Do you happen to have some vodka just lying around? I do, but don't ask me why since I know nothing about mixing drinks. So, what better thing to do with it than make some vanilla extract! I found a wonderful, simple recipe here.
Amazingly, all you need to make your own real extract is vodka and vanilla beans. I bought some fresh and fragrant vanilla bean pods at the local health food store, and hopefully you'll know where to get some vodka (since I don't).
I used a glass bottle I had saved simply because I liked the shape of it, and it worked out perfectly for this. The pods need to steep in the alcohol for a couple months, and I'll report back on my progress and taste test when it's ready. I have a good feeling about it, though, so hopefully you'll also want to give it a try.