Homemade Smores

Bah Humbug!

A very rare sight.....the three of them sharing a bed

Homemade Vanilla Extract
We were fortunate enough to have a mild weekend.  Temp's in the 40's on Saturday and a little higher on Sunday.  Sweater weather.  Sweater, jeans and a scarf.  My favorites.  This also made for very happy chickens.  It was the perfect weather for scouting bugs and turning over the garden.

We hung out around the house, getting things done which always feels good.  Jay finished replacing siding on the house - we had one spot that needed replacement.  Does Fall make anyone else feel like cleaning out their things and purging the excess?  My goodness have I been on a purging kick this week.  I only wish there were more time in a day.

I made a bottle of Vanilla Extract.  A large bottle.  It cost me about $35.00 and I figured if I purchased the extract in the store it would be at least $120.00 for the same amount.  That's purchasing the "pure" vanilla extract that just happens to be diluted with corn syrup and water.  Yup, it really is.  Read the label.  It's amazing.  So, although it doesn't quite look like vanilla extract yet, it will in about 4 months when it's ready to use.  That's when it will be thick, syrupy and dark.  I can't wait.  {I'll be putting the instructions on the blog this week}.

I attempted to take Christmas card photos this weekend.  Needless to say, as you can see from the photo above, it didn't work.  My "models" were unruly.  They didn't care what I bribed them with since nothing was as good as getting that stupid hat off their heads.  What they don't realize is we'll have to try it again because I need a photo for the card.

Have you ever made homemade graham crackers?  What a buttery delight they are!  I'll be sharing the recipe this week.  I made homemade smores with the homemade graham crackers and homemade marshmallows today.  Delectable!  Buttery, rich, chewy, goodness.

Last but certainly not least.  Happy Veteran's Day to all the Veteran's out there.  Speaking of Veteran's, I wanted to share a quick bit of information.  A chef in our area teaches Veteran and Active Military culinary skills.  He is opening a culinary school for veteran's and active-duty military and is looking for donations of cookbooks to start a library for the culinary students.  If you have any cookbooks, books about the culinary arts or magazines of the like you would like to donate, they can be mailed to:

Chef David James Robinson
Culinary Command Training
PO Box 152
Chatham, NY 12037


Chef David James Robinson
Culinary Command Training
1896 County Route 9
Chatham, NY 12037

I've been going through my cookbooks this weekend so I can make a donation.

Hope you had a wonderful weekend!


Mary said...

I think your little Christmas card models look adorable, even though not quite "on board" with it. As I tell my guys, "Sometimes we all must suffer for Mommy's art." LOL. Can't wait to see the vanilla recipe. We had temps.in the upper 60's today, so even though it felt like spring, we did the fall chores of cleaning up the the flower breads and pruning. Can't believe Thanksgiving is almost upon us.

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

It sounds like you had a good weekend! I know what you mean about cleaning and sorting at the end of a season, I've been doing it too. I've also been trying to get a Christmas card photo, with no luck either, but there's still a little bit of time.

I hope you'll let us know how the vanilla turns out. I had a friend who also made vanilla extract, but I'm not sure how it worked for her. It's way over priced, but a needed ingredient, I think.

Take care, and enjoy your evening!

Mary Ann said...

I'll be looking for the recipes and the completed pictures!

"Alone again.... naturally!" said...

Oh those two do not look happy at all! I think I would use that picture for my christmas card, it would give everyone a good laugh!
I made vanilla extract too, about a month and a half ago...does it really take 4 months to work? I will have to attach a note on the ones I give away!

Snooks said...

Oh my goodness! Those smores made my mouth water. They look soooo goood. I am going to have give this a try.
Love the pictures of the little red house and all of chickens. The dogs look so put upon. Not happy at all with antlers. Really funny and so expressive they are.

@ 3Beeze Homestead

Unknown said...

The smores look wonderful and the animals just look too cute!