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C.S. Lewis

Friday, December 22, 2017

Pink Piggy

 The Pink Piggy is a revered character in our household.  Lil Rascal's favourite toy was a stuffed pink piggy she received on her first birthday.  It was somehow lost on a trip we took to Montreal when she was four years old and it could never be replaced.  We still talk about losing Pink Piggy!

Fortunately every Christmas we are able to honour the pink pig with the traditional family recipe for piggy cookies.  This recipe came with the family from Austria and it was given to me by MrBP's Aunt.

Middle Rascal has taken over the piggy baking duties in our kitchen and a fine job she does with it too.

1/2 cup. butter
1& 1/2 cups brown sugar
1 cup & 2 Tablespoons white sugar
4 eggs
Then add:
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground cloves
6 Tablespoons grated Orange rind
2 Tablespoons grated Lemon rind
4 cups all-purpose flour, add in up to a cup more for good rolling consistency
Roll out and cut out using a piggy-shaped cutter.

Bake at 400 for 10 minutes
Turn down to 350 for another 10 minutes
(NOTE: this is far too hot for our oven, for us it's more like 350 initially, turn down to 300.  Every oven is different, if yours is a hot one I would go with the lower temperatures.)

While the piggy cookies are cooling completely, mix up an icing of fresh lemon juice, icing sugar and a bit of pink food colouring.  You'll want a nice spreadable icing so just add the lemon juice until you have the right consistency.
Voila now you have piggy cookies!  They are very popular on Christmas Day with a cup of coffee.

We've woken up to a fresh snowfall and it's quite a beautiful (if still dark) morning.  Today is the day we gather provisions for the next several days and I've got a list long as my arm for Costco.  It's going to be a madhouse there.  Thank heavens MrBP closed the office yesterday afternoon so we'll be able to do it together, making it a fun event rather than a chore.

Fortunately I was able to source the roasted chestnuts yesterday and as you can see I won't be running out of them this holiday:

I hope this last Friday before Christmas isn't too hectic for you.  After running our errands today we're planning to have an oh-be-joyful in front of the Christmas tree with a little Bing Crosby playing in the background.  Hope you'll be doing something similar!


  1. The piggie cookies look delicious! Thank you for the recipe. I will passing along to DH to give it a go. Now to find a piggie cookie cutter. Its so sad that piggie was never found. We had a similar incident with orange blanket (or "bannet" as my son pronounced it). Left in a hotel room, and we were many miles down the road when we realized it was not in the car. We were fortunate that it was there when we went back for it.

    Friday is date night for DH and me. He'll be cooking, I'll be sipping wine, and we'll be talking. Enjoy your weekend, Dani!

    1. SD let me know if you have trouble sourcing a piggy cookie cutter because I know just the place to find one, I'd be happy to send one to you!
      Bannet! Oh so cute, and how fortunate that you found it. Pink Piggy was a devastating loss!
      I hope you had a lovely relaxed evening with your DH. xx

  2. Merry Christmas Dani, enjoy this special family time!

  3. Enjoy your evening. Those cookies look so sweet! Xx

  4. After the events of the past week, I am taking it easy. First a gas leak which was missed by the person who was sent out to check on it. That caused me to feel ill for two nights and 3 days. Then, it transpired that one of the parts of the furnace had been recalled. While it was being replaced yesterday, the installer forgot a little something (which he will NEVER forget again) which resulted in a "small fireball" which in turn singed off his eyebrows, singed his beard, his face, his arm and chest hair. I was outside paying my snow shoveller when this happened so I was glad to miss it. The service man, although he made the mistake, was very brave and did something in a split second that rescued the situation and prevented Armageddon in the basement. So I think it is enough to celebrate Christmas by thankin the dear Lord and our guardian angel. Merry Christmas Dani.

    1. Ann that all sounds like the kind of excitement that isn't very welcome! I'm so sorry you had to deal with that, especially the physical symptoms of leaking gas, how frightening. It sounds like your repairman saved the day with a quick and sensible reaction, so thank heavens for that or quite right, as you say, thank your guardian angel. Hope your weekend is very calm in comparison. Thank you and take care xx

  5. Thank you for that recipe and the adorable story of losing pink piggy - terrible for a four-year-old but great for family lore. Good luck with all the shopping today - my fridge is bursting at the seams - we have 15 for dinner tomorrow with a mix of vegans, vegetarians, and committed carnivores which has been a fun menu to prepare. Enjoy your time together and remember, two glasses of water for every glass of wine and you are good to go beyond 3! Merry Christmas, we are off cross country skiing!

    1. Anna that sounds like an interesting gathering and it sounds like you're up for the task! That a girl. I am taking your advice very seriously because I don't have time for wine headaches, so thank you! Hope you had a good ski, we have a lovely snowfall this morning but no time today for skiing, hopefully this week sometime. Enjoy and good luck with the dinner. xx

  6. A sweet pink pig and a story to go with it...plus cookies!
    I am heading out for a walk soon with a good friend and we will stop for a coffee and a chat...its sunny here in Victoria and there are patches of blue sky above which is so invigorating...snow would be pretty and set the scene for a white Christmas. Enjoy your weekend Dani and Merry Christmas to you and your family.

    1. Hostess I bet it was a stunning day in your beautiful city. Merry Christmas to you and yours too xx

  7. I do love a special family tradition and pink piggy is beautiful. The recipe sounds good and festive. How sad for the little one who lost pink piggy, we know how important the loved comforter is. Enjoy your Friday night by the tree. We have retreated to a city hotel for three nights to give DD a bit of time/space to have her own family time, then we will regroup for the big day. Merry Christmas🎄🎄🎄

    1. Patricia that sounds like a good way to do a family visit! I hope you're enjoying your sojourn in the city and that there are festive lights and Christmas music all around you. I love a city break at holiday time. Enjoy your big day, I hope you all have a wonderful time. xx