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KCL Friday Finds

Happy weekend!! If you've had a hectic week like my husband and I have (or if you're dealing with the recent snowstorm) grab a cup of coffee, get comfy, and enjoy some major retail therapy. This week's Friday Finds is just the thing for some serious online shopping. I was honestly running late with this post, because I got distracted browsing through all of the products available in each shop. There are so many great finds and a sweet, personal touch to each brand. Enjoy! :) Pictured above: Black Polka Dot Print Crossbody Bag by Sudden Inspiration


The first featured store is Sudden Inspiration, a shop that sells the cutest hand-crafted bags. You can find everything from cosmetics bags and wristlets to roomy crossbody bags. The designs pair faux leather with beautiful prints and colors. As I clicked around and noticed all of the bright florals, modern neutrals, and boho-chic tribal prints; I found myself wondering where the vision behind this brand comes from. Owner Melis…

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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