Hi there!

I’m slowly working towards some simplicity within the home, but hey! It’s a lot of hard work!

I love having a go at growing my own veges and always use herbs fresh from my garden. I try to plant from seed whenever I can and have learnt to save and share my own seed for the following year. I make Award Winning preserves and pickles; and my husband brews Award Winning boutique beers as well. I love to stockpile and try to limit quick trips to the shops. I dabble in bread making and enjoy making my own stocks too.

I enjoy feeding my family good hearty meals, nothing like those tiny restaurant stacks you have to look for on the plate. My husband maintains our vehicles and machinery and we both enjoy fabricating on a small scale mostly relying on metal & timber recyclers for any materials needed.

While I don’t always have time to reply to comments, I love reading them. I hope you enjoy your stay and I hope you learn something new because I love sharing what I learn, and I'm always looking for another new skill myself.


Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Vanilla Extract - DIY

Get your hands on some Vanilla beans and make your own Vanilla Extract....it is far superior to that horrible store bought Vanilla Essence. The aroma as I opened the bottle today tells me it is more than ready to use in the kitchen...I can't wait!
I got my Vanilla beans on eBay (around $10 for 20 beans).

To make your own Vanilla Extract you will need:

30g of Vanilla beans (sliced down the centre to harvest the inner seeds; then chop the beans into 1 inch lengths)..
add this to 1 cup of Vodka

Seal well and shake daily for 1 week or every time you are near the brewing delight.

Here is my home made Vanilla Extract.

started Brewing 26 Jan 2011.


  1. That looks like fun and so economical - how long do you leave it to brew?

  2. I've since made another batch in the 6th month and began using the one here....so I guess 6 months is a good time, but I know of others that have began using it much much sooner, like in about a month.


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