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Sticky Adventure


Sticky Adventure

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Jeff saw an advertisement for a forestry demonstration on maple syrup at ISU, so took the boys one weekend while I was at work. He asked a bunch of questions while there and decided he was going to tap our maple tree the following year. It got mentioned a few times over that year, and Christopher reminded him in January to order the supplies. The whole experiment has been quite fascinating! Jeff drilled a hole, put in the spile and hung a bucket to collect the sap. We drain the bucket at least once a day into a (very) clean milk jug and place in the refrigerator. When we have a few gallons of sap, Jeff boils it off using the turkey fryer outdoors. He then finishes it on the stove where he can keep a super close eye on it until it becomes exactly the right temperature and consistency. He pours it into (very) clean glass syrup bottles which we store in the refrigerator until show time - “Daddy, can we pleeeaaaase have pancakes?!” Our first year, 2011, worked very well. The strange non-winter of 2012 wasn’t conducive to much sap, but we still got 1 bottle from our just-big-enough tree. Our neighbor is intriguedand is letting us tap his two maples too, for a portion of the syrup. The ISU forestry guy was quite impressed that we actually went home and followed through!
stock photo from Sarah Katzenell



    Yummy double pager
    I love this spread and the story behind it! Your title is fantastic and I really like how you bordered the pages. Super cute swirly clusters too!
    amazing Cheri. what a great story. I read a book once that was based around a maple syrup company so I recognise what Jeff was doing. so fun for the boys to see this happen right in front of their eyes. and good on Jeff for actually pulling it all off. you can be proud of him, you would never catch my Al doing something like that, LOL!
    what a great memory and story to pass on! sounds like a seminar my husband and boys would've loved and made the drive for! love the clusters and the twine that brings the pic together. love how the word art of "sticky" and the blobs of syrup behind the frames match! such a nice treasure to have..well done.
    Great storya and wonderful two pager Cheri. I love how they look together.
    What a wonderful, interesting two-pager! I love the story told by the journaling and photo. Very creative use of the strings and ropes, too.
    Nice layout. Good thing I am not on a diet. Great title.