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Homemade Extracts

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 made some homemade banana bread the other day and used the vanilla bourbon extract in it. It was really good. Here is the link for the recipe I used. https://www.food.com/recipe/best-banana-bread-2886?fbclid=IwAR174hNegRltA_18kn3I0r2TwK9-iQ8Y8rFbVBDSmtidjpTVN3XPYv2RNc8

I used whiskey and orange peel for one bottle and lemon peel and vodka for the other.

Here is a link to the bottles that I ordered from Amazon. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B06Y61Y2PD/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Here is a link for the Vanilla beans https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07S8M4ZYP/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o03_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Link for the labels https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B078J7SK8W/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o03_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Free Popcorn and Big Watermelons

I moved to Kentucky recently, and I decided to check out the store Rural King. Rural King has farming and home supplies. I park the car, and as I am walking into the store, this is what I see.

WHAT???? Huge watermelons!

Okay, so that was pretty cool. Now, I get inside, and they have cute little shopping carts for kids, and they also give away free coffee and popcorn to snack on while you shop.

Free popcorn.

I picked up some cute Christmas wrapping paper and found some fun stocking stuffers for the kids. Chicken feet gummies!


The store had a ton of cool food products, including a line of jarred food that appeared to be their brand. These would make cute gifts.

This place also sells cute baby chicks, and you can even visit their mascot rooster.

I enjoyed my visit to this unique store and will be taking the kids to check it out next time. (The employees were friendly also.)

Fun Holiday Finds

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.

Pumpkin and sage ravioli
I picked up pumpkin pecan oatmeal, harvest bagels, pumpkin spiced whipped cream candle, pumpkin spice spreadable cheese, caramel apple spreadable cheese, pumpkin pie hummus, caramel apple sparkling juice, and pumpkin butternut squash sauce.
Pumpkin spice sparkling juice

Coolest Grocery Store Ever!

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.

If you want to check it out here is the link. https://junglejims.com/departments/

A yummy treat from one of the stores attached to the market. This is a cupcake shake.. Ummm. yum!

Some goodies we grabbed!

Happy National Cheeseburger Day! (Kid Friendly List)

Happy National Cheeseburger Day!

Here is a list of kid-friendly options for National Cheeseburger Day! Yum!

Applebee’s $6.99- Classic Bacon Cheeseburger and fries

Red Robin $5.00- Red Robin Gourmet Cheeseburger with Bottomless Steak Fries when you buy any regular-sized beverage

White Castle Free slider with any purchase -get coupon here https://www.whitecastle.com/value-offers

Wendy’s Coupons available in the app

Burger King 59¢-Cheeseburgers through the mobile app

Celebrate at home and try out this cheese-stuffed burger recipe shared by Trisha Yearwood. https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/trisha-yearwood/cheese-stuffed-burgers-recipe-2065357

We are going to boo our neighbors.

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!