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KCL Friday Finds

Happy weekend, guys, and welcome to Friday Finds! Though this isn't the official KCL Mother's Day Gift Guide, the items featured today are all wonderful gift items! From cute mugs to hand-crafted jewelry and organic beauty products, everything is so very #giftworthy! This week's Friday Finds has the added bonus that everything featured today is quite affordable. So grab a cup of coffee, sit back, and relax with some weekend shopping! Pictured: From Meade to You



At From Meade to You, you'll find some extremely gift-worthy mugs and greeting cards, along with a super cute gift wrapping option. The Botanical Flower Mugpictured above is available in several different designs, each with different quotes on them. 

Personally, I love this dandelion mug the best!If you have something specific in mind, you can get a custom design on any coffee mug, travel mug, or camp mug. It's a great place to get a cute, custom gift!


If you’re on the hunt for a fashion gift, or simply need …

Cooking School: How to Prep Fresh Vanilla Bean

Cooking with real vanilla bean can be intimidating, not to mention expensive. At about $2 per bean, they don't come cheap, but if you can afford to splurge on it every now and then, it's worth it. Not only is it healthier than imitation vanilla extract, but unlike even the real bottled vanilla extract, cooking with the beans gives desserts a beautiful color.


1. Cut the vanilla bean. Using your thumb and index finger, hold the bean down at each end. Take a pairing knife and slice lengthwise straight down the middle. Only cut the top layer open. Do not cut through the bottom side.


2. Open wide. Spread the bean open as wide as you can.


3. Scoop It Out. Using a butter knife or small spoon, slowly scrape the filling out from one end to the other.


The filling from one vanilla bean is typically enough for one 4-6 person recipe.


With Spring coming up, now is the perfect time to splurge on vanilla bean. Add it to iced coffee for a fancy brunch, or add it to your fruit pie recipes for a little extra flavor.

*All photos by Krisztina Williams. Do not copy or share without proper credit and link-back to this post.

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  1. I don't think my mother ever did that, but she has used the real vanilla extract, as opposed to imitation, and that stuff gets expensive.

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