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How to Make Vanilla Extract

Look at that lovely color

Look at that lovely color

I love to bake and one thing I need a lot of is Vanilla Extract.  Here you can find vanilla in tiny glass vials but it is just not the same as home.  The powder sugar and baking powder can also have some added vanilla but it is just not like what I was used to using.  So I decided to make my own vanilla extract.  It is so easy and simple I should have done it when I was living at home in the US.

You need 200 ml or so jar, for that size 5 vanilla beans, and alcohol (I used vodka).  Take the beans cut to fit the jar and slice open. Place in the jar.  Then add the alcohol.  Shake well and store in a cool dark place.  Every week for a month shake the jar to mix.  Then after about 2 months you will smell the lovely aroma of vanilla.  You can start using at this point but the longer it sits the better.  You just keep filling the jar with bean pods (left over from using the seeds) and vodka to top off.  You do not have to remove the old beans until it is so filled with pods.  Very easy and the taste of real vanilla extract.

My next to make and see how well it works is vanilla paste.  I am going to try this recipe.

Homemade Vanilla Paste : by http://dessertswithbenefits.com

Chicken in a Pasta Dish in Tuscany

WP_20160527_19_06_52_ProOk, please prove me wrong, but I searched and searched for an authentic Tuscan pasta dish using chicken.  I am not talking more modern dishes because of dietary changes, but more true authentic dishes.  Of course there is roasted chicken, chicken and sage and more,  but not on pasta.  Why was this?  Chicken had to be cheaper then beef in the war.  I must be missing something.  If someone knows the answer or a dish please comment below.

Ghiaccioli: Ice Pops


It is getting warmer again and that just calls to me Ice Pops I love them because they can be made healthy and so versatile.  For starters you need to get the molds and Amazon.it has a huge selection and many different sizes ranging from infant small ones to adult large ones.  Check them out here: Stampi per Ghiaccioli

Here are some really good recipes for Ice pops:

Swirled stawberries, blueberries, and yogurt bring the red, white, and blue to these ice pops – Martha Stewart






Vegan Chocolate Popsicles with Roasted Almonds  – ziziadventures.com  





Limeade Ice Pops with Strawberry and Kiwi crunchycreamysweet.com




A lot more Here : Ice pops

Comment with your favorite Ice Pop Recipe. 

Veggie ‘meat’ balls


This is a great recipe for those of you with kids that don’t like veggies!

4 potatoes

500  gr spinach

1 egg

1 clove of garlic


bread crumbs

nutmeg (in powder—but optional)


olive oil

First of all, boil all of the vegetables so they are soft and not crunchy.  Then, put them into tiny pieces and place them in a large bowl.  Add a bit of olive oil, egg, salt ( as much as you need or want) and the garlic minced.  Mix all of the ingredients well, then add the parmesan and nutmeg, continue mixing.  In the mean time heat the oven to 180°C.  Prepare a baking sheet with wax paper.  You will need to prepare the meatballs with your hands by making small balls and then rolling them in the bread crumbs. Place each ball on the baking sheets.  Cook for 15-20 minutes in the oven.  Taken them out once the ‘meat’ balls are nice and golden on the outside! Enjoy!