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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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.

 

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?

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!!!

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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Atlanta BBQ Festival at Atlantic Station!

Written by Lillian Tram on September 19th, 2013

 

We pigged out on pork rinds, juicy BBQ, and listened to live music at the Atlanta Bar-B-Q Festival. The admission tickets were only $10 for two people if you bought the deal on Groupon. If you didn’t get a chance to go, there’s always next year. Oink oink!
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Pigs Too Big To Be Pets In Florida?

Written by Lillian Tram on September 10th, 2013

 

Down in Florida right now, a city council is considering an amendment that involves figuring out pig weights, and determining whether people can keep pigs as pets. Among other issues, the proposed law is re-considering whether people can have pigs as pets if they weigh over a certain weight, and if they meet other requirements.

 

You can read about it here, but basically, a big hubbub has come out of some people holding pigs as pets, paying their annual domestic licensures, and other people seeing people not as pets, but as farm animals. That’s not new, of course, and these sorts of issues periodically pop up in various other states around laws when people question whether pigs are even allowed to be pets.

 

Georgia’s pigs as pets rule is a little bit difficult to decipher (read all about it in its original format here), but it appears that you are allowed to have “livestock,” including swine, so long as they have proper vaccinations and veterinary permits attached and required, as released and approved by the State Veterinarian.

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It’s International Pig Day!

Written by Lillian Tram on August 31st, 2013

AnimationTests #2 Bacon Dance Party from Firehed on Vimeo.

It’s time to dance and enjoy the bacon because it’s International Pig Day!

Pig Squealing Contest

Written by Lillian Tram on August 23rd, 2013

 

There are all kinds of strange contests being held all over the world. Some of them can be pretty outrageous like the smelliest shoes or the longest spit, the loudest burp and quite a few other strange ideas, so it only makes sense that there would be a pig squealing contest too.

 

Every year a bunch of people in France meet up and get dressed in pig costumes in order to get into character. Their performance is not only based on their squealing abilities, but also on how well they can imitate every single thing that pigs normally do. Including how they eat, how they roll and how they interact with each other. There are many who dress up in very funny ways and even kids have participated in the squealing and the entire event is very family oriented. Some of these people travel from all over France just to make it to the festival.

 

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Honey Boo Boo Has Her Own… Pig?

Written by Lillian Tram on August 21st, 2013

 

If you’ve been living under a rock for the better part of the last few months, you’ve missed the cultural train wreck – er, phenomenon – that is Honey Boo Boo Child.

 

That’s right. The little girl from Toddlers in Tiaras who was born and raised in small town, down-home Georgia has been given her own spin-off show and lives it up doing all sorts of redneck stuff around the city.

 

Truth be told, the girl has a pretty funny personality, and she doesn’t seem as dumb as the cameras make her out to be, but you definitely get the feeling that you are watching complete trailer trash when you enjoy that show.

 

What’s more, it feels to me like I am losing some brain cells when it comes to watching her on television, too, since she surely isn’t stimulating any sort of conversation or interaction with me!

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Plumping Pigs with Pot Plants

Written by Lillian Tram on July 20th, 2013

 

Recent news has shocked the world of pork lovers, as well as the members and fans of MyPigMeUp.com, regarding a new trend in pig feeding. According to Eatocracy.cnn.com a local longtime vendor at Seattle’s Pike Place market known as Bucking Boars Ranch has started to sell meat from pigs that have been plumped with marijuana plants.

 

The explanation coming from Bucking Boars Ranch explained that since pot is legal in Washington State, medicinal marijuana farmers don’t know what to do with the parts of marijuana that aren’t good for pot. Hence, the pork purveyor has come up with the idea to start feeding their hogs on pot: “It turns out that all those useless stems, root bulbs and oversized leaves are great feed for pigs”.

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Happy Birthday, Kevin Bacon!

Written by Lillian Tram on July 8th, 2013


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Love, Marriage And… Bacon!?

Written by Lillian Tram on July 3rd, 2013

 

I have heard of many interesting ideas for wedding themes, but the latest one has blown my mind. It is original, funny, cute and it really shows love-mostly love for bacon. That’s right, newest inspiration for your wedding comes straight from San Diego where couple got married and celebrated their love for each other and for bacon as well.

 

The wedding had it all. The carpet on the wedding was done in bacon print which honestly looks amazing. You know that tradition to throw rice on the bride and groom? Well; it has changed, at least for the bacon themed weddings, because people were throwing bacon bits. Cake was inspired by bacon as well. Instead of the colorful sprinkles on top of the cake, there was… Guess what? That’s right, bacon sprinkles.

 

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National Lampoon’s Pig Poke

Written by Lillian Tram on June 27th, 2013

 

You guys remember National Lampoon’s European Vacation? You know the one – the familiar clan is back and they are taking a trip, but this time, they head out all over Europe? It was made in 1985 (which makes me feel so old!) but it is still hilarious today!

