504 Main by Holly Lefevre: vanilla extract
Showing posts with label vanilla extract. Show all posts
Showing posts with label vanilla extract. Show all posts


Make Your Own Vanilla Extract

I really try to not talk about "the holidays" this early,
but last year I made homemade vanilla extract and it was a huge hit.
Thing is, you gotta make it now!
Those vanilla beans need to flavor that vodka for weeks and weeks.
So I will break my rule and share this one super easy
and much appreciated DIY Holiday Gift now!

Vanilla Apothecary Label from The Graphics Fairy
I go through Pure Vanilla Extract by the gallons..or so it seems. 
I put it in everything...pancake batter, waffle batter, coffee, oatmeal- you name it!
It is a pricey little habit...and I had no idea until about one year ago that you could make it yourself! DREAM ON! This is the best Vanilla Extract EVER (and you can make it for a GREAT price


Sweet Vanilla Goodness: How to Make Vanilla Syrup

I have never made it a secret that I L-O-V-E my coffee...
but I need to change my ways a bit.
I have been cutting down a lot...
and switching from my (super sugary) mochas to another drink,
a P.G. Bowl of Soul, that was created at our local coffee bar Crema.
Now neither the mocha or the Bowl of Soul were on the detox...
but I just cannot give up my Wednesday morning
coffee "meeting" with the ladies and a Bowl of Soul. 

But of course...I like a challenge...
so I decided to make to figure out how to make the drink myself
at home where it costs a lot less than $5.00 a pop! 
And in my quest to perfect this cup of coffee,
I started to make my own Vanilla syrup which I use for baking as well!

I will share the recipe for the P.G. Bowl of Soul soon...
but one major component in the drink is the Vanilla Syrup...
and I decided to make it myself rather than buy it.
It is much less expensive and much tastier!

Seriously this is super easy!
Essentially you are making vanilla flavored simple syrup.


(easily doubled for more sweet vanilla goodness!)

Make It!
  • Place the water, sugar, vanilla, and vanilla bean (slit lengthwise) in a medium sauce pan and slowly bring the mixture to a boil until the sugar is dissolved.
  • Let cool, and transfer  the mixture and the bean to am airtight container (I use a mason jar).
  • Store in the refrigerator. I cannot quite give you a time frame for how long it will keep because we use it up quickly...a month or two is my guess!

And...folks that is it all done!
Perfect for

What do you put in your coffee?

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