a jar of maple syrup Among the many things learned by European settlers from American Indians was the making of maple syrup. The methods have been refined but the basic technique remains the same: collect sap from maple trees in the spring while sap is rising and heat to remove most of the water to leave a sweet distinctive syrup (or further distill to create maple sugar for candy). Matt, our builder, gave us a jar of the maple syrup he produced this year. Having fond memories of maple syrup production when I was a child, I was eager to sample it so I cooked up a stack of pancakes to douse in butter and maple syrup. I served them up on one of Lori’s hand-crafted church-keyed plates and dug in. The verdict? Ambrosia! You just can’t beat the real thing. When you buy “pancake syrup” or similarly-named products in the supermarket, you are getting chemically processed corn oil with flavoring additives. The experience doesn’t resemble real maple syrup. Pancakes with butter and maple syrup There are a few ways to get your own real maple syrup. Our method was to contract the services of Ness Construction LLC to build us a house after which Matt presented us with a jar of his handiwork. This is an expensive way to acquire pure maple syrup but you have the added benefit of a new house to enjoy it in. Think about it: enjoy home-cooked pancakes smothered in home-made maple syrup on one of Lori’s unique hand-thrown ceramic plates in your new custom hand-crafted home. That’s quite a nice American breakfast experience.