7 Celebrities Who Are Proud Owners of Pet Pigs

Written by Lillian Tram on December 17th, 2016

 

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:

 

Clooney and his cute pigGeorge Clooney

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 Cyrus

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 Grint pet pigs

Rupert Grint

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.

 Megan fox pet pig

Megan Fox

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 Richards and cute pig

Denise Richards

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 hilton and cute pig

Paris Hilton

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.

 jonathan ross pig house

Jonathan Ross

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?

 
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Finding Pig-spiration on Google

Written by Lillian Tram on December 16th, 2015

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.

Crazy Bacon

Google Search

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…

Conclusion

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!

 

 

#Bacon Hashtag on Twitter

Written by Lillian Tram on December 2nd, 2015

If you haven’t read part one of our journey to find bacon inspired communities and the famous #bacon hashtag online, you may want to put it in reverse and visit this page first: #bacon on Facebook. As for the rest of you, follow me as we begin a tour of our favorite hashtag (#bacon, as if you didn’t already know) on the Twitter community.
 
Twitter didn’t seem very interesting to me at first, but after a second look I know I misjudged this online social media platform. After taking a second look at how Twitter works, I was actually very impressed. If you haven’t made a profile there yet, you really should and after reading this article, you will probably find the motivation to start tweeting like the rest.
 

#bacon for Twitter Followers

 

 
On Twitter, there is a plethora of profiles dedicated to the love of all things bacon, and one of the cool things about Twitter is you know every time #bacon is on the news! Here are some top tweeters to follow if you want your Twitter account to be submerged in memes, articles, images, news stories and links about bacon.
 
Situated in Baltimore, Maryland, is the Bacon Ministry, spreading the message of bacon evangelism. The profile is by @SpamSpam, the Bacon Bishop of Baltimore, on behalf of the Ministry of Bacon, spreading the gospel of all things bacon. You need to join the other 6K+ followers to see these tweets but with a name like that, you know they’re gonna be great!
 
#bacon hashtag
 
The name Bacon Today may sound familiar if you read my first article featuring the #bacon hashtag. Rest assured, this crew is hamming it up on Twitter too (pun intended)! If you are going to be on Twitter, you should totally follow Bacon Today to keep up with bacon news. They have over 7000 followers and post a wide variety of tweets you’re sure to find interesting.  Remember that post about bacon strip ornaments? Check it out.
 

 
With a staggering 36.000+ followers, All Bacon delivers exactly that, in the form of information, stories, images and humor. #Bacon is the focus of this Twitter profile and there’s no denying their agenda …sharing the love and awe of all things bacon. Their slogan? All Bacon, all the time! Sounds like my kinda people!
 

@All Bacon


 
Another great act to follow on Twitter is called Bacon Unwrapped, founded by none other than Heather Lauer. If that name sounds familiar to you, it should! Lauer is the author of a book I posted about earlier in the month called Bacon: A Love Story. (See it here.) She says bacon is the best meat ever, and is proud to have been a bacon eater since the 1970s, and a bacon blogger since 2005. To date, she has almost 3000 followers on Twitter and if there’s a food with bacon in it, you can pretty much bet that Heather knows about it or has tried it. See below.
 

bacon unwrapped

 
Dear Bacon is a rising star in the Twitter world with just a few followers and a strong passion for bacon, using the #bacon hashtag liberally while sharing jokes, memes and photographs. I would say it is safe to expect big things from Dear Bacon and the Dear Bacon dot com website.
 

Next on the list is Mr. Baconpants, a Twitter user from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, who blogs mostly about bacon and beer. It’s also home to Bacon LIVE, which he introduces as the worlds ONLY podcast about bacon. He has almost two thousand followers so it’s safe to say Mr. Baconpants is kind of a big deal on Twitter. Oh yeah, and apparently he can cook too!

 
 #bacon hashtag
 
Next on our list of Twitter users is Bacon Scouts. These guys have a slightly different back story …and a darn good job. Established in July of 2013, Bacon Scouts have one important goal and it involves bacon. Are you ready for their job description? To search for, test, and sell the most incredible bacon from across America… I could totally do that!
 

#bacon scouts

 

These bacon inspired individuals are just a few of the many people you can socialize with if you amble over to Twitter and search using the #bacon hashtag. First on your list of people to visit should be the My Pig Me Up dedicated (and adorably pink!) Twitter profile featuring our very own VIP, Lillian Tram. She’s a big deal around here…

 

 

Thanks for reading Part Two of our spotlight on the #bacon hashtag and the various online communities where you can converse with complete strangers about bacon, restoring your faith in the world one crunchy crispy salty bite at a time.

 

Coming soon…. Part Three

 

#Bacon Inspired Blogs

 

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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7 More Must Have Bacon Books to Read

Written by Lillian Tram on November 12th, 2015

It is no longer a surprise that everyone eats – and loves – bacon, right? So why wouldn’t we love to own books about bacon? Even though we all know how to use bacon in our diet, there is definitely enough place for some more interesting recipes that we could try from time to time.
 

7 More!

 

bacon books

Must Have Books about Bacon

 
So here you can see a list containing some of the most interesting books about bacon, which you would definitely love owning in your cook books’ collection. This is the second list of books so be sure to read the first blog on bacon books too – find it by clicking here!
 

Fifty Shades of Bacon by Benjamin Myhre and Ashley Myhre

Available in paperback and kindle edition, this book is definitely on the top list of books about bacon. Its title is even more appealing for readers, as it takes us all thinking about another best-selling book, don’t you think? As suggested in its title, the book contains 50 recipes that contain bacon.
 

101 Things to do with Bacon, by Eliza Cross

You can own this book in spiral-bound edition or kindle edition. This book contains delicious recipes that use bacon. Improve your home’s menu with innovative recipes for sandwiches, appetizers, soups, salads, entrees and desserts that use bacon as one of their ingredients.
 

Bacon Nation by Peter Kaminsky and Marie Rama

 
This book is available in paperback and kindle editions. The book comprises 125 irresistible recipes based on everyone’s favorite ingredient – bacon! The two authors created this book for those who share their love for bacon and they consider that this ingredient is able of turning an ordinary dish into a fabulous one.
 

