Maple syrup reminds me of my years growing up! We always made our syrup and to tell you the truth, I never even knew that you could buy syrup until I went to girls camp. I wasn’t very fond of the store bought maple syrup that we had at girls camp because I was so use to having the homemade.

Now that I am a mom, I have always made my syrup as well. The recipe for this maple syrup is on the back of the Mapleine box and it is just so easy to make. But I thought that I better put it on here so that my kids can have the recipe if they ever forget it. We love to put it on pancakes, waffles, french toast, and even cornbread. It is truly delicious whatever you put it on.

Wouldn’t it be great if you could turn back time sometimes, even for a day. It is so strange to me when I go back to where I grew up and it seems like things should be the same. The same houses, the same stores and the same people.

The land is the same, but there are a few new homes and a few of the same people. However most of the people, look a little, or even a lot, different. It is always fun to run into old friends and family. I came from the country and now I live in what I call the city. We have houses on every side of our home.

 

Maple Syrup

 

What Ingredients Do I Need For Maple Syrup?

  • Sugar (white or brown)
  • Mapleine flavoring

 

How Do I Make Maple Syrup?

  • In a medium sauce pan boil the water. Once the water is boiling, add the sugar, and stir until the sugar dissolves.
  • When the sugar is dissolved, add the flavoring and stir for about 1 minute.
  • Place into a container that is easy to pour out of.
  • This syrup is thinner than the ones you buy in the store.

 

When I was growing up the home that was nearest to ours was across a State highway, and then the next closest house was about a mile away. I did love that growing up, but now when I go into the grocery store to find something, I am spoiled.

If one grocery store doesn’t have it, I just go down the street to the next grocery store. I now have about twenty grocery stores that I can choose from, compared to one or two if we were lucky, where I grew up (we bought a lot of our groceries in a small town which was 15 miles away).

There just weren’t that many people, the population was 1000, and I didn’t even live in town. But every place that one lives has its pros and cons. I do miss the quiet, and the slower pace of life. If I go outside, there is always someone around.

Where I grew up it would be you and the cows, or a dog or cat. I guess a person could get use to whatever the circumstance.  I told my husband that it was time to move closer to the country, but then I go visit and wonder, could I really do it? Yes, as I am getting older, I think that I could really enjoy a slower pace, and maybe a little more wide open space outside.

 

 

What is the Difference Between Granulated White Sugar and Brown Sugar?

Granulated (White) Sugar:

  • Granulated sugar is also sometimes known as white sugar, or “regular” sugar.
  • Granulated sugar has had all of the naturally present molasses refined out of it.
  • It is the sugar that is most commonly used in baking.

 

Brown Sugar:

  • Brown sugar is white sugar that has had cane molasses added to it.
  • Brown sugar can harden if left open to the air, so it is best stored in an airtight container.
  • If your brown sugar has hardened, you can microwave it for a few seconds, or place a piece of bread in the bag and leave it for a day.

How Do I Make Brown Sugar?

If you’re out of brown sugar, it is easy to make at home.

Ingredients:
  • 1 pound granulated sugar
  • 3 ounces molasses

 

Instructions:
  • Make sure everything is incorporated thoroughly in a food processor.
  • This can be stored for up to a month.

 

But for now, I will enjoy the grand kids and I will be happy where I am, because I have learned, if you aren’t happy now, you most likely aren’t going to be happy somewhere else. I love the saying “the grass is always greener on the other side, but you still have to mow it”!

I am reminded that each day is a gift, and we really just need to appreciate all that we have. I also thought about all the new people that I have met through the years and if I hadn’t found new friends, I would really be missing out knowing a lot of really cool people.

How I am grateful for wonderful parents who raised me and taught me how to work, how to make a difference in the world, and how to get along with people. I am also grateful that my mom taught me how to make good old fashioned maple syrup. Enjoy!

Some Great Recipes to Try Maple Syrup on!

Easy French Toast

Zucchini Waffles

Melt in Your Mouth Buttermilk Pancakes

Apple Pecan Pancakes

Overnight Creme Brulee French Toast

Oatmeal Cinnamon Waffles

 

Yield: 2 cups

Maple Syrup

Maple Syrup

Maple syrup is perfect for pancakes, waffles, french toast and our favorite, corn bread. Made with sugar and not corn syrup.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 4 minutes
Total Time 9 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups of water
  • 2 cups sugar (white or brown)
  • 1 tsp Mapleine flavoring

Instructions

  1. In a medium sauce pan boil the water. Once the water is boiling, add the sugar, and stir until the sugar dissolves.
  2. When the sugar is dissolved, add the flavoring and stir for about 1 minute.
  3. Place into a container that is easy to pour out of.
  4. This syrup is thinner than the ones you buy in the store.

Nutrition Information

Yield

16

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 97Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 1mgCarbohydrates 25gFiber 0gSugar 25gProtein 0g

This data was provided and calculated by Nutritionix

 

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