For your days at home with family OBO Vanilla has a nice recipe to try using vanilla pods.
125g or 1/2 cup of butter
110g or 5/8 cup of sugar
seeds of 1 vanilla pod
225g or 1 3/4 cup of flour
In a mixer, beat the sugar and butter very well for about 5 minutes until the mixture is pale and of a creamy consistency.
Recipe courtesy of OBO Vanilla.