This year I am really interested in homemade Christmas gifts. After researching for a while, I came across an idea to make homemade extracts. I decided to test it out. I ordered the vanilla beans and bottles off of Amazon and purchased different mini bottles of alcohol to use. You could use a big bottle, but I wanted to test different flavors and see how they affected the taste. Most of the recipes say you should allow the extracts to soak for at least a few months, so you would definitely want to start now if you’re going to gift these. There were also some other options to try versus the vanilla beans, such as orange and lemon. I purchased Madagascar vanilla beans to use, and I will admit they are a little pricey. If you want to keep this project ore budget-friendly, I would say go for an orange or lemon extract.
I used Madagascar vanilla beans for all of these extracts. I had fun and used rum, bourbon, and vodka to create three different flavors.
I love trying new holiday products, whether its food, drinks, candles, etc.. I am a pumpkin spice enthusiast and love the new Starbucks pumpkin cold brew. I recently found this Starbucks pumpkin spice creamer at Wal-Mart Marketplace. Yum! We have a winner. I also picked up pumpkin spice english muffins.
I love shopping at Aldi because they have new items every week. It is fun to see what new items we will find. They have mega holiday flavored items. YES! The kids did a taste review on a few items. Check it out.
Here are some of our Aldi finds recently. Comment and share your cool Holiday finds.
The kids and I went to a baseball game in Cincinnati, and while we were there, we checked out Jungle Jim’s International Market. This place is amazing. We did not have time to see everything, so we plan on going back. The store has different sections with food from different countries. My daughter and I are pretty sure the music changed in each area also. There is a small movie theater that plays the story of Jungle Jim’s and multiple little food stores attached to the market. There is a whole section just for hot sauce, including a life-size fire truck display. The fish is fresh as it is still swimming in the tanks. The entire place is just fun.
I bought this table at Goodwill for $20.00. It is a sturdy table, and the legs were already white and distressed. The only thing I did was paint the top with chalkboard paint (3 coats). I love it! It is fun for the kids, and they can even work out their math homework on it. Have you ever used chalkboard paint on a project?
We have been booing our neighbors/people for the last few years, and it is so much fun. Basically, you put together a little goodie basket and ding dong ditch your neighbors (make sure they are home). You can customize it if you know how many kids they have or if they have a dog. I added some soap from Meyers and lots of little goodies from Target’s one spot. The “You’ve been booed!” signs are all over the internet. Print out a sign and have some fun!