The idea of homemade vanilla extract first came to me from Karen, and then after seeing it a few other places, including one of the Barefoot Contessa cookbooks, the idea planted as a quick & easy homemade gift idea. It was Elaine's step-by-step instructions excellent photographs and links to supplies that gave me the final inspiration. I love the blogging community for this reason! So.Much.Good.Stuff. & So.Much.Sharing.
I bought the beans in Paris last spring. Oh, la, la. They seem impossible to find where I live. The 4 ounce cobalt blue bottles are from here. The extract was actually started at the end of August and has been steeping in our cantina under the stairs.
I've just now made the labels, and, Voila! impressive little gifts from the heart for the bakers on my list.
Do you have plans for homemade gifts this Christmas?