Lucky me, I moved in just in time for mud maple season!! We really can’t get enough maple here and for good reason – I'm discovering that just about everything tastes better with maple - pancakes, waffles, cookies, bacon, sausage, cheese, ice cream…. Yum! If your syrup bottle features someone's "Aunt" or a rustic cabin - and I won’t mention any brands here - please, please, please put the bottle down and run to your nearest market for a bottle of REAL maple syrup. Believe me; you’ll thank me for this one!!
We were fortunate to have another beautiful weekend in Vermont. Sunday morning after enjoying some sunshine on my deck and diligently organizing my Pinterest boards, we went on a quest for a Farmer's Market that didn't actually exist. I know - it did seem strange that there would be a farmer's market in March - but I was hopeful - and all was not lost. It was a beautiful day to be out exploring, and I enjoyed running across these sugarhouses. I think I might need a bumper sticker on the back of my car that states:
"THIS CAR MAKES FREQUENT STOPS FOR RANDOM PHOTOS"
Poor Greg, but I do really think he's getting used to me asking him to pull over.
Next weekend, the Vermont Maple Organization hosts it annual Maple Open House Weekend at sugarhouses across the state. I’m not sure how the unseasonably warm weather will affect things, but I’m looking forward to checking it out.
To get into the maple spirit, I made some Maple Oatmeal Muffins. If you like sweet cake-like muffins, these are NOT for you. Made with whole wheat flour, rolled oats, non-fat yogurt, maple syrup and walnuts; these muffins are dense, chewy, and just slightly sweet – healthy, right? Dummy me, I forgot to bring the recipe home. So if you’re interested, check back next week.
And – since I really do love maple, I created a Pinterest board to celebrate the season. It’s a work in progress, so please stay tuned. I’m thinking Maple-Mustard Grilled salmon is on the menu for this week.