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Sunday, March 23, 2014

Tapping Into Maple Season

Hi everyone! Happy Spring!

I really, really wanted to share a few pictures of the maple pails gingerly hung from the neighborhood Maple trees but as it happens, my computer with all my files and pictures, is just about to go kaput! To my chagrin, I spent Saturday morning at Best Buy picking out a new computer. I was hoping my next stop at Best Buy would have been to buy an iPhone since I don't have one yet but, a new desk top was more important. (I can't get the hang of my MacAir for the life of me)

The next few days are going to be spent transferring files from the old, about to die computer, to the brand spanking new iMac that is probably bigger than any television set we had at our house when I was growing up. It's huge! I am however, not as computer savvy as I once was. Who can keep up with all this stuff when it changes by the minute anyway?

I will also need to get a new scanner but since I haven't decided on make and model yet, I took a picture of a recipe from an unassuming recipe book titled Maple Sampler by Jan Siegrist and published by New England Press in 1985.

I will be sharing this book again one day but today, I'm just going to leave you with this enticing recipe for Maple Pudding Cake. Doesn't it sound Yummy? In the mean time, I am going to head to the task of learning Migration Assistant and the hours it is going to take to transfer files and pictures. Wish me luck!

If you are interested in finding out more about Maple Syrup time, I did a rather in depth post, which I recently updated, way back in 2008. Its title is March is Time for Maple Syrup. There are recipes from The Vermont Year Round Cookbook by Louise Andrews Kent author of Mrs. Appleyard's Kitchen and many more Maple Syrup recipes. See you Wednesday, good Lord willing and the creek don't freeze, which it just might! Louise

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  1. Good luck transferring everything over to the new computer. I hope the process goes smoothly!

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  2. That cake does indeed sound delicious, Louise! I think I have all the ingredients for a Sunday afternoon snack - hold the ice cream! Good luck in your migration. I do love the iMac - it will change your life!

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    1. I've always had Macs T.W. This is the first time I'm actually doing a migration on my own though.

      I have a feeling today is going to be just the right day to bake up that cake. Why no ice cream?

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  3. Good luck with your computer, photo files, new hardware and software, and learning curve. Our photo files have been growing so fast we've been going through some of the same things, but the expert is my husband, so I am fortunate. Sometimes I wish technological innovation would just freeze for a while!

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    1. Here, here, Mae, a technological freeze would be GREAT!

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  4. I'm tempted to try that cake dear..sounds interesting...

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    1. Go for it Gloria! Please let us know how you liked it:)

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  5. Hi Louise, Happy Spring to you and your family! Your maple pudding cake's recipe looks easy to me, hehehe... even though my baking skill is still in the learning process. Hope to give this a try. Well, hopefully by now you have transferred all your files to your new pc. Have wonderful day and cheers :)

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    1. Pudding Cakes are pretty easy to "throw" together, Ivy. You might want to try them one day! I saw that blogoversary cake you made and I know you can do it:)

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  6. Hi Louise, Happy Spring to you and your family! Your maple pudding cake's recipe looks easy to me, hehehe... even though my baking skill is still in the learning process. Hope to give this a try. Well, hopefully by now you have transferred all your files to your new pc. Have wonderful day and cheers :)

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  7. Shopping for gadgets is always a headache! Love the maple pudding recipe... looks so yummy.

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    1. Shopping for anything is a headache in my book, Mich:)

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  8. Thank you for posting about maple syrup! My grandparents had a small patch of woods and grandpa used to tap the maple trees every spring. He had a little sugar shack to start boiling down the sap and then he'd finish it off on the house stove. Any time I taste real maple syrup, I think of grandpa.

    Good luck getting your new computer set up! Mine died back in December, so I can sympathize.

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    1. Oh Poppy, what beautiful memories. Thank you so much for sharing them with us:)

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  9. Good luck with the techno issues. I'm a huge fan of Upstate NY maple syrup, and yes, I can tell a difference. Thankfully, we are on good terms with the family who bought Uncle Lute's farm and we still get our fix from the family tree(s). The Knight claimed he didn't like real maple syrup... until he had THE syrup.

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    1. To be perfectly honest, Channon, I never gave much thought to the difference in taste from area to area but now that you mention it, it makes a whole lotta sense. Perhaps we should have a Maple tasting party, lol...

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  10. It's such a pain when a computer dies, isn't it? I haven't done it yet, but I'm going to transfer most things to an external drive (which I'll back up with another external drive). That way when a computer goes, rather than spend hours migrating files I'll just plug in the new drive (still will load programs and things like that on the computer's hard drive0. I'm sure there's a downside to this strategy which I'll discover, but the theory sounds good!

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    1. The theory does sound good, John. Unfortunately, I have been a bad backer upper and, the technology has changed so much. The new computer is wireless and doesn't even have a CD or DVD slot. (I guess they are out of "style") I am going to atte,pt it today though. I read up on it yesterday. Whew!

