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Maple Sugaring #Simple Living in Practice #Weekly Menu Plan

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Our maple sugaring is going well this year... we are on track to have at least 1 gallon more than last year. The color is richer this year. I wonder if it has to do with it being such a cold winter?

We may not make a ton of maple syrup and it does take hours to make even just a pint... but this is a tough time of year... late Winter, early Spring. Maple sugaring is a good excuse to have friends over and start socializing again after the long cold... extremely cold winter.

boys swinging: simplelivingeating.com
Seeing old friends that are visiting from the city. 

dog in snow: simplelivingeating.com
Guarding our maple sap.

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The garbage can is filled with sap to boil down.

dog in coat: simplelivingeating.com
It is a little cold for our dog to hang out. She is well prepared with her coat and blanket. 

girl in wagon: simplelivingeating.com
My daughter entertaining a visiting cousin. 

woman in outside in hat: simplelivingeating.com
Me showing off my new hat. 
woman and man outside: simplelivingeating.com
My cousin that I hardly ever see... so glad he made a trip to visit. 
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Twin cousins visiting.

girl skimming sap: simplelivingeating.com
Little cousin skimming the sap.

boy gathering wood: simplelivingeating.com
My son gathering wood.

woman chopping wood: simplelivingeating.com
City folk getting woodsy.

boy chopping wood: simplelivingeating.com
My son showing how it's done.

girl with garbage can lid on head: simplelivingeating.com
My daughter has a new hat too.

maple sugar taps: simplelivingeating.com
More exciting than watching paint dry... is watching sap flow.

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My husband has quite an elaborate string of tubing to flow the sap to our cans for storage. 

Weekly Menu Plan:

Sunday: Haddock with Parsley Cream, Spinach and Boiled Potatoes

Tuesday: Orange Glazed Chicken with Asparagus and Wild Rice. 

Wednesday: Pasties with Beer Glazed Carrots

Saturday: Leftovers or out to dinner. 

This post is shared on the following food/craft parties: 

Tuesday Food:
Hearth & Soul Blog Hop @ 21st Century Housewife
Totally Tasty Tuesday @ Mandy's Recipe Box
Show Me What You Got @ Our Delightful Home
In & Out of the Kitchen @ Feeding Big & More
Tuesday's Table @ Love in the Kitchen
Tasty Tuesday #Anyonita Nibbles
Share your Stuff Tuesday @ Table for Seven

Wednesday Food:

From Dream to Reality @ DYI Dreamer
 Wednesday Whatsit @White Lights on Wednesday 
Fresh Foods Wednesdays @ Gastronomical Sovereignty
Wonderful Food Wednesdays at @ All She Cooks
Look What I Made @ Creations by Kara
Make Bake Create Party @Bubbly Nature Creations 
Wake Up Wednesdays @Heather's French Press
What's Cooking Wednesday @Buns in My Oven 
Lovely Ladies Linky @This Silly Girl's Life
Thursday Food:
Moonlight and Mason Jars @ The Newlywed Pilgrimage
Full Plate Thursday @ Miz Helen's Country Cottage
Thriving on Thursdays @ Domesblissity

Friday Food:

Foodie Friday @ Home Maid Simple
Friday Favorite (DYI too) @ Simple Sweet Home
Foodie Friday @ Rattlebridge Farm 
Weekend Potluck @ Sunflower Supper Club
Friday Linky Party @ The Pin Junkie 
Freedom Fridays @ Love Bakes Good Cakes
Inspiration Spotlight @ Dear Creatives
Get Him Feed @Anyonita Nibbles 


  1. I just love this post, Diane! Looks like such a wonderful fun day! I have always been intrigued with the whole process of making maple syrup! Great photos…thanks for sharing your experience!

    1. Thanks Kathy,
      The hardest part is chopping the wood and keeping the fire going. The sap just does it's thing.

  2. Oh that looks like the best kind of day!

    1. If you go to NH in the Fall maybe you can visit a maple sugaring place.

  3. These are such wonderful photos!!
    Sweet family love :)
    And wowwwww - making your own maple syrup - sounds terrific, interesting and fun!

    Sweet dog you have :)

    1. Thanks Winnie,
      I am very fortunate to have a wonderful extended family and we do love our dog Lila.

  4. Diane,
    Can you do this with any Maple tree or do you need a Sugar Maple? I've never tried this but would love to.

    1. Sugar maples have the highest sugar content in their sap which is important for making syrup. There are other maples that can be tapped but I don't know what quality of syrup you would get from them.


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