Thursday Things

Time for this week’s Thursday Things:

1. Vanilla Bean Sampler – 3 beans each from 9 countries = 27 beans for $44.95

  • Madagascan
  • Mexican
  • Ugandan
  • Indonesian
  • Tongan
  • Indian
  • Bourbon (Papua New Guinea)
  • Tahitian (Papua New Guinea)
  • Tahitian (Tahiti)

High quality beans for less than $2 bucks each? Score.

I love vanilla in anything. From body spray to candles to….




Puffy Vanilla Peanut Butter Chip Cookies

3. These lamps from Pottery Barn – love the eggplant base and the rustic burlap shades

4. I heated some milk for a recipe I was working on, forgot about it, and a skin formed. Milk skin. Lovely.

But it going me thinking and I researched what milk skin actually is.

When milk is heated, the water the starts to evaporate and the other elements, namely protein and fat, become increasingly concentrated. The proteins – casein and whey – also have a tendency to coagulate once the milk reaches a temperature of about 150°F.

Stir more and the problem is solved. More than you ever wanted to know, but I like food trivia.

5. Congrats to the Top 100 Mom Food Blogs 2012

Many of friends are named in this list – nice going, ladies!

I didn’t make the list but Skylar still thinks I’m a Top Mom. She thanked me yesterday for making her hair look cute and told me I was the best mom ever. I melted.

6. I have tomato jam and chutney on the brain and need to make my own.

My inspirations include:

Spicy Tomato Peach Jam from Lindsay

 Spicy Heirloom Tomato Jam from Brandon (a fellow San Diegan – I told him I’d buy it off him)

Tomato Chutney from Liz (also a fellow San Diegan – and I’d buy hers, too)

Clearly I need to make my own.

7. Would you like 2 boxes of the new Cascadian Farms Ancient Grains cereal?

Made with whole grain oats, crisp rice, a bit of brown sugar and cinnamon, a touch of quinoa, spelt and kamut khorasan® wheat, our Ancient Grains Granola is an excellent source of fiber while also packing in 35 grams of Whole Grains per serving and 5 grams of protein

Leave a comment on this post telling me at that you’d like to be entered in the giveaway and what your favorite cereal of all time is.

I’ll announce the winner in my next post.

8. I’ve been thinking about something gooey with caramel and chocolate all day and these came to mind.

Caramel and Chocolate Gooey Bars (GF with Vegan adaptation)

9. Enamel-dipped servers from Antrhro – $36 for the pair which I think is a great price.

They remind me of something Tiffany without Tiffany pricing and for Anthro, pretty darn cheap.

10. The winner of the Magimix by Robot-Coupe Food Processor & Juice Extractor Giveaway (1000+ entries later)


Michele Sparrow July 5, 2012 at 11:23 pm

I think the first thing I would make in the food processor is a homemade salsa or some kind of coconut yogurt. That processor is AMAZING!!

Congrats, Michele!

What are your Thursday Things?

If you’ve made anything, done, seen, or bought anything fabulous, feel free to link it up in the comments.

Do you like vanilla or ever make your own vanilla extract?

Yes and yes.

Split open 3 or 4 vanilla beans, put them in a tall jar with 1 cup of vodka with a lid like a canning jar, let them sit for at least a month, probably 6 to 8 weeks, shaking the jar a couple times a week.

In two months, you have vanilla extract. You can strain out the seeds if you want before you use it, but don’t. They are little flavor bombs – keep them and your food will have flecks of real vanilla beans in it; so pretty.

Top off your jar with more vodka and keep the cycle going.  Add more vanilla beans every now and then.

Voila, homemade vanilla extract for a fraction of the price of storebought.

You can also use rum (dark or light) or bourbon, but they are not as clean-tasting as vodka. Sometimes not clean is a good thing though.

Thanks for the Zoku Quick Pop Maker and Chocolate Station Giveaway entries

98 comments on “Thursday Things”

  1. Homemade extract sounds fabulous. Will have to try it soon.

  2. Please enter me in the giveaway. Of ALL TIME? Hmmm… Life maybe? Wheat chex is also a fav.

  3. I’d like to be entered to win the cereal. My fave cereal of all time is cranberry almond crunch but I don’t eat it anymore because I make more nutritious choices these days.

  4. Vanilla is my favorite flavor ever. I use it in practically all of my baked goods, and usually use twice as much as a recipe calls for. I love vanilla!

  5. Love your Thursday things! I never knew you could make vanilla extract. So cool!

  6. I’ve never made my own vanilla but I just asked my husband to pick up a bottle of vodka this weekend and pour 8 oz for me. I think I’ll just let him wonder about that while he eyes me with a sly smile! I would love to taste the difference between all the different vanillas from various countries. I have Madagascar vanilla now (LorAnn) but have wondered about some of the others. My favorite cereal is any kind of granola (with dates) so I’d love to be entered in the giveaway!

  7. Please enter me in the Cascadian Farms cereal giveaway. I love Life cereal and Corn Chex.

  8. My favorite cereal of all time is cookie crisp.

  9. Please enter mein the giveaway:) I grew up on count Dracula . The chocolate marshmallows were so decadent when your a kid… Who am I kidding… They are still decadent:)

  10. Ha… I meant count chocula in my last post:)

  11. I’d like to be entered in the giveaway. My favorite cereal is the s’mores cereal soooo addicting and then any kind of granola really!

  12. This is Simeon’s fav cereal at the moment:

    Seraphim’s fav:

    Seeing that they are 2 teenage boys, they can consume an entire box of cereal in one sitting! When I was in college, I ate – every single night – 2 bowls of Frosted Flakes with nonfat milk!! For breakfast, I would eat more or possibly Lucky Charms. Ahhh…good memories! :-)

    Vanilla is my favorite scent and flavor as well. Soooo good! Many years ago, I used vanilla extract for perfume!! :-)

    Sooooo excited about the food processor! YAY!!

    • Congrats on the food processor! I know you’re going to love it and use it for a lifetime!

      Ahhh, Frosted Flakes, Lucky Charms, and Cheerios were dinner many nights as a kid, in h.s., college…nothing wrong with cold cereal for dinner every now and then :)

  13. Looks delicious! My favorite cereal is Kashi Go Lean Berry Crisp, so yummy!

  14. My favorite cereal is just about any kind of granola or if we’re talking going back to being a kid…I’ll always love “Pops”! :P

  15. Cinnamon Chex and Chocolate Chex are my favorites now. Golden Grahams as a kid.

  16. I’d like to be entered!
    My favorite cereal is cracklin oat bran. I get it once a year for my birthday. :-)

  17. I would love to be entered into the Cascadian Farm Cereal Giveaway!! My favorite cereal of all time would have to be Trader O’s!! Maybe that will change though.

  18. Thanks, sweet Averie, for featuring my tomato chutney…I have fallen in love with Tahitian vanilla but your collection looks much more exciting.

  19. I would like to be entered in the Cascadian Farm cereal giveaway! My all time favorite cereal is Kellogg’s Cracklin Oat Bran, but lately I have been making a lot of homemade granola!

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