Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving my dear friends.  My your day be full of food surrounded by family and friends.  We at the Hotel Thompson would like to send massive hogs and snout kisses to you all in wishing you a day full of love.  We will be celebrating today here and would like to leave you with the attached video.  Have fun my friends – much love – the gang of the Hotel Thompson


Posted by on November 26, 2015 in Bacon


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I Don’t Think This is What Mom Meant

Dad is at it again.  He’s trying to help mom out for the big turkey day.  But for some reason, I don’t think this is what mom meant for him to “prep the turkey”.  I could be wrong though.  And why does mom fuss at me when I play with my food?  Shakes head in piggy laughter.


Posted by on November 25, 2015 in Bacon


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Shopping Around the World

Thanks to everyone for participating in this month’s edition of Shopping Around the World.  It’s so awesome to see the various prices around the world – and the pictures with recipes!

Me and my pal Fozzie are hosting this month highlighting items of Thanksgiving.  Appetizers, main courses, side dishes or desserts.

Most people will look at moms side dish and go no way in heck am I eating those. Dad was like that too. BUT I have to say don’t knock it until you try it. Now this is one of the side dishes that we all look forward to on Thanksgiving – or any time during the year for that matter. 

So let me present moms creation of fabulous Brussel sprouts. That’s right – yummy, buttery Brussel sprouts topped with fried pancetta. I got your attention now?  First up – excuse all piggies from the room which means it’s now time for mom to finish this posting. Take it away mom. 

Okay friends. This is a no place for my boy Bacon to be with this recipe. You will need the following for this recipe:

  • Basket of delicious Brussel sprouts 
  • Butter and/or olive oil
  • Salt/pepper to taste
  • Pancetta

Pancetta is an Italian style bacon that is salt cured and seasoned. You can usually get it from your butcher. I always keep some in our freezer here at the Hotel Thompson. Cube up about a 1/3 of a pound and put in a skillet on the stove medium heat. You are looking for a crispy consistency. 

While that is working, clean and cut your Brussel sprouts in half. Once pancetta is done, remove from skillet and put on a napkin to drain the grease. Leave the bacon grease in the skillet and add either a spoonful of butter or drizzle of olive oil. Add your Brussel sprouts, stir into your bacon drippings and season with salt and pepper. Note: go light on the salt because the pancetta is already salty. 

Once they have become softened, remove to a bowl and top with your crispy pancetta. Enjoy and then tell me if you like Brussel sprouts or not. 



Posted by on November 25, 2015 in Bacon, Shopping Around the World


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Breaking News!

Journalist Rocky the Squirrel here – 

Keeping my paws on the nuts of the world!


 Breaking News!!  Breaking News!!  Breaking News!!

Some of you may have noticed the change in today’s line up with Dear Bacon not being posted as usual.  Here at the Hotel Thompson we are getting into holiday party shape.  We all stayed up late last night partying to see if we still *had it*.  We didn’t .  Never fear though.  We will be back to normal broadcasting tomorrow … Once the aspirin kicks in … And the pepto bismol … And the well you know .

Now let me go and tie up Houdini and Bacon.  I can hear them breathing all the way in my treehouse.  They are loud!!



Posted by on November 24, 2015 in Bacon, Journalist Rocky the Squirrel


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Elf on the Shelf – OH NO!

Oh my friends.  I think I’m scared.  I think I may be in trouble.  It’s almost *that* time of the year again. You know the time.  *That* time when Don Juan comes out – shivers and squeals.  Wait a minute.  You’re looking confused.  You don’t know who Don Juan is?  You might be lucky that you don’t know.  Don Juan is the name of my Elf on the Shelf here at the Hotel Thompson.  But Don Juan – he’s “special”.  I mean really “special”.  You see, Don Juan is not made of the same cloth as all of these other elves that come out for the holidays.  Don Juan is evil – pure and simple.

You see these little Elf on the Shelves are a Christmas tradition.  In theory, they watch over the household and report back to the North Pole every night.  Once at the North Pole, they inform Santa of all of the happenings at their house.  By morning, the return back to the house in different positions so you know they’ve been to the North Pole.

But Don Juan. Shakes piggy head and shivers.  Don Juan has his own agenda.  He comes out and scares everyone here at the Hotel Thompson.  He does bad things…. some things I can’t even say out loud.  I didn’t want to be the only one with this out of control elf so last year I sent some cousins of Don Juan out to some friends here in blogville.  OMP – I do hope they behave this year.

The day after Thanksgiving  is when the elves get their special powers.  The Elf on the Shelves have special powers from the day after Thanksgiving until Christmas Day.

So I have a really, REALLY important question to you my friends in blogville.  Is there anyone that can take this little oinker in for a couple of weeks?  Please.  I’ll be nice… really.


Shivers just thinking of what Don Juan is up to… Squeals!





Posted by on November 24, 2015 in 25 Days of Christmas, Bacon


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Shopping Around the World – REMINDER

Thanks to everyone for another great edition of Shopping Around the World last month.  It’s so awesome to see the various prices around the world – and the pictures with recipes!

Me and my pal Fozzie will be holding another Shopping Around the World scheduled for         Wednesday, November 25th. 

Do a posting on your blog linked back to mine.  That way we can keep track of all of the different prices and recipes.  I know this is going to be around Thanksgiving so mark your calendar so you can do a posting with us.

This month we are highlighting Thanksgiving items.  It can be an appetizer, a main course, a side dish or dessert.  FIVE items your choice of Thanksgiving.

Come join the fun of Shopping Around the World – mark your calendars – Wednesday, November 25th


Posted by on November 23, 2015 in Bacon, Shopping Around the World


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Journey with Friends

Oh my friends – the overwhelming support that you have all shown me this past week has been so totally awesome!  I have been blown away by the suggestions, the wonderful comments and the encouragement.  I just know I can do this now.  And did you notice my blog heading, Journey with Friends?  It has been suggested that not only can this be a place for “ME”, it can be a place for others as well that are going down this path of better health.  Some place where we can all meet up once a week for encouragement and strength.  Please feel free to share any of your wisdom – great recipes, motto’s, encouragement, ideas, suggestions and/or your weight loss stories and goals.  Together we can do this!

Now, for my week. My first goal is to get my blood work where it needs to be.  My next blood work is scheduled at the end of January/early February.  The second goal is to lose weight and be healthier.  My ultimate weigh loss goal is 100 pounds but I’m breaking that up into smaller 25 pound goals of course four times until goal.  It’s not a race with this weight loss goal – it’s a way of life in changing my eating habits.

This past week, I made several changes in my lifestyle.  One of them was eating.  In that time, I lost 6 pounds!  I am thrilled beyond belief with that.  I also started walking more and taking care of me better.  This week I will still be concentrating on doing better with the exception of Thanksgiving Day.  Thanksgiving I will take a break and call this a no diet day :)

How did you do my friends?



Posted by on November 23, 2015 in Journey with Friends


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