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  11. Dear Louise, I do not envy you at all. I have had computer problems in the past, and I wish you luck. Just stay calm, walk away if you are getting frustrated, then when you come back you have a clearer head. This tip helped me. This recipe is amazing, I have to try this one, Maple Pudding Cake. Seems we both had Maple trees and syrup on our minds. I love a good Maple (Pure) syrup on Pancakes. Nothing like that flavor. The "Vermont Year Round Cookbook" is a wonderful book. So many scrumptious recipes. I hope you get your PC all hooked up. Always looking forward to your "Wordless Wednesday." Thanks for sharing this, Have a blessed Sunday, and I hope that Marion had a wonderful Birthday on Thursday! Dottie :)

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    1. Hi Dottie!
      I've been doing just as you have suggested Dottie. It is simply over whelming. I'm so glad I can at least visit my blogging friends during my breaks. I was so surprised to see you did a Maple Syrup post today also. You should have mentioned it and included the link for those Maple Syrup Salmon Fillets of yours. They look so yummy!

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  12. Louise es un cake ideal para celebrar lo probaré...Que se solucione pronto su problema,yo estoy en algo parecido escribo de un notebook de mi hija que no me gusta para nada es muy pequeño,saludos y abrazos :) :) :)

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    1. Tengo un pequeño ordenador también, Rosita, pero como usted dice que es tan pequeño que ni siquiera puedo verlo, lol ... Este es más grande, pero difícil de transferir archivos. Yo Amy no estar haciendo demasiado visitando a otros blogs hasta que me las arreglaré, jajaja ... Muchas gracias por su visita :)

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  13. Good luck with the new technology, Louise. I hate change. My phone is about kaput and I am being super stubborn about getting a new one. I like my old beat up smart phone. :) That recipe reminds me of the holidays.

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    1. I can't even think about getting a new phone at this point Debra. I too like my old battered up phone and if learning a new gadget is anything like trying to learn how to transfer files, I'd rather "play" with yeast! (which everyone who visits this blog knows I have a huge aversion too!)

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  14. It would thrill me to no end to see little sugar buckets hanging from trees!

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    1. I will share a few of the buckets we have hanging around here as soon as I figure out this computer, Pattie...

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  15. Maple Pudding Cake! Wow. Does that sound good! I almost bought maple syrup at the winter farm market yesterday, but maybe next week. The sap is not running too much up here, and rumors has it, northern Wisconsin and Upper Michigan might see a less-than-prolific sap season. Last year was quite good.

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    1. Hi Mimi!

      Rumor around here is that we will have aproductive season but not as good as last year. Time will tell. If you do get yourhands on some Maple Syrup, try this pie! I gave the recipe to one of my neighbors and she LOVED it!

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  16. Good luck Louise w transferring yr data into yr new computer. I know it can be tedious n take a long time. Tx for sharing the maple pudding. Sounds delicious.

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    1. Hi Jenn!
      It is not going well. I'm taking a visiting break right now but, oh my goondess, I really need a drink too!

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  17. Hi Louise,
    I hope all your files have a smooth transfer! I hate doing that! And I am really lousy when it comes to "hi-technology" stuffs!! LOL!
    I always get SOS help from my brother-in-law!!
    Maple Pudding Cake sounds good! How I wish that maple syrup is affordable over here. They are darn expensive!
    Good luck with the transfers!

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    1. I can just imagine how expensive Maple must be by you Joyce. Do you not have any Maple trees in Malaysia? I could send you some when it is ready here!!!!

      The transfer is not going well I'm afraid. I am going to try again as soon as I do a bit of catching up. I think it is going to be another loooooong night!

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  18. You so have my sympathies Louise! The last time I got a new PC, my husband did some kind of automatic transfer (from Microsoft) which was nice and easy, but I'd swear it transferred some of the problems too. I am just dreading the next time I need to do this. At least maple syrup is a pleasant thought! Though you are right... that creek may indeed freeze!

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    1. We are expecting snow tonight, Inger. Can you believe it??? The transfer is not going well, I'm afraid. I will be trying again or calling Apple. I'm sure it's something I'm doing wrong. I wouldn't even attempt transferring files on a PC!

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  19. Ryan is building me a new computer. Hell, he's been working on it for 3 weeks. Having your own resident computer genius isn't all it's cracked up to be, Louise! I told him that he has to transfer my business email intact, install a newer version of Office, and I can do the rest. Maybe next weekend?

    Maybe I'll try your cake for dessert one of these nights. It does sound pretty good - i love the puddings that are really cakes! They're talking 1 to 3 inches of you-know-what again tonight! I swear, mud looks so good about now!

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    1. I think they call that the plumper with a leaky faucet syndrome, Marjie. I too LOVE the puddings that are cakes, Marjie. I remember one from a while back that was lemon! Didn't you bake a Lemon Pudding Cake once?

      We may be missing the "you know what" fingers crossed...

