The sky turned white and it snowed (sideways) for 36 hours this weekend. With the return of feels-like-January weather, I can feel that I have a severe case of cabin fever (it's a real thing). cab·in fe·ver noun (informal) irritability, listlessness, and similar symptoms resulting from long confinement or isolation indoors during the winter. Yes, … Continue reading Snow, Snow, Go Away (Cabin Fever)
I'm liking paradox lately. I've recently finished listening to Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert (amazing! highly recommended!) and she talks about the paradox of creativity in that book—perhaps I'll talk about that in a future post, but in the meantime you should really just read that book. I'm sure that having something both be and not … Continue reading It is Spring, and it is Not Spring
Saturday was tapping day, the day where we tapped more than 100 trees so that we can make maple syrup over the coming weekends. I've decided that tapping day is one of my favorite days of this year. It doesn't mark the actual start of spring, but it's the clearest sign that spring is on … Continue reading Tapping Day
Have you been making maple syrup? Reward yourself for all that hard work by making these delicious maple cookies. It's my favorite cookie recipe! Maple Leaves 3 c flour 1/4 t salt 1 c butter 3/4 sugar 1/2 c maple syrup 1 egg yolk 1/4 t vanilla Shorthand instructions: Cream sugar and butter. Add maple … Continue reading Make Maple Cookies
Now that you’ve tapped your trees and collected sap, it’s time to make syrup! The General Process Boiling sap down to syrup sounds pretty easy—and it is—but there are a few things to be ready for in advance. First, it takes a lot of sap to make syrup. An average yield is about 40 gallons … Continue reading Make Maple Syrup (Part 3): The Boil
As the days creep toward days above freezing, it’s time to tap trees and start collecting maple sap. In the previous post, you lined up the supplies that you’ll need: spiles, a cordless drill, a bit, containers, and a few other things. Find the Trees Of course, you’ll start by finding trees to tap. While … Continue reading Make Maple Syrup (Part 2): Tap Trees
Making maple syrup is the perfect activity to say “goodbye” to winter and welcome the muddy, messy of year that let’s us know that spring is here. This four-part series will cover what you need to know to get started making maple syrup. How it Works Maple syrup is concentrated from tree sap, which contains … Continue reading Make Maple Syrup (Part 1): Get Ready!
After another long and cold winter, it's finally warming up. And we've been hard at work at our new mud season tradition: making maple syrup. Last year, our neighbors' started a bit of a community sugar bush, and it was a learning experience. This year, we know a little bit more about what to expect and our … Continue reading Mud Season: Maple Season