Bacon 24/7: Recipes for Curing, Smoking, and Eating, by Theresa Gilliam

This hardcover cookbook comes with delicious recipes that are fit for any time of the day. According to its author, there is no wrong time for eating bacon. We totally agree with this statement, don’t we?
 

The Big Book of Bacon: Savory Flirtations, Dalliances, and Indulgences with the Underbelly of the Pig, by Jennifer L. S. Pearsall.

Another book that shows bacon can do miracles with any other ingredient in this world. The recipes contained in this book range from breakfast, lunch, appetizers, to dinner and even desserts.
 

Bacon Cookbook: 150 Easy Bacon Recipes, by Bonnie Scott

This book contains a collection of more than 150 recipes containing bacon. There are also 20 dessert recipes using bacon as an ingredient. The recipes feature bacon either as their main ingredient, or as a flavor enhancer. In addition to the simple recipes found in this cookbook, it also contains helpful advice and tips.
 

Bacon: A Love Story, by Heather Lauer

This book contains recipes, fun facts and a history of the much-adored meat that is bacon. Filled with information, this book is a must-have for everyone who considers bacon as one of the most important and delicious foods in the world.
 

And there are probably more…

 
These are only a few titles that are out there in bookstores and online stores. However, there are many other interesting books that you can find related to bacon.
 

7 Interesting Books about Bacon

Written by Lillian Tram on November 7th, 2015

People love eating bacon …and this is not breaking news for anyone, right? As it is obvious and expected, bacon has been a source of inspiration for many authors for their cookbooks. However, additionally to the cookbooks, bacon was also used in other book types over the time. Here you can see a list with some of the most interesting books that focus on bacon.
 

Bacon Books? Yay!

bacon books

 
Everyone loves bacon, by Kelly DiPucchio, is a children’s book for 3-6 years old children. The main character of this book is Bacon, who befriends different food types during its adventure. His earned fame makes Bacon forget about the important things in life.
 
Don’t Forget the Bacon!, by Pat Hutchins, is a lovely book for children, aged 3 to 8 years old. The story is about a boy who tries to remember the items on the shopping list that his mother made up for him. No matter what items he forgets, he always remembers bacon is on the list.
 
Chris P. Bacon, by Len Lucero, is a collection of three children’s books – “How to roll like Chris P. Bacon”, “Chris P. Bacon: My Life So Far…” and “Happy Birthday, Chris P. Bacon”. The collection is inspired by a true story, of a pig born with malformed hind legs. The author of the book is a veterinarian who took care of the pig, as he was impressed by this little pig.
 
Bacon & Beans: A Collection of Tales and Recipes from the West, by Stella Hughes, is a different cookbook, which contains recipes specific to the old West. Perfect for those who wish to take a trip back to the Old West, this book contains recipes and tips that help you cook like they used to do it back in the Old West. This book is the right choice for whenever you wish to add a bit of the past in your meals.
 
Death of a Bacon Heiress (Hayley Powell Mystery Book 7), by Lee Hollis, is a fiction book that focuses on a food and cocktails columnist, called Hayley Powell, and on the murder of Olivia Redmond, a posh bacon heiress. The story tells about the murder of Olivia, and her pot-bellied pig pet.
 
Bacon and Beans from a Gold Pan, by George Hoeper, is a true story of couple of prospectors, who moved in the mountains of California to try making their living from panning for gold. Gold prospectors consider this book truly inspiring and they recommend it as a good read to anyone, especially for those who are interested in gold mining.
 
Bacon the Pig, by J. Charles Jackson, is a book in which the author tries to change the collective perception that pigs are dirty animals. Within the pages of this book, the author tries to explain the misconception that people have about pigs, by showing that pigs are actually intelligent animals.
 

More Bacon Books Lists to Come…

There are many other interesting books to read about bacon and pigs. Regardless of the age or purpose, you can find an interesting title that focuses on this very famous topic. In fact, it is so easy to find bacon inspired books, we have another list for you  – coming soon so stay close! You don’t want to miss the fun!
 

Halloween Pigs and other Great Stories

Written by Lillian Tram on October 7th, 2015

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

Halloween Pigs by Rita Balducci

 

Halloween Pigs

 

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

 

Spookie Pookie by Sandra Boynton

 

 

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

 

Mercy Watson: Princess in Disguise by Kate DiCamillo

 

Mercy Watson: Princess in Disguise

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

Pumpkin Trouble by Jan Thomas 

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

Miss Piggy’s List of Must See Classic Movies

Written by Lillian Tram on September 9th, 2014

Classic movies are as American as apple pie, but which ones are the best? In color or black and white, here is our complete list of the top five must see classic movies of all time. If there’s one you haven’t seen, you may be in for a treat!

 

Classic Movies You Don’t Want to Miss

 
From the 1940’s through the 1970’s, Hollywood created numerous classics to keep America entertained and in love with the silver screen. While you may have seen a few of these beloved classics, have you seen them all? The next time you’re in the mood for movie night with your muppet, visit the video store to snag one or more of the titles listed below.

 

Gone With the Wind

 

 

Popular opinion suggests that Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With the Wind is one of the best movies of all time, then and now. Vivian Leigh and Clark Gable are the fire and ice co-stars who keep the fireworks going throughout this epic Southern Belle’s saga as Scarlet O’Hara and Rhett Butler. Gone with the Wind claimed eight regular Oscars as well as two special Oscars, the first film to ever receive such recognition.

 

Gone with the Wind has been released in US theaters eight time, making an estimated $400 million. Adjusted for the changing value of money, this amount equals approximately $3 to $5 billion dollars, making this the highest grossing film in history. This movie is also the most watched film of all time, which means this classic has sold more tickets than any other.

 

The Sound of Music

 

 

This 1965 movie classic, The Sound of Music, starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer won the hearts of many, playing the characters of Maria von Trapp and Captain Georg von Trapp. Based on the true story of a rather straight-laced man, his multi-talented singing governess and seven children of different ages, this is considered to be the second most popular movie of all time, second to none other than Gone with the Wind.
 