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  20. Good luck with the new computer, Louise. My hubby wasn't using his Macbook, so I took it over....but practically have to call one of the kids over to turn it on! They giggle, but are willing to help!

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    1. Thanks Liz:) I've had Mac for years and still have to think twice on how to start it, lol..However, once you hear that chime, you know all is well with your Mac and the world:) In my case, I'm just too unorganized!

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  21. I love this pudding cake! look amazing Louise, hope you fix your computer problems, Im using a really old PC my son is going with notebook to the studies, Omy, the pictures are a porblem.
    Well cest la vie!
    I love all these cheese look beautiful!!
    xxx

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    1. I'm almost fixed Gloria:) So glad you enjoy oudding cake. It is sooooo gooooood!

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  22. You'll love the iMac. Love the cover of the Vermont year Round Cookbook.

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    1. I'm a Mac girl from way back when, Geraldine:) Isn't that book cool? I really need to share more recipes from it. Thanks for popping by, Geraldine:)

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  23. Maple pudding sounds good Louise. This is something I have never tried!
    Hope your files transfer goes well, take it easy and be patient. Computers are always a big pain, at least to me but it is part of the fun (if we want to call it like that!).
    Good luck! Ciao!

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    1. You really should try it one day Alida. There are other recipes for pudding cakes that are also delicious and easy too! The cake makes its own pudding:) I have been very patient with the computer transfer. It is going well ie slowly though:)

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  24. some cakes are so dry, but not pudding cakes--this is a fantastic recipes, especially for a maple lover like me!

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    1. Pudding Cakes are "thee" best, Grace. I can't wait until this year's Maple "crop" is harvested. I will be baking this cake!

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  25. It is always a pain to transfer all the files to a new computer...hope all work well...the great thing is after all is done and you will have a more efficient computer to work with.
    This maple pudding cake sounds pretty easy and the maple is sure a star...
    Have a wonderful week ahead Louise :D

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  26. Oh my, that could take a while, but I guess no task is too arduous if you have a large delicious piece of this maple pudding cake!!
    Hope you have a wonderful weekend to come!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  27. hi louise, it has been a long time since i last heard someone uses the word 'kaput'...! makes me smile reading that word..dont know why. I am no computer savvy too so i know it can be quite stressful doing all the transferring...and hv to read so carefully as not to accidentally delete all those files..!

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  28. Dear Louise, I congratulate you on figuring out how to do all of this. I have my son or daughter help me with such things. I truly am a dinosaur!!! I do wish you luck with all these tasks that truly are quite foreign.
    The maple syrup cake does sound delicious!!!
    Blessings dear. Catherine xo

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  29. Good luck, Louise. I just went through that...was easier than I expected as I had Carbonite.
    Love anything maple, but that's probably because I'm from Michigan. :) We tapped maple trees every year. Sounds like a great recipe.

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  30. Hi Louise,

    These days... computers and technology can bring joy but also pain... LOL! You know :D Good luck with your new computer!

    Btw, I always think that maple related food like maple syrup are related to autumn and colder seasons... Didn't know March at your end is the time to eat maple syrup too. hmmm...

    Zoe

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  31. It is a pain in the neck changing computers but I feel confident you will eventually tame the "little monster" haha! I first tried maple syrup when I was in the States and I loved it. Here it is quite expensive because it is imported. Thanks for the beautiful recipe Louise and good luck with the "movement".

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  32. Louise , I just sigh at the mention of maple syrup ( from the neighborhood maple tree to boot ! ) and the brand new iMac lol I've been planning to buy MacbookPro last month but used some of the money for a new lens instead tsk tsk ! Anyway , hope you gonna sort it out as I'm quiet excited to see your iMac er the maple syrup ;D

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  33. This cake does sound fabulous! Good luck with your files transferred and the new computer up and running!

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  34. Oh Louise, I'm so sorry to hear about your computer problems. They can certainly derail, not just blogging but everything! Hope you get it solved soon. Your maple recipe sounds heavenly, by the way. Love that maple syrup. I think I could just drink it straight ;) (but I shall refrain).

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  35. Louise, That cake sounds wonderfully delicious! One of the blogs I follow just posted about maple sugaring..http://www.simplelivingeating.com/2014/03/maple-sugaring-simple-living-in.html Quite interesting!
    Good luck with your files…technology….something we can’t live with, and we can’t live without! There are days I’d like to throw my computer right out the window! Happy weekend!

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  36. You're going to have a Mac?? That's so savvy! I've always enjoyed shopping for a new pc, but hates the transferring of data. Makes you feel like pulling your hair sometimes.

    Sorry, haven't been cooking much lately. Hope you're not bored with my beauty reviews etc. It's not easy to cook when there's just hubby & me in the house. My son's always busy in school........

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  37. I know it won't make you feel any better but, I am without a phone for another 2 weeks. It's dead. No backup. I learned to back up my addresses and email contacts the hard way. Just bought an address book!
    A new computer is very exciting though. Please take a photo of this Mac, I am excited for you!

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