Christmas in July – Homemade Vanilla Extract

With just under 5 months until Christmas, it might be time to start thinking about gifts for your friends and family. That’s what I was doing about a year ago. I am definitely a big planner and had decided early in 2009 to make as many Christmas gifts as I could. Some of these gifts required quite a bit of time and some were easy to throw together. This week I’ll be sharing the gifts that I gave our family and friends last year.

The first gift came about due to a sale on Amazon. There was a great deal on 1/2 lb of vanilla beans. I started with two bottles of vodka and the vanilla beans. Once the beans were split (but not scraped) and placed in the vodka, the bottles just had to sit in a cool dark place. Every couple of weeks Hubby would pull the vodka out of the closet and shake the crap out of it. A couple months later the vanilla extract was ready to go!

I ordered some bottles online and made some labels for the bottles to finish off the look. I also placed two vanilla beans into each bottle.

I love that the vanilla extract tastes so good, has the specks of fresh vanilla beans, and will essentially never run out. If the vanilla starts running low, you can just top it off with some more vodka. As you use vanilla beans, just throw the pods in the bottle to replenish the vanilla flavor.

One Year Ago: Goat Cheese Potato Salad and Salmon with Yellow Pepper and Cilantro Pesto
Two Years Ago: Champagne Cupcakes

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6 Responses to “Garlic Naan”

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    Fun and Fearless in Beantown — September 26, 2010 at 1:11 pm

    I would never think to make naan at home but after KAF, I think I’d do it! This looks great.

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    Kate — September 26, 2010 at 4:01 pm

    Mmmm, garlic. I made homemade naan this summer and it was glorious. Homemade bread just cannot be beat.

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    theblogisthenewblack — September 26, 2010 at 9:58 pm

    I’ve never made naan, but I ight have to!

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    Eliana — September 27, 2010 at 2:46 am

    Glad you converted because there is nothing better than garlic in my opinion. It looks like it works perfectly in this naan 🙂

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    Cornelius the Pig — September 28, 2010 at 4:15 pm

    we’ve never made naan before, but this recipe looks so good i think we’re going to have to try it!

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    Elizabeth — September 30, 2010 at 8:54 pm

    I love garlic and I’m sure it was great in naan – it looks delicious!

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