Weekend Reading

My cheeks still feel wind-kissed from spending the day on my uncle’s sugar bush. Yesterday was our annual family sugaring-off outing to their 25-acre maple farm. There, over 300 trees are tapped for their precious sap and reduced over an open fire to pure maple syrup.

This traditional method of harvesting and reducing sap is becoming more and more rare; indeed just visiting my uncle’s property feels like I’m stepping back in time. In case you are interested in reading more about making maple syrup, I am including two posts I wrote following our outing last year for your weekend reading.

The pot of maple baked beans pictured above simmered on the massive cast iron stove all afternoon; we drank tea made with the boiling sap and licked maple taffy off of wooden paddles.

It was a delightful way to spend a spring day.

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Weekend Links

Weekend Links

As our third week comes to a close, we the editors of Simple Living Media are incredibly encouraged by your response to our network. Thank you for your comments, emails and participation.

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Weekend Links

As the sun poured through our kitchen window this morning and I lazily cracked eggs for breakfast, my husband Danny blurted out a statement that he obviously needed to get off his chest:

“You know, if I were in charge of the kitchen, there would be more coffee cake.”

His comment both amused and surprised me. For starters, he has no misconceptions about the kitchen’s domain and second, he almost never complains, so his vocalizing a desire for coffee cake was not one to ignore.

Anyway, it made me think of a coffee cake I saw this week on Shaina’s blog, and so of course that recipe is included in my weekend links, along with plenty more ‘Good Things’… [Read more…]

Weekend Link Love (and Giveaway Winner!)

There were over 1600 entries for our blogwarming basket giveaway and over 6200 entries over our entire Simple Living Media’s  launch ‘Week of giveaways’. You really know how to sweep us off our feet!

A warm thank you to all who participated in the giveaway. You comments will be very helpful as I lead Simple Bites into this new year.

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