Simple Vanilla Sugar

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Three years ago my family decided to do a homemade Christmas gift exchange. It was an experience to remember! We spent hours and hours making gifts for each of our family members and it felt nice to spend time rather than simply spending only money. Of course, the gifts required raw materials to purchase, but that was only a small part of the exchange. My mom made each of her daughters a bottle of vanilla extract with about ten vanilla beans in the bottle. It was the most aromatic, tasty vanilla I have ever used!

This week I finally used up the last bit of it and still had the beans left. I didn’t think they would be good to use again for vanilla extract so I found another use for them. I couldn’t simply throw them out because they still smelled divine and looked in good shape. Naturally, I chopped them up into about one inch pieces and tossed them into sugar!

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It’s just plain white sugar and I’ll use it next time I want to make something with a seriously vanilla kick to it.

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Peace and love,

Kristan

Sourdough Banana Bread

Quick breads are something so satisfying to me. A small amount of effort pays off in a big way with recipes like this. Firstly, you’re dreaming about a tasty morsel of bread to wake up to or to snack on before bed, then that dream starts to materialize in a real life recipe that will satisfy those cravings for a simple, yet totally tastebud-tantalizing treat.


I have enjoyed many versions of banana bread. Sometimes with nuts, sometimes without, chocolate, lemon, glazed, additional zucchini, and even caramelized.

This time, however, I stumbled across another way to use up extra sourdough starter. I don’t discard my starter practically ever. Instead I find a way to use it so as not to miss out on its distinctive flavor in a unique way.


This one clearly has plenty of walnuts. I enjoyed this bread fully! It was on the drier side because I probably left it to bake a few minutes too long. It was still flavorful, nutty, and not too sweet, which is just what I had wished it to be.


This sourdough banana bread might be just what you need this weekend. The best part is it can be made zero waste and in a very short amount of time. 

Peace and love,

Kristan