Thursday, May 21, 2009

Alittle Appreciation is in Order


Once I started my vanilla extract adventure I started to get really into the idea of making things for people as gifts. I think I drove P crazy with all my possible ideas of what I could make. But for my second venture I decided to make some flavored sugars. I figured this would be easy just like vanilla extract as it just has to sit and take on the flavors of what ever I wanted to flavor it with. So with summer around the corner I decided to make a Lemon Lime Sugar and the ever popular Vanilla Sugar was always in the plans. So I bought a lot of sugar because if you are making some thing like this you might as well make a lot and just surprise people for no reason with a small token of appreciation. And who doesn't like to get appreciated or a gift. I know I love gifts no matter the shape or size. So why not make some flavored sugars and give them to the people who brighten your day or have helped you recently. And since all of you Brighten my day every day and since I have neglected my blog this week and will be continuing to neglect it while on vacation this weekend and into next week while I visit my Best Friend in London I figured why not do back to back giveaways to show my appreciation. I don't worry I will be taking pictures and sharing with you all when I get back! And these will have labels on them that match my super cute vanilla extract labels I just wanted you to see what the sugar looks like.

So I will be giving away 5 pairs of containers of sugar and you get to pick which kind you want! So that means you can have one of each or both the same it is up to you, and if you don't want them labeled so you can pass them off as your own I can do that too! :) All you have to do is leave a comment making sure to leave an email address, or post something on twitter and leave another comment, if you do both so you have double the chances of winning!
This is open to US and Canada only and will close at 5pm Central time on May 26th! So pass it on and Good Luck!


Vanilla Sugar

5lbs of sugar
8 vanilla beans

Pour sugar into an airtight container and place halved vanilla beans into the sugar so that the sugar completely covers them. Wait about a month and you have vanilla sugar, and just like the extract just keep putting more sugar into the container and you will continue to get vanilla sugar for a few years with out changing the beans.

Lemon Lime Sugar

10 lbs of sugar - 5 for lemon and 5 for lime
Zest of 6 lemons
Zest of 10 limes

Zest the citrus and let it sit out for about 15 - 20 minutes to dry slightly. Then mix together with the sugar and let sit out at room temperature for a few hours so that the citrus zest dries out and you won't have clumps of sugar. I think I'm going to run mine through the food processor too so that it can be superfine sugar and can dissolve better into drinks.

Speaking of Drinks, you might be thinking what could I use these for or what could I tell the recipient to do with the sugar. Well I have a few ideas, Both can be used as a sweetener for a multitude of drinks, iced tea, coffee, and mojitos just to name a few! And they could also be used as rimming sugar for glasses, And try using vanilla sugar and cinnamon to make your cinnamon sugar it adds a little something extra! And you can use vanilla sugar to replace regular sugar in any baked good, I would suggest giving them a little more than my small jars if you were going to do that. But honestly the possibilities are endless, so make some already!

32 comments:

  1. Mmmmm, winning sugar would be sweet. Ha! (twould go nicely w/ the vanilla extract...)
    I tweeted - http://twitter.com/MissIss/status/1871218168

    heartcooksbrains@gmail.com

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  2. I love the little jars! Too cute! What a fun giveaway! Thanks!!!

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  3. Katie, what a lovely idea! You are so smart. Love to have one of these. Imagine the possibilities!

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  4. Thank you for sharing the recipes - those sound lovely!

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  5. The lemon lime is something I have never encountered, great idea!

    rose_herb09@hotmail.com

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  6. I have a huge container in the pantry with sugar and vanilla beans - It is incredible how the vanilla infuses into the sugar so well!! These 2 play well in the sandbox together!!

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  7. Those both sound great! Crossing my fingers! Have a good time in London!

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  8. this sounds delicious! how fun!

    lk@healthy-delicious.com

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  9. You had me at mojito. Thanks for the recipes and the great ideas!

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  10. Oh I love anything lemon lime! what a cool idea!

    amnapier86@gmail.com

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  11. Flavored sugars are great! And I will have to try your vanilla extract recipe.

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  12. Love it - don't know which flavor I'd prefer. Thanks,
    Maureen (jnomaxx at hotmail dot com)

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  13. Looks great! I have vanilla sugar, but I don't have lemon/lime sugar. Love the idea.

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  14. Cute too cute. I always have a tube of vanilla sugar in the pantry. But I have never thought to make a citrus sugar. Smart very Smart!

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  15. Such a fabulous gift!! I would love to receive it. lisaweddle@msn

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  16. what a great idea! never would have thought to make lemon/lime sugar.

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  17. What a sweet giveaway, Katie! This is such a great gift idea. Have a fabulous time on vacay. Can't wait to hear about your visit to London!

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  18. citrus-y sugar, eh? that's a terrific idea! lovely and kind giveaway, katie--you're so sweet!

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  19. What a great idea! I'm always looking for new and interesting gift ideas. The vanilla sugar sounds delicious.

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  20. Tweeted about the giveaway:)
    https://twitter.com/kdet62

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  21. I make my own vanilla sugar and have given jars to friends! My favorite use for it is sprinkled on grapefruits. Yum!

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  22. i have made rosemary salt before nad it was lovely! this sounds so fun as well

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  23. Ha, alright! This would go lovely with my extract! Hee-hee!

    Enjoy your vacation!
    ~ingrid

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  24. Vanilla sugar here I come!
    (emily at yarnmiracle dot com)

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  25. Flavored sugar sounds delicious!

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  26. Lemon sugar...sounds delicious! I think this sugar could be used while baking anything that calls for added zest. Thanks for sharing. Orange zest sugar would be wonderful in my orange cranberry scones. The uses are endless..................

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  27. What a great idea. I just recently started buying the more price Madagascar Vanilla Extract and am truly glad I made the investment. Thanks for all of the great ideas you give.

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  28. Oooo, lime sugar sounds niiiice :D

    vearamar@msu.edu

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  29. Yum! I would love to have samples of either one of the delectable flavored sugars. If I'm not one of the lucky winners, at least I have the recipe to make my own--but winning would be much more fun!

    tdsmothers@triad.rr.com

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  30. this sounds fun!
    daryunc@gmail.com

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  31. How inspiring! And what a great idea for the fellow bakers in my life.

    jennifer.arnold11@gmail.com

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  32. oooh vanilla sugar for my coffee! love this giveaway. lemon lime sounds good too.

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