There are plenty of songs in this musical classic, most of the lyrics written by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. Based on the book, The Story of the Trapp Family Singers, the story was written by a writing team which included Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse, while the screenplay was written by Ernest Lehman. The Sound of Music was awarded five Academy Awards, which included Best Picture. This movie classic eventually surpassed Gone with the Wind as the highest grossing film ever made.

 

The Wizard of Oz

 

 

This musical fantasy, The Wizard of Oz, is a delight to both young and old alike, featuring a cast of lovable characters that successfully entertain and inspire any audience. The star of this classic is a young and beautiful Judy Garland as Dorothy Gale who lives on a farm in Kansas with her relatives. A tornado takes Dorothy to a faraway land where she meets some very interesting “people”.

 

Produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, this movie classic has withstood the test of time and is as well-known today as when it was first released in January of 1939. Based on L. Frank Baum’s novel written in 1900 titled The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, this movie classic was nominated for Best Picture but lost to Gone with the Wind. The movie did, however, win Best Song with Judy Garland’s ‘Over the Rainbow‘, and is considered the most viewed motion picture on television today.

 

Breakfast at Tiffany’s

 

 

An American comedy filled with romance, Breakfast at Tiffany’s was released in 1961 starring the lovely Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard. Loosely based on Truman Capote’s novel which bears the same name, Paramount Pictures released this classic tale of Holly Golightly, society girl. This part is believed to be Audrey Hepburn’s most memorable accomplishment and most challenging role.
 
The classic Breakfast at Tiffany’s was well-received, nominated for five Academy Awards and Hepburn was given an award for Best Actress. In addition, a song featured in the movie called ‘Moon River’ won two awards, Best Original Score and Best Original Song, and is considered one of the top five songs produced by Hollywood. Fans will appreciate this fun story line about a naive, high society girl who has a lot to learn about life… and love!

 

Casablanca

 

 

This Warner Bros masterpiece is an American movie classic, Casablanca, starring the one and only Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, that everyone should see. This romantic drama takes place in unoccupied Africa during the start of World War II, following an American expatriate and his former lover. Premiering on November 26, 1942, in New York City, Bogart’s first romantic leading role was a roaring success.
 
Producers and directors were surprised when their Casablanca was rewarded with three Academy Awards including one for Best Picture. Since then, this film is considered one of the greatest films of all time and Bogart’s most successful role. Casablanca has also become the source of many frequently used movie quotes such as “Here’s looking at you, kid” and “When it comes to women, you’re a true democrat.”

 

Aside from this short list of five, there are many other classic movies which deserve special recognition. Please comment below if you love any of these or have more titles to add to our list of all time best classic movies of all time.

 

Top Five Fabulously Famous Pigs

Written by Lillian Tram on August 23rd, 2014

Everyone loves pigs! Even if they don’t want to own one, they still like them. This is why pigs have made it big on the silver screen. Some pigs have even became celebrities unto themselves. Here is a list of five of the most famous pigs in history.
 
 

Five Fabulous and Famous Pigs

 
 
1. Porky Pig
 

Created in 1936 by Warner Bros., this little piggy has ruled the silver screen for more than 70 years. Originally one of the foremost characters in their Looney Tunes series, after the introduction of other characters such as Daffy duck and Bugs Bunny, Porky became more of a sidekick and icon with his lovable stammer and his “Ble, ble, ble, That’s All Folks!”
 
 
2. Piglet
 
First appearing in Winnie-the-Pooh books by A.A. Milne in 1936, and inspired by one of Christopher Robin Milne’s stuffed toys, Piglet is Winnie the Pooh’s very best friend. Even though he is a “very small animal” with a somewhat timid disposition, he often wins the hearts of many with his occasional attempts at being brave and conquering his fears.
 
 
3. Arnold Ziffel
 
First appearing in the show ‘Green Acres’ on CBS in 1965, Arnold Ziffel was an American Yorkshire pig who acted as the son of Doris and Fred Ziffel. The humorous show depicted Arnold as being able to do virtually anything. He could change the TV channels, write, play piano, attend school and much more.
 
Throughout the series he became a “Porky Picasso” whose suggestive painting was banned, worked as a “paper pig” delivering papers, fell in love with a dog, drafted in to the Army and much more. 
 
 
4. Miss Piggy
 
Created by Bonnie Erickson and Frank Oz, Miss Piggy first appeared on Herb Alpert and the TJB in 1974. While she was originally created as a minor character, Miss Piggy’s capricious nature eventually developed her into one of the main characters of the show.
 
Believing that she is destined for stardom, this diva often tries to convey sweet feminine charm, but usually will fly into an unexpected rage with her trademark karate chop (often at her overly reserved boyfriend, Kermit the Frog).
 
Miss Piggy was one of the first, and possibly the only pig character to ever have developed into a tried and true celebrity in her own rite.

 
 
5. Babe
 
Created as the star character in the book ‘The Sheep Pig’ by Dick King-Smith in 1983, Babe became an international star when the book was adapted and released as the box-office-hit: ‘Babe: The Gallant Pig’.
 
Featuring an amazing cast of quirky farm animals for friends, Babe goes on a series of misadventures. When he is almost chosen for Christmas dinner, he sets out to show that he is useful and deserves to live by showing the farmer (Authur) that he is a sheep herding pig. Babe’s adventures, determination and gallant actions earned him a place in the hearts of many.
 

 
This list of five of the most famous pigs who have made the “Pig Hall of Fame” successfully remind us, yet again, why pigs are one of the most amazing and best-loved creatures in history!
 
Who is your favorite of these most famous pigs? Do you have a favorite that didn’t make out list? Let us know!
 

How to Speak Pig Latin

Written by Lillian Tram on August 16th, 2014

You may think that Pig Latin is an actual language but in truth, this is just a fun game to play with the English language. No one is sure where Pig Latin even originated from, the earliest mention is known to have occurred in 1869. It is even believed that Thomas Jefferson used Pig Latin letters to his friends. Originally, Pig Latin was likely dreamed up by juveniles who wished to converse in a special code not everyone could understand.

