Several years ago I came across this recipe for homemade vanilla.
Simply cut a long slit into several vanilla beans and soak several months in vodka. I have found the vodka brand Crystal Palace to work the best and vanilla beans can be purchased very inexpensively on e-bay. The longer the vanilla ages the stronger it becomes.
I am a stay at home mom and love it! We live in the country surrounded by cotton fields. I enjoy cooking from scratch and I love to sew and quilt! My children have been home schooled for 14-plus years; it was the best decision we ever made!