Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Happy Holidays!

Who got a shiver up their spine? Admit it, that creeped you out. No, I'm not currently knitting up Christmas stockings or stock piling wrapping paper. But there is one thing I wanted to make that has to be put aside well in advance.

Homemade Vanilla
Easy, pretty, and impressive to gift receivers. (Any of my friends who receive this gift need to stop reading and ignore that "easy" part)

Most store bought vanilla beans are very pricey and at 3 beans for $5 you use them like there made of gold. I purchase my vanilla beans from a store front on ebay, Vanilla Products USA. They sell organic and not, grade A and B, several varieties and different weights. To give you an idea, I have a pound of grade B for $13. That is a lot of beans.

So, it was no hardship at all to split open two beans for each of these pretty bottles. Some people cover with vodka and some with Rum. I'm a Rum fan, just ask my friends. ;) I put these lovelies away in one of my cupboards and when I think of it I swirl them around a bit.

When the holidays arrive I will have a pretty, yummy, and useful gift.

Happy NOT Holidays.


Jill said...

That DID actually creep me out a little! I didn't think you were one of thooooooose people.

veganmomma said...

Great idea! I'm glad i didn't get too creeped out and stop reading before the good part!p

Holly said...

Hi Lindsey, Thanks for your comment on my blog. I thought I'd stop by and check out yours. What a treat! I was a strict vegan for many years but am less so now because my husband and daughter do like their dairy. Still, I strive to cook as vegan as we can. Your blog looks really inspiring, and I'm glad to have found it!

aTxVegn said...

I always intend to make this every year, so thanks for the reminder. I didn't know you could use bourbon instead of vodka!

aTxVegn said...

I meant rum. But why not bourbon? Can you tell I know nothing about liquor....