Vanilla Beans Giveaway from Olive Nation!

One of our Funky Fresh Kitchen challenges has been to “Make it Yourself“.  It’s been fun to hear what all you’ve chosen to make and several of you have decided to make Homemade Vanilla Extract.  This is definitely one of my favorite homemade items. Not only is this easy to make and much healthier and pure than the vanilla you can buy at the store – it’s really stinkin’ fun.

Of course, I use the term “stinkin” in a very pleasant way in this case because have you ever smelled vanilla beans? Or cut them to make vanilla extract and then had the wonderful scent left on your hands and in your kitchen for two days? It’s awesome! Stinkin’ awesome, actually.

I’ve talked often about the benefits of making homemade vanilla extract over the past couple of years and I know many of you have joined me in the fun. We have made friends with Olive Nation and they’ve offered Heavenly Homemakers readers an ongoing 10% discount plus free shipping on all Vanilla Bean orders (when you use the code hhm2012). Today, Olive Nation has offered to give away a 1/2 pound of it’s finest Madagascar Vanilla Beans to one of you here!

We’ve purchased vanilla beans in the past from other companies and have never been as impressed with the quality like we are with the beans we get from Olive Nation. These vanilla beans are top knotch, very reasonably priced and are delivered within just a few days, making your mail box smell stinkin’ incredible.

If you’re ready to give Homemade Vanilla Extract a try and you’re interested in winning this great package of Olive Nation vanilla beans, leave a comment on this post. I’ll draw a random winner on Tuesday, September 13.

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  1. Kathie says

    Ooo, Me, pick me! I want to win vanilla beans! I’ve been wanting to make homemade vanilla extract since reading your initial post about it…and this would be awesome!

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  2. says

    If you are sitting on the fence, not sure you can make your own let me encourage you to give it a try. Set aside a couple of the beans for the caviar and use it in tasty treats! YUMMO

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  3. says

    Hi Laura,
    I just told my hubby last week I wanted to make homemade vanilla extract as gifts for my friends and family for Christmas. I have been pricing the items needed and hope to get started very soon. Thank you for this opportunity! Have a great day!

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  4. Melissa Reploeg says

    oooooooooh!!!!!!! I am so excited…pick me! pick me! LOVE your website and ideas! Thanks so much for sharing!

    Melissa

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  5. says

    Making my own vanilla extract has been on my to-do list for quite a while, now. This giveaway wold leave me with no more reasons to procrastinate! :)
    Thanks!

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  6. Tina says

    I’ve been making my own vanilla extract for years. You’re right! It’s easy and fun, and I’ve become the supplier for all my friends.

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  7. Jenn Price says

    Wonderful!!! I love the idea of making my own vanilla. We use it regularly and I think the cost savings would be amazing!

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  8. Steph says

    I have been wanting to make Vanilla for some time now but we have had no space to have anything extra in our tiny home. Now, we are in the process of buying a house that will allow me to have to room to store the vanilla, along with having a garden! I would LOVE to win this! Thanks :)

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  9. Jessica says

    Olive nation is were I bought my beans at for the extract I have sitting in the back of the cabinet waiting patiently 2 more months to finish. My kitchen smelled so good for weeks after I got them in the mail. I can’t wait for it to be done. I would love to win this giveaway to start a second batch of extract.

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  10. Meagan says

    I would love to win these vanilla beans. I tried making vanilla once in the past, but I would love to try again with better beans!

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  11. Marilyn K says

    I have some of the HH vanilla and think it is great! I would like to try making it and possibly do Christmas gifts with it (not this year!). Thanks.

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  12. Cari Walters says

    I give homemade vanilla as gifts to my most treasured friends….I love to make (and use) home made perpetual vanilla!! Its awesome!!

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  13. says

    I ordered a pound of beans from them a few months ago and have my vanilla brewing away. With the extra beans we have been making homemade vanilla ice cream which is wonderful!!!! (once I scrape the seeds the pods go in my sugar cannister) I could always use some more vanilla beans, please!

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  14. Deja Armstrong says

    I’ve been kicking myself for not doing this earlier in the summer for Christmas presents…but maybe I can make vanilla for birthday presents next year…

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  15. Miranda says

    Oh I’d love to win some vanilla beans! I have been meaning to make my own vanilla extract and this would be the push I need! :)

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  16. Beth says

    Just started my first batch two weeks ago, but have had so much interest from family/friends I might need to make another! Thanks for the opportunity to win some!

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  17. Kelly Truman says

    I love to try new things! This sounds like a great opportunity to attempt vanilla extract for the first time! I’m sure I’ll be hooked. :)

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  18. jes says

    I’d like to win this great package of Olive Nation vanilla beans and give Homemade Vanilla Extract a try. Thank you.

