Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Winter's Delicacy

I couldn't believe it! Especially since I had just flown back from Texas where the high was in the low 80's, requiring me to peel off layers as the day progressed.  But it was true! As I deboarded the plane, I heard bits of conversation here and there saying Chicago was going to have another major snowstorm.  Noooooo!!!  Not again!  All day long, the snow has kept falling creating an even deeper layer than last week.  

              There's no denying that it's beautiful!

                         Pretty as a picture, right???

It's brought back a memory from my childhood seeing this ever deepening blanket of white. A memory of a delicacy that was taught to me by my mother.  One that makes perfect sense having grown up in New England where country stores and gift shops offered every form of sweet treat made from maple syrup.  Where driving down country roads you would find sign, after handmade sign, announcing that they had fresh maple syrup for sale.  

So what is this delicacy?  First, find a virgin patch of freshly fallen snow (you know what I mean!!) and fill a glass with it, letting it tower over the brim.

Now comes the best part!  Using only real maple syrup ....

 ... slowly pour it over the snow.

As the maple syrup hits the cold, white flakes, it quickly dissolves into a delicious slush!  The amount you use is up to you.

When the spoon hits your mouth, this concoction quickly melts leaving the taste of cold mixed with sweet!  Sheer heaven requiring nothing more than Mother Nature's magic.. Winter's snow and  maple syrup made from the sap of maple trees in Spring!

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  1. Stunning photographs - gorgeous enough to be on postcards!

    1. Thanks for dropping by, Carrie! I see we linked up to one of the same linky parties! Isn't it a great way to make new friends? Please come by again as I would love to have you!

  2. I live in CT and remember this well......delicious!

    1. I'm so excited to find another person in CT!! And you remember doing that, too... that tickles me so! And do you remember peanut butter and marshmallow fluff sandwiches on squishy white bread... and Drake devil dogs??? How fun to look back!!

  3. Well, it sure LOOKS beautiful. Sure wish I could just experience this virtually thru you but...we are expected to get hit with this by this afternoon. UGH. Gonna go buy maple syrup now along with my bread and eggs :)

  4. Beautiful snow photos. Looks like you have a beautiful home. Blessings, Debbie

  5. Stunningly beauty pictures and loved the snow and maple syrup idea.............all I need now is the snow............but probably not since I live in central Florida. lol
    It looks delightful tho...........

    Blessings, Nellie

  6. Something tells me my Maple Crown Royal just wouldn't be the same over snow...and, being from CO, we didn't have the maple trees or really great syrup, so we were just forced to eat it plain. This looks really mouthwatering to me - the pictures are beautiful, and I do miss the snow...OK, for about 10 minutes, until I have to go out in it! Hope your Wednesday is a wonderful one, and you've got something warm to do, inside! Tanya

  7. Beautiful photos indeed. I love the photo of the snow on the fence following the peaks of the fence as it piles up, just wonderful.
    Thanks for sharing.

  8. oh, my! that is a crazy amount of snow you have...all very beautiful photo's...but brrr! wishing you a wonderful week! xoxo, tracie

  9. I wish I could have left Texas with you! It's so beautiful in the snow- I'd love one of your maple snow slushies. While I'm cleaning the pool! LOL

  10. I've never poured maple syrup over a glass of snow. Must try it soon. We live in the Chicagoland area too.
    JM Illinois

  11. Your photos are beautiful, Kadee. And, I must add trying a maple syrup snow slushy to my bucket list. Sounds like heaven for someone with a sweet tooth.

  12. Hi Kadee! The snow is beautiful! I will be leaving to fly up to the Midwest in a week, and I am hoping for a snow storm!

    We never had the snow with the maple syrup but Mom made the ice cream snow that was really good!

    Your photos are beautiful!

  13. Kadee,
    Thank you for the wonderland pitcures, and reminder of simpler, yummy times. We all need to learn to slow down a little and enjoy life more. Stop and enjoy the beauty of nature, it's free.
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  14. Hi Kadee, This is fabulous and your pics are simpy way gorgeous.
    The snow treat looks so yummy and what a special delicacy on a cold winter day. Better then hot chocolate.
    Thank you for sharing this rare treat. We may not ever have the hope of trying it here in Texas, but I so enjoyed it here in pics on your blog.
    Wishing you a wonderful evening and stay warm my friend.
    Hugs, Celestina Marie

  15. Hi Kadee, We didn't have snow here in the Valley and I haven't missed it yet. When I look at your lovely pictures I would wish for a glass full of snow though. Your maple syrup treat looks so very yummy. Enjoy!

  16. Soooooo Pretty, you did get a nice snow, yes, it is beautiful, love the picture with the lantern, and the way you told about the snow and maple syrup!

  17. Kadee,
    We got a lot of snow too here in Chicago. It is pretty but already starting to melt. I love your story of the maple syrup and snow. So precious a memory.

  18. Hi Kadee.
    I was so happy to wake to beautiful white snow this morning. Of course, it is almost all gone already ~ the sun melts it away quickly here. I enjoyed the beauty for a few hours. Now Chicago ~ you will probably have it around for a while. Your photos are so pretty. When I lived in Ohio, I managed a Hallmark/Office Supply Store and went to the Chicago Mart every year to purchase gifts for the shop. I have always loved Chicago. When I was in college at Kent State University, I had a summer job in Glenview, Illinois, as a governess. I drove into downtown Chicago every week on my day off, and have loved it there ever since. I miss those trips.
    Thank you for your kind comment in regard to my Mother. She seems to be doing ok. Sleeping a lot, but no problems for the time being.
    The maple syrup slushie looks good. Don't eat too much. lol
    audrey xo

  19. We had a fresh, clean looking, heavy one too. I didn't think of making slushes, though. I haven't done that since I was a kid. Looks wonderful!

  20. Hi Kadee, thought I'd drop back in and see what photos you have added. I think your pictures are so serene and peaceful. Love visiting and thanks so much for the maple syrup slushie, isn't it yummy!

  21. I have been MIA from Blogging for quite a while recovering from a major surgery. Hopefully now I can get back to visiting everyone now that I can sit at my laptop. Typing one liners on an iPad was just all I could muster up whilst recovering!

    My Blog is now private so if you would like the link, shoot me an email at (new email address!) and I will send it to you!

    Missed you ooodles!


  22. What a shocker that must'ave been for you, Kadee! But I've gotta tell you....your home is just beeeeautiful and I'd love coming home to that any time! :) Love that slushy recipe, too. We only use real maple syrup over here, but I think I may have to wait til next winter to try it out. It was 50 degrees here today. :)

    xoxo laurie