 

Do you know how to speak Pig Latin?

 

 

So, how does one learn Pig Latin? Pig Latin is  the easiest second language you will ever learn. However, claiming to be bilingual after learning Pig Latin won’t earn you any brownie points with your boss or get you a raise – unless you happen to have a really, really fun job.

 

Easy Steps to Speaking Pig Latin

 

To learn to art of Pig Latin, words that begin with consonants must be properly spoken. Basically, you will make Pig Latin words from those which begin with a consonant or consonant cluster by moving the consonant(s) from the beginning of the word to the end. Then, all you have to do is add the suffix of “-ay” to the word’s end.

This creates single consonant words like ello-hay for hello, uck-day for duck, and “Pig Latin” becomes Ig-pay Atin-lay. Words with consonant clusters in their beginning will change a little differently. In Pig Latin, the word “switch” becomes itch-sway, “glove” becomes ove-glay, and longer terms such as “fruit smoothie” becomes uit-fray oothie-smay.

If the word starts with a vowel, the approach to Pig Latin fluency is only mildly different. When words begin with vowels, you only need to add “-yay” to the word’s end. Some easy examples include: I-yay for “I”, are-yay for “are”, and as-yay for “as”.

 

 

The rules of Pig Latin change only slightly for words with the letter “y” as these can be a little more tricky. If  the “y” is at the beginning of a word, treat it like a consonant. Example: “yellow” becomes ellow-yay

 

The normal rules of Pig Latin will apply if “y” is the second letter in a word with only two letters. Example: “by” becomes y-bay

If  “y” is at the end of a consonant cluster, this is treated like a vowel and is not moved to the word’s end. Example: “rhythm” becomes ythm-rhay

Compound words in Pig Latin are the most fun when they are split up, making the conversation more difficult to understand.

Example: “bedroom” changes to ed-bay oom-ray and “toothbrush” becomes ooth-tay ush-bray.

Learning Pig Latin

Learning Pig Latin is only beneficial if there is someone to secretly converse with. Also, learning the rules of Pig Latin and practicing with someone can be a lot of fun! You will be able to carry on top secret conversations!

At first, Pig Latin is a little tricky but the challenge and the practicing can be a lot of fun. The more you practice, the better you will speak Pig Latin. Speak and write notes with your friends in Pig Latin for great practice.

Because Pig Latin is not an actual language but more of a fun hobby, you may come across others who form their words a little differently. It is normal to find variations to this humorous language.

Memorizing a few of your personal favorite phrases will help to speed communication considerably. Example: “What’s up?” becomes At’s-whay up-way?

When conversing in Pig Latin, speak slowly and enunciate your words correctly. Your friends will be more able to understand you, and you won’t have to repeat yourself so much.

Technology and Pig Latin

 

 

If you need some help converting English to Pig Latin, or Pig Latin to English, there are numerous apps and websites online to help. Do you learn better by playing games? If so, you are in luck! There are several games online to improve your Pig Latin.

 

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Limericks about Pigs

Written by Lillian Tram on May 31st, 2014

 

Do you remember studying limericks in Junior High School? Every week at my school, the entire class had to memorize about five different limericks to recite in front of the room. More like tongue twisters than poems, many of those crazy little rhymes are still stuck in my head more than twenty-five years later.
 
 
Many of the limericks learned in class were filled with humor and almost always about animals. For those of you who do not remember studying these, a limerick is often comical and nonsensical, and sometimes even lewd.
 
 
Limericks are structured in five line anapestic meter, offering a strict rhyme scheme referred to as AABBA. The first two lines always rhyme with the last line while the third and fourth line rhyme. Also, the third and fourth lines are usually shorter than the rest.
 
 
Here are some cute limericks for your enjoyment featuring a funny animal indeed, the pig. Say them aloud for an extra dose of fun …or to make others think you have finally flipped your lid.
 
 

There was a young pig whose delight
Was to follow the moths in their flight.
He entrapped them in nets,
Then admired his pets
As they danced on the ceiling at night.

-Anonymous

 

There once was a piglet named Bob
Who spent all of his days on a log.
He sat there all day
While his friends went to play
‘Til one day he was lost in the fog.

-by Allison Tremblay

 

There was a young pig who, in bed,
Nightly slumbered with eggs on his head.
When the sun at its rise
Made him open his eyes
He enjoyed them for breakfast in bed.

-Anonymous

 

There was a young pig from Racine
Whose botanical interests were keen.
He planted a sock
In a bright window box,
Where it blossomed and sprouted a bean.

-Anonymous

 

There was a poor pig on the street,
In the dustbin found tidbits to eat,
Though his hot garbage stew,
Smelled exactly like glue,
He declared that its taste was a treat.

-Anonymous

 

There was a sad pig with a tail
Not curly, but straight as a nail.
So he ate simply oodles
Of pretzels and noodles,
Which put a fine twist to his tail.

-by Arnold Lobel

 

Hopefully, you will find these as fun and entertaining as I have over the years.

What limericks do you recall from your school days?

Celebrate National Piggy Manicures Day with Me!

Written by Lillian Tram on March 25th, 2014

March 26th is National Make Up Your Own Holiday Day! 


As any respectable pig lover would do, I am making yet another day all about pigs and what better idea than to celebrate with a wonderful manicure. So, if you needed an excuse to slip off to the salon for a well-deserved beauty treatment, you’re welcome! This will be the perfect Spring Pig-Me-Up – yes, I totally just said that! I couldn’t help myself!


What better way to celebrate the onset of Spring than with a massage and manicure?




What better manicure than one that combines pink polka-dots and those lovable piggys? Just think of all the compliments you will receive! This manicure is perfect whether your nails are short or long!


 



Here is another pig-tastic manicure in pink and piggy faces! If you were born in the Year of the Pig, this is a great way to celebrate the little porker that represents your birth date.