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  19. Kristin H. says

    I want to make vanilla extract so much that on one if my “off (my rocker) days”, I saw a great deal and bought it… I bought cinnamon sticks. Yep. Cinnamon sticks. You’d think I bought the alcohol early (and taste tested it, I guess), but no… I was just that far off that day. I guess my apple sauce will definitely be spiced this year!

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  20. Nissa Morgan says

    I would LOVE to win!! I was thinking about making vanilla extract for part of xmas gifts this year so this would be perfect!!

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  21. Lora Reynolds says

    I would LOVE to win this! I saw your post on how to make homemade vanilla (and saved it) and I want to make it, so I hope I win!

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  22. jbrown says

    I have my first batch of homemade vanilla “steeping” in the cabinet to be ready for Christmas! Would love to have more beans for batch number two!

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  23. Tsain says

    I just found a recipe for homemade vanilla a couple months ago and would love to give it a try! Thanks for the opportunity :)

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  24. says

    I so want to win this! I’ve been dying to try making vanilla and every time I think i can order the beans, something comes up. I cant stand the fact tht I’m still using the nasty “pure” stuff that comes from the store simply because I (more like my husband) hates waste.

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  25. Leilani says

    Never thought of making my own extracts before (didn’t even realize you could do this yourself) but with as much as I use it in baking, I’m looking forward to learning how. Thanks!

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  26. Tasha says

    Cannot wait to make homemade vanilla extract and share it with my friends! Wish I would’ve gotten on it earlier for Christmas presents!

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  27. Lyndsay says

    I have been thinking of making vanilla for several months now! The only thing holding me back is vodkaphobia! I don’t drink, and neither does my husband, so going into a liquor store makes me feel funny. My uncles own a local bar, and my husband said I should call them and see if I could get a gallon of vodka from them wholesale! Um, I don’t think so! LOL! Guess I will have to get over my phobia and get me some vodka. A lot of it, too!

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  28. Shelly says

    Just finished my first batch of Vanilla. Got another batch brewing already. I gave most all of my first batch away saved a few bottles for teacher Christmas gifts.

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  29. Michele says

    If family memebers are eligible, sign me up! Kevin and I were talking about trying it just the other day. Ok, I was talking to Kevin about me trying it…(:

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  30. Mary E says

    I bought vanilla beans from them last year and made fabulous vanilla extract for Christmas gifts! I’d love to make more this year :)

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  31. Alexis D says

    I would LOVE to make my own homemade vanilla extract! I have heard that homemade is SO much better than the store-bought stuff!

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  32. says

    Of course I would love to win some vanilla beans! I hope to make some for Teacher gifts to go along with a cookie mix in a jar. Thanks for the giveaway Laura and Olive Nation!

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  33. Gayle J says

    I have made other kinds of extracts, but never vanilla. I would love try their beans and make some extract. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  34. Amy Becker says

    I have a batch started that will be ready Nov. 1st. I can’t wait to give them as gifts. I would love another package of beans to start the next batch!

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  35. Vickie says

    You convinced me and I have two half gallons “brewing” right now. If I won these I would give them to one of my girls to make some homemade vanilla.

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  36. jyll says

    What a timely post! I wanted to make homemade vanilla for Christmas gifts this year – I would love these stinkin’ beans!

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  37. Cheryl Pitones says

    I would love to win this! My mom made homemade vanilla a while back and I’ve been meaning to try it myself. This would be a great excuse. Thanks!:)

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  38. Tami says

    We’ve been wanting to try out making vanilla…. But still need to get the courage to buy the vodka (we are anti drinking and smoking…. And a pastoral family). This may just be the kick in the pants we need. ;)

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  39. Kristine A says

    I’ve got my first batch of homemade vanilla in process right now….but would love to another batch going. LOVE your website!!!!

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  40. Joy A. says

    I have started to make my own vanilla bean extract thanks to your blog. I use the Olive Nation vanilla beans since that is what you recommend.
    I would love to win the 1/2 IB of vanilla beans from Olive Nation!

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  41. says

    I have never done this before but would love to try!!! I am always baking and always need vanilla and would LOVE to try this!!! Our kids’ private school has a woman who sells her own homemade vanilla so I am always getting it there but half the time I need it – it’s gone, so I would love to try it on my own!! LOVE YOUR SITE!!!!

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  42. says

    I have vodka left over from the last batch and it just happens to be in the cupboard with the coffee mugs. Whenever friends come by they tease me about the bottle in the cupboard. I need some beans to use it up!

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  43. Betsy says

    I’ve got some vanilla brewing for Christmas gifts but will need to make more for the holiday baking that’s coming way too soon.

