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12 Days of Christmas – Homemade Vanilla Extract

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So Christmas is here in a big way.  I’ve spent the weekend doing some of my favourite thing about the festive period – spending time with friends, decorating trees, visiting a Christmas fair, making presents and, of course, baking.  I spent this weekend with a couple of friends and we had a wonderfully festive time buying and decorating a tree.  Despite my controlling ways threatening to dampen spirits (sometimes I just can’t help myself)  we were all pleased with the end result.


Over the next few weeks I have a collection of twelve seasonal recipes and gift ideas for you to try out, hence the ever so clever title of this series ’12 Days of Christmas’.  These are mostly homemade foodie gifts but I’m also going to attempt my own cards this year.

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First up is DIY Vanilla Extract, a very simple but practical gift for any of your baker friends.  The most difficult part for me was purchasing the alcohol as a non-drinker – there is A LOT of choice out there when you don’t really know what you’re looking for!

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I got these cute little bottles and the vanilla pods on Amazon.  The alcohol is up to you, vodka, rum or bourbon would all work here, I chose dark rum because I wasn’t really sure what Bourbon was and the rum, which I know my family enjoy, was on offer! (more…)

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A Festive Moment

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1/ Dark Muscovado & Whiskey Marmalade // I think this would go down very well as one of the homemade gifts for my family!

2/ DIY Vanilla Extract // Another gift idea, I’m quite excited about making vanilla extract as it’s probably my favourite baking ingredient.

3/ Homemade Cards // Inspiration for my Christmas cards, although I will be using more festive quotes (even though there is always a place for Mean Girls references)

4/ Present Wrapping //  Wrapping presents is one of the most fun elements of gift giving, this year I’m going with a white and gold theme which is a change for me because I almost always end up going with a Nordic-y red and white look.

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