I just realized that I totally forgot to post my photos from last weekend. It was another snowy, cold weekend at home in Dayton and we had to get out of the house. We found a little sugar motivation would do the trick! We headed over to Possum Creek Metro Park to learn all about making maple syrup and stopped by the farm to learn about other natural sweeteners.
Maple trees tapped.
We were amazed to find out that it takes 43 gallons for maple sap to make 1 gallon of maple syrup. They have to evaporate 42 gallons of water off to get the syrup at the right consistency for our pancakes. WoW! We also learned that the maple sap looks and tastes like sugar water. It was super cold so we quickly headed to the farm for more sweet knowledge.
Boiling the sap to evaporate all that water.
It was super cold so we didn't stay long.The drill for placing the taps.
I left my camera in the car by accident, but we walked into the farm school and saw about 8 different stations with kid activities and tasty sweets. We tried agave, honey, molasses, brown rice syrup, palm sugar, stevia, maple syrup, maple sap, sorghum, brown sugar, white sugar and a few others I'm forgetting. With fresh baked bread, we tested and tasted away. Even Axel participated and thought it was the best day ever!
While Mommy kept Axel busy, Daddy & Lucas built a paper tee-pee and paper/pipe cleaner bumble bee...fun for the whole family! We sure love the metro parks: www.metroparks.org
No perfect way to start off a day and then heading straight to a bowling birthday party! Yahoo, more SUGAR!!! Cake and ice cream anyone? Good thing we didn't totally overdo it at the farm but their were moments of near meltdowns once the birthday sugar took effect. We bowled an extra game to let the sugar settle. :)Axel tried and tried and tried to cross that foot foul line! There's some determination in that boy for sure!
I wonder where he gets it?! :)Lucas had a ball...a pink one at that...and a green one. I'm sure he would have had more if we would have let him.
It was a big party!
Axel loves pizza and his birthday hat too!
Kalese, the birthday girl!
The day ended with string cheese, broccoli, carrot sticks, crackers and plenty of other non-sugar food. It was a fun day but we were sugared out for awhile. :)