Sustainable living is important to me.

A few years ago, my family started on our homestead journey. We started growing our own food, canning our fruits and veggies, raising our own meat, and even milking our own Holstein, named Scout.

I wasn’t a huge fan of maple syrup.

So there we were enjoying all this “real food” on our homestead, even fresh milk from our own grass-fed cow (which is loaded with natural enzymes, fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals), but never once thinking about the huge amount of refined sugar we were consuming. Even after my husband tapped a few trees, I still didn’t think much about it. To be honest, I never cared for real maple syrup. At least, not until I tasted it fresh from our own trees, right in our back yard.

But now I love this all-natural sweetener!

Now I can’t get enough. I use it for baking, and I (almost magically) turn it into pure maple sugar to sweeten my morning cup of tea. I love that it’s an all-natural sweetener loaded with antioxidants that support the body’s immune system, it supports heart health, and it has less calories than refined sugar!

But, best of all, I know exactly where it comes from–it’s not refined and processed in a factory, but it comes from my own trees right in my own back yard. Talk about farm-to-table and sustainable living!

If you like maple, you’ll want this book.

If you think you’d like to start a journey toward healthier, more natural eating, you don’t have to buy a family cow. Instead, consider making your own all-natural sweeteners. Right in your own backyard. And right in your own kitchen.

Sweet Maple is the perfect how-to guide for anyone making backyard syrup, but no maple tree tapping is required in order to fall in love with this book.


Here’s a “taste” of what you’ll find in Sweet Maple.

This full-color, 126-page book includes all of this and more:

• Step-by-step directions–from tap to table–how to make your own maple syrup. • A list of 8 important questions to ask if you’re considering tapping trees for syrup. • An irresistible 30-page chapter of amazing recipes that all use all-natural maple syrup. • Directions on how to substitute maple syrup for refined sugar in any recipe.  • Complete directions for making maple sugar. • A chapter full of 22 varieties of trees that are great for tapping. • Complete directions for making maple cream. • Complete directions for making lilac syrup. • Descriptions of the difference between refined sugar and maple sweeteners. • Description of Reverse Osmosis, to help you decide if its right for your backyard syrup operation. • Fascinating facts about maple trees. • Simple-to-follow directions for making an alternative “syrup” in the spring, with lilac blooms. • A glimpse into life on a small New England farm and a family trying to live life a little more simply.

So you see, if you want to tap trees, this book should be your go-to resource. If you don’t tap trees and make your own maple syrup, you can still enjoy every yummy recipe in this book, learn how to make an alternative kind of syrup using lilac blooms, glean some insight into ways to simplify your family’s life just a little, and even make your own maple sugar and maple cream, using purchased maple syrup. (affiliate link)

I have some sweet gifts for you. Really.

While Sweet Maple won’t be available until late November, 2017, you can get started on your journey toward healthier, more natural eating today, with the numerous resources in my Resource Library, free to download and enjoy.

If you’d like any of these resources, just scroll to the end of this page and sign up!

A yummy (piece-of-cake easy!) recipe for Maple Cream Icing.

A printable list of the 22 trees that are popular for tapping across the U.S. (And even around the world!)

Links to helpful resource pages to aid you as you consider tapping your trees.

An impressive list of ingredients in all-natural maple sweeteners. (Compared to refined sugar, there’s no comparison.)

A recipe for Maple Sap Switchel (This amazing homemade electrolyte drink is like Gatorade but so much better!)

Type your email below, and you’ll soon be enjoying printouts from my Resource Library, resources that you can access and download today.

And there’s an extra special gift I’m giving away.

In fact, from now until Sweet Maple is released I’m giving away a different freebie every week! Every Wednesday, my gift to you will change, so be sure to stop in often and download something special. Just scroll to the very bottom of this page to find out what the current freebie is!


And you’ll love this eCourse I put together for you.

My course–Maple Joy in 8 Steps–got rave reviews from the attendees of the 2017 Back To Basics Living Summit, and I think you’ll love it if you are considering if you can make your own all-natural sweetener from a tree or two (or twenty) in your own neck of the woods.

 Here’s what others are saying about Sweet Maple, the book.

Michelle and her family’s passion and perseverance can inspire not only the suburbanite who might like to tap a sizable maple tree in the backyard, but also the more serious maple syrup makers in well-treed rural areas. Her informational and enthusiastic writing will encourage many readers to experience making maple syrup for themselves. Also, the artistic photographs lend much appeal to the reading of Sweet Maple. Congratulations are in order for Michelle’s first homesteading book!

 —David Tatnall , Extension Horticulturist, University of  Delaware

Sweet Maple is so much more than a how-to book about making maple syrup. Sure, Michelle tells us how to select the best trees to tap, itemizes what equipment we need (and what not to use), and divulges the secrets of perfectly sweet amber syrup. Yet throughout the book she also weaves stories of her family’s homesteading adventures, from failures to sweet successes. Not to mention the maple-iscious treats she shares from her family’s recipe box. Sweet Maple is a must-read!”

 —Kathi Rodgers, owner of

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Here’s how to download this week’s freebie.

Now through November 21st, all subscribers can download–for FREE–one of my family’s favorite recipes in Sweet Maple. This recipe for Maple Popcorn is a beloved one in our home.

The recipe is available, one week only, in my Resource Library. If you’ve already subscribed, just go here and type in your password. The recipe is the first resource under the first category: Maple Syrup.

If you haven’t subscribed yet, that’s super easy too. Just type in your email in the box below.


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For your own download of this freebie, as well as other FREE printouts and downloads about maple syrup and living a more simple lifestyle, sign up right here.


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