Homemade Vanilla Extract


My bottles were purchased at Jo-Ann Fabrics…. for $1.00/ea

Any bottle will do. If you can find a dark one, GREAT! If not, just try to keep your bottle in the farthest, darkest corner of your pantry. Even a Mason Jar will do. 🙂


5 Vanilla Beans per 1 cup Vodka.

Any Vodka will do as long as it is a min of 80 Proof.  I used 100 Proof Smirnoff.

I also used 6 Vanilla Beans (sliced in half) and filled my jars up to the rim with Vodka. It does not have to be exact.

Place in your pantry for 6 weeks, shaking your bottle/bottles every few days.

Enjoy! When bottle gets half way empty, go ahead and refill it with additional Vodka. UNLESS using 180 Proof Vodka. At that strength, your beans will only be good for one time use.


Vanilla Beans can be purchased here:





My Vanilla Extract after 2 weeks of sitting (shaking bottles every few days). They are looking beautiful! 4 more weeks to go!!!!!

vanilla extract 2 weeks




Prepardness Tip: 50lbs of Rice

Just a quick “Kneady” tip when planning for emergencies…..

One pound of rice makes ten 3/4 cup servings (1/4 cup dry, 3/4 cup cooked).

A 50lb bag of rice will feed you and your family 500-1 cup per servings. 

1-50lb bag of rice per person will feed each individual 3 servings, everyday for over 6 months.  Mix that rice with beans or vegetables, or with powdered shelf-stable milk for rice pudding for breakfasts and you could whether any catastrophe for a minimum of 6 months without leaving your home, if you had to.

My Weekly Meal Plan for Sept 1-7, 2014

Many people have requested this….. so I will try to remember to add these weekly, just for inspiration and an idea of how I create my weekly meal plans.  My goal is to always use up what I have on hand, as well as incorporating any leftovers.  I will also make 3 loaves of fresh bread for the week…. 2 plain for sandwiches and 1 cinnamon raisin for breakfast.


Monday, Sept 1st

Chinese Take-out….. in celebration of the 1st day of school the following day.  Treating the boys. 🙂


Tuesday, Sept 2nd

BBQ Pulled Chicken Sandwiches, mac and cheese, and green beans.

    *using homemade BBQ sauce, home-baked buns, mac and cheese and home canned green beans.


Wednesday, Sept 3rd

BBQ Chicken Pizza and salad.

    *using leftover chicken and BBQ sauce from Tuesday night’s dinner.


Thursday, Sept 4th

Chili and Cornbread

    *using home canned beans


Friday, Sept 5th

Loose meat hamburgers/coneys with roasted potatoes and green beans…. with home-baked hot dog buns.

    *using leftover chili and home canned beans.  You could also make taco’s and use the leftover chili in lieu of refried beans on the taco’s!


Saturday, Sept 6th


Pizza, chips and CAKE!


Sunday, Sept 7th

Breakfast: Big country breakfast with eggs, sausage, potatoes and pancakes.

Dinner:  Broccoli and Sausage one-pot meal…… using leftover sausage from breakfast.  Baking homemade rolls to go with it.



Want to hear more…. check out my youtube video where I touch on the subject of how I write my meal plans.