pig in a blanket

February 3, 2008


The Illustration Friday theme this week is “Blanket.” Brrrrrrrrr, perfect for a cold winter day like today.

Ok, I know what you’re thinking. Your thinking “COLD?! You Californians don’t even know what that word means!”

You would be right…

…and what’s your point?

It was 52 degrees today and I had to put on a jacket!

Which reminds me, did you know, another name for Pigs in a Blanket is Franks in Jackets? For those of you that have no idea what I’m talking about, Pigs in a Blanket is a yummy comfort food whose ingredients vary slightly depending on what part of the world you come from.

If you are living in the U.S., PIAB consist of either sausages wrapped in pastry dough or in some households and restaurants, are served as sausages wrapped in pancakes with maple syrup on the side.

Now if you are from the U.K., my understanding is that the Blanketed Pigs there, are small sausages wrapped in bacon (because you can never really get enough pork in one mouthful,) usually served at Christmas lunch or with roast dinners. In fact Pigs in a Blanket is apparently now considered an essential part of the Christmas meal.

When I was growing up, my mom and gramma made cabbage rolls, stuffed with meat and rice, braised in tomato sauce and called them Pigs in a Blanket. I fondly remember them being delicious and my favorite meal, next to mac and cheese and fish sticks, (such a sophisticated palette I had, back then.)

My husband, Tom tells me his mom made the same cabbage rolls, but called them Gołąbki, (say that three times fast!) I recently found out, that although Tom is not of Slovak descent, nor am I, Gołąbki are usually found in regions heavily influenced by Polish or Ukrainian immigrants. Who knew?

So now I’m thinking, what I should have been doing today, instead of DRAWING Pigs in a Blanket, was COOK up a batch of those pupppies. It would have been perfect for this cold-esque day.


Thanks Laurel of Studio Lolo, for the idea. I was coming up empty handed on this one.

28 Responses to “pig in a blanket”

  1. ElizT Says:

    I like your crisp drawing.

  2. Rico Says:

    Dig the slippers! 🙂

  3. mrsb Says:

    what a wouldn’t do for a 52 degree day now! but i understand folks in the warmer places are delicate flowers! ; ) wonderful illustration!

    a : )

  4. froggie Says:

    BUNNY SLIPPERS!!!! ahahahahahaha! this is terrif, sketchie! love the colors!
    and that is one mamahoonie lux mattress for just 3 farm animals! that’s like waaaay beyond a serta perfect sleeper.

  5. chickengirl Says:

    lovely linework. They are so cute.

  6. There were three in the bed and the little one said “roll over!” That one on the end looks a little chilly! Really great idea.

  7. Bobo Says:

    I would like to see those pigs’ legs in the bunny slippers.^.^

  8. Faruffa Says:

    Great and fun idea !
    Here are 7 pm, and reading your story came to me a terrible hunger … I am desperately looking for a pig in a blanket !!!

  9. studio lolo Says:

    I knew you would knock this one outa the park!!!! This is so great…the nite-lite, the sssnnnnrrrttt-snore, the pig-in-no-blanket….too too too too wonderful!!!! No wonder you are on so many “faves” lists 🙂 You ROCK!

  10. Great work, I love the bunny slippers!

  11. artseafartsea Says:

    Great drawing and colors! Keep it up.

  12. artseafartsea Says:

    Oh and adorable too. Especially the little pig on the end.

  13. Natalí Says:

    He, he, very fun! Great ilo.

  14. snowee Says:

    I love seeing you in your drawings!!! And it does get into the 30’s here at night, darn it!

  15. Heather Says:

    Great illustration. Now I need to make Pigs in a Blanket too–the Polish version.

  16. tusen Says:

    sweet illustration. I love the bunny slippers, too.
    As for gołąbki – do you know that the name means “little pigeons”? Calls for another illustration, don’t you think? 😉
    Greetings from Poland.

  17. great humor!!! wow!

  18. Jess Says:

    I love the little rolled up shapes you’ve made them into, and the expression on the one outside the blanket is brilliant!

  19. Kelly Says:

    I love your illustration and I always enjoy your writing.

  20. tinydancrw Says:

    How cute is the lil guy? I’ve been there, freeeeezing and listing to the blanket hog snnrrtt. Love the look on his face.

  21. Kilian Says:

    This is exactly how I feel every night. My wife and our son taking most of the blanket and I’m left there freezing.

    Brilliant! I also like the facial expression of the blanket-less pig.

  22. Nancy Lefko Says:

    just wonderful !!!

  23. ha ha this is wonderful oink!

  24. dot Says:

    so clever and fun! love the pigs’ expressions.

  25. haha this is great!!

  26. Kate Says:

    Ha! Sorry I missed this one! So CUTE! (Tomorrow it is supposed to be 1 degree here. Yes, ONE DEGREE. 52 sounds downright balmy!)

  27. valgalart Says:

    This is like at my house! Rat always wins…:)

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