Friday, October 17, 2008

Grocery Cart Challenge Recipe Swap


We eat lots of pancakes and waffles and things that require syrup at our house. We can go through at least one bottle of syrup per week for the six of us, but you may have noticed that it is never in my Weekly Shopping Trip pictures. That's not because we tap our own trees but it's because I use a recipe for homemade maple syrup and then refill our old giant Costco bottle and stick it back in the cupboard.

I've been doing it for months and the kids just now noticed.



Cheap Homemade Maple Syrup

4 cups white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 cups water
2 teaspoons maple flavoring (sometimes I use vanilla)
  • Mix the water and sugars in a pot and simmer for 15 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and stir in flavoring.
  • Cool and pour into container.
  • Does not need to be refrigerated.

To Participate:

  • Post a recipe on your blog with a LINK BACK HERE. PLEASE REMEMBER THE LINK!
  • Fill in the Mr. Linky with your name and recipe title and on the second line put the link directly to your recipe post, not your general blog address.
  • Then go look at all the other links and get great ideas for next weeks menu.





13 comments:

Mrs. Querido said...

Awesome! Now I can do this when we run out again :) We eat a lot of french toast and pancakes over here too :)

Phoebe said...

I make a similiar syrup, and we like it much more than store bought. I always thought it had to be refrigerated....thanks for letting me know otherwise! Oooohh..never thought of vanilla in place of maple!
Thanks!

amysfinerthings said...

Oh, that's such a great idea. Easy, frugal, and no high fructose corn syrup. Yea! Thanks!

Aliisa and Sundy said...

from Aliisa:

Has anyone ever done this with Splenda?

Donna@The Frugal Mom Blog said...

I will have to try this, since it does not have any HFCS in it. If it has to be sweet I would rather have natural sugar. Thanks for sharing!

Stretch Mark Mama said...

I've been looking for an alternative to BOTH the corn syrup kind AND the (expensive, REALLY expensive) real stuff. I'll have to try this out!

Terri said...

Great recipes! I can't wait to try them all.

Halfmoon Girl said...

I will be trying this. Thanks Gayle. The only thing I am wondering is how it stands up to pure maple syrup health wise? Is it basically the same?

Brandy said...

How cool! I don't have any maple flavoring but I will keep an eye out when I'm grocery shopping.

The Kelley Family said...

Can't wait to test out the syrup! I have been looking at a recipe for the same thing only in a smaller portion in my Southern Living cookbook but have always snubbed my nose up to it! Now that I know it's good I'm going to give it a try. Sorry I forgot to put the recipe name in the "link" above, the name is "Droplet" Apple Oven Pancake by the Kelley's!

bloosgrl said...

Thanks for the recipe!

Anonymous said...

Okay all you skinny mini's. I want to know the REAL SCOOP.
You all are eating pancakes and waffles a couple times a week. Yet you are all soooooooo thin. I want to hear from Gayle some of her dieting tricks. (a/e does she eat one bite of pancake?

Elaine PS you would know me if you saw me.....I'll look for you at the library and link up. Love your blog by the way!

Tara said...

What size bottle do you put this in? This sounds delicious!