Similar to the other piggy manicures with polka-dots and sweet pig faces, but this color really pops! This is a really cool twist to the ho-hum traditional french manicure.




If you would like your manicure to tell a story, this is a wonderful nail art idea using the old tale of the three pigs and the big, bad wolf. This would be a great choice for teachers, child care providers and mothers of small children. Kids ares so easily amused and I bet they would love this design.  There are some other cute designs for educators here.



Aren’t ideas that you could never think of great? I would have never thought of little black pigs and blue with polka-dots but this looks like so much fun! This is definitely a unique idea that I would love to try sometime.



This is a really cute idea celebrating a pigs main features, adorable faces complete with snouts and curly-cue tails, with what pigs say and do: roll in mud and say OINK! Really cute idea from Peace, Love and Polish!



While I could never consider pigs as evil, here is a great piggy manicure in green which features the evil pig on Angry Birds. What I do love is this bright green color and anything-but-dull french manicure. There is a cool tutorial on how to paint this manicure here.

 



If you love to play Angry Birds but cannot decide on a favorite character, here is the perfect manicure for you. Think of the comments and compliments you will receive when you are sporting this cool manicure!



Because Spring is the time when animals are supposed to become ‘twitterpated’, this seems like the perfect nail art for the month of March. This manicure also incorporates some new colors and shapes – red, black and hearts! Oh my!



This manicure would be like wearing little masterpieces on your fingernails. The heart is so adorable, perfect for showing off some pig love! Choose this adorable design to replace those boring Easter Nail Art designs – because seriously – pigs are so much more fun than ho-hum rabbits!



Seriously? This pigs and glitter combination makes me want to rush out right now and get my own Piggy Manicure! How perfect for Spring! Is anyone headed to Prom this month? Oh, I would be so tempted to do something original such as this if I were attending prom.



Because everyone loves Miss Piggy, this manicure celebrates Pig Power. This list would not be complete without homage to our favorite frog-loving gal. The stars add a really nice touch and the little glove-covered fist captures Miss Piggy’s spunky personality so well.

Which manicure do you like the best?

Are you going to celebrate my National Piggy Manicures Day? 


Miss Piggy’s Wedding and Beauty Tips

Written by Lillian Tram on March 21st, 2014

Well, not really tips… Miss Piggy has some pretty unique ideas regarding beauty treatments so we aren’t quite sure how she is prepping for the big day. She has been quoted many times regarding her beauty regimen and her answers are always so colorful.

 

 

Take these beauty quotes for example…



“Often the only view we have of ourselves is from a mirror or photograph. Due to defection, refaction, conflection and infliction, mirrors always make you look larger in the wrong places. (An important scientist at a big university in a famous place discovered this.) And cameras do lie, because of all kinds of strange optical things and complicated gizmos that break and give you the wrong shortstop or spoil the focus-pocus, and little hairs that get stuck inside and goo on the film.”

 

 

 

 

“Having a dull hairstyle is like putting an olive on top of a chocolate sundae. It makes your whole appearance unappetizing.”

 

 

“It’s a good idea to apply an all-over facial pack once or twice a month, but I never, never use mud. (Frankly, it brings up unpleasant memories.) I recommend my own special facial mousse, a mixture of mocha cooking chocolate, icing sugar, eggs and cream (adjust the proportions to your own taste). The mousse should be beaten with a wooden spatula as if you were frosting a cake. If there’s a little bit left over, it is quite all right to taste a teensy bit.”

 

 

Did she accidentally confuse her facial mask with a favorite dessert recipe?


 

 

 

“For the glamorous look, choose plain-looking dining companions.”

 

 

“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and it may become necessary from time to time to give a stupid or misinformed beholder a black eye.”

 

 

Gosh, I love her spunk.

 

 

Actually, everyone loves Miss Piggy and you know she’d be a superb gal to hang out with. A Girl’s Night would be much more fun, wouldn’t it? Imagine that spunk after throwing back a couple of cosmos. Hmm, that reminds me – Will she be having a hen party before she gets into that amazing Wedding Dress designed by Vivienne Westwood? That could be interesting. have you seen it? It’s as stunning as she is!

 

 

She seems to be following her own advice regarding fashion…

 

 

 

 

“Never let your frog outdress you.”

 

 

When asked about this stunning wedding dress and the designer, Miss Piggy said, ” ‘Vivienne Westwood is fabulous – just like moi, When I asked her to design this wedding dress for moi’s new movie, Muppets Most Wanted, she was thrilled and I was thrilled. The only one a bit ‘iffy’ about it was the Frog.”

 

 

Kermit the Frog has been ‘a bit iffy’ about a lot of things though ..including his romance and commitment with this French speaking barnyard beauty. If he doesn’t end up getting cold feet, she and Kermy are to tie the knot on screen in the upcoming Muppets m0vie called ‘Muppets Most Wanted’ but it’s anyone’s guess if they will make it through the nuptials.

 

 

 

 

Rumor has it this takes place at the Tower of London – romantic, yes? The gal’s been waiting for her little green frog prince a long time so fingers are crossed that this one works out well for the unlikely couple. Some Muppet fans were confused about this possible wedding, believing that Kermy and Miss Piggy had already gotten married in the 1984 movie ‘Muppets Take Manhattan’ but Kermit has pointed out that was just a movie they were acting in.

 

 

We can literally count down the hours as the ‘Muppets Most Wanted’ hits theaters on March 21st. The movie will feature all of your favorite Muppet characters as well as offerings from Tina Fey, Ty Burrell, Tom Hiddleston, and Ricky Gervais, to name a few.

 

 

 

 

 Are you heading to the theater this week to see Muppets Most Wanted?

Which Muppet is your favorite character and why? Let’s chat!


2014 Bacon Chase Coming Soon!

Written by Lillian Tram on February 25th, 2014

 

5K Piggy Pilgrimage

From zombie races to foam runs – what’s next when it comes to the latest 5k event themes? Chances are, you probably wouldn’t have guessed it would be a Bacon Chase. This delicious 5k Piggy Pilgrimage event infuses two things that people typically do not often associate together – bacon and running. This exciting race is one that does not end with a trophy or medal. Instead, the run ends with a reward that is sure to have your mouth watering in anticipation during the entire 3.1 miles!

