Maple syrup season is officially here despite the late start to the season. Everywhere I look I’m seeing maple-infused something, from donuts and salad dressings to speciality milks and sweet frostings, and this natural sweetener seems to be the flavour du jour.
I love maple syrup as much as the next person, and lately I’ve been using it to infuse steamed milk with a subtle sweetness that makes the warm beverage feel like a decadent treat. Despite slightly warmer days, these early spring evenings are still cool and instead of winter’s warm cocoa, we’re drinking this lighter, comforting concoction.
The beauty of this drink is that it can also be used to make homemade lattes (either tea or espresso based) for the adults in your family. To do so, fill your mug halfway with your favourite tea or coffee, and then add equal amounts of the warm maple milk, filling the cup to the top.
Are you fond of maple syrup? What’s your favourite way to use this natural sweetener (other than pancakes, of course)?
Easter is in two weeks and I’m already contemplating my holiday table setting. I like to keep things simple and stick to bright colours, fresh flowers, and a few seasonal decorations.
This year, I’m turning our ordinary linen table napkins into bunny ears for a fuss-free way to add a little fun to the table. We use cloth face-cleaners every night, but a few folds (ten actually) transform this ordinary table item into something festive and seasonal. Here’s how you do it:
Step 1: Start with a large square cloth napkin or piece of fabric. I like 20” x 20” but any large size will do. Be sure the linen is crease free and/or ironed before you start, and place the material wrong-side up on a table or flat surface.
Step 2: Fold the napkin in half, bringing the top edge down to meet the bottom edge.
Step 3: Repeat the fold again, bringing the top edge down to meet the bottom edge once more.
Step 4: Bring each side into the middle and fold down.
Step 5: Fold the bottom right corner into the middle crease.
Step 6: Fold the right side in half to the centre, forming the ear.
Step 7: Repeat the steps 5 and 6 with the left side.
Step 8: Fold the pointed triangle at the top back and under the napkin.
Step 9: Slip the top left point of the right ‘ear’ into the pocket in the corner of the top of the left ‘ear’.
Step 10: Turn the napkin so it is standing up. Place inside the glass and adjust the ‘ears’.
How are you decorating your Easter table this year?