Sunday, March 3, 2013

Maple Syurp Making In Northeastern Indiana

 First sign of Spring is when they tap the Maple trees. The nights must stay in the 20's and the days above freezing. These conditions make the sap start running in the Maple trees. Soon the making of Maple Syrup begins.

You tap the trees and secure your 5 gallon bucket and put the hose in the buckets. The sap will drain from the tree into the buckets. When the buckets are full you dump them in the holding tank. When there is enough sap collected the cooking begins. You need to collect 50 gallons of sap to make 1 gallon of syrup.

After a very hot fire and a lot of boiling of sap. We now have pint and quart jars of  home made Maple syrup. Fill the jars with very hot syrup put the lids on tightly and turn them upside down so they seal. Great fun but very hard and a long days work. 1. Cutting the fire wood to keep the very hot fire going. 2. Tapping over 200 trees and securing the 5 gallon buckets. 3. Dumping the buckets as they fill. 4. Walking and carrying the full 5 gallon buckets to the tractor (though the mud,snow or rain). 6. Then cooking the sap for hours until it turns into syrup. 7. Don't forget to strain the syrup before you up it in the jars. 8. Now up it in the jars and have then seal. 9. NOW get ready to do it all over in a few days. 10. The trees are no longer running sap. Now it is time to clean all the equipment. And put things away for next years Maple Syrup making.
But don't sit down yet we have to go cut wood for next years season. So when you see the smoke come from the woods don't worry we're just making Maple syrup in the "Sugar Shack".

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Winter Still Upon Us.

Ice fishing maybe over for the season but Winter is still upon us. Rain, sleet, snow and now more snow. Northeastern Indiana is covered with snow.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Winter's Horse Ride

 I had to get her ears in the picture or people would just think I drove to the woods and took a picture.
Fame & Kathy first ride of 2013!! Yes it was our first ride of 2013 and a nice one it was. Started out with a little bit of sun, nice ride.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Shipshewana Slumber Party Night

Another great Shipshewana slumber party night. Fills hotels and Bed and Breakfast places. Every one goes out for breakfast since we started shopping at the "Back Porch" at 5:00 and yes that is A.M.!! Here our group is at breakfast at the "Blue Gate" some of don't look so bad for not sleeping at all!!!!!!!!!

Sunday, January 27, 2013

The Wedding

They say I do!!

The nearby Amish catered the wedding along with "Mr. Ed's Prime Rib". No one left hunger with the great Mr. Ed's Prime Rib. The Amish catered dinner of Ham & baked Chicken, buttered noodles, mashed potatoes and gravy with green beans & corn along with Amish dressing, homemade bread and butter, Apple Butter & Amish peanut butter....oh yes and two summer salads. Now it's time for dessert........ 5 different types of fruit pies and a cake from Foltz's bakery.

The Wedding at Mirror Lake

Setting up for the reception. This setting is with china plate, silverware, napkin, drinking glass and wedding favor. We have everything in place.
The flowers are in place and we are ready!! And things look beautiful, if I must say so myself.
The groom waits on his lovely bride.

Slumber Party.

Take a weekend out of these cold winter months. Take advantage of the guys watching TV and get away with your friends or family for some MUCH NEEDED girl time. Eat, drink and be merry laugh , talk and catch up on old times. Stay up as late as you want. For breakfast your welcomed into our 180 year old home for a full "farm" breakfast. On your departure take a trip down Lavender Lane or to Anne Oakley's Perfumery. GIRLS IT'S OKAY TO GET AWAY FOR A WEEKEND!!

Thursday, January 24, 2013

The Cabin

     Sad day for me here at Mirror Lake. We are NO longer renting out the "primitive cabins".

 All I wanted to do was give young families the opportunity to enjoy nature in a private setting.

    Who would think one little cabin would put us under "campground restrictions."
 So again we are no longer renting out the "primitive cabins" (no running water or electricity, a notch above tent camping).

    But we are still renting out our B&B. We call it a "Bunkhouse" but many people refer to it as the Cabin or even Lake Cottage. Our B&B "The Bunkhouse" has ALL the amenities and comes with a full "farm" breakfast each morning.  This breakfast is served in our 180 yr.  old home. Or breakfast can be delivered to your Bunkhouse door. The B&B does come with a skip breakfast package as well.

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Saturday, January 12, 2013

New Room in the Making.

Getting a new face-lift on our bedroom. The Amish neighbor is making our log style furniture to be finished next Friday. Furniture moved out and the painting starts Monday.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Ice Fishing!!

The ice fishing could soon be over here in northeastern Indiana. Tomorrow highs in the high 40's and rain. We'll see:)

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Ice sculptures in Shipshewana

The ice sculptures are still in Shipshewana, but at these temperatures 39 they won't last for long.

About Me

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VIEW MY WEB SITE Hello welcome to Mirror Lake Bed and Breakfast my name is Kathy Fought. I am the owner of Mirror Lake Bed and Breakfast I also own a beauty salon. My husband's name is Jed he and his brother Jim are the owners and operators of Hog Back Hill Holstein. They are dairy and crop farmers we live on a 150 acre farm in northeastern Indiana and we are surrounded by Amish farmers.I enjoy working in my garden or one of my flower beds. Jed and I were both 10 year 4-her's and so were all three of the kids. Our favorites were showing sheep and contest horses we went to MANY show. I also enjoy riding horses we are lucky to have many trails through the woods or work in an arena. We enjoy the rustic, private and peaceful atmosphere, paddle boat rides, fishing, setting around the campfire and watching beautiful sun sets on Mirror Lake. Coming to Mirror lake is more then a destination.... it’s an awaking a life style almost forgotten.