DIY :: Homemade Vanilla Extract Recipe

homemade vanilla extract

I've been making and selling Vanilla Bean Sea Salt, which leaves me with pounds of empty vanilla bean pods. I scrape the vanilla beans from the center of the pods and after I make each batch I have a huge mound of sad scraped pods on the counter. The beans I use are organic Madagascar vanilla beans and it would be such a waste to toss the empty … [Read more...]

Gift Guide :: Cheese Making Kit {Urban Cheesecraft} + GIVEAWAY – closed

Urban Cheesemaking DIY mozzarella cheese kit - stylish spoon 2014 holiday gift guide

This DIY cheese making kit from Urban Cheesecraft is just the thing for a handcrafted, small batch devotee. With straightforward instruction and all the supplies you need to make fresh mozzarella other than fresh milk, this kit makes it simple to make delicious curd in your own kitchen. Urban Cheescraft's cheese-making kits include tips for success … [Read more...]

Gift Guide :: The Best Glass Water Bottle {bkr}

bkr - stylish glass water bottle

The hunt for a glass water bottle that's not too fragile and has a comfortable opening to drink out of is over. The bkr glass water bottle is as stylish as it is functional, with a rainbow of different colors to choose from. It's leak-proof (i.e. will not ruin your bag - I have had several metal ones that lost their threading and began to leak in … [Read more...]

Simple DIY Valentine’s Day Cards


Here are a few cute ideas for DIY Valentine's Day cards from Real Simple. … [Read more...]

Friday Find :: NYC {Slate Serving Pieces from Brooklyn Slate Co.}


  As you can tell from my pictures, I'm big on solid serving pieces and plates. My everyday dishes are white and most of my serving pieces are too.  I find that white doesn't distract and keeps the focus on my food.  To change things up, I add a few wooden and now some slate serving pieces, which have become my new favorites.  Slate … [Read more...]

Recycled Wine Tags {gift ideas}


Wine enthusiasts can be tricky to buy for, unless you know their specific taste preferences.  Wine accessories are a safe gift option for the vino lovers in your life.  These recycled wine tags from White Tulip Boutique would make a "charming" hostess gift or stocking stuffer.  The set includes two tags, made from recycled vintage silver-plated … [Read more...]