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  44. says

    I love making homemade vanilla. I wish you could have seen my mother’s face when I mentioned needing to get vodka or bourbon. Do you have preference on which one to use for your vanilla extract. I have never tried beans from Olive Nation before and would love to give them a try.

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  45. Jaclyn F. says

    I keep meaning to make my own vanilla extract … this would give me the perfect opportunity to do so! Thank you :)

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  46. says

    I’ve been making homemade vanilla for a while now, after reading about the method here on your site. My favorite part of baking is when the vanilla hits the sguar and eggs and my beaters kick that wonderful smell up into the air!

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  47. Lori says

    I have been telling my daughter about making this to give for gifts, and she is really interested. Does the type of vodka matter? I have Grey Goose in the freezer, but it is expensive ($20 a liter). Can I use the less expensive stuff and get the same results?

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  48. Menda says

    I tried vanilla extract with some less expensive beans, and the results were just okay. I’d like to try again with great vanilla beans to see if I get better results.

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  49. Dawn says

    I would love to win this. Ever since I saw your way of making vanilla I’ve been wanting to try it out. This would definitely give me a jumpstart!

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  50. Melanie Fuller says

    Wow! I have never tried real vanilla beans and would love to give them a try! Hope to win! Thank you so much!

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  51. Kim says

    I would love to learn to make Homemade Vanilla! I already have made your taco seasoning (which I love!) and of course the Ranch Dressing (we apply it generously!) :) Thanks for the recipes.

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  52. says

    Seriously?! I’ve never even SEEN a real vanilla bean, much less smelled it or made anything with one! I’d love to make some vanilla!

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  53. BeckyL says

    I am trying vanilla for the first time and so want to make it for Christmas presents. The real stuff is sooo yummy. Thank you for the opportunity.

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  54. Jamie Brown says

    I’ve been very interested in making my own vanilla extract so I’d love to win this! Thank you for the chance to enter!

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  55. Rachel says

    I love to give this a try. It’s a great way to make Christmas gifts, but also to do with friends and share the experience/cost.

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  56. Jenny C. says

    Oh yeah, enter me in this giveaway! I’ve got some vanilla extract “extracting” right now in my kitchen cabinet and would love to start making more! And the beans from Olive Nation are “stinkin” awesome!

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  57. Kristina says

    I currently have a batch of vanilla “percolating” in my closet, thanks to you and Olive Nation. I can’t wait until December when I can share and start again!

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  58. Anne L. says

    I’ve already got my vanilla “brewing” for this year’s Christmas presents, and it, too, is starting to smell stinkin’ good! It’s never too early to start planning for next year, though. Please sign me up for the Great Vanilla Bean Giveaway!

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  59. Alycia M says

    Oooohhh I’ve been wanting to do this ever since I first read about it on your blog. This is just the push I need to get my first batch going. :)

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  60. says

    would love to make vanilla sugar, and then dehydrate the beans to add to my coffee (that is after I make the vanilla extract…lol) Please enter me in the drawing. Thanks!

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    melanie Reply:

    Yikes, what are the odds that TWO melanies should post at the exact same time?! =)

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    Melanie Reply:

    OMgoodness…that is just CRAZY…we couldn’t do that again if we tried!

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  61. says

    …IF I won the beans, then I would HAVE TO get someone to purchase the vodka for making homemade vanilla. And while I was at it, I could make a proper elderberry tincture. MMm-hmmmm. Yes, please!

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  62. Sharyn Coate says

    I would love to win this and give it to my Mother! She would love this! I would love to make homemade extract also! My daughters would like helping too, like always!

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  63. Lisa says

    I’ve been eager to try homemade vanilla, but never seem to get around to ordering beans. Thanks for the opportunity to win some :)

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  64. Carrie A says

    Would love to try making my own extract. Love your blog, even though I am the opposite of a homemaker – long hours at work + a long commute! This helps to keep me focused on what’s really important!

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  65. Deanna says

    I’d love to make homemade vanilla extract!!! It’s been on my to make list for a while, but hasn’t happened yet.

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  66. Kathy Johnson says

    Ahh! Vanilla Beans! Been using the ‘real thing’ for years now and could never go back to the store bought stuff. I make my own Kahlua and use two beans per batch, and when it has ‘brewed’ – I rinse and dry them to use again.
    I love surprising people by giving them the Vanilla Sugar to use for their coffee or………
    So many uses for the Bean. And so many great gifts to be made with them! Can you tell? I LOVE Vanilla Beans!
    And thanks for all your GREAT articles! Wonderfully full of needed and fun information!

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  67. Margaret says

    I have homemade vanilla working in the dark of my pantry.It will be ready to bottle soon. I would love to win some beans for my next batch.

