A reluctant fall post...Rice Krispie Treats -Fall Edition

An alternate title for this post would be "why have regular Rice Krispie treats when you can have Pumpkin Spice Rice Krispie Treats?

While the pumpkin spice thing IS getting a little out of hand, the flavors do work well here...can't say the same for Oreos...or a million other things they are trying to inject pumpkin spice into...

Try this version and enjoy!

Want to make some "Pumpkin Spice Rice Krispie Treats"?

Here's what you need:

6 cups of rice krispies
1 bag of mini marshmallows (10oz approx)
3 tbls of butter
1 tsp of vanilla
1 heaping tsp of pumpkin pie spice

Melt butter over medium heat, add marshmallows, stir until melted.  Add vanilla and spice, stir until blended, add cereal, mix until coated and then scrap into a pan lined with parchment for best removal results.

That's it! :) Allow to set before cutting up and sharing! :)

Have fun and enjoy a new fall favorite! :)

DIY Vanilla Extract!

 Hello!! Here we are in the dead of summer and I am thinking about Christmas gifts. Homemade gifts at that. I admit that this one is a little bit for me as well since I plan to keep a portion to use myself. I have wanted to make vanilla extract at home for ages and since my beloved vanilla from Mexico will run out in the next few months, I thought now is the time!

Not only is it SUPER simple, it's also WAY cost effective to make it yourself. For about $40 I will have made 32 ounces of good quality vanilla extract TO BEGIN WITH. The best part of homemade extract is that you can use the beans again more than once. I can at least use them twice making 64 oz. A middle of the road Vanilla Extract from Target will cost you about $9 for 2oz.  So, it's a deal for much better quality!
Here is everything you need!
I got all of my supplies from Amazon (minus the vodka which I bought locally).

I have had these bottles forever from when I have made kombucha. You can also use a tight sealing jar.
And I bought these beans.
You'll need 8 oz of vodka per 5 beans, so you can start small! The cheapest vodka you can find will work just fine! Don't waste money here!

A funnel is helpful.

To make the extract simply slice the beans down the center to expose the middle.
Use 5 beans to one cup of vodka. (These bottles hold ten beans each and two cups of vodka).

Add beans to bottle/jar. Add vodka. Put the lid on and shake it gently.

Sit it in a cool place out of direct sun for six months (hence why I am starting them now).  Every so often shake them a bit.

If you are going to gift a portion, remove the beans and start a new one.  If you are going to keep some, simply top the vanilla off every once in a while to extend the life of your bottle of vanilla!

You can get a lot out of five beans! I hope you try some! I thinks it's always worth it to make everything from scratch at least once to see if it's worth it! I think homemade Vanilla extract IS!

Let me know if you make some!

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