place in China.
How the DNA was Changed
For researchers, there are other reasons to be excited about this micro pig, other than that of being sold as a pet. According to a researcher from the University of Adelaide, Dr. Hannah Brown, the gene editing techniques that they used were fascinating. She compared their techniques to a GPS-guided molecular scissors that were used to attract a cell to a specific place in the DNA. Using this device, they cut out a piece of DNA and then exchange it for a different piece. They used this device to change the DNA that determines and regulates the growth of an average pig.
The Reasons behind Creating Micro Pigs
Of course, the micro pig wasn’t created for pet purposes initially, but rather for medical research. The researchers attempted to create a smaller and faster-breeding pig that could be eventually used for genetic testing, aiding in the development of disease models.
Another reason that led the researchers to the experiment of creating smaller pigs is the average cost and the amount of care that is involved in raising pigs. Since they are large animals, they can be quite expensive to care for and often require a lot of work to look after, making a smaller swine would reduce these factors. Researchers also consider that the techniques used on pigs in this study would possibly help other researchers use similar techniques to cure certain diseases in humans.
According to Dr. Brown, it is needed to identify the faulty DNA’s message and then replace it in order to cure a genetic disease. Researchers did a similar thing on pig DNA, as they cut out the part of the message that is responsible with the pig’s growth. This led researchers to the hope that they could one day use the same techniques to trim out certain disease-causing bits of DNA in human beings.
Long-Term Outcome – Can Micro Pigs Change the Future?
According to a spokesman from the Chinese company, these pigs were expected to live between 15 and 20 years. However, there is only one reproductive cycle for the created micro pigs, so that their life expectancy couldn’t yet be proven. These adorable mini versions of the common pig are expected to be completely normal, but this is also yet to be proven.
While it doesn’t seem like it should already be October, the year is two thirds of the way over. Today, October 31st is the day we dress up in costumes and masks while going door to door in hopes of collecting some tasty treats.
Happy Halloween from My Pig Me Up!
Have a great time and stay safe from Lillian and the gang at My Pig Me Up!
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.
When you have guests for dinner and you don’t know what to cook, you might get frustrated. Time shows up to never be on your side in such situations, so you need to rapidly get some inspiration from somewhere, right? And where is this “somewhere”, other than the internet? Better yet, by visiting your favorite ‘Pig Me Up’ blog 🙂
Creamed Corn with Bacon and Leeks Side Dish Recipe
I remember having only a few hours until my unexpected guests were to arrive at my home and I needed to urgently find a recipe to prepare, preferably one with delicious bacon! I really wanted to spoil my dinner guests with a nice warm welcome, and the aroma of a home cooked dinner – down to the last side dish.
Corn is a faithful side dish standard but sometimes it is also a boring option …without bacon of course. I prepared this Creamed Corn recipe for them and it turned out to be a real joy for everyone. They appreciated my cooking talents and were really impressed with the aromas that spread all through my dining room. (Everyone loves the smell of bacon, right?)
Here I will show you what ingredients you need and how you will prepare this extraordinary, delicious meal. You’ll try it once and will sure fall in love with its delicious taste.
6 ears corn
2 cups 1% low-fat milk
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
4 slices bacon
1 cup chopped leek
First, take the corn and cut the kernels from ears, so that they measure 3 cups.
Take a bowl and scape milk and remaining pulp from cubs, using the dull side of a knife blade.
Place low-fat milk, sugar, salt, pepper, cornstarch and one and a half cups kernels in a food processor and process the composition until smooth, scraping sides.
Take a large cast-iron skillet and use it to cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Turn it once before ready. Remove the bacon from the pan and reserve one teaspoon drippings in pan. Crumble bacon.
Then, add leeks to pan and cook them for 2 minutes or until tender. You need to constantly stir.
Puree corn mixture and add it to pan, together with remaining 1 ½ cups corn kernels and corn milk. Bring the composition to a boil.
Reduce heat and then simmer for 3 minutes or until the composition gets slightly thick, remembering to constantly stir.
Before serving, sprinkle with the crumbled bacon.
Celebrating Bacon at the 2nd Annual Little Rock Bacon Fest
The time has finally come to celebrate the Annual Little Rock Bacon Fest. 2015 will be the second year this celebration takes place, so the event is something relatively new and interesting. This event takes place on 19th of September, at the Arkansas State Fairgrounds and it aims to provide support to the Arkansas State Fair Scholarship Program.
Walk/Run for Bacon
Starting in the morning at 10.00 am, Bacon Fest awaits its visitors and contestants with a 5k bacon themed run, which will open the festivities. Registration for the run begins at 9.00 am and the start time is at 10.00 am. The Fun Run/Walk is a non-timed run with a bacon theme, so that people participating at the run will get the opportunity to enjoy various tasty bacon food stations. Everyone is welcome to this walk/run contest, regardless of their age or abilities.
