Tuesday, October 19, 2010

a great Christmas gift if you like to plan ahead

Every year we like to give gifts to several different friends, coworkers, etc...  Last year, I made homemade vanilla extract and it was a success!  The extract was wonderful and it could not be any easier.  You just have to have time - - eight weeks, to be exact.  So if you like to plan ahead for your gifts, this is a great one.  You can make them all now, let them sit, and pull them out close to Christmas and have a fabulous gift to give away.

Here's what to do:
-Acquire all the necessary supplies: vanilla beans; rum (or vodka); pretty, sterilized bottles; fun labels
-Sterilize the bottles
-Split three vanilla beans lengthwise and put them in the bottle (I used an 8 oz. bottle with 3 vanilla beans)
-Pour in the alcohol
-Close tightly
-Put in a dark spot to sit for the next 8 weeks, shaking once a week or so

That's it!  So easy, so yummy, and useful.


Stephanie said...

Ooohhh. That WAS a good gift.

Melissa said...

Is it seriously that easy? Wow! Thanks for the idea.