I recently had a few friends up north to our family cottage to celebrate Galentines (Gal’s + Valentines = Galentines, for those who don’t know). We were beyond excited to snowmobile, ATV, and snowshoe – what else do you do in a weekend surrounded by fluffy white snow? We decided that we had two very important tasks to complete: homemade maple pops and snowshoeing!
There’s something about fresh air that excites and calms all at once. I find that it refreshes the soul and clears the mind. Don’t you agree?
We were determined to get the most of our 48 hours up north and decided to go explore the area with our trusty snowshoes. What a workout it was!
We had so many laughs and certainly had our priorities straight.
You never know who you might run into in the middle of a forrest at -31…right?
One of my favourite parts of Muskoka is how even amongst cottages and roads, the area is always changing. Animals are already roaming around, the trees are constantly rustling, and the lake never looks the same. If you’re lucky you might even come across wild turkey’s or a family of deer!
Jenn had the most wonderful idea of really getting into the winter spirit and making maple pops with maple straight from her family’s farm out in Quebec. My god was it yummy – Breitling thought so too!
For those of us that don’t have maple taffy or a family maple farm, you can boil maple syrup to get it into a taffy consistency. Next you’ll want an area of fresh clean snow that you can pat down firmly. With your warm maple taffy, drizzle it over the snow creating a zig zag pattern.
Once you have drizzled enough maple, use a popsicle stick, or something along those lines, to roll up your homemade maple pop.
Honestly! It was amazing. I will be making these with my nieces and nephew for years to come.
Between the six packs we now have from laughing so much and our rock hard muscles from our snowshoe expedition, it was a weekend for the books.
I feel so fortunate to have so many amazing gal’s that I hold close to my heart. My girls are always the ones there for me when I need a second brain, a helping hand, or a good shake. Here’s to all the gals out there that support each other like sisters.
Love you all!