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Homemade Butcher Block Cleaner
Homemade Foot Stool
Fabric Covered Plywood
Fabric Covered Cork board In Dining Area
Burlap Wreath
How to make your Post-It’s
How to give your terra cotta pots an aged look
Gold Home Office Accessories
DIY mini kitchen rolling cart
DIY project; a basket to organize my kitchen counter
A Homemade Mother’s Day Gift for my Mother-in-law
IKEA bar stools spring makeover
Coming up: next DIY projects
DIY personalized birthday mug
DIY and organizing a pantry (part II)
DIY and organizing a pantry (part I)
3 easy Easter projects
Lucky Gold Elephant
DIY Desktop Carousel
Valentine Heart Wreath
Dipped Wooden Spoons in paint
My Craft Room
My Craft Room Organization and Storage ideas
How to install a Pegboard in a craft room DIY project
Bonus room; soon to be craft/office room UPDATED STATUS II
Easy Homemade toy for our toddler
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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas; Snow and Christmas decor
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DIY Chalkboard
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The Before and After of my old wicker baskets
The “BEFORE” and “AFTER” of my small home office

How to make your own vanilla extract

Hello everyone,

I hope you are having a great day, hubby and I have been busy around here trying new things, one of them is an idea I’ve been wanting to try for a while and never did, until my friend Joan over at the thing about joan …  posted about how to make your own vanilla extract back in January. I was excited to see someone writing about it and sharing her experience with us.  Joan asked me to try this with her and from there see if we get the same results. So, last weekend I finally gave it a go, the bottle of vodka is a gift from my father-in-law and the vanilla beans are from a solo-trip my hubby took one day to get the groceries. Every time, he goes by himself to the supermarket I know he will come back with something different, new or weird.

how to make your own vanilla extract

 

Above you saw three pictures of the steps required to start making your own vanilla extract, I didn’t write them down for you because I would love for you to please go and visit Joan’s blog post to know all the ingredients and directions you need. She did a great job describing them.

Joan, I left my jar on top of our counters where I can’t see it, like you mentioned in your blog, we need patience and I don’t have that special ingredient, so it’s taking a lot from me not to spy on the beans. I checked the jar Monday morning when hubby was at work and it got a bit darker already. I can’t wait to see the outcome.

Hope everyone will have a great week

Thanks again for stopping by!

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  • mtetar says:

    Thanks for sharing it is something I would like to try, because I like using it when I bake. I’m going to visit Joan for the DIY. Be Blessed, and regards to your family. http://projectsbyMtetar.wordpress.com

    February 19, 2013 at 12:45 am
    • now at home mom says:

      thank you very much Mtetar, if you try it please let us know how it goes! 🙂 thanks again Mtetar have a great day! 🙂

      February 19, 2013 at 7:43 am
      • mtetar says:

        You’re welcome. I tried to get to Joan by clicking from the post but it didn’t lead me to her blog/site. Kindly send it to me. Thanks for replying, and have a Blessed Day. Mtetar

        February 19, 2013 at 10:43 am
        • now at home mom says:

          No problem Mtetar, thank you for letting me know: this is the link for her blog, please try and paste it: http://thethingaboutjoan.wordpress.com/2013/01/24/the-vanilla-alchemist/ hope this works, if not please let me know, thank you again Mtetar, sorry to have answered so late, I didn’t have any access to my laptop during the day! 🙂

          February 19, 2013 at 7:22 pm
          • mtetar says:

            Thanks, and I saw her link on another blog and visited. I just revisited after reading your reply. I did mentioned that I first learned about her recipe from your blog. Be Blessed, Mtetar.

            February 20, 2013 at 12:26 am
          • now at home mom says:

            Thank you Mtetar! glad you read it and if you do try it please let us know how it goes! happy Wednesday! 🙂

            February 20, 2013 at 8:43 am
          • mtetar says:

            Will do Ingrid, hope I have your name right. Happy Wednesday to you, and the family also. Mtetar

            February 20, 2013 at 4:03 pm
          • now at home mom says:

            Thank you Mtetar! 🙂 you have it right!

            February 21, 2013 at 4:48 pm
          • mtetar says:

            Glad I do ! May your day Be Filled with God’s Grace. Be Blessed, Mtetar

            February 23, 2013 at 10:32 am
  • Joan says:

    Yay, Ingrid!! I’m so glad that you and your husband are giving this “make your own vanilla” idea a shot. Thanks so much for trying it with me — I can’t wait to see how yours turns out!

    Thanks too for the lovely shout-out and link back to my post. Have a great day! 🙂

    February 19, 2013 at 4:30 am
    • now at home mom says:

      My pleasure Joan! and thank you very much for first sharing this idea with us! We are glad we are trying this and glad we compare results too 🙂

      February 19, 2013 at 7:45 am
  • lemoncake says:

    Great post!!! I never knew it was so easy to make 🙂

    February 19, 2013 at 4:31 am
    • now at home mom says:

      Thank you very much! I am surprised too on how it easy is to make, now let’s wait and see what we get in approx. 6 months! can’t wait to try it! 🙂

      February 19, 2013 at 7:47 am
  • easycraftsforchildren says:

    Looks interesting, we love vanilla flavor here at my house ice cream, cakes.
    Thank you for sharing.
    Izabel

    February 19, 2013 at 5:06 am
    • now at home mom says:

      Glad you liked it Izabel, we love baking too and vanilla extract is almost on every recipe, so this is great for future baking 🙂 Have a good day!

