If you have two loaves of bread sell one and buy flowers. For although the bread will nourish your body, the flowers will nourish your soul.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Very Vanilla

I'm making my own vanilla. It's so easy. The most difficult part is waiting for it to mature. I got the idea from one of my very favorite blogs....StoneGable.  It's a delightful combination of inspiring ideas for decorating, tablescapes, recipes, crafts and just sheer beauty.
This is the link to her directions, but take the time while you're there to treat yourself to a visit.  StoneGable

You need a pint of vodka, three vanilla beans, and a container. That's the recipe. With a sharp knife, split the pods through the length and add them to the vodka. That's it. Store in a cool dark place and shake once in a while. I've googled "making homemade vanilla" and all the directions are pretty much the same. The recommended waiting time varies from 2 to 6 months. Yvonne at StoneGable says 4 to 6 months. The initial investment is a little high (vanilla beans are a little expensive), but when you compare the high cost of a little tiny bottle of vanilla to the fact that you won't have to buy any for years, it's certainly worth it.
My vanilla is now about 3 weeks old and you can see how dark it is already. I recycled a sparkling water bottle. I'd like to find or make a label for it yet.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Go With the Flow

 Intended schedule for Valentine's Day:

*get up, finish washing dishes i didn't get finished yesterday.
*get ingredients together and chop walnuts for surprise black walnut cake for
  husband (one of his favorites)
*shower and go to doctor's appointment
*get back by lunchtime and bake cake
*have cake beautifully presented and waiting for hubby when he gets home
  from work.
*go out to dinner. 
*come back for dessert.

Actual schedule for Valentine's Day:

*sleep in a little because didn't sleep well because of hubby's moaning and 
 coughing and my own aches and pains.
*get up and call daughter for help because sick husband's doctor's 
  appointment is at same time as mine but in the opposite direction and he's 
  too sick to drive himself. 
*shower quickly and go to doctor's appointment.
*stop at grocery store for soup etc. for lunch.
*stop at pharmacy on way home for hubby's prescription.
*wait for said prescription because of course it's not ready.
*get home and eat a quick late lunch.
*run grandkids' valentines to their house because i of course forgot to mail
 them in time.
*get back home and hubby asks if i'd run to the ac&t for a bottle of coke.
*purchase said coke plus chocolate eclair for husband for valentine's day.
*sit in parking lot and talk on phone to help out some people i love. (not
* get back home and get on computer to send important email. 
*still on computer chuckling to myself as i write this and about to head 
  downstairs to fix supper.

Ain't love grand?  

...you make my heart sing.