Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Home Made

I saw this idea on the Heavenly Homemakers blog and knew I had to try it. I can't believe how expensive vanilla extract is at the local food store.
Here is what you need.
1. Vanilla Beans. I ordered Madagascar Vanilla Beans from Amazon. $23.75 for 1/2 pound.
2. Vodka. Buy the cheap stuff. Did you know they come in plastic bottles these days? Mine were $8.99 a half gallon.
3. Gallon glass jar. I found mine at Walmart for $4.98.

First step is to cut the vanilla beans in half length wise leaving about an inch so it stays together.

This takes a little while. When all vanilla beans are cut place them in the jar.
Now pour the Vodka into the jar. Screw on lid. Put in a dark place and wait 6 months.
While it is brewing keep an eye out for cute bottles you can use to give as gifts. Enjoy!

Kaluha Cake

1 Box of Betty Crocker Gluten Free Vanilla (or chocolate) Cake mix
4 Eggs
1 pint of Sour Cream
3/4 Cups Oil
1 box of Jell-O Instant Chocolate Pudding mix
1/3 Cup of Kaluha (or coffee)
1 Cup of Chocolate Chips

Preheat oven to 350. Grease bundt pan. Mix all ingredients together and beat till well mixed. Pour into prepared pan. Bake for 45 minutes. Cool on wire rack.

Personally anything with Kaluha has got to be good. Enjoy!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

And so it begins....

I've been reading blogs for quite some time now but the thought of actually 'doing' a blog, to be honest, is freaking me out! :) I am wondering if there is a 'Blogging for Dummies' book at the local library I can check out. If you are brave enough or just happen to hit the next blog button and got me hang in there ~ I might just surprise us both!