Saturday, June 28, 2008

Waffles for Breakfast

Does anyone have a good source for maple syrup?


Anonymous said...

Hi Anna,
I have an all natural homemade "maple flavored" syrup. I have five children also and the cost of real maple syrup became too costly even at buying club prices. I am on vacation so I can not give you the recipe for a couple of weeks but if you would like it, let me know, I will send it to you. Ing. include barley malt syrup, sucanat, sucanat with honey, water, all natural maple flavor and I can't remember what else.

queen of the castle said...

I hate to shop there for many reasons, but I have found that our local Wal-Mart has the best price per ounce on real maple syrup. Better than our buying club.

Anonymous said...

Mmm~maple syrup...
We treat it like liquid gold at our house and everyone knows how to use sparingly. I decant to a small glass warming pitcher for table use. Our favorites, Shady Maple Farm or Coombs Family Farms sold in 32 oz. jugs from Amazon with "free super saver shipping."
I just checked Amazon and see that Highland Sugarworks is a new item with a good price. Prices fluctuate so I buy the best value at the time when I order. The two-packs are especially nice to keep you in maple surplus heaven.

Anonymous said...

I use local honey. I but it at a farmer's market nearby and it is by far the best I've ever tasted! Your waffles look delicious!

Anonymous said...

dear friends make several gallons for their own use here in New Hampshire. Some might be for sale, or at the very least she would know best prices and sources for the real thing.

Email me and I can put you in touch with her.

deb meyers

Anonymous said...

I bought it at Sostco the other day for $21 per 1/2 gal. Yes it's expensive, but any natural product is. Corn syrup is one of the major causes of obesity in the 21 century and the major ingredient in many foods especially pnacake syrup. You might instruct your family to use less of the real thing.


Anonymous said...

I spelled Costco wrong. How embarassing.


Anonymous said...

We purchase ours at Trader Joe's. It is, or was on the last visit, $7.99 for 25oz. It's grade B and comes in a screw top wine bottle. I figure the kids don't need grade A, I really doubt they could tell the difference.

Anonymous said...

I second the Costco vote. We eat pancakes, waffles or french toast every Sunday morning and only real maple syrup will do. For our family of six, Costco fits the bill just fine.

On a totally different note, Anna, would you consider a post on what to look for in a sewing machine? My state fair special is at the end of its ability and I am ready for a new one to work on the queen sized quilt that is my constant project. I know the big names, but just have had a hard time finding someone at a sewing store who can direct me without pointing me to the ones with the bells and whistles I know I don't need...

Just a thought, thanks.

-Janna Northrup

Laura Lane said...

Hi Anna,
We had waffles for breakfast yesterday. Yum.
I don't have a source for maple syrup.

I've nominated you for an award on my blog. .

Come on by!

God bless! Laura

Amy said...

Vermont Country Store I think has marvelous maple syrup. Dad will often buy a bottle to use as a 'bribe' if he wants to get a coworker to do something. :-D

Peg Graham said...

If you need to make a substitute maple syrup, try this recipe:

Homemade Syrup

1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
1 cup boiling water
1 teaspoon butter
1 teaspoon maple extract or vanilla extract

Place granulated sugar in a heavy skillet. Heat until the sugar melts and turns brown.

Meanwhile, place brown sugar into a heavy saucepan. Pour water over brown sugar and bring to a boil without stirring.

Add caramelized white sugar to the melted brown sugar in the saucepan. Simmer, stirring often, until syrup is thickened.

Remove from heat, and whisk in butter and maple or vanilla extract.

Serve maple syrup substitute warm over pancakes, waffles, and biscuits.

Yield: about 1 cup

Janna said...

Mmm! Your waffles look delicious! :)
We produce our own maple syrup to go with waffles, pancakes, oatmeal... All that good stuff. Problem is, you have to live 'way up north to do that! When we had a bad year for syrup harvest, we bought some at Costco in Denver--as I recall, it was a very good price!

Davene said...

I like buying ours at the Maple Festival in Highland County, Virgina, when we get a chance to go back there for the festivities. It's more fun to walk by the real trees and buy it in an old syrup-making shed from the actual people who make it, I think. :)

good_to_be_home said...

We use Costco syrup too, once our supply from Grandpa runs out. We refuse to use anything but real maple syrup! Yum~

Anonymous said...

Hello. My name is Angela. I am from Pennsylvania. We make our own maple syrup. I'd be happy to ship it for you.
We've shipped to Texas before when my brother lived in Mission. I just sent some to S. Carolina too, to Monica at

Heather Anne said...

My parents live in Canada and bring us a gallon at a time. They pay about $45 CDN, but it is so worth it! When we run out, I make berry syrups - last week it was blueberry. It's so easy to bring 1 cup cold water, 1/2 to 3/4 cup sugar, 2 tsp. lemon juice and 3 Tbsp. corn starch to a boil than add 3 cups of fresh or frozen berries . We simmer it for about 10 minutes until it is thick and enjoy it hot over whole wheat pancakes or waffles.

Anonymous said...


I have been reading your blog for several months now and love it. I have two young boys (4 & 6) who LOVE, LOVE birds, and reading about Felix has given me such inspiration and ideas of how to encourage their natural love of wildlife. So, thank you!
Another note, I would also love if you would write a post about sewing machines and your recommendation. I am a beginner, having only attempted a few very simple projects, but would like to invest in a new machine..currently using my grandmother's...I would welcome your thoughts from one who has walked many steps ahead of me!

Thanks for the inspiration!
Julie Zilkie

Debbie in CA : ) said...

Hi Anna,
I love your blog. So peaceful, restful, and relevant. Life's pleasures captured in such artistic snaps and well-measured phrases. I love to visit. As for the syrup question. I buy Shady Maple Farms and set out a controlled amount in the most beautiful of cut crystal or cute pottery jugs. My classic pooh jug brings smiles to all visiting youngsters and when they realize they get to pour they are ever so careful and polite to leave some for everyone else. Accidents happen, but the kids know it is for flavoring and savoring, not for drowning in. A great whole-grain pancake or waffle needs only a hint of maple goodness to bring on the yummy smiles. (I'm hungry now!)

Anonymous said...

Hi Anna,

I have a source for the BEST Pure Maple Syrup. My husband and I have ordered a few gallons from this gentleman and are always satisfied.

The website is Homesteading Today message board and the seller is Michigan Farmer. He charges $39.00 a gallon. Shipping depends upon where it is shipped to. We live in CO and paid a total of $50.00 for the syrup including shipping. Hope this helps!

Love your blog!


Anonymous said...

I love the dark amber maple syrup - has more maple flavor. If you can find it, it's cheaper than grade A.
I confess this is one area that I just couldn't bear the expense anymore and I (gasp) buy store-brand pancake syrup now. We buy local and fresh when we can. . .

Anonymous said...

There are several good suggestions already on Maple syrup sources. Out west here we would buy from "Azure Standard" in Oregon. We always bought the B is so much more flavorful. I am not sure of the source that they buy from, but I remember it was cheaper than Costco. It has been several years since I bought it, as our family has grown and it just didn't last long enough. My mom always made "homemade" maple syrup when we were little. 2 cup white sugar and 1 cup water brought to a boil and maple flavoring added to taste. I now use the same recipe but I use Sucanat instead of white sugar...I don't even add maple flavoring anymore and everyone loves it and we have grown accustomed to it in place of real maple syrup.
Amy Fuller

Polly said...

Davene and I get ours at the same source--highland co, va!! :)

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