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!
I don't think I would get outside somedays if it weren't for moving snow. I had a cold earlier this week and spent the entire day at home on the couch reading journal articles. I wasn't too sick, so in the afternoon I ventured outside for a half hour to shovel the steps and a few other … Continue reading Moving Snow
Project Get Out is my personal challenge to spend at least a half hour a day outside for the fall. Because even though I work in natural resources and write about the outdoors, I don’t get out nearly enough. I am once again finding my tendency to go dormant in the fall hard to overcome. La … Continue reading Project Get Out: Week 7
We're done making syrup for the year. It was a pretty exciting new hobby and a good way to stay busy during what has turned out to be a long mud season. Our neighbors sponsored the operation, providing all the equipment, and the other 1o or so of us provided some brute force to make the … Continue reading Maple Syrup Roundup (Plus Recipe!)
I feel like I am cheating lately because I haven't been posting many of my own photos. But then again, I'm not sure you want to see any more pics of snowy forests or sap buckets—I'm certainly getting sick of the monotony of mud season! In looking toward more exciting things, I've singed up for … Continue reading Let’s do this in May!