 

Bacon Chase Prizes

While hustling your ham as fast as you can, you will be showered with the benefit of unlimited bacon bits all the way to the finish line which will keep your spirits and appetite going. As soon as you gloriously step foot across the finish line, you will be rewarded with an unlimited amount of crispy, delicious bacon strips as well as a nice Bloody Mary to wash it all down – as long as you are 21 years of age, of course. Everyone who participates also receives a signature Bacon Chase T-shirt and the signature Bacon Chase scratch-n-sniff bib. Runners will be able to proudly display their love of bacon with these one of a kind rewards.

 

Blitz to Bacon Chase

For those more interested in the bacon rather than chasing at this celebration of all things bacon, there is also an event called the 0.05k Blitz to Bacon where participators will make their way across a stretch of only 164 feet to feast on an infinite amount of savory bacon strips. Although your hoofs may be tired after running this 5k of pure bacon bliss, participants will rejoice with delight at all of the bacon-themed activities that will await. Exalting all that is scrumptious and hammy, this bacon-themed festival is something you surely do not want to miss.

 

Bacon Chase Registration

If you want to go on a journey that leads to piggy delight, the upcoming Bacon Chase is being held at the Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Georgia, on March 22, 2014. Don’t wait too long to register as spots are limited and people are gobbling them up quickly!

 

Why Participate in the Bacon Chase?

The Bacon Chase is an event that benefits St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. For more information on this worthy cause or to register online for this year’s Bacon Chase, please visit www.baconchase.com. Racers should sign up to become a St. Jude Hero while completing the registration process to help fund research for sick children with life-threatening illnesses. Save children’s lives as you celebrate your love of bacon and earn cool prizes and enjoy several race day incentives.

 

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Four Fabulous Valentine Gift Ideas & Themes for Her

Written by Lillian Tram on January 29th, 2014

Pigs Can Be Romantic too!

While it is still weeks away, Valentine’s Day quickly approaches. Sure, candy and flowers are a safe bet but why not give her something that really stands out? Be brave. Take a chance. You should begin planning your Valentine’s Day strategy now rather than wait until the last minute when all the great gifts are gone.

 

Perhaps you are lucky enough to have a girlfriend or wife who adores piggys as much as we do! If so, you are going to love this list of great gift ideas that will really make her night and keep you out of the dog house. Our list of gift ideas are affordable and adorable so choose your favorite idea and create a magical evening with the one that makes you as happy as a pig eating slop! With each item on this list, you will find some great ideas that will make these gifts even more amazing.

 

Piggy Paint Set of Three $20

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Here is a wonderful gift idea to spoil the lady in your life. This Piggy Paint Set is a wonderful way to tell her how much you appreciate all that she does. These three fun colors of nail polish offer unlimited options and make her feel beautiful. Another great feature of this great gift idea is that it is suitable for all ages.

 

I recommend doing a little homework by finding out where her favorite salon is located. purchasing a gift certificate to her favorite beauty or nail salon for any service of her choosing. A happy woman is a woman who feels pretty and pampered.

 

Singing Plush Cupig Shuffle

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Whether she loves to dance or not, your special lady will love this wonderful Singing Plush Cupig Shuffle Gift from Hallmark Gold Crown Stores. The Cupid Shuffle is a popular song with an unforgettable beat that really fills the dance floor. This techno plush pink piggy shuffles, shakes his plump, protruding belly, and sings a catchy excerpt of this hit. Her heart will melt and it will be one of her favorite Valentine’s Day for years to come. Hallmark has a great deal on this little piggy – $32.95 or $15.95 with the purchase of three greeting cards. This is another gift that will please nearly any age group.

 

I recommend gifting this item to your special gal on a Valentine’s Day evening date of dinner and dancing, or drinks at your favorite pub. Shock her by learning all the moves to “The Cupid Shuffle” and it will be a night she will never forget, leaving behind a lasting smile and fond memories. A great learning video can be found here: http://bit.ly/1fyhXMh

 

Just For Fun Piggy Foot Spa Gift Set

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This Valentine’s Day, treat her overworked feet to the pampering and splendor of this Just for Fun Piggy Foot Spa Gift Set by Spa Sister Gift Essentials. For only $34.00, this slipper set includes soft, shaggy animal slippers, an exfoliating foot scrub, deeply nourishing foot butter, a premium nail File, and deluxe comfort toe separators. When your feet feel rejuvenated, your day is a little better.

 

I would highly recommend purchasing a gift certificate which will treat her to a deeply relaxing massage or a special spa day. A good alternative to this plan would be to select a beautiful matching bathrobe like this plush pink terry cloth short robe available on sale now for only $39.50 at Victoria Secret. http://bit.ly/1dPBm8n

 

Flying Pig Glass Margarita Gift Set

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Sometimes, a girl just needs a margarita night to distress and have some fun and what better way to unwind than with this adorable hand-painted Flying Pig Glass Margarita Gift Set. This beautiful glassware is only $33.00 and can be personalized with your leading lady’s name right on the base.  Artist Carla Tyree offers this adorable piggy on a cloud design on your choice of glassware so you can choose a pilsner, wine, champagne flute, or pint glass – whatever your lovely lady prefers. All paint is baked onto the outer glass for durability and can be washed by hand for best results.

 

Pair this beautiful set with her favorite liquor, wine, or brew and plan a fun evening of drinks and laughs. Secure a hotel room or vacation rental with an indoor hot tub for a Valentine’s Day neither of you will soon forget.

 

Hopefully, one of the above ideas and themes will appeal to you this Valentine’s Day. Please comment if you have an idea to add to the ones listed above and do have a wonderful holiday with someone dear to your heart!

 

 

Happy New Year and all That Hog Jowl!

