With very few options of things being celebrated today, I’ve decided to go with National Pigs In A Blanket Day. This made me think of an actual pig in a blanket, but since the day is about the food, I just made a ludicrous doodlewash pairing them both. Not sure what the message is here and any canabilistic overtones are purely unintentional. I simply wanted to draw a sleeping pig. As for the food, pigs in a blanket are a food that consists of wrapping a sausage in a pastry. In the UK, this often refers to a sausage wrapped in bacon, because what goes better with pig parts, than more pig parts. Personally, I prefer the pastry kind, but haven’t had them in years.

In the United States, as with most food, these have been changed from being sausage wrapped pastry and have simply become hot dogs in croissant rolls, usually out of a tube. Hot dogs are the meat producers way of recycling leftovers and consist of the dregs of pork, beef and chicken all ground together until they are reduced into a pulp and then formed into the shape of a real sausage. As a kid, of course, I loved them, but upon learning more about them as an adult, I can’t bring myself to eat one anymore. If you’ve never seen how they’re made, there are many videos just a google away and they will absolutely terrify you.

The first written record of pigs in a blanket can be found in Betty Crocker’s Cooking for Kids in 1957. Though this is the name that became the most popular there are other nicknames for this kooky little treat. You can also refer to them as devils on horseback, kilted sausages, and last, but not least… wiener winks. All proof that this little culinary mashup has no problem being ridiculous and that’s probably why it’s so often served at parties. If you love these little things, then this is your day! And now, looking at this ridiculous doodlewash, it would probably be super cool if you could eat them before the pig wakes up.

Join me any and all days you like during April by celebrating a National or International Day with a doodlewash! Tag your image #doodlewashaday and I’ll feature everyone who played along on doodlewash.com at the end of the month! 

About the Doodlewash

M. Graham watercolors: Quinacridone Gold, Burnt Sienna, Cobalt Teal, Cobalt Blue, and Neutral Tint. Sennelier L’Aquarelle: Opera Rose. Lamy Safari Al Star pen with Platinum Carbon sepia ink in a 5″ x 8″ 140 lb. (300 gsm) Pentalic Aqua Journal

Posted by:Charlie O'Shields (doodlewash)

Creator of Doodlewash® and founder of World Watercolor Month™ (July) and World Watercolor Group™. Sharing daily watercolor illustrations and stories while proudly featuring talented artists from all over the world!

40 replies on “National Pigs In A Blanket Day

  1. A wink and a nod!! LOL Or is that wiener wink and a nod off? 🙂 Whatever, I do think your sleeping pig under his blanket is adorable. As for wiener winks (haha) No thanks but all the same an excellent rendition Charlie.

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  2. Ohhh Charlie well done! I am working on mine he will be posted later on today! I think we all choose to save the little sweet pig! I was debating this morning I didn’t feel to draw a pig in a plate! Until I got inspired and decided to make mine! Your is very sweet and cute sleeping under the blanket! 😉

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  3. Well that’s the best pig in blanket I’ve ever seen – definitely talking about the actual pig. So cute! Let’s just hope the sausages are gone before he awakes and is traumatised. 😉 I did chuckle at noticing this celebration on the calendar; the only time I really have these – the bacon kind – is as part of a Christmas dinner, so I’ll probably wait ’til then… not long now! 😉

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  4. I do believe that is Wilbur lying there thinking how great it is that Charlotte saved him from being a party food! 😆 I totally ❤️ the little oinker you doodlewashed and your write-up about this bizarre treat!

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