Vanilla Sugar is one of my simple pleasures in life. Made with just two ingredients, this Vanilla Sugar is a staple in my pantry. Sometimes I like to use it instead of regular sugar when baking scones, muffins, cakes or other desserts. Recently, I made a simple syrup with Vanilla Sugar then mixed it into ice cold margaritas. Really, you can use Vanilla Sugar in most recipes that call for white sugar. The substitution will impart a subtle vanilla flavor into anything you are making. I will have to say though, that my favorite part of this Vanilla Sugar is the aroma. Once or twice a week, I find myself popping back the lid to take in a noseful of the sweet, heady fragrance. So simple, yet so wonderful. Continue reading for the recipe plus a list of some of my favorite simple pleasures.
Learn to love the simple things in life and you’ll always find happiness. Here are some of the simple things that I love:
- Morning coffee and my Google Reader
- Driving on a warm, sunny day with all of my windows rolled down
- Weck jars and latte bowls
- The smell of onions and garlic sauteing in olive oil
- Cream soda
- The big smile on my boyfriend’s face each time I greet him at the door
- Crispy bacon
- Standing on the beach where the water meets the sand
- Dog ears – so soft!
- The first sip of a bloody mary
- This song
- Mornings in the desert
- Dippies – aka sauces to dip my fries or chicken fingers in
- The few moments after spraying my Jo Malone fragrances
- Freshly chopped fennel fronds
- Dancing to this song
- Holding hands in the car
- Bath & Body Works
- Bargain shopping – especially sharing all of the deals and steals with friends
- Linen spray
- Kangaroo paws
- west elm floorset changes
- Olive oil, balsamic vinegar and warm, crusty bread
What are some of your simple pleasures?
- 1 vanilla bean*
- 2 cups white sugar
Cut vanilla bean in half widthwise, then cut each piece in half lengthwise. Place sugar in a large airtight container then scrape beans from the vanilla pods into the jar. Toss in the pods, secure the lid and shake to combine.
* Wondering where you can find cheap vanilla beans? Try Amazon or World Market!
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