Wednesday, April 23

Homemade Vanilla

Making Vanilla is Easy!
Real vanilla is quite pricey but is one of the best flavors to use for wonderful desserts and in treasured recipes.  I myself absolutely love double strength vanilla. Making your own insures a high quality product that is free of artificial colors or sweeteners.  Homemade vanilla also makes a wonderful gift similar to a bottle of fine wine. And like fine wine, vanilla matures with age.

Making your own vanilla is cost effective and has only two ingredients:  Vanilla beans and vodka. Most commercially bottled vanilla is 4 ounces which is ½ cup.  I can't think of many things I pay that much for and get so little.

The first and most important question is: How many vanilla beans are needed to make vanilla?

Friday, April 18

Handcrafted Easter Cards

Easter or Spring Greeting Cards, Crafting with Kids

Here’s a fun and easy Easter or Spring greeting card to make with the kids.
But I must confess.  I made these myself (my kids are grown) and sent these out as my Easter cards.
Hint: saving the larger pieces of scrapbooking paper left over from other projects allows you to make these cards with little out of pocket expense.
I also reuse scrapbooking paper for other crafts such as Homemade Gift Tags.

Tuesday, April 8

Italian Meatballs

Delicious Homemade Meatballs
When you need to serve dinner to a crowd, spaghetti and meatballs is one of the easiest dishes that come to mind.  Why?  Because except for cooking the pasta, it’s a meal that can be made ahead or whipped up on short notice.

Add a tossed salad, bottle of wine and garlic bread and you have an Italian Dinner Party!
I have been making homemade meatballs for some time, well since discovering that commercially made are either bland or have a “frozen” taste, are really small and usually full of preservatives.    I wanted a hearty, tender, flavorful more natural meatball!
I have tried many recipes, all making the “typical” meatball and have also been experimenting by adding different spices, using bread crumb or crackers, with milk and without.