I'm just not that into it, ya know?
The weekend was a throw-back to winter: cold and grey and super windy but we tried to ignore it and spent a very lovely Saturday afternoon at my uncle's little sugar shack in the woods. My dad and stepmom made the long trip to be there, so did my brothers with their families - it was such a treat to see everyone again, just like that!
We're all so busy and not exactly neighbors so you just have to make the effort sometimes, eh?
My uncle and one of his friends have owned this piece of land for decades and every spring they hand-collect sap from their maple trees (250 buckets!) and boil it down to the awesomeness that is maple syrup.
Did you know: it takes 40 gallons of sap to make 1 gallon of maple syrup?
And then you boil the maple syrup down to a thick liqud taffy
that you pour over fresh packed snow,
you can dot it with peanuts or other yummies
(dried cranberries in this photo)
and then quickly scoop up the yumminess with a stick
before it hardens too much -
Sugar: it's not just for kids! :-D
In the other shack my uncle made us fresh, thin delicious buckwheat pancakes straight on the wood-burning stove, we stacked them with ham and cheese and doused them with his home-boiled maple syrup. He also makes maple butter, which he served warm with fresh fruit, we had strong coffee, shared a big bag of beef jerky and everyone brought munchies so nobody left hungry!
We're making this a family tradition from now on :-)
/end of Happy Times post/