Archive for April, 2014

Another Holiday Done

Another Easter has come and gone. The robins have been out in force. Flowers are blooming in little pockets here and there, enticing us. Our sap has been turned into maple syrup and is awaiting its use in our fridge.Heck, even my milk cow was out running and jumping like a little calve again. My eye is starting to wander more and more to our garden. I can just picture it now, bursting with corn and tomatoes and squash and beans and pumpkins and….and…. ahhhh, it will be a good summer!

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Easter

Easter egg hunting went very well today! Our boys had so much fun running around playing with all their cousions and of course eating candy! I hope that everybody has had a wonderful day today, as well as tomorrow. Surround yourself with family, friends, good food and much laughter, giggles and smiles!

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All roads lead home…

Really Mother Nature?

Last night it was raining here, and now it’s snowing, and has been for the last few hours. I just am hoping that for Easter the weather will be nice and not snowing. I am ready for summer to be here already. Grilling outside, kids playing in the yard, family relaxing on the deck, and best of all a garden to tend to! Yep can’t wait!

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Maple Syrup Adventure

The smell of woodsmoke filled the air. Our boys laughing and yelling reached our ears. Our big silver pot sat atop a grate over a fire. The contents  of big said pot was as precious to us as gold; sap. Our first adventure in the mysterious and labor intensive process of turning sap into syrup. Our high spirits greatly diminished as the pitter patter of rain turned into a steady down pour, complete with lighting and thunder. Last night we had a tornado touch down in the southern part of the county. We took our cooking process inside when it began to be too much to keep our fire going. Twelve hours later we have a quart of delicious maple syrup. I must say it tastes amazing! It even has a smoky flavor thanks to our fire:) There is nothing better and more relaxing then sitting around the fire with your kids eating hotdogs and marshmellows over an open fire while listening to good country music, boiling down sap. 

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Adventures In Maple Syrup

The snow crunched beneath our feet. The kids had big smiles on their face. Levi stuck his finger in the spigget to taste the sap, like his daddy did. It tastes faintly sweet! This is the beginging to our first adventure in making our own maple syrup. This is something I have been wanting to do for a few years, and now with me not working I can finally do it. So far we have collected over 12 gallons of sap. We have four trees tapped. Even if we only get enough sap for a few mason jars I will be more than happy. The smiles on my kids faces, and the giggles and grins as I show them how to turn sap into syrup is well worth it. The feeling of taking something that mother nature has provided and knowing how to turn that into food to feed my family is absolutely priceless. 

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