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  68. Melissa A says

    My friend and I keep talking about making Vanilla, but we keep putting it off. We still want to make vanilla, and winning some beans would put us on the right track!! Pick me, pick me! I love your blog by the way.

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  69. Cheryl G says

    I make my own vanilla powder now because one of my kiddos has a sugar cane allergy and another has a corn allergy. I would love to win the vanilla beans!

    If anyone is interested in trying vanilla powder too, the recipe is originally from food.com:
    1/2 cup white sugar (or 1/4 cup maple sugar)
    1 vanilla bean cut into 1″ pieces
    1/2 tsp. starch (corn, tapioca, potato or arrowroot)

    grind in a coffee grinder or Vitamix until chunks are pretty much gone. Remove any large chunks. Store in an airtight container for about 2 weeks before using. If using white sugar, use about 1/2 tsp per 1 tsp of vanilla extract required for a recipe. If using maple sugar, then use 1/4 tsp per 1 tsp of vanilla extract required for a recipe.

    Thanks!

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  70. Malissa C. says

    I have a gallon of homemade vanilla “distilling” in my pantry already, but most of that is already allocated to Christmas presents…I would love to win these beans and make some for my own family! Ooh, and you are so right about the smell of the beans!!!

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  71. Jessi says

    Love your blogs! THis giveaway is awesome. I would relish the opportunity to be able to make my own Vanilla with these beans. Have a great Friday everyone!!! :)

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  72. says

    This would be fantastic to win! My husband and I turned our bottle of vanilla around last week and realized that it had sugar and lots of water in it! He said ts would be a great project for us to commit to. He said he would buy the vodka so I wouldn’t have to take our 6 kids and my pregnant belly into a liquor store though. :)

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  73. Holly says

    I didn’t realize how much vanilla I really used until I became a traditional foodie and startted buying organic vanilla; we all but had to take out a second mortgage to fund my baking habits! When I tried the Heavenly Homemaker’s homemade vanilla recipe (and it worked), we saved a fortune and it is true that the Olive Nation beans are the best quality for the best price that I’ve found anywhere. I would LOVE to put a 1/2 pound of beans to work right away!

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  74. Judy Wirkkala says

    I have never tried homemade vanilla extract and since I bake for all the neighborhood munchkins…would LOVE to give it a go!! I am the old gramma type lady who the kidlets come to for goodies. They deserve gourmet!

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  75. Mrs. B says

    I’m so excited to have found this blog! I’ve previously made my own vanilla extract, but the beans were so expensive, & I had to drive over 70 miles to get some. I was thrilled to see your link to Olive Nation (which I’d never before heard of) & to read your tips on making the extract, as well as the suggestion to give it as gifts! This giveaway is just icing on the cake! (Delightfully scented icing, at that!)

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  76. Valerie says

    I would love to try vanilla beans either in making my own extract or in homemade vanilla icecream. Thanks for this opportunity.

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  77. Christina S. says

    I have been reading your posts for the past year about vanilla beans and making your own vanilla and would love this chance to give it a try!

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  78. Lisa M says

    I was just talking with my husband about trying to make our own vanilla! This would be too cool! Wait – Too stinkin’ cool!

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  79. Jenny says

    I would love to win these beans. Been putting off making homemade vanilla, but this might motivate me to get it done. Thanks.

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  80. Lisa says

    I have some in the cabinet for Christmas gifts and was just thinking I need more because this wont be enough:) Would love to win these!!!!

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  81. Krista says

    I’ve been toying with the idea of making my own vanilla, but still not sure. Having a batch of vanilla beans in the house would be the incentive I need to venture into the liquor store for some vodka!

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  82. Kathy L. says

    I really am in need of more vanilla beans to make more vanilla extract but haven’t ordered yet. Guess I was waiting for this “give-a-way!”

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  83. says

    I would love to try. I’ve wanted to do this for a while, but can’t justify spending that much on vanilla. Thanks for the opportunity

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  84. Katie P. says

    How wondeful! I made extract this year with Olive Nation’s vanilla beans, and it’s been a hit with family and friends. I need to make more, it’s gone so quickly!! Thanks for all the wonderful recipes and inspiration!

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  85. Erin S says

    I have vanilla brewing in my cupboard right now. I’m sure I didn’t make enough to give away for Christmas and still have some for myself. I’d love to win.

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  86. Dawn A says

    Ohhhhhh, sweet! We have our first batch sitting and growing delicious! We had some left over beans from our purchase and gave them to a friend of ours so their family could make some wonderful extract too. I was just thinking of making some more for the spring. What a great giveaway. Thank you!

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  87. Kelly says

    After reading about homemade vanilla on your blog, I wanted to make some for Christmas gifts. Of course, I haven’t even ordered the vanilla beans yet so this would be perfect! Thank you!

