Frugal Gifts from the Kitchen: Gift~Pantry Vanilla ... Hand Crafted With Love

The irregular and intimate quality of things made entirely by the human hand.
~Willa Cather

This make~ahead gift began last August with re~purposed vinegar bottles... a bundle of fresh Vanilla beans... and a liter of plain vodka.  I placed about a dozen, split, whole beans in each bottle then covered them with vodka and allowed Time to work its' magicNote:  While I left my vanilla to steep for several months... homemade vanilla can be ready for gift~giving in as little as three to four weeks.  Also, I included two vanilla beans in each bottle so that the bottles may be refilled and left to steep and thus create more vanilla

Into the back of the pantry they were tucked for several months... until I took them out a few weeks ago to decant into these cute little bottles and they instantly transformed into... gifts from the kitchen!

I found this simple round template at the Graphics Fairy and printed out several on a sheet to make my labels and tags.

Old~school (semi) ruled the day as I hand wrote the "Vanilla" on the labels... and let my friends and family know these gifts were "Hand Crafted With Love". 

The Rosemary bush in the front garden offered wisps of evergreen to attach to the tags.



This is such a simple, easy and frugal gift...a welcome addition to the pantries of your family and friends! 

Sending good thoughts and love to all!

Tracey and Family x0x

P. S.  I've been peeking in on your blogs and Pinterest boards and am getting so inspired! 


La Table De Nana said...

You must be so pleased..tey look beautiful!

Lorrie Orr said...

This is a lovely gift - and there's still time to make some before Christmas - if I hurry!

Tracey McBride ~ Frugal Luxuries® said...

Hi Monique! Yes...I couldn't believe how easy this was to accomplish...and how pretty the finished products are...with little work involved! A true frugal luxury of time and money ;)))


P.S. Loved your gluten free bread recipe...and for use in a bread machine makes it almost miraculous!

Tracey McBride ~ Frugal Luxuries® said...

Hi Lorrie...and knowing you it is already steeping!!!

Storybook Woods said...

Oh there is nothing yummier than homemade vanilla. I love your presentation xoxo Clarice

Tracey McBride ~ Frugal Luxuries® said...

Thank you Clarice! Loved your last three post...the Shabby Apple giveaway looks interesting too!

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

I don't know how I missed this post! This has been on mist list to make. Love that you leave some vanilla beans in the bottle so they can be refilled. As always, your presentation is so lovely!

Tracey McBride ~ Frugal Luxuries® said...

Thanks so much for the great compliment Manuela! Yes, this is almost too easy to make (and I use the word 'make' loosely). It has a big pay-off for very little time, effort and money thus making it a true frugal luxury in my book! ;)
Love, Tracey

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