by Artist Paulette Kinney

Friday, October 9, 2020

Making Madagascar Vanilla Extract for Special Christmas Gifting

 I’m making Madagascar Vanilla today.  ðŸŒ». One with actual Bourbon and the other with Vodka.  The flasks are large so I thought I would test it out and then next week make several 8.5 oz. in either to gift for Christmas.  It’s so easy to split the vanilla bean and add to your choice of liqueur.    It has to age for at least 4 weeks before it’s ready.  Are you on my Christmas list ?  heh heh Ho Ho Ho🎄 🎅🏻

Easy recipe:

Purchase Madagascar Vanilla Beans from here  Purchase flip top bottles here  Your choice of size.  
Use a nice smooth, aged Bourbon or good Vodka.  Soap and scald you’re bottles and dry thoroughly.
Pour in your choice of liquor, slit the vanilla beans length wise, and open a bit.   Don’t scrape out seeds, but leave in place.  Depending on the size of bottle you have chosen, use one bean cut in half for 4.5oz. Or two to three beans for larger bottles.  Tighten cap and let age for at least 4 weeks or more.  Shake everyday to encourage distribution of flavor.  Enjoy in all of your baked goods and put a label on and gift 🎁 to loved ones who love to bake with the best ingredients 🎄🎅🏻


Sunday, September 20, 2020

Fall Front Porch Decor at My Home

 I love fall and what better way to welcome the season than decorating my front porch.   I think sometimes we remodeled and expanded the porch and installed the pretty front door just so that I could decorate for the seasons ahead.   We grew our own pumpkins this year and I have to say it was so rewarding !   The pumpkins we purchased last year were expensive so when it came time I put them in our side garden over the winter and come late spring this year they had deflated and started to sprout.   The Cinderella pumpkins in the aqua green, maybe called Ghost Pumpkins are my favorite.   I have two bright orange which we placed on the haybales facing out to the main street and should be able to harvest a few more of those and some whites in a few more days.    I hope you enjoy it and feel inspired.


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