Written by Lillian Tram on January 6th, 2014

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In the South, we have a scrumptious New Year’s tradition for your enjoyment and consideration to which we owe the pig some big thanks. Perhaps you have never heard of hog jowl but it is something we eat every New Year’s Day. Similar to bacon but thicker and substantially more coarse, hog jowl is believed to bring good luck to all who consume it on this day.

 

Hog jowl is a tough cut of meat from the “cheek” of the hog. Typically, this cut of meat is best when smoked, cured, and fried like bacon. Hog jowl can also be used when seasoning beans, peas, and greens for a divine flavor that’s hard to turn down.

 

For New Year’s Day, hog jowls are traditionally fried and eaten to promote health, prosperity, and success. Those of us who live in the South are not alone in our New Year’s Day beliefs. All over the world, people celebrate the beginning of a New Year with pork. Germany is known for creating marzipan pigs for centerpieces and for giving to neighbors. Austria natives enjoy dining on pig’s feet, pork sausage, roast suckling pig, or pork dumplings.

 

Pigs: the Symbol of Health and Wealth

Pigs have always been symbolic of health and wealth in the South as owning a hog could mean a family’s survival for the entire winter. The fatty meat which pigs provide can help to create a significant source of food for those who are not wealthy. In times past, having pork in one’s possession would mean the difference between life and death for some poor Southern families.

 

Pigs: the Symbol of Success

Throughout history, pigs have also symbolized success and progress. There is a superstition that because pigs cannot turn their heads to look back, they are always looking to the future which makes them a perfect fit for many New Year’s Day celebrations.

 

But Why the Tough Cut of Hog Jowls?

This can be answered quite easily – because it is winter time. Because Hog Jowl is a cut that can be cured and stored for a long period of time, it becomes the perfect choice for our New Year’s Day spread. Another reason to choose hog jowl is the added benefit of seasoning those black-eyed peas and greens which we also consider good luck to consume on this special day.

 

How to Buy Hog Jowl

Hog Jowl is usually packaged just like thick-sliced bacon or on the rind. Cooks remove the rind and slice the jowl before frying it on both sides in a skillet. Drain the fried meat on a paper towel and serve it with the rest of your holiday feast. A good condiment to have available is Tobasco sauce or hot sauce.

 

How to Cook Hog Jowl

Cooking hog jowl is amazingly simple as it can be cooked exactly like bacon. Season your black-eyed peas and collard greens just as you would with bacon pieces. Southerners like my Mother would say that isn’t enough hog jowl to bring prosperity. You would need to also fry some hog jowl up to eat as well. Because it is a tougher cut, you will have to fry it longer than you would bacon. Deep frying is recommended for the best flavor. In the South, we have deep fried almost everything at one time or another.

 

Don’t Feel Bad for Pigging Out on New Year’s Day

Through the ages, hogs and pigs have been a symbol of both positive and negative proportions through the aspects of prosperity and gluttony. Some say they are “being a pig” when they eat more than they feel they should have while other cultures have traditions that imply the more pig consumed on New Year’s Day, the more money will come to you in the coming year. For those of us who simply love food, this is great news. Now we have a great reason to return to the table for seconds.

 

From our Home to Yours,

May You Have a Prosperous and Pig-tastic New Year!

Peppermint Pig – a Delightful Christmas Tradition

Written by Lillian Tram on December 17th, 2013

 


Pigs are delicious as bacon or pork chops but have you ever thought they could also taste sweet and look like candy? They can with this tradition which uses sweet pigs made of Holiday candy! The Peppermint Pig is a popular Christmas tradition in which a pig made of peppermint candy is passed around the dinner table and all of the participants must use a hammer (imagine a small kitchen hammer such as a meat tenderizer, not the hammer your husband or dad carries in his toolbox) in order to break a piece from the candy pig, eat it and then pass the pig and the hammer over to the next person.

 

The pig represents good fortune, prosperity and good health. In the Victorian days, pigs were treated as good luck charms. And so they passed this belief to us who now celebrate this as a sweet Christmas tradition. The Peppermint Pig tradition is very old, beginning somewhere in 1880’s, in Saratoga Springs NY. It is a fun tradition that will bring joy and happiness to all of the participants to a dinner where these sweet and satisfying Peppermint Pigs are served. The Peppermint Pig is made of pink, solid candy, very similar to candy canes. It is delicious and can also bring lot of entertainment and conversation to the dinner table on Christmas evening.

 

You can buy a Peppermint Pig from many stores, but if you wish to make this tradition even more fun and interesting, try crafting a Holiday Peppermint Pig on your own. You will enjoy all the fun of this tradition from the manufacturing of the pig to the ‘beating and eating.’ In order to create a Peppermint Pig in your own kitchen, you should buy some candy canes and, of course, a pig shaped cookie cutter.

 

 

You will begin by smashing the candy canes – you will now discover the fun of smashing objects and this can help you on your mood boost! Then, you will put all of the smashed pieces inside the oiled cookie cutter lying on a cookie sheet over parchment paper and put it in the pre-heated oven to bake it. You will need to pay attention to it as it melts to get the desired color and texture from it – you wouldn’t want your Holiday pig to look more brownish than pink!

 

When it gets to the color you wish, pull it from the oven and allow it to cool completely before removing the handmade Peppermint Pig from the cookie cutter. You may decide to make more than one Peppermint Pig which will allow you to give some away as gifts. For gifts, you will put the piggy in a plastic, transparent bag and add a festive bow with a tag describing the Holiday tradition.

 

 

This sweet pig will add to the pleasure of everyone’s Holiday experience. Children will especially love this old tradition. Whether homemade or store bought, the Peppermint Pig can bring smiles and laughter to your Christmas dinner table. Your family will be highly entertained, elevating your moods even before you get to taste the delicious, sweet Peppermint porker!

I have a feeling that breaking the candy pig could be a real Holiday stress reliever… what do you think?

Ten Christmas Piggy Gifts Under $10

Written by Lillian Tram on December 9th, 2013

Are you looking for some great piggy Christmas gifts for those you hold dear to your heart?  It is always a difficult task to find unique and usable gifts for everyone within your budget. They will squeal with delight when they find these special gifts under the tree this year and best of all, these pink piggy finds are all under $10.00.

