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I rode the Pink Pig!

No, that’s not a euphemism.

It’s the title of a cute little keepsake book which I received for attending the annual ribbon cutting ceremony of the Macy’s Pink Pig holiday train.

It’s THE annual holiday tradition that Atlanta families have been treasuring for nearly 60 years.

I know what you’re thinking: only in the South would they wrap a holiday ride in bacon. 

But come on. Bacon really does make everything better! And The Macy’s Pink Pig is no exception.

Apparently it dates back to 1953 when it was known as “Priscilla the Pink Pig Flyer.” It used to be suspended on a track above the downtown Atlanta Rich’s Wonderland of Toys.

(YIKES! You could not have paid me a million pink cupcakes to get in that thing!) But over time, the ride has evolved a bit. These days, The Pink Pig is no longer suspended in the air. And no longer does it resemble a pink paddy wagon. Now it’s just an open-car kiddie train that goes around a big circle (twice) like a regular kids’ choo-choo train ride.

And it is as kitschy as kitsch can be. Which means I absolutely LOVED IT. My favorite part? The cheesy 1960’s game show music playing in the background. So funny! And the story told over the loud speaker while you ride the train has a great message about the importance of doing what you love and being true to yourself in order to be happy.

I am clearly enjoying this more than anyone else in my train car.

My kids actually loved it too, even though the photo above indicates otherwise. Bucket Head (the 5-year-old) thought the train ride part was a little scary, but he’s very easily spooked and doesn’t like a lot of noise. (Especially the noise of his mother shouting “ISN’T THIS FUN, YOU GUYS?! ARE YOU HAVING FUN? I AM!”)

Truly, from the moment we got there, my kids were pretty excited.

My husband? Not so much. But don’t listen to him. He rarely emotes, unless Ohio State is playing.

Macy’s Lenox Square is doing a special promotion this holiday season where you can eat breakfast with Priscilla the Pink Pig! There are two opportunities: Saturday, November 17th, and Saturday, December 15th. And the tickets will benefit Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta!

Reservations are required and seating is limited. I’ll post details at the end of the post. If you go for the breakfast with Priscilla, here are some of the fun things you’ll experience:

Breakfast, face painting, storytelling, endless pink treats, a spin on the train, and a complimentary photo package with Priscilla! And the gift shop? OH MY ‘LANTA!

Word of advice for the menfolk: you might want to eat something at home before you go because if you are a big eater, you will not get enough food there. And there was no coffee at the ribbon cutting breakfast; so if that’s important to you, hit a coffee shop on the way. The kids and I were quite happy with our pink pancakes, sausage, and yogurt with granola, berries, and pink gummy piggy, but my husband definitely left there hungry and under caffeinated. (Bless his heart.)

My kids also loved getting to pose with Priscilla in front of the green screen. Bucket Head seemed to find Priscilla particularly, um, attractive…

We had to pay extra for 2nd base.

All in all, if you are looking for a fun, philanthropic, family event near Atlanta where you will be treated like a VIP and create memories your kids will treasure for a lifetime, go have breakfast with Priscilla the Pink Pig. For reservations or more info, call 770-913-5877.

PS – It’s located on the upper deck parking lot of the Macy’s at Lenox Square Mall in Buckhead. The train and gift shop are under a large white tent, but the breakfast is served outside, so dress for the weather.

Disclosure: I am a member of the Everywhere Society and Everywhere provided me with compensation for this post about Macy’s.  However, all thoughts and opinions expressed herein are my own.

Make perfect bacon every time.

You’ve heard it said that my husband brings home the bacon and I fry it in a pan.

That’s not really true.

Actually, I bake his bacon in my oven.

I’ve been making bacon like this for 22 years. In fact, it is such second nature to me that I’m always surprised to learn that some people don’t know how to do this.

I learned it while waitressing at The Chalfonte Hotel in Cape May, New Jersey, back in the late 80s and early 90s during my college summers. Dot and ‘Ceelie taught me. They learned it from their mama, Miss Helen Dickerson and have been doing it that way forever. It is the only way to make bacon for a large restaurant crowd.

Baking your bacon in the oven is easy to do and easy to clean up. The bacon cooks evenly and doesn’t splatter, so less mess and less burns. And while it’s baking, you can tend to your other breakfast dishes. It’s really a no brainer. Just bake it.

Here’s the dealio:

1. Preheat your oven to 425°.

2. Cover a rimmed baking sheet with foil for easy cleanup. 

TIP: Keep your bacon in the refrigerator until you are ready to place it on the baking sheet. The colder the bacon, the easier it is to use. Room temperature bacon is slippery and slimy.

3. Lay your bacon out on the foil covered baking sheet. We use a metal jelly roll pan. It’s okay for the bacon to touch each other, but try not to overlap it or it will end up sticking together.

4. Stick it in the oven on the middle rack. Check it after 12 minutes, but you might need to cook it for 14-15 minutes, depending on how thick it is and how crispy you like it.

5. When you pull the tray out, transfer the pieces of bacon to a paper towel lined plate. Use another paper towel to blot the top of the bacon.

I decided to keep the bacon grease this time for future use. We poured it into a mason jar and we’ll keep it in the freezer. (When it’s frozen, it will look much less like a urine sample. Thanks Keeley!) It will be perfect for a batch of fried corn later this week.

But if you aren’t going to keep your bacon grease, you can just toss your blotting paper towels onto the greasy foil tray and then ball up the foil and toss it in the trash. Voilá, your clean up is done.

And now, the money shot:


Looking for more advanced bacon baking moves? Try heart shaped bacon bites, bacon cups, or bacon weaving.

And if you’re seeking to take your bacon obsession to the next level, perhaps you would consider a bacon bra. Nothing says “Nice to meat you!” like bacon scented boobies.

That is all.


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