Monday, April 1, 2013

Sugar Season


I hope you were able to spend time with those you love over this long weekend; perhaps you were able to enjoy some warmer weather as we did. Saturday in these parts was beautiful! I was able to check on my surviving bee hive; it doesn't look well but I left the surviving bees some food and tucked them back into their home for a few more weeks, letting nature take its course. I did manage to get stung...twice. I'm pretty sure the bees just wanted to remind me who is really in charge of the hive.
 
 
And my, we're in the thick of things around here! Oh yes, the very thick of sticky, gooey goodness straight from our maple trees. For me, nothing announces the start of spring and the new growing season more than the arrival of maple syrup days. We've been busy beavers, boiling down sap as quick as we can for over a week, and intensely boiling over this holiday weekend. Sap will spoil in the warm air if it isn't boiled down fast enough, so the Artist kept the fires burning through the night Saturday, in an effort to keep up with our stores. We have more syrup this year than we have ever harvested and we're feeling quite blessed with this year's crop, and we're still boiling! We're hoping this will be an auspicious start to the 2013 farming season.
 
 
For now, I dream of homemade granola sweetened with maple syrup, the Male Twin dreams of maple glazed ribs while the Artist and the Girl Twin dream of pancakes drenched in syrup; all for the price of some hard work and patience and perhaps a small smile and a quick nod from Mother Nature.
 
 
~Be well friends
 
 
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15 comments:

Jessica Sweeney said...

Yum! Looks delicious. :)

Mary Ann said...

That syrup looks great and I am sure will be tasty!

Elizabeth (Blue Clear Sky) said...

Sounds like it is a great harvest- although lots of work. Our oldest son is looking for a pair of goats for a new 4-H club this year. Do you have any contacts?

Beth @ E. lizard Breath Speaks said...

yummy good. ( :

TC Harris said...

That looks wonderful! Yummy!

Anke said...

You now have me drooling over maple syrup and breakfast foods... ;-)

vintage grey said...

Looks so yummy!! Enjoy! xo Heather

Julie said...

Lovely syrup. I just got some that my niece made and can't wait for the buttermilk pancakes. J

Ashling said...

Alas, we lost a hive to mice this year, despite the mouse guard at the entrance. Such important, hard-working and fragile creatures bees are. Sounds like life is sweet where you are...love the photos!

Kathy Shea Mormino, The Chicken Chick said...

My brother just made syrup this year.........just so delicious.............Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week; I hope you’ll join us again!


Cheers,
Kathy Shea Mormino

The Chicken Chick

http://www.The-Chicken-Chick.com

TexWisGirl said...

awesome that you have a great crop this year! i know it must take a lot of work to get it to syrup!

Sun Valley Homestead said...

Oh the taste of fresh maple syrup. Reminds me of my grandparents sapping trees.

Blessings,
Connie

Buttons said...

Hey email me I am just off Locke till Sat afternoon. Would be cool to meet you.
Tried to find your email, mine is on my profile. B

Buttons said...

It looks and now I can say tastes delicious I cannot stop eating it I have a sneaking suspicion most of it may not make the journey home. Thank you HUGS B

Lisa Lynn said...

Best wishes with your syrup! Thank you for sharing your post on The Creative HomeAcre Hop!
I hope to see you back tomorrow for our next hop!
http://www.theselfsufficienthomeacre.com/2013/04/the-creative-homeacre-10.html