Everyone who attends the Fun Walk/Run event will be rewarded with prizes, which include:
- A t-shirt with the 2015 Little Rock Bacon Fest
- A “Prized Pig” ticket, which enables the owner to early entry into the festival before the general public. Gates to the event open at 11.00 am
- Race rib
- Pig nose
- Bacon snacks and treats during the race, and a bacon pancake at the end of the race
Bacon Themed Contests
During the event’s day, people are welcome to participate at the bacon themed cooking contests.
One of the most important contest of the day is the Amateur Cooking Competition. Any amateur cooks are welcome to enter this free contest. This contest is presented by Petit Jean Meats, which will also supply 2 lbs. of bacon for use in the competition. The teams are allowed to use their imagination to create unique dishes based on bacon.
Contestants are allowed to prepare their dishes ahead of time and bring them to the festival, or they can cook and prepare the dishes on site. Contestants can prepare appetizers, entrees or deserts, and these will be judged in the related categories.
There are three different awards in this contest:
- Most creative dish
- Best presentation
- Tastiest dish
Fun for Everyone
Different entertainment venues are ready to provide fun for everyone, young and old alike. Some of these include vendor booths, kids’ zone with inflatables, various bacon contests and live music.
There is a general admission fee for adults and kids under 8 years old are free to enter, with an adult.
If you missed it, the NFL 2015 Kick Off happened last Thursday, September 10th in a game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the New England Patriots. The 28-21 football game ended in the Patriot’s favor, leaving die hard football fans hungry for another game. That’s not all those football fans are hungry for this season though, but with the following list of Game Day Snacks, you’re going have no problem intercepting those appetites with some delightful bacon-y goodness!
15. Bacon Lover’s Trail Mix
Find the recipe here
There’s nothing like watching a football game while munching on something with a salty bacon flavor, and this Bacon Lover’s Trail Mix is a sure fire winner. Best of all, the recipe is so quick and simple, even the busiest football fan can find the time to whip some up and invite friends over for a great game day get-together.
14. Crispy Bacon Grilled Cheese Roll Ups
Find the recipe here.
Crispy Bacon Grilled Cheese Roll Ups are another quick and easy game day snack that you can make in just a few minutes without blowing your bacon budget for the month! In fact, the entire recipe is super short and sweet, allowing you more time to catch those touchdowns and socialize with your guests. During half-time, you are sure to be raking in the compliments for your bacon inspired offerings.
13. Game Day Mini Bacon Quiches
Find the recipe here
While these little bacon inspired jewels take longer to make, your guests will appreciate the time you took to make these Game Day Mini Bacon Quiches. A little of this, a little of that, toss them into a muffin tin and place in the oven …and presto! Your guest can enjoy a delicious snack that oozes with cheesy goodness and delectable bacon!
12. Pig and Dip
Find the instructions here
No Game Day celebration is complete without chips and dip …but if you are tired of tasteless and overly processed potato chips, check out this Pig and Dip recipe using real Russet potatoes! Don’t have time to make your own homemade chips? Pick up a couple of bags of store bought chips and serve them with this de-lish homemade dip recipe.
11. Bacon on the Ritz
Find the instructions here
You may think that you do not have time to make Game Day snacks but this little recipe is here today to prove you are wrong. Made with Ritz crackers, bacon and rich brown sugar, this little gem of a recipe costs next to nothing to make and is sure to be a big hit with your munching football fans.
10. Bacon Cheddar Deviled Eggs
Recipe available here
Deviled eggs have been a traditional food for gatherings and get-togethers for as long as most people can recall. Since your Game Day theme is centered around bacon, here is a quick and simple recipe that combines this finger food with that delectable bacon-y flavor. Betcha they won’t eat just one!
9. Man Candy
With a name like Man Candy, it’s no wonder this chocolate covered snack would be chosen as part of a Game Day line-up. Underneath this rich chocolate blanket is a strip of sweet and salty and ohh so crispy bacon! How’s that for a score?
8. Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers
Recipe is posted here
Whether you have a weakness for spicy peppers or not, these tempting Game Day snacks are delicious and mild enough for nearly any palate to enjoy. With only three ingredients to gather, you won’t spend a mint making these bad boys and your football lovin’ guests will leave the platter empty.
7. Hot Dog and Bacon Roll-Ups
Detailed Instructions Here
Stadiums around the United States know that Game Day and Hot Dogs are a match made in heaven, but add bacon to the mix and wow! Hot Dog and Bacon Roll-Ups are sure to become the next all-American sports fans’ favorite snack. Requiring only three ingredients and a handy dandy crock pot, you can cook these tasty appetizers in just a few hours.
