Pigs in a Blanket

Did you know that today was National Pigs in a Blanket Day?

I did not know it until I was on my way home from work. I was listening to Bluegrass on XM Radio and the DJ mentioned the fact. I then had to stop at the grocery store on the way home in quest of pigs in a blanket.

Disclaimer: No pigs were hurt in the writing of this post since these are made with all beef hot dogs 🙂

Bagel Dogs, Mini bagel dogs, pigs in a blanketThere was a tag for Pigs in a Blanket in the freezer section, but no product. Others must have heard that it was Pigs in a Blanket Day. However, I found these Bagel Dogs which meet the definition of pigs in a blanket. Plus, the Pigs in a Blanket was a large family size that sold for $18 so it was nice to have a cheaper alternative.

preheat oven 350 degrees, Pigs in a Blanket, bagel dogs, sausage in a blanketWhen I got home I preheated my convection oven to 350 degrees.

frozen bage dogs, mini bagel dogs, choking hazzardWhile waiting for the oven to preheat I opened the package so I could get the bagel dogs ready to cook.

I noticed the warning about chocking, and since I am not under 4 I was able to ignore it. I was not looking forward to additional cutting, and didn’t have anyone to supervise me.

bagel dogs, convection oven, pigs in a blanket day, finger foodsHere are the little pigs in a blanket as they are cooking.

Of course I could have made some traditional handmade pigs in a blanket with hot dogs and biscuit dough, but too much work after a long day in the classroom.

Did you know that pigs in a blanket first showed up in a cookbook 60 years ago? The cook book was Cooking for Kids by Betty Crocker.

Of course there is a much longer tradition for a similar snack in England.

Pigs in a blanket, ketchup, catsup, snack foodHere I have some of the little pigs in a blanket ready to eat along with some ketchup to dip them in.

Yum, they were good. Plus, some nice memories of eating pigs in a blanket while growing up.

I hope the leftovers heat up OK in the microwave later this week 🙂

Did you celebrate National Pigs in a Blanket Day?




Bethlehem to the Temple

Tonight at church services we watched the first episode of Following the Messiah from Appian Media.

I promised some friends to share a few of my pictures from the same locations, so here they are.

You can also watch the episode by visiting the Appian Media website. There is a link to the video on the first page.

Church of the Nativity - Bethlehem - Birthplace of Jesus - Christmas EveThe Church of the Nativity is an interesting structure as it contains different sections for the Greek Orthodox and Roman Catholics. They both share sections of the Grotto of the Nativity, a cave that is the traditional location where Jesus was born.

Church of the Nativity - Grotto of the Nativity - Birthplace of Jesus - Bethlehem - Christmas Eve - 14 Point StarOne of the places shown in the video is the traditional spot of the birth of Jesus which is marked with a silver star with fourteen points which represent the generations in the genealogy of Jesus.

So all the generations from Abraham to David were fourteen generations, and from David to the deportation to Babylon fourteen generations, and from the deportation to Babylon to the Christ fourteen generations. (Matthew 1:17 ESV)

The star is shown in the video, but here is a picture that shows the entire star.

Bethlehem Manger, O Little Town, Away in a Manger, Traditional location of mangerJust a few meters away from the traditional birth location is the traditional location of the manger where Jesus was laid. If you look closely you can see a painting behind the screen that shows Jesus laying in a manger.

Mangers were sometimes carved out of natural rock formations, which may have happened for the original. The manger here is made from marble, but of course was constructed much later.

There was a lady with the group of tourists just ahead of us who had a little baby doll that she laid in the manger before praying over it.

Shepherd, Turkey, Hattusha, Hittite CapitalThe video also had a section showing shepherds in the field. This picture is not from Israel, but from Turkey, but does show a shepherd watching part of his flock.

 warning inscription tGentiles, Court of Women, trumpet, SabbathThe narrators talk about Joseph and Mary bringing Jesus to the Temple on the eighth day. They share information while standing on the Roman road that passed under the large arched stairway that is in the middle of this illustration.

The road is damaged from the large stones that were thrown down during the destruction of the temple in 70 A.D.

After the video I shared additional information and answered questions that others had. One of the things I shared was about these stones.

One of the stones is shown on the right in the picture above. It has an inscription on it that indicates it is where the priest would stand to blow the trumpet at the start of sabbath each week.

There is a replica of this stone in the place where it ended up on the road after being pushed from the top of the Temple Mount.

We really enjoyed watching the episode, especially as some of us are going to Israel later this year and will see some of the same places.