Crinkled Oranges

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Have you noticed the

price of vanilla lately?  I have.

A 16 oz bottle of vanilla that I used to buy for about 8 dollars is now selling for 24.  I have to admit that in the past I have been very loose with my vanilla use.  I would not measure, but rather just kind of pour it in my batters.  Now, I measure very carefully, not wanting to use a splash more than I have to.

At Christmas, Eileen and Sharilyn gave me these cute bottles of homemade vanilla.

I was inspired.  

The recipe is to put vanilla beans in liquor (I bought vodka) and let it sit for a couple of months.   It's that easy.  I had Trent help me put it together (with Misty looking on in amazement).

You slice the beans open and cut into smaller pieces (I ordered 20 extract grade B Madagascar bourbon vanilla beans for $29 and they came from France in 4 days).  I bought Vodka in St. George, where I could do it without someone I know seeing me. (Of course, now I've kind of let the vodka out of the bag)

Now I just need to shake it up once or twice a week for a couple of months.  It already looks like this.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

While in St. George

I did something I've never done before.
I went to a liquor store.  

Charlene was sooooooo excited and was trying to sneak a picture.

So, I decided to come clean and show the photos myself.

My only excuse is that Eileen convinced me 

I should do it

and it will save me a lot of money. 

to be continued. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 

Tuesday, March 21, 2017


I've been thinking about that a lot.  I want to practice it in my life more.

Monday, March 20, 2017


Left last night and Misty leaves at 6 am tomorrow.  It is always hard to see them go. But it always amazes me how, when we're together, it seems so natural and like we've never been apart. 

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Saturday, March 18, 2017