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Now THIS is a brilliant idea!

And here’s another brilliant idea!  Found in Round Top, Texas at the Antiques Fair in October.  A Moet & Chandon champagne vending machine!  There should be many more of those everywhere!

Lao Gan Ma Chili Crisp Sauce adds flavor lots of flavor to many foods.  We recommended it in an earlier article, and I have been inspired to learn know how to use it since it’s so popular.  Here are ways to use chili crisp if you have the same problem.  This chili crisp is in a 7.5 oz. bottle and is $11.95.

Uses for Chili Crisp:

  • Add it into any pasta dish.
  • Add flavor to what you’re baking, especially if it’s chocolate.
  • Add it to any marinade, dipping sauce, or salad dressing.
  • Add it to eggs in any style.
  • Put it in some mayo and use it in a sandwich.
  • Add it to plain or fried rice.
  • It’s delicious on top of grilled steak or fried chicken.
  • Drizzle it on top of your avocado toast.


If you like to give homemade holiday presents, consider homemade vanilla extract.  It’s easy to make and if you do it soon it will be ready by Christmas..


  1. In a large jar with a lid, combine 6-12 vanilla beans, split down the middle and cut to fit into the jar.
  2. Add 1 cup of 80 Proof vodka
  3. Cover the jar and let it sit in a cool, dry place for at least 4 weeks.
  4. Give the jar a shake once in a while.
  5. Strain into gift bottles.

Vanilla Extract Gift Bottles

Eight 4 oz. clear vanilla extract bottles, 4.5” H x 2” diameter, will each hold up to 4 oz. of liquid.  They come with 8 labels and 1 roll of red and white thin cotton rope. $30.99. Also available in amber $34.99.