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  88. Andrea In SLC says

    Oooo, fun! This is on my ever growing list of things to make, so those beans would definitely come in handy. Thanks for the opportunity!

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  89. Sara says

    Would love to win this one and make vanilla extract…use it in so many things…homemade granola, cookies, baking etc…

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  90. Synde R. says

    I am on my last month of brewing 3 bottles of Vanilla extract. The anticipation is killing me. I have also made vanilla sugar and my family loves it! Thanks for all your wonderful ideas!

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  91. Lindsey says

    I love vanilla! I made vanilla extract to give away for Christmas last year but didn’t get to keep any of it. Time to make some more!

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  92. says

    I’ve been wanting to try making homemade Vanilla extract for some time now. But, I don’t know where to get them. Thanks for pointing me in the right direction. :-D

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  93. Christy says

    My first batch is almost ready to go, but I split it with a friend and would love to make another batch to give as gifts!

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  94. Lisa says

    I’d love to have my kitchen smelling like vanilla! It sure would be better than what it smelled like yesterday, when my son forgot to take the garbage out!

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  95. Mary Ellen says

    Oh yes, please!! I’ve been following your posts about making homemade vanilla and am sorry to say I haven’t gotten around to it…. Can’t wait to try, though! Thanks.

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  96. Holly says

    I would love to make homemade vanilla but the cost always stands in the way thanks for the opportunity wiegersmama @ yahoo . com

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  97. sheree says

    You said you would have some great giveaways, and you weren’t kidding. I can taste the homemade vanilla already. :)

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  98. Kelly says

    I would love to make your homemade vanilla! It’s been on my ‘to do’ list for a while now and some free vanilla beans would be excellent motivation to get started!

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  99. Wendy Smykalski says

    It would be great to win these! I’ve got my jar ready but just haven’t had the chance to order any vanilla beans!!!

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  100. Sarah says

    I’m with Kelly, this has been on my ‘to do’ list for a while, I just haven’t had the extra cash to get the beans. it’d be so cool! Thanks Laura!

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  101. says

    Count me in!!!! I have tried making Vanilla extract before for some lip balm I make, and…well, let’s just say I would like to give it another try! hehehe :)

    I will be sharing this giveaway for sure! WOW, a whole 1/2 lb.!!!! YAY!!!!

    Blessings,

    Miss Antoinette

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  102. Katrina says

    Oh I would love to try this!!! I also want to try the vanilla sugar too. This would be awesome! What a great give away!

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  103. Cheryl says

    I have been wanting to make vanilla for Christmas gifts but keep putting off the purchase of the vanilla beans. It would be great to get some for my first batch! Thanks!

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  104. Jennifer Morbeto says

    Oh, I’ve heard how great vanilla beans are and boy I would sure like to win some. I might even try your recipe then, because my son is gluten free and I have to buy vanilla extract that is gluten free. So homemade would be a lot better!

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  105. Heather Waldridge says

    What a great giveaway. I would enjoy winning and being able to make our own vanilla extract. I sure go through a lot of it!

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  106. Laura A says

    Have been trying to figure out how to convince the hubby we should try this, free beans would help lots! Thanks for the opportunity

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  107. Amy says

    Wow, I would love to win a package of Olive Nation vanilla beans. I haven’t tried making homemade vanilla extract, but am thinking I should!

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  108. Ellen says

    The vanilla beans would be so much fun to make into vanilla…I would love to win them. Keep the ideas coming, you do a great job!

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  109. Karen says

    Oh please! I would LOVE to win these! I’ve signed up for hundreds of drawings from blogs and never won anything. This would be a wonderful place to start!!!

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  110. BeckyL says

    I want to make vanilla extract for Christmas gifts this year. This would be a great start. Thanks for the opportunity.

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  111. Trudi says

    I’d LOVE to win this! The only reason I haven’t made my own vanilla extract is we just didn’t have the extra $$ for the beans. This would be great!

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  112. Karen says

    Just found your blog a couple of weeks ago through Once a Month Mom and really want to try making homemade vanilla!!! Also looking forward to taking the kids into the liquor store, (could always use another homeschool “field trip”)!!

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  113. Kristi F says

    I’ve been wanting to make vanilla, but haven’t gotten around to getting the supplies. Winning this would be great!

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  114. Kristi W. says

    Yes! Awesome I would love to make this. Not sure about buying the Vodka, but I’ll do it just to have some vanilla! Yumm!

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  115. Rnda says

    I took your advice and bought some beans and got some vanilla started. I would love to try another batch with bourbon – I friend said he made it and it was great.

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  116. Susie Eckert says

    I’ve been wanting to try homemade vanilla, but was hesitant to experiment with expensive beans. This would be a great opportunity for to learn!

