Oh crap! Christmas is a week away! Are you ready? Do you have all your gifts wrapped? Cards sent? Meals planned? NO!?! Me either.
That is the joy of the holidays, seems like it goes on forever (with no help from christmas decorations showing up earlier and earlier each year) but it sneaks up on you and bites you square in the butt!
Dearest friends I have a super easy last-minute gift for you to make!
What you need:
• Glass bottle with tight fitting lid
• Whole vanilla beans
This is seriously the easiest gift to make – and is something that I (as a frequent baker) go through fairly quickly.
First you need some BOOZE. I have seen homemade vanilla made from a number of spirits. Vodka, bourbon, rum and someone even used GIN! Vodka is a good place to start – sort of blank canvas for the vanilla beans but bourbon also sounded like it would be good – I think I am going to try RUM in another batch.
I raided my fathers liquor cabinet for this little project. My parents are always reliable for a good bar stash!
Dad gave me some of this Bakers Bourbon to use – the bottle was practically empty before I used it – SHUT UP – it wasn’t ME.
I don’t think he got that I wasn’t going to drink it straight. I didn’t have the heart to tell him.
Filled your cleaned bottles with your booze of choice! These little stopper bottles came from Cost Plus.
Next – fresh vanilla beans! I get mine from this AWESOME spice shop in Santa Barbara store called Vices and Spices. They ship! They also have amazing teas and coffee.
Make sure your vanilla beans are not dried out.
Cut off the ends – but keep them! Don’t waste the vanilla! Slit the beans open so they can get completely infused – I also cut mine in half because they fit in the bottle easier and they need to be completely submerged.
I used two beans per bottle.
Shake up your concoction and warp it up for a friend. I have no friends so these are FOR ME.
Give them a good shake and let them sit in a cool dark place for a month. Some people leave it longer for a stronger vanilla flavor. Just check on it weekly for a good SHAKE SHAKE and to make sure the beans are still fully submerged.
The great thing about these is that it lasts practically forever (or until the beans flavor weekends)
Always make sure beans are fully covered in liquid. I top mine of every time I use it – NEVERENDING VANILLA EXTRACT!
YAY! You domestic badass! People are going to be impressed with your fancy gift!
Here are some posts of Christmas’s PAST to get you through this holiday:
DIY Wrapping Paper
Stay tuned this week for this years Christmas Playlist – and check out my instagram for all my holiday baking for the BIG DAY. I hope Santa is down with paleo.
• What are you making for your holiday meals?
• What dishes or desserts are tradition that you MUST MAKE year after year?
• The best homemade gift you made or received?