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Vanilla Extract Recipe – How to Make your Own

Want to make a special gift for the cook in your life? And for not much money? Homemade Vanilla extract is the perfect gift – everyone cooks. But not all vanilla beans are equal. If I can even find vanilla beans in eastern North Carolina, they are usually all dried up. But with some diligence… Read More

Light up with Wine Bottles

It’s magic — those tiny lights that twinkle in wine bottles at Big Mill Big Mill Bed & Breakfast The idea is really simple: just drill a hole in a glass bottle and push the lights in. Guests here at Big Mill Bed & Breakfast ask me all the time, “How do you do it?” … Read More

Cast Beeswax Ornaments

I saw my first Brown Bag Cookie Mold in the early eighties in a tiny shop in Virginia Highlands, a small Yuppie neighborhood in Atlanta, where I was living. This love affair has never ended. I have St. Nicholas from the 1983 collection, which was the first year they were made. The Brown Bag name comes from… Read More

Citrus Decorations – How to Dry Orange Slices

When  holiday seasons approach I have to try to shed the Bah Humbug attitude. The best way for me to do that is to make something pretty or make a gift for someone. My mother and I used to cook and bake fudge, brownies and cookies and we made all our decorations mostly from things we had… Click to see how to DIY dried frut