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  117. Katie Wade says

    I would love to win some vanilla beans! Making my own vanilla would be such a fun project and I’m sure everyone here would love it!

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  118. Brooke says

    Sounds wonderful!

    BTW – I just have to ask (if anyone is even reading this) are you mid-west and east coast people laughing at So-Cal and everyone affected by the power outage? I’m laughing b/c they canceled school. Actually I really was just not too happy about it :( But I’m just wondering if people across the country got wind of this and had a laugh since it’s like “snow day”.

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  119. Diana Campbell says

    I would love to win! My husband who never drinks is excited about buying me some vodka to create some homemade vanilla.

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  120. susan says

    oh do i want to win this one!! i’ve been wanting to try homemade vanilla for so long, but it seems so expensive from the initial investment. i know it’s cheaper it just doesn’t seem like it when i “nickle & dime” myself buying it in the store.

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  121. aubree larson says

    I’ve been reading your blog for a few weeks now. Homemade vanilla is something I’ve always wanted to try, however the high cost of vanilla beans is probably the only thing stopping me so to win some would be great!!!

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  122. says

    Just yesterday I was reading your posts about making homemade vanilla extract and thinking how cool it would be to do it myself! Thanks for all the great giveaways! :)

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  123. Karen Broussard says

    Okay….I’m on my way out the door to buy my Vodka- received some beautiful vanilla beans from Olive Nation a couple weeks ago. Excited to see how well these work. Could always use some more to make a bigger batch as it takes quite a few beans! Thanks! Pick ME!

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  124. dee johnson says

    Thank you for all of the wonderful giveaways! I love making my own vanilla for myself. I’d love to make extra for gifts someday. This would be a blessing!

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  125. Stacy Connelly says

    Wow! I would LOVE to win the vanilla beans. I’ll be purchasing some eventually anyway, so I’m excited about the discount as well!!

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  126. Sheila Bailey says

    I’ve made your vanilla and gave it away at Christmas last year, I started my second batch last month! love it!!

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  127. Tiffany says

    I would love to win. I’ve been really wanting to try to make my own vanilla but nervous to pay for the beans and then somehow mess it all up-lol! Thanks!!

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  128. Moonpie says

    Yes I would love to win! Your blog has inspired me to make vanilla extract and have been wanting to do it for a while! Thank you!

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  129. Lisa H. says

    Would love to try to make my own vanilla extract, and especially since you posted about the vanilla shake!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  130. Tituslady says

    I would love to try and make some homemade vanilla! I’m just starting out making my own products! Thanks for the giveaway even if I don’t win =)

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  131. Julie says

    I would love to make my own vanilla. Just read about it last week, but got a bit discouraged when I saw the price of vanilla beans. Going to go check out Olive Nations prices now.

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  132. Deb S says

    I would love to try my hand at making my own vanilla extract. It’s very expensive and it’s a purchase I make too often!

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  133. says

    YUM..I’ve always wanted to try this, but am too cheap to buy vanilla beans. Probably would pay for itself with the homemade vanilla extract. Thanks!

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  134. Megan says

    I LOVE the smell (and taste!) of vanilla. I’ve never had the pleasure of smelling a freshly cut vanilla bean, but I’d sure love to! :)

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  135. Kathy McConnell says

    I’ve been wanting to try this! If I don’t win I hope to be able to make it nest spring. Thanks for the recipe and opportunity to win. Have a great weekend! God bless :)

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  136. says

    You are doing some great giveaways lately! I would love to try this, but haven’t been able to bring myself to buy the beans…yes, we are using imitation and I’m embarrassed! Here’s hoping I’ll have a reason to go buy a huge thing of vodka while 8 months pregnant! Wouldn’t that cause some interesting looks…

    Heather

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  137. Karen says

    I just started my first batch of vanilla about a month ago and can’t wait to see how it turns out! (and find more uses for vanilla beans!!)

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  138. Jill A. Collins says

    OMG – yes, yes, yes! I would very much like to have the vanilla beans! I love making vanilla extract, but I also love cooking and baking with real vanilla beans. NOTHING beats the taste of the real thing. Thanks for the giveaway. I love this one!!!
    jill24295@yahoo.com

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  139. Washington Mom says

    I would LOVE to win these beans!! I keep thinking it would be a great thing to make in my kitchen and this would be perfect to get me started!! Whoo Hoo!!!

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  140. Gretchen M says

    I’ve been wanting to make my own vanilla since reading your DIY vanilla post a few days ago! I’ve just got to think up ways to save $$ to buy the beans… but this would certainly help!! Hope I win! Hee hee :) Thanks gor all the inspiration!!

