Thursday, November 12, 2009

waiting for vanilla-y goodness

I have been wanting to make homemade vanilla extract for sometime now. Finally the ingredients and materials were gathered up and it only took me like 2 minutes to make. Easy smeezy. Waiting for it to "make"? Not so easy smeezy. I really wanted to give it as Christmas gifts this year, but didn't get it ready in time as it takes a good 6 months or so for quality vanilla extract to "make".

Seriously though it is quite easy to do (literally just add vanilla beans to vodka and wait and wait and wait) and in the long run will save a bundle on my vanilla extract usage.

Looks kinda like something you would find in a mad scientist's lab or maybe a naturopathic doctor's office huh? Well, it's not. It's hiding quietly in my cupboard waiting for me to deem it worthy of Becca's Best Chocolate Chip Cookies.

Patience my vanilla-y darling, patience.

Thursday, November 5, 2009


I saw this clip on my bro's facebook feed a few weeks ago. It's from the World Science Festival 2009: Notes and Neurons. Bobby McFarrin is a guest panelist.

Watch the whole thing if you can. It's a little over an hour long but broken into 5 parts. Fascinating!