Showing posts from July, 2014

Homemade Vanilla Extract - Start Brewing Now for Christmas!

With all the great tutorials and inspiration on the internet, making DIY Christmas gifts (or any kind of gift) is a fun, pretty, meaningful - and often inexpensive - way to spread some love. 

Last summer, I came across Heavenly Homemaker's homemade vanilla blog post, and decided I would dive in to make my own homemade vanilla for Christmas gifts for Christmas 2013.  I believe my materials cost came out to about $5 a bottle.
I ordered my vanilla beans from Olive Nation using HH's promotion code for a discount.  They were beautiful.  

I cut each bean into halves and then split them down the middle to expose the "caviar."  I wanted to have all of my bottles already filled and packaged so they would be ready to go when we returned from India.  So my vanilla "brewed" in their own individual bottles and included the actual vanilla beans.

The bottles I ordered were through Specialty Bottle Company online.  Very pretty!

I used these Avery labels for the labeling, …

5 Things Friday: Baby on the Brain

{One} In less than a week I go in for our gender ultrasound at 20 weeks - the halfway point.  We like to find out ahead, and are just as excited as ever to know what baby #3 is.
The Gender Reveal Plan: I'll go by myself to have the ultrasound, will ask the technician to place "boy" or "girl" into an envelope to keep it a secret, and then take the hidden results to Confectionately Yours - the same bakery that created our four-tiered cheesecakewedding cake in 2007- for a slice of cheesecake (blueberry? strawberry?) and ask them to place the reveal into an opaque box so I can take the results home to hubby for our own little "gender reveal party." 
I seriously have NO inkling of a gut feeling of which sex this baby might be.  I was so sure "girl" in the beginning, and then I realized that every time I thought of the baby or pictured it in my mind, I was picturing a boy.  As usual, all the signs and symptoms point to mixed results.  The Chinese cal…