    Gretchen

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  141. Keara says

    Would love to make my own vanilla, but can’t get the nerve up to spend all that money:( would you have any idea how the price of homemade compares to boughten REAL vanilla?

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    Homemade vanilla ends up being about half the cost of store bought, plus I’ve found that store bought real vanilla extract still contains questionable ingredients. The up front cost seems a little high, but in the long run you do save money!

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  142. Tina says

    Oh yes, please enter me. I’m about to complete my first recipe of vanilla any day! I love easy recipes like this!! Thank you!

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  143. Nicole Cox says

    I have really been wanting to try and make my own vanilla but I’ll be honest the investment in the beans has been stopping me. I would LOVE the win the beans and make my own vanilla! Thank you for all your healthy recipes!

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  144. Ginny says

    It would be awesome to win these beans! I really like Olive Nation and I made my own vanilla extract using their beans for the first time this past winter. It turned out wonderful! Thanks for the opportunity.

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  145. Lana says

    Would LOVE this!!!! I have been thinking about the vanilla extract, but on fixed income, unable to afford “extras”. Good Luck to all.

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  146. Alecia says

    I would like to attempt to make my own. I’ve been having so much fun making other things from scratch why not vanilla? Made your homemade cinn rolls this am for my son’s bday, he LOVED them!! And the house smelled delicious! Thanks so much!

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  147. Jennvan says

    I would love to try those vanilla beans. I have made my own vanilla before but am running low and think it would be interesting to compare the quality.

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  148. says

    Yes! I just told my husband I was going to be making vanilla so we can stop buying it. It’s waaaay cheaper to make – especially if I win the vanilla beans!

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  149. Brittany says

    I’d love to win. I’ve been wanting to try making vanilla extract, but haven’t gotten around to it yet. This would be great motivation! :)

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  150. says

    Oh, I would love to be able to use some REAL vanilla beans! I’ve seen so many recipes using it…and making your own extract…fun stuff! :D

    Thank you so much for the entry!
    ~Miss Rachel P.~

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  151. Connie Hester says

    Have made your Homemade Vanilla and it is AWESOME! We do a lot of baking w/12 grandkids running around. They love helping in the kitchen and they think making our own vanilla is “the bomb”! LOL Would LOVE to win free beans. God’s Blessings on you and your family.

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  152. Chel says

    I keep thinking about making my own vanilla. I would love to win this! I guess with the discount and free shipping I should seriously think about ordering!

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  153. Jamie says

    We would LOVE to have these! We do a lot of baking & homemade things! It would be great!! Thank you for the chance to win!! :)

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  154. Jeanne Parks says

    This win would be so awesome. I had no idea (until I started receiving your emails) that homemade vanilla can be made so simply. I would love to give it a try!

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  155. says

    I LOVE homemade vanilla! It is the absolute best!!!!!!! I would love to win this prize so I can make some more vanilla extract–I am almost out of it.

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  156. Lisa says

    I’ve been wanting to make my own vanilla, but haven’t wanted to fork out the cost yet. This would be a great way to have a trial run at it!

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  157. Holly says

    We made the extract in June, can’t wait til it is done for Christmas time! Now I just need to find some cute labels! Thanks so much Laura. I loved the smell of the beans, too.

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  158. Amanda Rhoades says

    I have a LONG list of recipes I’ve been dying to try that need vanilla beans!!! Thanks for another great opportunity to win a cool prize! =)

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  159. Bobbie says

    I am planning on making my own vanilla extract using your recipe, so this would get me started out.
    Thanks and God Bless!

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  160. Jennifer H says

    As always Laura, you have the best information and giveaways on your site. I enjoy coming here everyday. I never know what to expect. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  161. Valerie White says

    would love tomake my own extract! how exciting would that be! thank youfor the opportunity to win some vanilla beans~Val

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  162. Tami says

    Have been wanting to make my own vanilla for months now, but buying the beans hasn’t been at the top of the list. Always something else that is higher priority.

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  163. Susan H says

    I want them! I want them! I looooove vanilla beans! I want to make some extract, but also some vanilla sugar and a vanilla facial scrub for some special ladies for Christmas!

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  164. Tara says

    My first batch of homemade vanille will be ready mid-October, and it’s oh so tempting to take a taste before then, but I will refrain! Would love to have more beans!

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  165. C Sherwin says

    Love to try their vanilla beans. Other ones I’ve tried have been really hard to use. Sounds like these are much better!

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  166. Christa Brown says

    I would love to win this. I have always wanted to make my own vanilla but the beans around here are so expensive!

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  167. Erica says

    It would be wonderful to win these! The high cost of vanilla beans has given me pause in making our own… Thanks for the opportunity!

