...you find the sap buckets hanging on the trees in the yard.
...and the sap being boiled down on the back deck.
...and you have a couple of bottles of finished Maple Syrup from your very own trees!This is really a project that was undertaken by Mr. Me and the boys. They tried it last year, but we soon discovered that a propane barbecue does not get hot enough to boil sap. We collected a great deal more sap last year but had to discard it since we couldn't boil it outdoors and I really didn't want my whole house sticky from boiling it inside. (Mr. Me's Grampy did that once, much to the chagrin of his Nana...) Much like milk, sap will sour if not stored properly and processed in a timely fashion. This year I bought him a mega burner... It would normally be used for lobster or corn boils, but also worked very well for Maple Syrup.