• Why There's Vanilla Brewing {Friday Five}

    by  • September 2, 2011 • Family, Recipes • 4 Comments

    1) While making cereal snack mix for the annual family camping trip, I saw the recipe on the box for chocolate/peanut butter covered in powdered sugar snack mix. (These mixes have names but they are trademarked and silly.)

    2) I had to make it too, despite not exactly possessing most of the ingredients. I subbed chocolate bar pieces for the chips and almond butter for peanut butter.

    3) Then I realized the vanilla extract jar ran dry two days ago.

    4) But I found vanilla beans in the spice drawer and ran to the computer to search how to make vanilla extract at home. I dumped vodka and beans in a jar leftover from canning apple butter.

    5) In four weeks I can make chocolate/peanut butter cereal mix with vanilla. You can bet I made it without vanilla for this trip.

    This is how I get into trouble in the kitchen: one project leads to another to another. Am I the only one?

    PS. The CSCC Taste the Future giveaway ends Tuesday.

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    4 Responses to Why There's Vanilla Brewing {Friday Five}

    1. September 2, 2011 at 9:23 am

      This totally happens to me, often starting from a recipe or idea on your site! I believe this cereal, peanut butter, chocolate, powdered sugar concoction is what we used to call puppy chow. So yummy and addicting. Plus, it was always a special treat since my Dad is allergic to nuts I wasn’t allowed to make a lot of nutty things at home. I like your almond butter idea, then my niece who’s allergic to peanuts could have it too.

    2. September 2, 2011 at 10:23 am

      Yes, we always called it puppy chow too!

    3. September 2, 2011 at 10:43 am

      i JUST bought vanilla beans to make homemade vanilla…it’s gonna be part of my xmas presents! so excited!

    4. September 4, 2011 at 9:26 am

      I get into trouble thinking about what else I can do. Most of the time I have to figure out if I am going to be able to see something through before I start or I will be in big trouble.

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