Gift Exchange

December 21, 2012

It’s that time of the year… the Friday before the Holiday Weekend – and the numerous gift exchanges with coworkers.  I’m fortunate to work with such a great group of people, but I’m not sure my waistline is as appreciative of the cookies, cakes and bottles of wine sitting on my desk right now.

Earlier this year I tried to think of a creative and cost effective gift idea for this holiday season.  Much thanks to my foodgawker account I saved a Homemade Vanilla Extract recipe a while back.


It’s super simple and pretty awesome (in my opinion).  I just ordered 10 Tahitian Vanilla Beans from Beanilla and some gorgeous square glass containers online.  Once they arrived I simply sliced the bean open, put it into the jar and filled it with vodka (they recommend not using super high end vodka because of possible flavor additives, but I probably wouldn’t go the Taaka route either…).


After three months or so of fermenting they’ll be the perfect addition to your holiday cookies! 


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