And just as we all thought, we blinked and Christmas is upon us. How does that happen, every single year? I’m relieved that our shopping is done, our gifts are wrapped, and the stockings are stuffed. All that’s left for me to do is complete my first season working in the retail business (whew!) and then it will be time to celebrate the holidays. Heck yes!
If you’re still on the hunt for an easy homemade gift (perfect for neighbors, friends, hostess gifts, etc.), I spotted this recipe in the December issue of Southern Living and gave it a whirl this weekend. It’s simple, and yummy too.
1 vanilla bean
3 cups sugar
2 cups water
6 lemons, sliced
Split vanilla bean; scrape seeds into a saucepan; place bean in pan. Add sugar, water, and lemon slices. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat to low, and simmer, stirring occasionally, 10 minutes. Remove from heat; let stand 5 minutes. Pour through a fine wire-mesh strainer into a bowl; discard solids. Cool completely. Pour mixture into 4 (8-oz.) jars. Cover with lids. Store in refrigerator up to 3 weeks.
TO USE THE SYRUP: Add to gin, vodka, or bourbon cocktails; iced tea; or lemonade.
And, this recipe comes with a free, downloadable label, which certainly adds that extra special something to the gift.
I’ll be back tomorrow with a holiday home tour. We kept things simple this year, so there’s just a few things to share, but it’s still feeling festive around here.