Vanilla is probably my favorite spice and it is also the most expensive after saffron. It adds depth of flavor to so many things. Added to chocolate it makes the chocolate more chocolatey and you just can’t beat that. That being said, it can be fairly pricey, especially at the rate I go through it. So, today I’m going to tell you about two strategies I’ve come up with to keep the cost down.
This simple recipe is what I have been using for the past few years and it has been working great. When we were living in Calgary last year, it was more convenient to buy a bottle of natural cleaner from the grocery store. It turned out to be a waste of time. More often than not they seem to leave a bit of a residue. That’s why I like this cleaner so much, it’s effective and it costs less than a dollar to make.
I use lemons in my kitchen for cooking almost everyday and I really enjoy half a lemon squeezed into my water. Needless to say, there are juiced rinds of lemons around almost everyday and it is the best thing that ever happened to my nails.
Gift giving isn’t always a strong point for me. I like gifts that are thoughtful and creative, which is something that often eludes me. However, this time a good friend of mine just had a baby girl and I wanted it to be something homemade for the mother and baby.
This truly is the easiest sugar scrub, it is just two ingredients. You can add essential oils for scent but it smells delicious on its own. The sweet coconut smell makes me think of the tropics.
This centerpiece came about entirely by accident. I am not the most organized when we entertain, my whole focus seems to revolve around the food, and more often than not I can’t even remember to put napkins on the table.