How to Make Vanilla Extract

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Who wants to talk about the holidays in January? Yeah…me neither.
But one of the most popular gifts I give is my homemade Organic Madagascar Vanilla Extract and it takes a very long time to cure. In fact, I think it should cure a year or more so the depth of flavor borders on decadence. So here I’ve included everything I use to make mine in hopes that you’ll feel Girl Scout prepared for next season!

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Holiday Scenes at Grove House

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I know things have been quiet here on the blog the last month. Most of it was due to a heavy work schedule but some of it was by choice. After I finished my last shoot of the year, I knew I’d have a few weeks at home to prepare for the Christmas season. And I thoroughly embraced it. Some highlights for me were documented on my Instagram so I thought I’d do a small round up here.

Having the studio has given me a quiet place to wrap gifts (and hide them!) and I did the majority of it in this little corner of the room. The Man surprised me with a rescue puppy a few weeks ago! Her name is Liberty and she’s been my constant sidekick ever since coming home to us.

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Styling Work: HGTV Holiday Issue

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This past month has been a whirlwind! I spent quite a bit of it traveling and working on some fun projects. I had the opportunity to style the new branding and marketing campaign for all the Mrs. Fields stores and catalog. It’s a pretty good gig to style cookies and treats! I also styled some homes for HGTV and Country Living that will hit newsstands next year. In the meantime, this year’s holiday issue of HGTV has a delightful family cabin I worked on last year. While we were there it was snowy and Christmasy which is always a wonderful surprise for this California girl.

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This, That & Happenings

Menu Pumpkin via the merrythought

Hello! First off, I want to say Thank You to those of you who participated in the reader survey and left comments. I loved the conversations we had on that post. It was so kind of you to take the time and I’m looking forward to sharing my thoughts and results in the near future.

In the meantime, here are a few things of note lately:

This beautiful Menu Pumpkin via Merrythought.
I really want to make this for dinner one night.
Their packaging is spot on. I heard it’s delicious. Must be…it’s always Sold Out.
Recently discovered this blog about restoring a run down house.
Fun home tour with Reese Witherspoon in this 73 Questions video interview. Love!

I’ve got quite a few shoots lined up…styling away the next few months.
It was finally time to buy a new camera. Anxiously waiting it’s arrival any day now.
I planted a small herb garden because buying them in plastic tray packs gets expensive.
Here’s my entryway dressed up for autumn. That’s the extent of my holiday decor so far.
I really hope California decides to have a winter this year. For reals.
Be back soon! Hope all is well in your neck of the woods!

PS. Between posts you can find me on Instagram (heatherbullard) sharing highlights of daily life.

A Conversation About Blogging & Reader Survey Request

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Hey there friends. Grab yourself a cup of coffee and sit down with me. I’ve been wanting to have a conversation with you about blogging for quite some time. Some of you may not know this, but I’ve been around for a very long time…in blogging years that is. I’ve watched all the changes with this relatively new platform from my little corner of the web. Some have gone on to great financial success, book deals, tv shows, and all those shiny things in life. It’s been wonderful to see bloggers pursue their passion and be able to support their families doing what they love. How often can most of America say that? It’s truly fantastic! Others have called it quits from lack of “success” and many, many other new bloggers have just begun their own journeys with zeal and excitement. It’s like living in the virtual wild west of the 21st century.

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