Last fall I visited friend while she was baking. She pulled out a liquor bottle and started measuring it into the recipe and I didn't think much of it until I took another look and saw all the stuff floating in the bottle. She then introduced me to her family's homemade vanilla. I was enthralled. I wanted to run home and research it and make it RIGHT. NOW. I did go home and research and enjoyed the Heavenly Homemaker's Tutorial. Then I didn't get around to it, couldn't squeeze vanilla beans out of my grocery budget etc. But then everything lined up just right. I had gotten a bottle of vodka for a recipe a couple months ago and never used it. It sat collecting dust. Then this week, Amazon had a crazy deal on vanilla beans and I had a little extra cash. So I introduce you to my Vanilla In Progress:
I've read differing reports on how long to let it live in a dark corner: 8 weeks to 6 months. In any case it will be ready for fall and Christmas baking. We'll check back in on it in a few weeks.