It was a beautiful, sunny, record breaking, 80 degree day in East Central Illinois, so what does my family do?....We go to a hot shed and watch how maple syrup is made. It's a natural assumption, I know. It was actually a lot of fun and anywhere there is a potential for food, I call it a good time.
It's maple syrup time in the Midwest, unfortunately the sap collecting time was cut short this year because of the warm weather surge we have been experiencing. The best collection times are when temps are in the 20's at night and 40's during the day. Lucky for us, we haven't seen a day like that in quite a while, but it's very unlucky for the maple syrup producers.
Not really, I just like taking pictures of signs.
Here are the unfortunate men that had to stay in the Sugar Bush and talk about it repeatedly all day long...I guess they drew the short straw. It was probably 90 degrees in there today, but I have to give them credit, they knew their maple syrup. They even let us taste some...yummy!
Ben got a little bored when the hubby and I were asking questions...
After Momma got her maple syrup, we went to see if the boys could get their fingers pecked off by a turkey. Lucky for us they failed...
This is the Pioneer Homestead. My boys love it, they wish we could live here. I loved it because they had cookies inside today..and sassafras tea, it was all delicious.
I had to take a picture of the old barn....it's beautiful.
We finally made it back to the cool car. This is my tired baby as we pulled out of the parking lot...
Disclaimer : My husband and I want to make sure everyone knows that we are in no way Cubs fans. My 5 year old has been brainwashed by his Papaw and we can't convince him otherwise, so we do not take responsibility for his choice in clothing for these pictures. He loves to torture me with his t-shirt. Ugh. GO CARDS!!