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Easy homemade tartar sauce

Who has time for making a homemade tartar sauce? Ain’t nobody got time for that! If you need it, just buy it, right?

Poor tartar sauce is one of those things you don’t really think about until you need it. Maybe you want to have a beautiful piece of fish or some tasty crab cakes. If you’re in the South, you might want some tartar sauce with your fried catfish. The thing about tartar sauce is this: good, homemade tartar sauce elevates every dish it is served with. Fish sticks with homemade tartar sauce become a meal the whole family can get behind. It’s not just something that you serve your kiddos anymore if it has tartar sauce with it. They might actually prefer ketchup with their fish sticks, but that’s okay too.

The next time you find yourself needing a bit of tartar sauce, don’t go out and buy the stuff in the jar. Just don’t. Trust me on this. You can make your own homemade tartar sauce! It’s easy, made with ingredients you’ll probably already have on hand, and fast. It may seem like something that is too difficult to fuss with, but it is so easy! And once you make it yourself, you’ll never go back to buying the premade stuff again.


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The year’s almost over and you have likely snapped lots of memories on your cameras, phones, and tablets. Have you printed your pictures? You will surely want to start the new year with a clean memory card, right? Check out custom Photo Books at Mixbook. I have used Mixbook to make photobooks before and they always turn out fantastic. Check out a page from one of my Mixbook photobooks.


This is from years ago but the color is still vivid and the image is still crisp. It’s gorgeous!

It’s so easy to shop at Mixbook. All you do is open up your web browser, go to the site, upload your pictures, and start shopping. I’d much rather print my pictures online than have to go to a store and get them printed. Like, seriously. I would rather work for FREE teaching any difficult math lesson the week we’d normally be out for Christmas break-with a classroom full of fourth graders than go print pictures at a store. Basically, it just ain’t happening for me. I can’t remember the last time I went and picked up prints from a store.

But this is not about me, it’s about you! Go on over to Mixbook already and print you some pictures.

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Sometimes you just need one of those meals that will fill up a rumbling tummy. Sometimes you just want a taste of New Orleans at home. Sometimes you just want a one-pot meal. Sometimes you just want a meal that is inexpensive, yet tastes good enough to come from a restaurant. This red beans and rice recipe is all of those things.

This red beans and rice recipe tastes like it comes straight out of a kitchen in New Orleans, but you can go back for seconds and no one will know. It won’t break the bank, and one little bag of beans goes a long way. You make it in one big dutch oven (this is the one we use: Lodge EC6D33 Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven, 6-Quart, Blue), and it comes together without much effort. You’ll be making this simple recipe again and again. Check it out.

red beans and rice recipe

Stick-to-your-ribs Red Beans and Rice


  • salt
  • pepper
  • Cajun seasoning
  • two strips of bacon
  • 1- 8 oz. package of tasso (can find it on Amazon)
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 pepper, diced
  • 1 pound red beans, presoaked
  • 1 pound of smoked sausage, sliced
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 2 cups of chicken stock
  • 4-5 cups of water

Prep time: 5
Cook time:3 hours
Serves: 4-6


      1. In a six-quart dutch oven, fry up bacon on medium high. Add vegetables and cook until translucent, about five or six minutes. Season vegetables with salt and pepper to taste.
      2. Brown sausage. Cook about two minutes.
      3. Add dry beans and stir with vegetables to combine. Add 2 cups of chicken stock and 4-5 cups of water to cover beans.
      4. Add tasso. Then season with salt, pepper, and Cajun seasoning to taste.
      5. Stir beans. Turn burner down to medium. Cover with lid.
      6. Simmer for 2 .5 – 3 hours stirring occasionally. Add water as needed to gain the desired consistency.

It’s not actually in the recipe, but you will probably want to make your rice when you get down to the last 30 minutes of cooking.

This red beans and recipe is a great one pot meal that feeds 4-6 adults. It is also a great side dish if you would like to stretch it a bit farther. It cold feed probably 12 people as a side dish.

Give it a try and let me know what you think!


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New Metal Prints from Mixbook

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, just looook.

Wow, right? I love Mixbook already because of their great photobooks, but check out Mixbook’s Metal Prints. These are a great way to make a statement, and make your memories look like art. I think I might need one. Get one for yourself (or someone you love) here.

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