Yesterday we took a culinary road trip to a sugar shack owned by dear friends. They shared their delicious syrup as well as years of knowledge. We learned all about the collection of sap and the painstaking work of transforming it lovingly into maple syrup. We watched as gallons of liquid boiled rapidly and the fire blazed below. The steam rose constantly to allow excess moisture to evaporate away from the sap until beautiful amber syrup remained.
As a special bonus, we were treated to maple sugar on snow. Syrup warmed to the correct temperature was ladled over freshly gathered snow. We twirled it loose with forks and ate it while it was still warm.
It was a delicious way to spend a beautiful sunny day.