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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.

Whether you plan on owning Sweet Maple or not, 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 are two extra special gifts I’m giving away.

Just scroll to the very bottom of this page for more info about these very special eBooks!

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.

“If I can ever figure out a way to grow sugar maples out here on the Wyoming prairie, Sweet Maple will be the resource I turn to first! Michelle masterfully walks the reader through not only the romance of sugaring, but also the practical steps of each part of the process. And thankfully, regardless of whether or not you plan to harvest your own syrup, the mouth-watering maple-infused recipes can be made by anyone. I highly recommend adding this book to your homesteading library!”

—Jill Winger,

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


“No need to take years learning the hard lessons of making your own maple syrup. Michelle takes you along with her family making you feel like you are right there learning the ins and outs of making maple syrup that took her years to learn.”

—Al Lumnah, of Lumnah Acres youtube channel

“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


“I love the spirit of what MIchelle shares in Sweet Maple. It’s like a visit with a good friend across the kitchen table. And the recipes? They are scrumptious!” —Linda Sears of ApronStrings&


“I’m not quite sure how to put into words how I feel about this book.  It’s wonderful, beautiful, informative, fun, and delicious.  We made maple syrup here for the first time this past winter, and it went well, but reading this book, I realized how little we knew going into the process (or at least, how little I knew… my husband did most of the research).  Michelle covers it all, from tapping to pancakes, and so, so much more.  I’m sure I’ll keep it in my kitchen most of the time for the recipes (because they are SO good), but it could be a coffee table book, it’s that pretty. This book would be an excellent resource to have on hand for those of you, like me, who are hoping to swap out the standard sugar usage in their diet for a healthier alternative when possible.” —Danielle Faust, owner of


“In Sweet Maple, Michelle infuses beauty and practicality into the annual event that kicks off the spring season of hope and promise—making maple syrup! Despite the labor sugaring season may bring, the payoff in deliciously sweet, rich, golden syrup is totally worth every bit of it. Michelle’s joy in the season is infectious. In fact, before you’re through reading it, you’ll be longing for February to come so you can start drilling your taps and putting into practice the information laid out in Sweet Maple. Be forewarned: the collection of recipes is dangerous! And it’s no wonder with recipes like Raised Donuts with Maple Glaze, Maple Fudge, Cinnamon Maple Bagels, and Maple Sourdough Bread. But what has me most intrigued is the maple sugar and maple cream. I can’t wait to try them all!”

—Quinn Veon, and author of Cake Stand: Fresh From the Market Farmstead Cakes and Farmstead Pie.


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Here’s how to download two of my eBooks for FREE.

For your first “taste” of a maple-infused eBook, just click here or on the book image below to download the 15-page eBook Maple Goodness. This FREE download includes the secret to making the Best Ever Scones. Seriously. I don’t joke about scones.

Then take a second to subscribe to SoulyRested in the box below and you can download, also for FREE, what is destined to be the most popular item in my Resource Library–A SWEET TASTE–this giant, full-color, 5-chapter, 33-page eBook is my gift to you… This is just a tiny introduction to Sweet Maple

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

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