DH and his brothers were busy for the last few weeks making maple syrup. What a lot of work and money was invested into the process! This is truly liquid gold.
I think we got about 12 litres of syrup this year... that means nearly 500 litres of sap was collected for our syrup only, to say nothing of the syrup that DH's brothers took home. Crazy, and a whole lot of work. It surprises me that this sells for about $9 a litre in the stores... I know the large operations are way more efficient than DH's wood-burning boiler and manual bucket collection, but it seems to me that the price ought to be higher.
Dh was cooking dinner last night, pepper steak on the barbeque with veggies and potatoes. His cutting board with the chopped veggies was a work of art in itself.
For dessert, I used up a half-dozen pears that I bought in the over-ripe fruit bin at the store. They became a happy part of this Pear-Cardamom Kuchen.