6. BBQ’d Pork Nachos with Bacon
Why would you bother serving plain ole nachos with cheese when you can have the delectable goodness of these barbeque pork and bacon topped nachos? These BBQ’d Pork Nachos with Bacon are sure to be a dish your football fans will talk about from kick-off until well after the football season has ended.
5. Bacon Wrapped Scallops with Spicy Mayo
With 20 minutes of prep time and 15 additional minutes to cook, these Bacon Wrapped Scallops with Spicy Mayo are certainly worth the time and effort required to throw these bay boys together. A word of warning though… your football fans are going to want more of these bacon inspired Game Day snacks.
4. Game Day Nachos
Get more nacho recipe ideas here
Nachos can be made a million different ways and are an excellent way to celebrate the onset or end of football season. Whether you opt for homemade tortilla chips or buy them from the store, these Game Day Nachos are sure to please your football lovers’ palates!
3. Jalapeno Popper Cheeseball
Check out our recipe here
What’s a Game Day get-together or football party without the addition of a yummy bacon flavored cheeseball to your menu? This Jalapeno Popper Cheeseball has lots to offer, especially with these crunchy panko bread crumbs.
2. Bacon and Cheddar Sliders
Get the instructions here
When planning your football inspired party, sliders are another great offering for guests. These Bacon and Cheddar Sliders are quick and easy to build, and it isn’t likely you will have any leftovers to contend with. Take this recipe and make it your own, topping these burgers with your own favorite veggies and cheese.
1. Bacon-Wrapped Potatoes With Creamy Dill Sauce
Find the recipe here
If Game Day parties are common at your house, here is a new recipe to toss into the mix. Bacon-Wrapped Potatoes With Creamy Dill Sauce are easy to make and offer a new flavor to please and tease your guests’ taste buds. Not sure if you like the idea of a creamy dill sauce? Dip these little spuds in the spicy dip on number twelve, above.
Keep watching for more great recipes, coming soon to our blog!
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!
Whoa! Check out this Bacon Mushroom Ragu Pasta Recipe!
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes
Total time: 45 minutes
Cooking Italian with Delicious Bacon
If you want something that is easy and fairly quick to make with excellent yumminess, this Bacon Mushroom Ragu is it, seriously. I was a bit apprehensive about what the kids would say about the mushrooms, they’re not fans of the fungus family…yet, though I am determined to develop an appreciation for them in the kids. The original recipe I found calls for a pound of ground turkey, and you can certainly use that as opposed to the lesser amount of Italian sausage, but I mean it’s Italian sausage.
To soothe over the possible apocalypse of mushrooms in their food, I made up a batch of my roasted garlic no-knead bread the night before. It must have worked because not only did they not shoot me with their dagger eyes, they said, “Mom, this is the bomb!” Whew! As those of you with teens will know, there is apparently no higher praise than “being the bomb”. Enough talking, make this, eat this, and fantasize about making it again; I know I am.
2 tbsp. oil
8-10 strips of bacon, chopped in small pieces
1/2 lb. cremini mushrooms, chopped
3 tbsp. fresh thyme, finely chopped (keep 1 tbsp. for garnish)
½ lb of Italian sausage (I used the hot links, they were fantastic)
1 large sweet onion, finely chopped
3 cloves garlic, pressed
Salt and pepper
1 6 oz. can tomato paste
2 cups stock
1 lb. penne ziti pasta
2 tbsp. butter, melted
Freshly grated Parmesan Cheese
In a large skillet, heat the oil and add the bacon, cooking until the fat melts, about 3 minutes.
Add the mushrooms and 2 tbsp. of thyme, stirring until the mushrooms are brown, about 5 more minutes.
Add the onion and cook another 5 minutes.
Lastly, add the ground turkey to the skillet with garlic, breaking the meat into tiny pieces as it cooks.
Cook for about 5 minutes until the meat is done.
Add the tomato paste and stir for about 1 minute.
Stir in the stock and bring to a boil; simmer on low while the pasta cooks.
Meanwhile, cook the pasta according to package directions, minus 1-2 minutes, cooking it al dente.
Drain and place the pasta in a large bowl, adding the melted butter.
Pour the bacon and mushroom ragu sauce over the pasta.
Sprinkle with cheese and fresh thyme; serve.
Watch as everyone devours this bacon Italian inspired goodness!
Adapted from The Reluctant Entertainer
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?
Nearly everyone enjoys a little bit of trivia, right? Well, today we are going to change things up a bit. Instead of asking the location of the Dead Sea Scrolls or the name of the largest desert in the world, let’s see how much you know about bacon. Once you have completed our entertaining bacon inspired quiz, you can find the answers by clicking here.
Bacon Inspired Trivia
#1 Which of the following breakfast foods contain the most calories?
a) four strips of bacon
b) two scrambled eggs
c) one yogurt cup
d) granola bar
#2 When did bacon become a food staple?
c) 1200 A.D.
d) 7000 B.C.
