Homemade Vanilla Extract: Winners!

I would like to start off by saying that I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday. Amongst other things, I was the recipient of an Urban Cheesecraft kit, a shiny new immersion blender, and a handmade cherry pizza peel of the freakin’-gorgeous variety. Needless to say, I’m psyched.

Second, I cannot fully express how surprised and delighted I was by the feedback from everyone on my vanilla extract giveaway. After publishing the post last Tuesday, I spent the remainder of the evening in a mild panic, thinking, “What if no one cares? I’ll feel like such a fool!” But my paranoia quickly subsided when I was greeted by a dozen lovely comments in the a.m., and so many more over the next few days. Thank you all so much. If I could, I would give extracts to everyone! And though I cannot do that, what I can do is give away a few more! Six, to be exact. (Lucky for all of you, my friend set consists primarily of non-baking dudes, so I have plenty of homeless gifts!) And so, without further ado, the winners are . . .


Vanilla & Vodka? Sounds like a truly heavenly combination!


Amazing to think you can make such elegant gifts out of just vanilla bean and vodka. Gorgeous bottles, and so thoughtful for a baker!



Mija @ A Southern Diva

Oh I think I just found what I’m making all my foodie friends next year for Christmas. What an amazing idea. Thank you for sharing.

What a great giveaway :)


Lovely. And yet so simple!


Considering I just begrudgingly paid $7 for said COMMERCIAL bottle yesterday…lol I’m happy to know it IS possible to make my own!! And homemade is always better there’s just no denying that! Thanks for the wonderful gift idea (already on next year’s TO DO list!!) Where did you get the format to print those adorable labels? They look great!!

Happy Holidays to you!



Oh My Goodness, what a great idea! I am new to the baking crazy and am always buying Vanilla extract. And I love the idea of giving homemade gifts. Thanks for the post LOVE IT!!!

Congratulations Steven, Heather, Mija, Anne, Wendy, and Jodie! Please email your addresses to carey@reclaimingprovincial.com, and I’ll get your gifts to you post-haste.

To everyone that didn’t win, I do hope I have inspired you to make your own sometime in the future. Even if you don’t want to give out a couple dozens as gifts, you can always save an old extract bottle, buy a few vanilla beans from your local market, add a little vodka, and you’ve got your own! Also, if any of you are planning on making these as future presents and don’t want to deal with ordering labels or designing your own, I’d be happy to send you a pdf of the ones that I created.

Again, thank you all! <3


  1. says

    Hi again! I just wanted to let you know I just opened the lovely bottle of vanilla extract I won from you and WOWWWW is it yummy! I just wanted to say thank you . Again! :)


    • says

      Yay! Glad to hear it, Wendy. :)

      I also used mine for the first time the other day. And would you believe that I accidentally knocked it over and spilt half of it all over the counter? Good thing it’s endless!

  2. Karrie says

    Hey Carey I was wondering if you could send me pdf for the labels which you created. I love them and have tempted to make my own batch of vanilla. Anxiously waiting to see how it has turned out. Thanks so much

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