 

One of the things that they do – and after all, the reason why I’m bringing it up today on the blog – is that they compete in a game show during the movie called Pig in a Poke. Basically, the entire family dresses up in pig costumes to play this game show within the movie itself.
And since it’s Chevy Chase in the 1980s, before he got un-funny, as you can imagine it is pretty funny and enjoyable to watch!

 

Here’s a clip of the game itself in the movie, as you can see the kids aren’t too excited about dressing up as pigs – and nobody in the family seems to know anything about geography, or Hungarian cabinet-making!

 

As you might expect, the game goes pretty badly for the family as they go through Europe in this comedy of errors. And the pig suits… well, that just was what people considered stylish back in the 1980s, I guess!

My Pig Me Up Art-B-Que Fundraiser Success!

Written by Lillian Tram on June 8th, 2013

Great news. All the hard work paid off. We exceeded our goals for My Pig Me Up’s Fundraiser at Art-B-Que. We are able to bring not one but TWO mobile petting zoos to the children’s hospital. We’ll be at Egleston Children’s Hospital tomorrow. I’m super excited to interact with all the kids and the cute zoo animals. Thank you for all the support! Feel free to message me for more details. Happy Saturday!!!

 

Thank you for all the support! And a special thanks to all the volunteers. I couldn’t have done it without you guys.

 

Our fundraiser photos.

 

My Pig Me Up Fundraiser at Art-B-Que!

Written by Lillian Tram on May 10th, 2013

We just bought 80lbs of pork to make Pulled Pork BBQ. Come out to support a good cause at Art-B-Que. My Pig Me Up is holding a charity fundraiser to bring a mobile petting zoo to Egleston Children’ts Hospital June 9th, 2013. Find My Pig Me Up‘s booth near the stage to your left at Avondale Estate. See you there!!!

 

Check out the Art-B-Que event page on Facebook.

 

A Disabled Pig Who Gets By With A Little Help!

Written by Lillian Tram on March 6th, 2013

 

Meet Chris P. Bacon, the coolest little disabled pig on the block. See, Mr. Bacon was born without the use of his hind legs, so he was given this genius little contraption to get him around and moving again, and get him going on his way with a little wheelchair cart to explore the world!

 

The pig’s previous owners had taken him to the veterinarian in Florida to put him down, since they just kind of assumed that there wouldn’t be anything they could do and there was no way to allow the pig to live a positive, healthy quality of life with only his two front legs.

 

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How’s Your Hog Doing?

Written by Lillian Tram on February 23rd, 2013

 

I’m no biker, but bikes are badass. Or, I guess I should say, hogs are bad ass – since that’s what bikers, and specifically Harley Davidson riders, call their bikes. There’s an owner’s group out there now called the Harley Owner’s Group (get it? HOG?), but even before that, I wondered why Harleys were called hogs. So, I looked it up!

 

It turns out that down south back in the 1920s and for several decades, Harley Davidson teams of racers had mascots to cheer them along, and one (or maybe more?) of the successful teams had hog and pig mascots. They figured that the bikes and the hogs both had a workman-like, endearing quality to them, and they forever became linked. The racing teams called themselves the hogs as an homage to their hog mascot, and they considered themselves to be linked from it.

 

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Pig Out Because You’re Poor?

Written by Lillian Tram on February 12th, 2013

 

Ok, maybe not because you are poor, per se, but NPR has a fascinating new article up recently about how evolutionary biologists have determined that people are more likely to pig out – i.e., gain weight – over time during two major periods: recessions, and winter time.

 

It makes sense when you think about it (and you can read more about it here on NPR’s website), but basically, it all comes down to scarcity. When food and other resources are scarcer, or at the very least when they are perceived to be scarcer, they come up more likely that you will use them to ensure that you survive.

 

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Bracing For Antibiotic Resistance

Written by Lillian Tram on February 8th, 2013

 

Big news on the farm around the country is the issues with antibiotic usage – and now resistance to antibiotics by diseases – by pig farmers all around the country. While pig farmers have been feeding antibiotics to their pigs for years now, just in the last few years the United States and the FDA have come down with some pretty stringent guidelines on antibiotics in animals and for animal food.

 

Antibiotics, after all, make the pigs ward off disease when they are young and vulnerable, and allow farmers to see to it that they have a clean crop each year and a good set of pigs from which to choose. Plus, antibiotics help the older pigs grow faster on less feed, accounting for more profits and a better profit margin than what had been previously used decades before.

 

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What’s Up With Cochon 555 This Year?

Written by Lillian Tram on February 4th, 2013

 

If you’ve been living under a rock, or you’re not as big a fan of pigs as I am (ha!), you may not know about Cochon 555, a kind of new foodie rock & roll paradise that is dedicated to being a traveling circus of sorts. It prides itself on sustainability, and being a “locavore” event for people who love eating, spending, and shopping locally, as well as a cooking contest and a wine tasting event for those who just love food and drink.

 

Oh, yeah. And the pigs.

 

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