#3 From which part of a pig’s body does bacon come from?
#4 Which of these breakfast foods do people eat the most?
a) saugsage links
b) sausage Patties
#5 How much bacon can you harvest from one pig?
a) 15 pounds
b) 30 pounds
c) 45 pounds
d) 60 pounds
#6 Which of the following best describes pork?
a) white meat
b) red meat
c) low protein
#7 The consumption of bacon is linked to which of the following?
a) irregular hormone levels
c) Swine flu
#8 Which of the following is not a real bacon product …yet?
a) Bacon Cologne
b) Bacon soap
c) Bacon Candy
d) Bacon deodorant
#9 Which U.S. city consumes the most bacon?
a) Philadelphia, PN
b) New York City, NY
c) Houston, TX
d) Des Moines, IA
#10 From which country did bacon originate?
a) United States
c) United Kingdom
#11 Some claim that bacon has cured which of the following medical issues?
#12 Which percentage depicts the number of people who would rather eat bacon than have sex?
d) Umm… no one!
#13 Which part of the pig provides us with Canadian bacon?
#14 What do you call a side of cured and salted pork?
a) side belly
b) half side
c) full quarter
#15 What is present in pork that gives it the reputation as ‘the other white meat’?
#16 How much does the average strip of bacon weigh?
a) one ounce
b) one-half ounce
c) two ounces
d) three ounces
#17 Which of the following is NOT found in bacon?
a) Vitamin B-1
b) Vitamin B-12
#18 Which is NOT a popular bacon flavor?
b) Apple Wood
#19 When is ‘Bacon Day’ celebrated in the U.S.?
a) the day before Christmas
b) third Thursday in November
c) Saturday before Labor Day
d) May 5th
#20 Name the pork product consumed on New Year’s Day in the U.S. for good luck?
a) salt pork
b) Canadian bacon
c) hog jowl
Seven Surprising Health Facts about Bacon
For years, we have consistently been reminded of the various unhealthy attributes of bacon: the saturated fat, cholesterol and so forth. Just for the sake of argument, the time has come to hear Bacon’s side of the story. The fact is this: There is no way that something so delightful and delicious can be entirely bad. Bacon actually has many nutritious attributes that make for healthy living.
1. Protein Power
Bacon actually contains highly valuable protein that is essential for maintaining a healthy, functioning body, with a minimal amount of those nasty carbohydrates that everyone hates.
2. Blood Balancing Power
Several studies have shown that moderate amounts of bacon in one’s diet can help to naturally lower blood sugar levels and the body’s blood pressure. This helps to prevent heart attacks, heart disease, stroke and diabetes.
3. Fat Flushing Power
Contrary to the horror stories that we have been told for years about the harmful fatty content of bacon, there is actually evidence to show that the opposite is true. Bacon’s high protein, low carb content can actually help the body lose weight, as well as increase one’s metabolism to help build stronger, leaner muscles.
In fact, many popular cuts of chicken and beef contain more total fat, cholesterol and saturated fat, than bacon. In comparison with fish, while fish may have less cholesterol and fat, it lacks the protein of bacon and contains potentially harmful toxins such as mercury.
4. Brain Power
University studies have shown that an essential nutrient found in bacon, known as “choline,” can actually help to increase memory and intelligence. From birth to old age, this nutrient has been shown to help alleviate the debilitating effects of chronic mental impairments and Alzheimer’s disease.
5. Vitamins & Minerals
Contrary to popular belief, bacon is actually chock-full of essential vitamins and minerals that are necessary to fully functioning and healthy bodies. Bacon provides 65% of daily recommended dosage of vitamin B1, 47% of vitamin B3, 38% of vitamin B12, 36% of zinc, 24% of vitamin B6, 22% of vitamin B2, 22% of phosphorus, 10% of Pantothenate, 10% of magnesium and 9% of iron. That is not to mention that Bacon actually has a 4 to 1 balance of protein to fat.
6. Mood Enhancing
We all know how satisfying and delicious bacon is, but did you know that it has actually been proven to have mood enhancing effects? The content of bacon actually effects certain neuro-transmitters in the brain that trigger the feelings of satisfaction and happiness while relieving the negative effects of self-deprivation and frustration.
7. Nitrites & Nitrates
It is true that nitrates and nitrites are unhealthy, however, what bacon-haters often fail to mention is the fact that they are easily avoidable by: 1) Baking instead of frying your bacon. 2) Avoiding charring, burning or overcooking your bacon. 3) Cooking bacon in the microwave.
Despite those who oppose bacon, bacon-lovers have not been deterred. Bacon actually does have many beneficial properties that can lead to positive health effects. Now, gorging on bacon all day every day is not recommended, there is nothing wrong with including moderate amounts of healthy and delicious bacon in you.
The world is a wonderful place if bacon is truly healthy! Don’t you think?