I should have been warned when Harold said that they would be boiling sap tonight. I'm in my craft/quilting/getaway room working on little Baby Moeggenborg's quilt when Harold calls to say that Kelli is here and that Linda and Judy are on their way. So I take the batch of cookies out of the oven to take out to the sap house. The next thing I know, Sam is mixing up pancake batter and swiping my grill. I head out to the sap house and find Judy, Linda, Janet, Summer, Anna, Kelli, Sam, Sarah, Kim, Cale, and Howard out there. Of course I forgot to bring my camera out so I slogged back to the house through the mud and almost lost my boot a couple of time. Impromptu family gatherings happen at the drop of a hat during sap season. We missed out last year due to our barn fire.
This is the evaporator we use to make maple syrup. It takes 40 gallons of sap to make 1 gallon of maple syrup.
The evaporator is powered by a woodstove that needs to be fed constantly. Kind of like the kids when they were growing up. Here our son Sam is loading the wood into the stove.
Here Harold is holding court in the sap house.
Sam has two specialties - pancakes and no-bake cookies.
Sarah is enjoying pancakes with fresh maple syrup and lots of butter. The pancakes are made from our very own Moeggenborg Sugar Bush pancake mix. Sarah was in town because Judy and Linda threw her a bridal shower earlier in the day.
Here Harold pours more syrup on Linda's pancakes. Mmmmmm
This is the stuff of happy memories. I am indeed blessed.