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Vanilla Extract Recipe + Free Label Printable

Vanilla Extract Recipe Plus Bottle Label // thepapermama.com

Can you really call something a recipe if it’s only 2 ingredients? Well, Vanilla Extract is surprisingly easy to make. Just two things you need: alcohol and vanilla beans. Yup. You wouldn’t know that if you looked on the ingredients of most vanilla extracts, since a lot of companies like to sweeten their extracts with corn syrup.

We tend to go through a ton of vanilla extract over in my home. I’m always making my no-refined sugars homemade granola, and we just go right through the extract. Making my own has saved a bit of cash! I mean, vanilla beans can be a little expensive… but we have a local store that sold some lovely organic beans for $1.50 each. There’s also a company I found online, Beanilla, that has a lovely variety of beans (for less than you’d probably pay at most grocery stores).

Vanilla Extract Recipe Plus Bottle Label // thepapermama.com

Vanilla Extract Recipe

Directions:

Vanilla Extract Recipe Plus Bottle Label // thepapermama.com

- Split your vanilla bean in half (lengthwise).

Vanilla Extract Recipe Plus Bottle Label // thepapermama.com

- Cut the bean sections into pieces that will fit into your bottle. Put the beans into the bottle.

Vanilla Extract Recipe Plus Bottle Label // thepapermama.com

- Pour the alcohol into the bottle and screw on the lid. Shake the bottle a couple times. Store in a dark space for 6 – 8 weeks. Ta dah! You now have Vanilla Extract. Head on over to my HP Post to get those free Vanilla Extract Labels! I also made some blank labels for you to use for other spices and extracts.

Vanilla Extract Recipe Plus Bottle Label // thepapermama.com

Vanilla Extract Recipe Plus Bottle Label // thepapermama.com

You know what’s super cool about this? When you run out of the vanilla extract you made, just add more alcohol and let the beans soak for another 6 – 8 weeks. I think keeping 3 bottles on hand and refilling as needed will help. I’m not sure how many times you can reuse the bean, but test it out!

Ok, enjoy that homemade vanilla extract!

Vanilla Recipe GIF // thepapermama.com

- Chelsey

P.S. I am a paid contributor on the HP Create website. 

No One Belongs Here More Than You Do. Meet Make Do goodies.

Meet Make Do Goody Bags #meetmakebing // thepapermama.com

“No one belongs here more than you.” It’s officially been 2 weeks since I wandered down to Palm Springs for the fabulous Meet Make Do retreat. I’ve thought about that trip each and every day since I came home. It was wonderful, the people were wonderful, and the time was fantastic. I really wanted to share all the goodies they gave us at Meet Make Do. All these beautiful hand made things are wonderful and I would absolutely recommend for gifts! Love supporting small businesses. So, if you have a moment, give a look at all the sweet links below and enjoy.

Meet Make Do Goody Bags #meetmakebing // thepapermama.com

Meet Make Do Goody Bags #meetmakebing // thepapermama.com

1. Beautiful Scarf from Coveted Things 2. Best Smelling Soap (ever) from Etta + Billie 3. Lovely Fabric from The Fabric Store 4. Coasters from World Reclaimed 5. DIY Rose Body Scrub from Oh So Pretty 6. Sweet Ceramic Bowl from Landis Carey 7. Pretty Hand Painted Napkins from Fat Eye Design 8. Shiny Cards from Lovely Pigeon 9. Foil Tape from Lovely Pigeon 10. Dipped Wooden Flatware from Mr. & Mrs. P 11. Craft Shears from We Love Citrus 12. Collection of Tiny Prints from Minted 13. Gold Tube Necklace from Seoul Little  14. Bright Heart Tote from Michelle Dwight Designs 15. Painted Teeny Wood Bowl from Wind and Willow Home 16. Very Cute Air Plant Hanger made by Lovely Indeed

Meet Make Do Goody Bags #meetmakebing // thepapermama.com

Meet Make Do Goody Bags #meetmakebing // thepapermama.com

- Chelsey

P.S. The first image was taken by Mary Costa. ALSO, a big thanks to Bing for making this event possible! 

