Homemade Limoncello, Vanilla and Body Scrub – Great Presents!

Lemons
Will soon become limoncello.

Italy! I have been obsessed with Italy for most of my life. So, when the Big Man and I were offered plane tickets any where we wanted as my graduation present three years ago, I only had to look at him, and he knew where we were going.

It was a fabulous two weeks of breath-taking sites and fabulous food. The food, the food, the food.

Actually when we went, I had been off of gluten for a year. But, like a lot of people, I decided that I was going to eat it when I was in Italy. I mean, not eat pizza and pasta? Are you kidding me? Well, after doing that for about a week, I had stomach cramps so horrible that I lost almost an entire day in the hotel room. (Nowadays, that would happen to me in about a 4 hours after eating just the tiniest amount.)

So, I spent the rest of my trip gluten-free. And, it was so worth it. I ended up eating much better tasting food by making sure to avoid the pizza and pasta. (It actually gets kind of boring when that’s all you eat.)

But, one thing I got to try that was totally gluten-free was limoncello. At a few different restaurants, after we finished our meal, the waiter would magically appear with two little glasses filled with a mysterious yellow liqueur. Hmmmmmmmmmm.

Guess we’ll drink it!

Oh, yum, yum, yum! Limoncello! If you like lemons at all, you will love limoncello, if you don’t love it already.

Anyway, the reason I bring this up is that this holiday season I wanted to do homemade gifts. (Oh, who am I kidding? Every holiday season I do homemade gifts. Or at least consumable. I just like homemade better.)

Well, I wanted to do something a little different from my normal cookies and fudge. Although, I am doing that, too.

So, I found a fabulous homemade limoncello recipe to try. If you want to try it yourself, it has to sit around and gather the lemon smell/taste for quite a while (like 80-90 days), so you have to start now.

Limoncello
Limoncello After 30 Days

I smelled mine the other day (It’s been going for about a month.) and oh my goodness, it smells amazing. I can’t wait until it’s done.

It is so easy to do, except for the waiting part. You just need a bunch of organic lemons (you don’t want the pesticide taste since you are using the peels) and cheap vodka. Oh yeah, and a very large glass jar. I couldn’t find any in my real world, so I had to order them online. I had to get 4, since they wouldn’t ship them one at a time, but I use the others for my flours. The place I ordered my gallon glass jars is here.

Lemon on a tree
Lemon Growing at My Father-in-Law's House

And, along those lines, I have a few more things I am making as gifts that might inspire you. I have just started homemade vanilla from a recipe that my friend Shirley at Gluten-Free Easily posted last year. I think this is going to be a good one. Check it out. It is really easy and a great present for anyone you know who cooks/bakes.

If beauty products are more your style, I am also thinking of trying body scrub from a recipe that my friend Heidi at Adventures of a Gluten-Free Mom posted a couple of months ago. It looks easy and will be much appreciated by certain people I know.

Until later, here’s to…Living better, easily!

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13 Responses to “Homemade Limoncello, Vanilla and Body Scrub – Great Presents!”

  1. Holy moly, Tia! Homemade limoncello!! OMG, I want to do that, but I don’t know if I can find organic lemons around here. I’ll call the upscale grocery store in town though and see. I love the sound of gallon jars, too, for the recipe and storage. :-)

    Thanks so much for the mention of my vanilla! Not giving that this year, but I just replenished my own supply a few weeks ago, by adding vodka to my bottle. You can do that once. Sometimes I add a new vanilla bean, too.

    I have a few other gift ideas like my pumpkin butter and another one I’ll hold back until our Gluten-Free Holiday event. ;-) Homemade is the best received. Last year, my 17-year old nephew had “Shirley’s Coconut Pie” on his Christmas list and it warmed my heart. Still does. And, boy, did he savor that pie I made him … making it last a week or more! I’m sure your recipients will be thrilled with their homemade gifts!

    Oh, and Heidi’s body scrub does sound fab, too!

    xo,
    Shirley

    • Hi Shirley,

      Well, I hope you can find the organic lemons. I just don’t know how well it would work with conventional, trying to scour off the pesticides. It smells so good, and I’m only half way done.

      I’m excited about the vanilla. I had no idea it was so easy. Making an extra for me.

      I remember about the pie. I think that is so awesome. My mom made a chocolate cake for my cousin one year because he liked it so much. No one was allowed to touch the cake. And he enjoyed every bite.

      xoxo,
      Tia

      PS – Can’t wait to see what else you have cooked up.

  2. You are organized. I have thought about homemade limoncello and vanilla and that’s as far as I ever got. Italy is on my to do list, after I make that limoncello.

    • Hi Wendy,

      I saw the recipe before I started feeling the holiday overwhelm. (It’s already here, now.) But, I got the lemons and vodka before I realized I couldn’t find a jar. :) Had to keep them in the fridge for a while. I was surprised at how easy it was, especially since I used a potato peeler. Takes off the peel without getting the white stuff.

      Oh, and Italy, a definite must. At least as far as I’m concerned. Especially if you like architecture and art. Just amazing to see David in person, and the Collisseum (sp?), etc. Can’t wait to go again.

      xoxo,
      Tia :P

  3. EEK! Homemade Limoncello…WOW Tia!! How did I miss this??? I MUST make this for my mother-in-law for Christmas! I’m sorry I have been an absent blogging buddy lately, I am soooooooo behind because of the neverending recent Dr. appt’s…

    Thanks for the link love, you are too good to me!

    xo,
    Heidi

    • Oh, Heidi,

      Don’t worry about being behind. I totally feel you. It’s been sick-central over here, so I haven’t even gotten a chance to read anyone’s post in the last couple of weeks. Don’t think I would be on here now if it weren’t for the fact it’s MY blog. :)

      It really is easy to make the limoncello. It’s just patience.

      I hope your doctor’s appointments get you all better, soon.

      xoxo,
      Tia :P