We pulled the taps, and boiled out. The sugaring season is done. We made 60 gallons of syrup this year, which ties our best year in 2013. We made quite a bit of dark (formerly grade b)...our favorite, which we usually don't make a lot of. We have most of it bottled in quarts for sale on etsy and at farmers' markets.
It was a great year--surprisingly long considering the early warm days we had here in Vermont.
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I have been eyeing these dresses on ravelry since little F was born. And, like usual, in the middle of many other projects, I dropped all of them to work on something new. I wanted to get this done before Easter and I ended up finishing it in just a few days last week, so F wore it to church this past weekend. Honestly, she has been wearing it every day since I finished it, so I'm thinking of making another shorter one as a play dress. She chose the fabric, the Madeline Tosh yarn is the same that I'm using for another project I'm working on. (Don't mind the shiner on her forehead...she had a little accident with a chair this week) ;)
As I've mentioned a couple times over the past several weeks, I am so honored to be a part of a new etsy shop with 9 other crafting mamas. It has been so inspiring to be able to work with these creative women...bouncing ideas off each other, offering and receiving suggestions and strengthening connections.
I'm doing a giveaway this week. I'll be giving away one of my linocut foxes and a patchwork potholder. The potholder is what I'd call a second, I was still working on my bias-tape-making skills, but it is made with love and fully functional. ;)
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The trails through the woods are starting to look like the end of sugaring season. The ruts in the mud are getting huge. The extended forecast looks like sugaring season for us could be done in the next week or two. But we are thankful for the great sap runs we have had--the best one to date was just two nights ago. We collected 300 gallons as the sun went down. Adam had to run to drag another tank to the trailer we had in the woods because we had filled our main tank. Collecting buckets in the dark is not the most fun way to sugar, but we are thankful for every drop of sap.
Mostly farm fresh pudding with our eggs, milk and maple...
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/8 tsp salt
5 egg yolks, lightly beaten
2 1/2 cups whole milk
Whisk the maple syrup, cornstarch and salt together in a medium saucepan. Add the yolks, then immediately, but gradually whisk in the milk. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently at first, then constantly as the mixture starts to thicken and begins to simmer, 8 to 10 minutes. Once the mixture simmers, cook for 1 minute. Pour into ramekins and place parchment on top, and refrigerate until cool.
I have some friends who prefer not to use cornstarch but I haven't made it with alternate thickener (and we can purchase organic nonGMO cornstarch in bulk at our co-op). Maybe something like arrowroot would work?