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Maple Goodness

March 24th, 2014

Yesterday, my neighbor BJ and her twins and I all loaded up in her car and headed out for Maine Maple Sundays. We visited three sugar houses, the first one was our favorite. It was Simmons & Daughters Sugar House, awesome, usually it’s so-and-so and sons – but he had four daughters.
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We weren’t as impressed with the other two places we visited, one was maple syrup on an industrial scale and the other one was just not as quaint and friendly as this one. Of course I didn’t buy any maple syrup as I’m making my own right now. After finishing up this current batch of sap I should have about a gallon and a half. I probably won’t get the 5 gallons I was hoping for, but I may get lucky and get 3 gallons. That will provide me with all the sweetener I need this year.

What’s your favorite natural sweetener?

Friday Favorite: Great Companies

December 20th, 2013

I love doing business with great companies, the kind you know you can expect service from in the future should a product be defective or wear out before it should.  L.L. Bean is one of those companies.  I purchased these lovely knee high shearling lined boots about a year ago.  I wore them for a few months and then they were retired for the summer.
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When I went to put them on yesterday the zipper broke – ACK.  I contacted L.L. Bean and they’re going to send me a new pair – YAY.
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This is why I purchased these boots instead of other options out there. My parents have been buying from this L.L. Bean since I was a little kid and they’ve always stood behind their products.

Do you have any great companies that you love doing business with?

Celebrating Sweetness

March 26th, 2013

It’s no secret that Mr Chiots and I LOVE maple syrup. Typically we make our own, sugaring is one of our favorite activities. This year it wasn’t in the cards, with the move, travel and lots of work, we just didn’t have the time. Not to worry though, we got our fix of sugaring this past Sunday on Maine Maple Sunday.
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We visited two different sugar houses with our neighbors. One that usually makes around 80 gallons of syrup and one that makes around 600.   The difference in the two operations was amazing. Here is what maple sugaring is all about in Maine.
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Around here, maple syrup is our main sweetener. I use it in just about everything from pumpkin pie to hot cocoa.

What’s your favorite way to enjoy maple syrup?

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