On a whim, I decided to tap our trees a few weeks ago. It turned out to be exactly the right time. Just a few days later, the sap started to run.
Making syrup was something Matt liked to do. I didn’t tap trees last spring, but this year I decided I wanted to share the experience with Ellie.
We also need to replenish our stash. Matt started making Ellie a waffle in the morning, and it’s still her breakfast of choice.
Ellie has been in on every part of syrup making so far. Drilling the trees, collecting the sap, eating the sap right from the tree.
As I strain the sap, she inspects the cloth for dirt. Then as it’s boiling in the pot, she calls, “Use the ‘mometer!” (Our first batch of syrup burnt when we were distracted watching Frozen.)
She holds the strainer as I pour the finished syrup into jars and then swipes her finger around the bottom of the pan to lick up the sweet drips left behind.
Syrup making became a fun tradition for Matt and me, and I’m having more fun carrying this on with Ellie.