      February 19, 2013 at 7:49 am
      • easycraftsforchildren says:

        Have a good day you too !
        Izabel

        February 19, 2013 at 7:52 am
        • now at home mom says:

          Thank you Izabel! 🙂

          February 19, 2013 at 7:55 am
  • memyselfandkids.com says:

    Hope it comes out good.

    February 19, 2013 at 8:36 am
    • now at home mom says:

      Thank you Larry! 🙂 hope it does and it won’t turn out to be just vodka with a taste of vanilla ha!ha! 🙂

      February 19, 2013 at 7:18 pm
      • memyselfandkids.com says:

        There might be worse things.

        February 19, 2013 at 7:20 pm
        • now at home mom says:

          🙂 true! ha!ha!

          February 19, 2013 at 7:23 pm
          • memyselfandkids.com says:

            Who knows – you could ultimately come up with the drink that Russians will love and become fabulously wealthy?

            February 19, 2013 at 7:24 pm
          • now at home mom says:

            Oh! I hope so 🙂 that would be amazing! maybe I would call it: ABSOLUTE VANILLA ha!ha! 🙂

            February 19, 2013 at 7:28 pm
          • memyselfandkids.com says:

            Exactly. Now, you have to start thinking of what print ad they would have for it.

            February 19, 2013 at 9:38 pm
          • now at home mom says:

            🙂 ha! ha! I’m on it

            February 20, 2013 at 8:44 am
          • memyselfandkids.com says:

            I figure you have the creativity for it.

            February 20, 2013 at 9:04 am
          • now at home mom says:

            thank you! 🙂 I will add the colour red ha!ha!

            February 20, 2013 at 9:10 am
          • memyselfandkids.com says:

            I like it so far.

            February 20, 2013 at 9:15 am
          • now at home mom says:

            ha!ha! Thank you!

            February 20, 2013 at 9:24 am
  • mariateresa1983 says:

    Aww what a great idea to do it yourself! Haha, I do like the Swedish Vodka you have on the pic. Enjoy the rest of the week!!

    February 19, 2013 at 5:19 pm
    • now at home mom says:

      Thank you Maria! 🙂 I’m sure you love the swedish bottle! 🙂 Thanks again, you too enjoy the rest of the week!

      February 19, 2013 at 7:26 pm
  • ourlifeinaction says:

    LOL! Special ingredient of patience…I lack that as well. I can’t wait to see/hear how it turns out. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    February 20, 2013 at 12:54 pm
    • now at home mom says:

      ha!ha! No patience here! I just checked again this morning: just to make sure it was getting darker; it is getting darker! Me too can’t wait to see how it turns out and bake with it! 🙂

      February 20, 2013 at 1:05 pm
  • petit4chocolatier says:

    Love homemade vanilla! You are going to love it! It is exciting waiting 🙂

    February 21, 2013 at 9:38 pm
    • now at home mom says:

      Judy, I know; I’m so impatient, I can’t wait to see how it turns out! 🙂 Have you ever tried to make your own?

      February 22, 2013 at 1:20 am
      • petit4chocolatier says:

        Yes, it is so good and potent!! You will love it. I don’t use it all the time though.

        February 22, 2013 at 5:56 am
        • now at home mom says:

          thank you Judy! glad to know you’ve tried this before too and that is good and potent; can’t wait!

          February 22, 2013 at 8:31 am
  • The Porto Bellas says:

    Thank you for sharing this… I’m checking out Joans site now… very cool.
    -JulieC

    February 24, 2013 at 5:44 pm
    • now at home mom says:

      Thank you Julie, glad you liked it, I knew you would 🙂

      February 25, 2013 at 4:45 pm
  • Lauren @ The Thinking Closet says:

    Can’t wait to hear about the outcome. I pinned this idea around Christmas-time and I’ve had it in the back of my mind ever since. I think homemade vanilla would make such sweet (literally) gifts!

    March 4, 2013 at 12:54 pm
    • now at home mom says:

      My hubby keeps opening it and smelling it! to see when it will stop smelling like vodka! too funny, it has already turned dark brown and I can’t to try it in 6 months when it’s ready, I will let you know how it turned out! If you ever want to try please let me know! 🙂

      March 5, 2013 at 1:56 am
  • lvbaby says:

    I have always wanted to try making homemade vanilla extract… thanks for posting!

    April 6, 2013 at 10:28 am
    • now at home mom says:

      Thank you! you should try it, it’s easy, you just need patience (something I don’t have) , ours is getting darker! can’t wait to see the results this summer! 🙂

      April 6, 2013 at 11:28 am

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