We were able to collect 2 5 gallon buckets filled with Maples Sap from 2 of our trees yesterday. The weather hasn't really been very cooperative and really wet so it had been a few days since the buckets were last checked. They were filled as full as could be! So they now have 2 fresh buckets there and friends of 18 more trees with buckets as well. All the kids went up help and had a great time! Now we wait.......
Well we got 2 trees tapped yesterday with 2 taps each. I went up this morning and one bucket was 1/2 full and the second is 1/3 full. I will probably head up tonight and check again and change out the buckets (hopefully). This is our first syruping experience and I am so excited!
While we were up there, we noticed a little visitor on our bucket. A honey bee. He desperatly wanted to get in there with all that sap. Must be he could smell it but could not figure out how to get in. I'm hoping that they stay out. I would hate to open it and find dead honey bees, that would be a double disappointment!
I'll post more as our journey continues. I'm thinking we will boil it down the weekend of the 13 and 14. I know it has to keep cool so hopefully the weather will be kind to us and provide a long syrup season.
Baking is so much more fun when you can share it with someone special! Emi absolutely loves to help out in the kitchen especailly when it comes to getting dirty. Here we are making bread for Daddy's sandwiches. I am so happy to see her take an interest and want to be involved. I cherish the time that she spends with me doing things like this especially at 2. I hope she continues and we are able to extend that out to many more classics.