December 7, 2016

South Your Mouth Cookbooks HALF OFF sale!

It’s the MOST wonderful TIME of the YEAR!

I’ve got the most exciting news for you EVER! My amazing, awesome, generous publisher, Quail Ridge Press is having a major sale on the South Your Mouth cookbooks for the holidays!

Now you can south his mouth, south her mouth and south your mouth! At 50% off you can south errybody's mouth!

HALF OFF!! Buy any two South Your Mouth or South Your Mouth Some More cookbooks and get your entire order for 50% OFF!

Isn’t that CRAZY?! You can buy any combination of books – all of one, all of the other or any combination of the two so long as you buy 2 or more total and you get 50% OFF your entire order!

Just pop over to their website, load up your shopping cart with as many cookbooks as you like then enter the offer code: SYM

Here are the links to the two books:
South Your Mouth
South Your Mouth Some More!
Enter offer code: SYM at checkout to receive HALF OFF your entire purchase!

If I don’t get a chance to tell y’all before Christmas, I hope your winter holidays are magical and filled with love and wonder! Hug the special people in your life EXTRA tight (even if you’re not a hugger like me – just do it!), sing those carols like you MEAN IT and eat lots and lots and LOTS of pie! Thank y’all so much for being on this journey with me! I couldn’t (wouldn’t want to!) do it without you. Merry Christmas!
Love, Mandy

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December 6, 2016

Cajun Ham & Beans

Like many of you, I grew up eating ham and beans. And we loved it! I always looked forward to Christmas and Easter because I knew we’d have a ham which meant soon thereafter we’d be having beans!

Then one year Daddy came home from the grocery store with these beans. We’d always just used dried butter beans so we were a little taken aback at Daddy stepping outside the box and coming home with a 15-bean mix, much less a Cajun variety!

I don’t know how y’all are at your house, but the way I grew up, you just don’t go screwing around with tried-and-true recipes like ham and beans!

I wanted my butter beans.

Over rice.

With diced onion.

And cornbread.

The end.

So Daddy cooked them (the same way we usually do, not by the recipe on the back of the bag) and we fell in love. Like, really fell in love. And to this day, we don’t use anything else!

I wanted to make these for y’all before Christmas so you could have the recipe to use with your leftover ham but I didn’t want to cook a whole ham just to get to the bone so I called Mama to see if she had a ham bone in the freezer. She told me she didn’t but that I could get one at Honey Baked Ham. I didn’t even know you could do that! For seven bucks they gave me a bone with a TON of meat on it. I just rinsed it under hot water to get all that sugar off and plopped it in a pot with my beans and some water and a few hours later I had this GLORIOUS pot of beans!

If you can’t find Hurst’s Cajun 15 Bean Soup in your local grocery store, ask for it! My grocery store now carries all sorts of products they didn’t have before simply because I asked for them. Just ask the cashier who to talk to to request a product and s/he will point you in the right direction. My store has a list at the Customer Service desk where they notate products their customers' request.
Cajun Ham & Beans! Dried beans cooked low and slow with a ham bone and Cajun seasonings. DELICIOUS over rice!

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November 29, 2016

DIY Sugar Scrub

Any time I’ve had super dry hands, or the kids got into a good mess, or Husband came home with particularly dirty hands (he’s a plumber… so… yeah…), I make a paste with sugar and olive oil to scrub those hands!

The sugar exfoliates dead skin and scrubs down deep to lift off all the dirt and gook for a deep clean then the oil moisturizes and soothes the skin.


You just massage about two teaspoons all over your hands, taking care to get your cuticles, in between your fingers and the backs of your hands. Then you rinse it away with HOT water (as hot as you can stand) and towel dry. No need to use soap to wash off the oil, your skin will absorb it!

I also like to keep a little pot of this in the shower to scrub my elbows and feet and those other bits that tend to take on that lovely chicken skin effect from time to time.

DIY Sugar Scrub! Make this simple hand scrub for yourself or to give away for gifts! Post includes recipes for Lemongrass & Olive Oil, Lavender & Coconut Oil and other combinations as well.

So anyway, I thought it would be GREAT to make for my friends so this weekend I picked up little jars at the local craft store to make these surcies for my buddies!

Are you wondering what the crap a ‘surcie’ is? A surcie (pronounced SIR-see) is a Southern phrase for

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