Good Morning World!

On this day in 1903 near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, two brothers with big dreams let their lofty ideas take flight. On September 24, 1959, President Dwight Eisenhower declared December 17 to be Wright Brothers Day. His proclamation invited the people of the United States to observe this day with appropriate ceremonies and activities. I must confess, I cannot recall a single celebration. I’m sure in certain circles, this is a very big day. Their 12 second flight was proof positive that the human spirit was meant to soar and dreamers are the pilots of that spirit.

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Mapleine Flavored Maple Syrup and Childhood Memories

Growing up, we did not have store-bought syrups in the house. Dad made syrup on the top of the stove with a few basic ingredients that were always at hand. I can picture him now, kitchen towel draped over one shoulder, a small Revere Ware copper bottom pot on the burner, and a wooden spoon in his thick hand. The smell was incredible, distinct and inviting. It meant big stacks of pancakes were soon to follow. Mind you, I could be wrong, but I think he might use that same pan all these years later when he makes his simple Maple Flavored Syrup. The recipe Dad uses can be found on the bottle of Crescent Food’s Mapleine. While the imitation Maple flavoring has been around since 1908, the recipe became popular during the Great Depression – when Dad was a very young boy. It was the syrup he knew from his childhood, the syrup he passed on to his children as part of their childhood.

Fast forward from Dad’s country kitchen to my own kitchen in the first home Hubby and I owned. Hubby had never had “home-made” syrup for his pancakes, waffles and French Toast until he met me. One taste, and he was hooked. For the longest time, we didn’t buy syrup – I made a batch of Mapleine syrup whenever the need arose. This was back in the day when neighbors were friendly with one another, and “borrowed” things like a cup of sugar. One morning there was a knock on our door. A young girl who lived across the street was standing on our porch. Her mother had sent her on an errand.

“We’re making pancakes and mom forgot to get syrup. Do you have some we could borrow?” She asked.

“Unfortunately, I don’t.” I answered. “We make our own.”

The girl stood there for a moment, digesting what I had just told her. “Can you make us some?”

I asked her to come back in about twenty minutes. She did, and they loved Dad’s easy to make syrup.

I haven’t made Dad’s syrup in a while. I’ve been wanting to, and have even looked at a few markets for an old-fashioned syrup dispenser, but no luck. I’ve looked at the new ones, and can tell in an instant a few uses and that tab that slides back and forth on the top is going to break. Maybe next time I’m in my favorite restaurant supply store, I might just need to take a look at a commercial grade syrup dispenser. When Kiddo was a little Kiddo, he loved this syrup recipe. I’m not sure he remembers it today – and that would be sad.

Mapleine Flavored Maple Syrup
2 Tablespoons water
¼ cup sugar
1 ½ cups light corn syrup
½ Tablespoons Mapleine Immigration Maple Flavoring

Combine all ingredients in a sauce pan over medium heat.

Stirring constantly, heat until sugar dissolves and syrup just begins to boil. Cook at a low rolling boil for 2 minutes.

Remove from heat. Syrup will thicken as it cools. Store any unused syrup in the refrigerator and reheat over low heat when ready to use again.

Note: Crescent Mapleine still exists, in the same trademark blue packaging, now a part of McCormick Foods.

Mapleine Flavoring

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