At this time of year, it is easy to feel overwhelmed by the sheer number of gifts that we have to find. Gifts for our kids, family members and close friends are a given.
Then there are the gifts for all the people who touch our lives: teachers, coaches, office staff, the neighbors, the fellow parent who gives our kid a ride home from practice each week. That's a lot of presents. How can we show our appreciation to all the people who make our lives a little bit easier without going bankrupt buying Starbucks cards? - Emily PasterYou might also like:
This gift requires advance planning. To make, split open half a vanilla bean and place it in a 2.6 ounce glass jar. Cover with vodka and seal. In about a month, you will have a flavorful version of vanilla extract. I sometimes use orange-flavored vodka to make orange-vanilla extract. If you are coming up against the holidays but want to try this project, you can always give the extract before it is ready and tell the recipient to wait to use it.