This morning I made some vanilla extract to give as Christmas gifts to family, friends and neighbors. I followed the directions I found on Joy the Baker and used the bottles and ingredients she suggested. The labels are from Avery. Through the Avery website, you can enter the number code of your labels and design your own personalized labels to print. I made labels for the front and back of each bottle as I found I had a lot to say.
Some extra vanilla beans were used to make vanilla sugar. I used one bean for about 1.5 cups of sugar. Just cut the pods open, scrape out the seeds and mix them well into the sugar. Cut the pods in half and throw them, too. Store for a week in an airtight container and the sugar will be ready to use in baking or stir into your coffee. Mmm!