Rachel Schardt

If your like me and you love to bake, be it sweets like muffins and cupcakes, or super yummy sweets such as cakes, pies and more and notice that the more elaborate the recipe the more the elaborate the flavorings you need.

Now I am know for stocking up on that cheap vanilla extract that smells like alcohol drowned in vanilla bean or what ever imitation flavor they call vanilla is. Then the taste of same said extract is enough to choke a horse because the alcohol is over powering. The other side is that you have a recipe that you make that calls for a tsp. of lemon or orange extract and that is the only time you use it...and realize how much money is wasted on these flavoring concoctions that you have no idea how to pronounce or let alone need a chemistry degree to translate the list of ingredients.

Well look no more. With today's economy being what it is....more and more people and home foodie cooks (yours truly) are going way back into the cookbooks of yore and are now creating our own extracts. So I will give you the information what to do and of course the links to create your extracts.

The first thing to remember is this the higher the quality the better the product. Understand also the amount ratio to use when making any extract. The base start is usually always as follows:

      For 8 oz. of said extract you are making you will want to use 1 cup of vodka and 3/4 cup of extract flavoring.

This is where the imagination can run free. Think of all the flavor combos you can come up with. Blueberry lemon extract, or go nuts and do a coffee berry flavoring that would help wake up the senses of the nose so early in the morning. 

Please please what ever you do...do not use cheap ingredients. I have learned about this the hard way. But homemade extracts will make awesome Christmas present for those foodies in your life.

Here are the links to recipes.







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In the realm of me being frugal or as hubby says a cheapskate (why thank you hunny) I figured why not try the ever so loved pinned recipe of homemade flavored coffee creamer. I do love and mean do LOVE international delights coffee creamer. The flavors, the creamy yummy goodness in my coffee...but I don't like all the ingredients that I can't pronounce or heck even spell.

So far every mix I have made from pinterest account on my make your own board I have loved or usually tweaked to make it suit my family. Mixes are usually good like that. I have to say this recipe can use a little tweaking to make the flavor you want pop or stand out in your coffee.

You will see many recipes but they all have the same combo. What...what's the combo? 1 14oz. can of sweetened condensed milk, 1 3/4 C. of milk and flavor syrups. 

This is the most common pin that you will see floating on FB:

                                               Not very appealing but hey it's pinterest

So I did end up making this and here's what I will say. First I hate opening small cans of uber sweet condensed milk. Hubby and padawan on the other hand yeah they love the sweet sticky stuff. SMH if they only knew you use that stuff to make fudge but that's another post.

Here's the recipe I did:

1 14oz. can sweet condensed milk
1 3/4 cup milk
2-3 Tbsp Torani syrup (and again no I am not sponsored by them but I soooo wish I was)
you want a good and I mean good reusable container. I got mine from walmart it's a rubbermade and I paid 1.28$ for it.

Ok here we go directions!

1. Open and empty condensed milk into your reusable container. This step takes a minute or a long minute a very long minute.
2. Once your condensed milk can is empty add the milk. If you want a creamier or richer base use half and half or go wild and crazy and use heavy cream.
3. Add 2-3 tbsp. of your favorite coffee house syrup. You might have to add more give or take how it tastes.
4. Shake that baby (after you know the cap or what have you is secure) shake to make sure that everything mixes well.
5. Make that nice cup of coffee and try your creamer out.
6. Store in the fridge up to 3 weeks if it even lasts 3 weeks...well I know in this house it don't but meh.

Now for the links to many different flavors. I will suggest that if you want a nice vanilla flavor that isn't very heavy with alcohol to try vanilla bean paste. A little bit of the stuff goes a LOOOONG way.

Now for the links and nice cup of coffee for myself!