 

 When Pigs Fly Ornament and Necklace Set   $9.72

Normally priced at $12.00, this attractive set features a Pewter flying pig ornament adorned with pink glitter wings and the hand silk-screened message that reads “When pigs fly” and a matching flying pig necklace with earring set. Made in the USA of high quality Pewter, this adorable set offers a great value and is sure to stir up some stimulating conversation at any Christmas celebration. Surprisingly, this boutique quality item can be found at Kmart.

 

Hand Held LED Flash Light $7.52

 Anyone on your Christmas list would benefit from one of these Hand Held LED Flash Lights. Perfect for children or adults, these are not only brightly colored but the light these little pigs provide is pretty bright too. These little Flash Lights will come in handy all year long and are the perfect size to hang from your purse or key ring. These little piggies will offer lots of help to the loved ones on your Christmas list.


Joie Piggy Wiggy Timer $8.13

 Perfect for anyone who loves to cook or bake, this little Joie Piggy Wiggy Timer will help prevent overcooking those special Holiday dishes. Just a simple twist of this piggy’s round body will set him to go off when the time is right. Available at Amazon, you can easily personalize this gift by adding some cookie mix and beater with a festive bow attached.


Charcoal Companion Pig Corn Holders $9.33

 This adorable eight piece Charcoal Companion Pig Corn Holders will add some serious fun any night you serve some corn on the cob. Each set of two corn holders equals four helpful little pigs, making the perfect Christmas gift for anyone who adores piggies. Made of poly-resin and stainless steel, the prongs will easily attach to the cob so you can enjoy your corn with lots of butter. These little pigs will certainly add to the dinner conversation.

 

Bobblehead Pig Bottle Stopper $8.95

Want a unique Christmas gift that your loved one can put to use immediately? This adorable little piggy will keep all the Holiday beverages safe while you party the night away. Made of iron, the Bobblehead Pig Bottle Stopper will add fun and function for a combination that equals a truly awesome Christmas gift idea. This gift will make an even bigger splash when you give this bottle stopper with a great bottle of wine. Who wouldn’t want to invite this cute little piggy to a fun Holiday party?

 

Flying Pig Mug $6.48

This Flying Pig Mug from Pier1 Imports is an adorable find for anyone who loves pink piggies and at this price, consider purchasing several to fill with Christmas candies or gourmet coffee and tea varieties for a truly festive gift. Tie a Christmas bow around the goodies and place in this dishwasher safe mug. Who wouldn’t be thrilled to receive such an awesome gift?

 

Rubber Pig Coin Purse $4.75

The Rubber Pig Coin Purse from Claire’s has to be one of the cutest ways to store change that I have ever seen. This little pink piggy offers the perfect solution for all of that spare change lying around in the bottom of your purse or in the car. This adorable little change purse is perfect for any age and will make Holiday giving a much simpler task.

 

Cute Pink Pig Rainbow Stripes Luggage Tag $9.50

Anyone who travels will recognize what a great help this Cute Pink Pig Rainbow Stripes Luggage Tag could be during Holiday travel. All luggage sets can look the same when traveling via bus or plane, making it difficult to spot your suitcase in a crowd. This brightly colored piggy will protect your personal belongings to help prevent them from being lost. Personalize these however you like and give them to the travelers on your Christmas list. Holidays without lost luggage are the best ones of all!

Fosmon 3D Pink Pig Silicone Protector Case $4.95

If you carry an Apple iPhone 4 or 4s, you are in luck because this Fosmon 3D Pink Pig Silicone Protector Case is super cheap and oh so cute! This handy rubber case will protect your phone from damage and give you something to smile about. This is the perfect Christmas gift for the iPhone owner on your piggy loving Christmas list.

 

PIG Crystal Necklace in Piggy in a Dress Gift Box $9.99

This adorable sixteen inch PIG Crystal Necklace is as delightful as the adorable Piggy in a Dress Gift Box it will arrive in. Perfect for any young lady on your Christmas list, this whimsical set will bring much joy and laughter to its new owner as she discovers the love of this pink piggy.

Thanksgiving Comic

Written by Samuel Reyes on November 29th, 2013

 

 

Happy Thanksgiving!

Written by Lillian Tram on November 28th, 2013

 

Eat a turkey and let the pig have a day off! Pig thanks. Have a Happy Thanksgiving with friends and family! Cheers!!!

Four Positive Porkers to Admire

Written by Lillian Tram on November 25th, 2013

Miss Piggy

 

 

Of course, this precious pig should be at the top of our list. She’s beautiful, glamorous, popular, world-wise and knows exactly what she wants in life. She is a prima-donna who oozes grace, charm, and beauty… and we never see her with hardly a hair out of place. She also reeks of talent: singing, dancing, acting, speaking French, and even knows karate! What we love about her most is that she isn’t afraid to follow her heart even if it means breaking the rules… falling in love with a little green frog for example. If the love of her life steps out of line, she has the spunk and character to let him know it too!

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Best Pork Contest!

Written by Samuel Reyes on November 18th, 2013

I Am So Happy; I Always Feel This Way On Friday!

Written by Lillian Tram on November 15th, 2013

Halloween Issues

Written by Samuel Reyes on October 31st, 2013

 

 

Hospital Gets Clever With A Piggy Mascot…Who Then Gets Arrested?!

Written by Lillian Tram on October 28th, 2013

 

No, this title is not a misprint, folks. Johnston Memorial Hospital found an interesting way last year to make their fundraisers a bit more fun, and they did it with a man dressed up as a pig mascot… who then got arrested. While the arrest was kind of a joke, the fundraiser was not, as they hospital raised more than $33,000 with the mascot’s help to benefit their Mountain States Foundation and improve care for people in and around the hospital.

 

Plus, overall, the campaign raised a whopping $209,000 – not only their most successful campaign to date, but something that proves that pigs can really bring in the bacon and fry it in the pan! Ok, bad pun. Sorry.
 
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