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  168. Randi says

    I would LOVE to win this!! I did buy from them once and was really impressed. I’ve got the vanilla extract (in the making) in our basement that will be ready just in time for Christmas. Thanks so much for this idea and for the opportunity!!

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  169. Laura says

    OH, I would LOVE some vanilla beans! I would definitely make vanilla extract, vanilla sugar, vanilla syrup,…. and because they stink so purty, sleep with one under my pillow! Thanks!

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  170. Irene says

    Ok, I promise, if I win I will try to make the vanilla…absolutely love the idea of giving it away at Christmas!!! Bring on the beans!!

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  171. Hannah says

    Oh yeah!! I have some vanilla brewing now, going to make some stinkin’ amazing Christmas gifts!! Would love to have some extra beans now to make some more yummy “nilla stuffs!!! :-)

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  172. Meghan V. says

    My Mom gave me 4 vanilla beans last month and I had a little bit of vodka in the back of the cupboard…so I started some vanilla. I CAN NOT wait to taste it in a couple of months.

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  173. Melanie Rodriguez says

    You are brown and shrivled skinny bean pole not much to look at some say your aroma is strong but your soooo sweet when your with sugar oh how you Madagascar Vanilla beans make me stop and sniff the air ahhh! Please Please Let the stink of Vanilla fill my mailbox & kitchen:)

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  174. Jen says

    I just noticed this afternoon that my huge vanilla extract bottle is getting low. Thanks for the timely reminder of your recommended vanilla bean source!

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  175. says

    I tried this on your recommendation last year and have recently been getting requests from people for a repeat of last year’s Christmas gift… homemade vanilla! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  176. heather rinker says

    i have a yummy batch steeping right now!!! cant wait to try it in about 3 months! I would love more beans!!!

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  177. Kelly says

    I have thought about making my own vanilla in the past, but never went through with it. I just may need to give it a try now… Thanks for the directions!

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  178. Buffy Bowden says

    I would love to try some “stinkin” vanilla beans. Thanks so much for hopefully the opportunity to try some. Have a blessed day!!

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  179. katherine says

    wow! i would love to win. i’ve been wanting to make my own vanilla, but finances are really tight, so dropping 30 bucks on beans hasn’t really been realistic for us in this season. this would be a great opportunity to try it!! :)

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  180. DaniJ says

    I have been reading about doing this and it seems like such a great way to cut down on the cost of real vanilla extract!! Plus, what a great gift for Christmas!!

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  181. Heather says

    Waiting on a batch to brew now… Would love more vanilla beans for the next batch — or to add to my vanilla ice cream. Yum!

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  182. Elizabeth S says

    I want to try. Store bought vanilla extract contains corn and wheat and my two year old is allergic to corn and gluten.

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  183. Lorinda says

    I would like to win too! I have recently looked at the label of the “PURE” vanilla extract from Food Lion…Ingredients: vanilla bean extractives in water, alcohol (35%) and get this CORN SYRUP! YUCK!
    Do I really have to read the label when it’s labeled PURE!!! My gracious!I was shocked. I bought it because there was a sale and it was cheaper than the McCormick. I won’t be purchasing F.L. brand again!!

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  184. Debbi says

    I have my first batch of vanilla going, however, as I was cutting the beans the didn’t smell as good as I had expected them to. I’ve yet to taste the results, so time will tell. I would LOVE to start some vanilla with beans that smell good right from the start – thank you for the chance to win!

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  185. Tessa says

    I’ve been wanting to make vanilla extract for awhile but never took the plunge and ordered any vanilla beans. I would love to win some and finally jump on the vanilla-extract-makin’ bandwagon! And, of course, would love to smell stinkin awesome vanilla beans! ;)

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  186. says

    Too bad my mailbox is a 1/4 mile from the house… :)

    Thanks for the chance! And THANK YOU for the simplicity of a comment. Bless you. Every time I see how many things I have to subscribe to, click through, ‘like’, tweet, blog, and share while standing on my head, well, it overwhelms me and I don’t even do the first thing on the list. I love you. :D

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  187. Emmi Rose says

    I would love to make homemade vanilla, it would be so wonderful to have a sugar free option! thank you so much for doing this giveaway!

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  188. says

    I have ordered from Olive Nation and love them! My 10 liters of extract will be ready the end of this month. Can’t wait! Time to get a new batch started!!!

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  189. Cindy J says

    I would love to try making my own vanilla extract.
    I having been wanting to since I read your post
    On this a while back.

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  190. Liz says

    I have a small batch of homemade vanilla going already but I would love to win these beans and make a bunch for holiday gifts!

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  191. Mayira says

    I would love to win this. I’ve been thinking of making my own vanilla extract for awhile, but haven’t done it yet.

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