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Offline Cheryl

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Re: Christmas 2014
« Reply #30 on: August 05, 2014, 08:17:35 PM »
Where did you buy the vanilla beans?

I love the idea of homemade vanilla as a gift!   :)
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Re: Christmas 2014
« Reply #31 on: August 06, 2014, 07:58:31 AM »

Mandy, I thought of you the other day when I was online shopping at Kohls.  They had "Big Bang Theory" socks.  Wasn't it you that liked that show so much? (maybe not, just going by memory) They were in the women's section though, but maybe an early gift for you? ;)  Can't buy too many of those. :)


Ah!  Yes, Jean and I both love that show.  I might have to check them out.  Thank you!

I'm actually in pretty decent shape with Christmas planning/buying, considering that it's August!  I have ideas for almost all 12 days of Jean's '12 Days of Christmas' and his regular Christmas morning gifts, and I even have some of the items already bought.  I have several ideas for my nieces this year as well.  I've also been collecting/saving gift cards and credit card rewards, and we cashed in all of our change for an Amazon gift card, so buying the rest shouldn't be too much out of pocket.  Woohoo!

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Re: Christmas 2014
« Reply #32 on: August 06, 2014, 05:06:39 PM »
Where did you buy the vanilla beans?

I love the idea of homemade vanilla as a gift!   :)

I got them from Olive Nation...  http://www.olivenation.com/Bourbon-Madagascar-Vanilla-Beans-P84C54.aspx

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Re: Christmas 2014
« Reply #33 on: August 06, 2014, 07:20:21 PM »
Where did you buy the vanilla beans?

I love the idea of homemade vanilla as a gift!   :)

I got them from Olive Nation...  http://www.olivenation.com/Bourbon-Madagascar-Vanilla-Beans-P84C54.aspx


Thank you!
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Re: Christmas 2014
« Reply #34 on: August 23, 2014, 07:20:52 AM »
You guys are moving right along!

This week I bought 3 frames at the university where Sydney will be attending - 2 will be given to the Grandparents as Christmas presents and we will print a photo of her and put it in there.  The other will be saved to hold her diploma from there I think  ;) --- 90% off the frames

Bought my niece a very nice sweater from Banana Republic --- 90% off

I need to sit down and see what I have - what I need and who I am buying for --- I have not gotten that far in my brain yet  ;D


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Re: Christmas 2014
« Reply #35 on: August 23, 2014, 08:28:50 AM »
Very proud of all of you for getting the head start on Christmas shopping. I have nothing done and probably won't this year. I think this will be the year of gift cards or cash. Just don't have the time nor energy to work on stuff. You all are a great encouragement to each other.  ;D
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Re: Christmas 2014
« Reply #36 on: August 23, 2014, 08:39:53 AM »
I ordered two gifts the other day - one for Doug's aunt and one for Ed.  I plan on trying to get something every payday plus then I will also have the money Doug's work gives us if we have our annual physicals.  I think we should be in pretty good shape if I follow my plan.

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Mandy - Doug and I LOVE the Big Bang Theory, too!

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Re: Christmas 2014
« Reply #37 on: August 23, 2014, 08:07:53 PM »
Add Jon and I to the list that LOVES Big Bang Theory!!!  We watch an episode almost each night on tbs.  Just love it!!

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Re: Christmas 2014
« Reply #38 on: August 25, 2014, 08:18:53 AM »
We watch an episode almost each night on tbs.  Just love it!!

Me too :)  I just take the iPad into bed with me and watch while Jean catches up on his DVR'ed shows out in the living room ;D
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Re: Christmas 2014
« Reply #39 on: August 25, 2014, 09:00:12 PM »
I love it, too! Love Sheldon!
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Re: Christmas 2014
« Reply #40 on: September 11, 2014, 07:42:29 PM »
Erica how do you know when your vanilla is ready? I have some made just not sure how to tell when it's done  ::)

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Re: Christmas 2014
« Reply #41 on: September 12, 2014, 08:24:59 AM »
I have gotten two things for Doug and one for Molly.  I might as well Christmas shop if I am stuck in bed!  😊

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Re: Christmas 2014
« Reply #42 on: October 06, 2014, 09:53:52 AM »
I buy my vanilla beans from the same site Erica linked to.

Laurie,  I leave my beans in the vodka for 6 months before I use it. It gets darker over time and I shake and swirl it a couple times a week. I'm not sure there is a right or wrong  time to start using it but the longer you leave the beans steeping in the vodka, the stronger vanilla flavor you will have.

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Re: Christmas 2014
« Reply #43 on: October 06, 2014, 10:52:21 AM »
Erica how do you know when your vanilla is ready? I have some made just not sure how to tell when it's done  ::)

Laurie

I missed this, Laurie.. Like Beth said below.. about 6 months seems standard "steeping" time  ;)

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Re: Christmas 2014
« Reply #44 on: October 06, 2014, 05:27:30 PM »
Thank you Beth and Erica  :) I be thinking mine is done now then since it's been sitting there for a year  :o  :o  :o  lol Mine should be good and strong then  ;)
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