How to Make Your Own Vanilla Extract


I’ve run through my first bottle of homemade vanilla extract and thought I would share with you how I make it.  It is so easy and the results are SO much better than store-bought vanilla extract.  If you like to bake, this is so worthwhile. Here’s what you need: 2 or more dark colored glass [...]

Canal Notes Cooks: Banana Bread Deluxe Recipe


I’ve been doing lots of baking lately and thought I’d share one of my own recipes.  A friend and I developed this recipe together by trying many different ones and tweaking it until it was perfect.  I call it Banana Bread DE-Luxe.  That’s with the chocolate, coconut and pecans.  If you leave those out, it’s [...]

Canal Notes Has a Whole New Look!

I hope everyone enjoyed a lovely Easter! If you’ve looked at the blog in the last week or two, you might have noticed a few changes. I’ve been working on an update to a fresh new look and it’s ready to see.  I still have a few more tweaks I’d like to make, but Canal [...]

Canal Notes Clicks – April 8th

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Hope everyone is enjoying the early days of spring!  This winter has given us a longer list of home improvement projects to tackle before next winter comes along.  Winters in New Orleans are generally very mild, but we had a few really cold days this year, which felt even colder in a home which isn’t [...]

Tackling the Lead Paint Problems in and Around Our Home

Tackling Lead Paint Problems in Our Home

We live in an old house (by American standards!), which comes with all the character and charm and maintenance bills that one would expect.  And something I didn’t really think about beforehand: lead paint.  Our home was built in 1910, well before lead paint was banned (1978), and and the EPA reports that approximately 87% of [...]