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The Dutch have a special word to describe “cosiness”, “comfort”, but it’s also something that goes a little beyond that. “Gezellig”. Pronounced correctly, it kinda sounds like you’re clearing your throat, but this blog explores its meaning by documenting experiences that make life richer and deeper; through food, family, and the making of a home.

Maple Sugarin’

by amanda on April 6, 2014

It’s that time of year: the sap is flowing and we get the benefits! For the third year in a row, hubbie has been tapping trees and making syrup. It’s a great thing to do this time of year; the weather is getting pretty pleasant but you wouldn’t otherwise have any reason to wander outside. Collecting sap makes you appreciate how much stronger the sun’s rays are now; how much life is in the forest; and how much there is to get excited for!

Sap Tap P3308265

The process is laborious and intense, but hubbie doesn’t mind: if it’s not a challenge it ain’t worth doing, as he says. Collecting giant buckets of sap; feeding the evaporator (where the water is boiled off, leaving the rich syrup behind); feeding the fire to keep the evaporator going – all in a day’s work!
Sap buckets outside house
Evaporator at work
Maple syrup used to be a such a luxury; now we can’t imagine life without it!

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