Rainbow Cupcake Recipe & Free Rainbow Cupcake Topper Printable

Rainbow Cupcake Recipe and Rainbow Cupcake Topper Printables // Lulu the Baker for thepapermama.com

Here’s a real quick intro to the newest contributor for The Paper Mama Blog: Lulu the BakerThis post is sponsored by CourseCraft.
I am of the opinion that cupcakes are the perfect sweet ending to any celebration or event. They have pretty much everything you could ever ask for in a party food. Miniature size? Check! Self-serve-ability? Check! No utensil dirtying? Check! Delicious and cute and colorful and did I mention delicious? Check! I can’t think of a single person I know who doesn’t like cupcakes, or a single holiday that they wouldn’t be perfect for. In honor of the upcoming St. Patrick’s Day festivities, I made sweet little rainbow cupcakes. They’re so party-perfect, and guess what? They’re so easy too! It only takes a few extra minutes of work to get this eye-popping effect. And for an even bigger dose of rainbow cuteness, I topped my rainbow cupcakes with…you guessed it: rainbows!

Rainbow Cupcake Recipe and Rainbow Cupcake Topper Printables // Lulu the Baker for thepapermama.com

Rainbow Cupcakes Recipe How-to

Supplies:

  • 1 white cake mix, plus all of the ingredients to make it (usually oil, water, and eggs), or your favorite recipe for homemade white cake
  • a large mixing bowl
  • a large spoon or electric mixer
  • 6 small bowls
  • food coloring (you can get by with just red, yellow, and blue if you have to)
  • a small spoon
  • cupcake pans
  • 24 paper cupcake liners (the rainbow striped ones I used were from Shop Lemon Drop)
  • a teaspoon
  • 1 batch cream cheese frosting
  • a frosting spreader or butter knife
  • a 2″ circle punch
  • scissors or a paper trimmer
  • Rainbow Cupcake Topper printable

Rainbow Cupcake Recipe and Rainbow Cupcake Topper Printables // Lulu the Baker for thepapermama.com

Directions:

1. In the large mixing bowl, make the white cake batter according to package directions.

2. Divide the cake batter evenly among the 6 small bowls. You should get about 1/2 cup of batter per bowl.

3. Add 15 drops of food coloring to each bowl. For the red (really pink), use all red. For the orange, use orange food coloring or a combination of red and yellow. For the yellow, use all yellow. For the green, use green food coloring or a combination of blue and yellow. For the blue, use all blue. For the purple, use purple food coloring or a combination of blue and red. In all instances, only use 15 drops of food coloring TOTAL per bowl. Mix well with a small spoon, and rinse the spoon in between colors.

4. Put the paper cupcake liners in the cupcake pans.

5. Put 1 teaspoon of purple batter in the bottom of each cupcake paper. If you still have leftover purple batter after you’ve put a teaspoon in each cup, distribute the leftover batter among the cupcakes papers. Repeat the process with the blue batter, then green, yellow, orange, and finally pink.

6. Bake the cupcakes according to package directions. Allow to cool completely.

7. Using the frosting spreader or butter knife, frost the cupcakes with cream cheese frosting.

8. To make the rainbow cupcake toppers, begin by downloading the printable pdf. Once the file is saved to your computer, open it and print it. I scaled it to about 94% so nothing would be cut off, and chose the “Best” quality option.

9. Punch each rainbow circle out with the 2″ circle punch, then use the scissors or paper trimmer to cut each circle in half.

10. Gently push a paper rainbow into the frosting on each cupcake. Voila! A rainbow extravaganza!

Rainbow Cupcake Recipe and Rainbow Cupcake Topper Printables // Lulu the Baker for thepapermama.com

Rainbow Cupcake Recipe and Rainbow Cupcake Topper Printables // Lulu the Baker for thepapermama.com

- Melissa, Lulu the Baker

This Rainbow Cupcake Recipe post was sponsored by the very fun site, CourseCraft:

CourseCraft // thepapermama.com

Happy birthday to that guy I married!

Fave Husband Print Freebie // thepapermama.com

Happy birthday to that guy I married! I made this print for him and you’re welcome to print a copy for your favorite husband! Click here and right click + save.

- Chelsey

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