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Touched by Aroma – Sow The Heart: One Story at a Time
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Touched by Aroma

“Nos·tal·gia (n): A feeling that lingers long after the taste is gone.”  Jenim Dibie, The Calligraphy of God

Have you ever experienced a flashback to your younger years all from a scent that strikes your schnozola? My memoir writing began when I smelled the odor of polish my twin and I used to brighten and whiten our saddle shoes.

The other day I received a delivery from Runamok Maple Company which elicited beautiful memories from past decades of living in Vermont. When I opened the bottle and took a whiff I was immediately transported to a scene of yesteryear.

Suddenly, I became a college student once again, living off campus. It was a below-zero morning in Vermont and I was starting my car so it could warm up before I headed off to school. Wood smoke coming from wood stoves hung low in the frigid air. You see, back the 1970s, “homesteading” and heating with wood was popular.

After a second whiff from the bottle, I was carried back inside the house to a warm cozy kitchen where pancakes were stacked high and saturated with a sweet topping of maple syrup.

Hard to believe an aroma could bring back such memories! What would the taste of maple syrup smoked with pecan wood from Runamok Maple Company taste like? And how shall I use it? I’ll let you know soon!



Note: Memoir writing is a great way to record memories of nostalgic times with old friends and relatives.The award-winning memoir Gift of a Lifetime: Finding Fulfilling Things in the Unexpected contains many memories and life events which molded Sue Batton Leonard’s life.




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  1. Your description bought back nostalgic memories perfectly! I can taste that Runamok Maple Syrup now! Can’t wait to try it and to see what you do with it!
    Took a look at their website and it looks like such a wonderful company being run in my old stomping grounds of Vermont!

    1. I absolutely love the wood-smoked maple syrup and have used it two different ways which will be in the next blog post on February 9th. Last night I made one of the recipes again, and now I feel like when I eat that recipe again, its the only way I want it – enhanced by the pecan wood-smoked maple syrup.

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