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February 28, 2010

I love maple syrup!

We spent the afternoon at the Cincinnati Nature Center, helping collect sap from maple trees and watching it boil down to a sweet syrup. John and my little niece, Emma...I took LOTS of pictures and thoroughly enjoyed this outdoor learning adventure. I wish we lived on a piece of land with a lot of maple trees!
Drilling a hole...
Tapping the spile in...
My littlest sister with her husband and son, Isaac. He's always smiling, has long eyelashes and just learned to sign for "more."
It smelled so good all around the sugar shack...and it was really warm there...look at the steam coming out the top.
Yum. It was really good.
Andrea carrying Emma and Susanna (whose belly is getting so big, but you can't really tell here) walking up to the cabin.
Olivia and Juliana peeking out one of the windows in the cabin.
The cousins...the 6th one will arrive in about 50 more days!
Look at that gymnast...it's been like having the Olympics in our house this week!
I've been growing wheat...to juice. My mom mentioned it and I thought I'd give it a try! Have you tried it?

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

I just bought some maple syrup in bulk today from sams club... i wish i could find a place around here to watch maple syrup be made. havent found one yet. but my mother in law has friends in indiana that make it... were planning a trip up there the end of april... do they still make it then? how are you growing wheat, and what do u do with the juice??
lori d.

EmilyRSPS said...

Awwwww....Reminds me of the Vermont. Nothing like the smell of a sugar shack!

Mimi said...

I have never done that, but always wanted to! How fun!

Michelle M. said...

Wow- that looks like so much fun! Makes me want to live closer to you :)

Meadowlark Days said...

love your new header - I see the Black Hills!!!

Anonymous said...

Hello. And Bye.

h west said...

Oooo. . .looks like fun.

Pres. Kathy said...

It looks like you had a wonderful day!

Rosemary said...

What lovely photos and oh, how cool to tap a maple tree!