Holiday Syrup

Holiday Syrup

On Friday we went to Ashton, Idaho for our very last family reunion with my mom’s family at my grandparents’ cabin. We will continue to have family reunions every year, but the cabin is being sold and will be enjoyed by a new family starting in October. My grandparents’ cabin has been the gathering place for our annual family reunions every second weekend in August since 1978. It sits right on the river and has been a place where we can all escape from the rest of the world to enjoy one another’s company. My cousins and I have made many wonderful memories thanks to that cabin, and we’re all so grateful to have those memories to look back on.

My grandparents are wonderful people and have really struggled making such a big decision in selling the cabin. My grandma grew up in Ashton and the land that the cabin is on was given to them by her dad. And my grandpa built that cabin with his own two hands. It’s a very special place, but we all knew it was going to sold sooner or later. We’re just so glad to have the memories there that we have. Not too many people can say they grew up having such a wonderful time at a cabin with their cousins, uncles, aunts, and grandparents every summer. We’re going to miss the cabin dearly and I’m thankful for my grandparents and their willingness to share it with us.

The cabin is what inspired today’s recipe! Every year at the reunion we have one big, yummy breakfast with all kinds of pancakes, french toast, bacon, sausage, etc. With 50+ people, room inside is slim when it comes to gathering together and eating a meal. The food is prepared inside and out on grills, griddles, and stoves then brought out to the garage where long tables are set up, ready and waiting to welcome the food. We all dish up out in the garage and eat all around the cabin: front yard, inside, back deck, etc.

For the last so many years, this Holiday Syrup has been made as an option to put on top of the pancakes and french toast at breakfast. This stuff is fabulous and so delicious. One of the best things I’ve ever tasted! I could sit and eat it with a spoon. And you better believe I have!

This recipe is perfect for a family, but you’ll want to at least double it for a larger family reunion like the one we had.

Holiday Syrup


  • 1/2 c. butter
  • 1 c. sugar
  • 1/2 c. buttermilk
  • 1 tsp. Karo syrup
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. vanilla


  1. Bring the butter, sugar, buttermilk, and Karo syrup to a boil in a large pan. Remove from the heat and stir.
  2. Add the baking soda and vanilla. The mixture will fizz to twice the size. Stir occasionally and serve while hot.

This stuff is seriously so good. I wish I could make gallons and gallons of it and drink it like a glass of milk.

Have you tried the Cinnamon Syrup that goes with these Pumpkin Waffles?! That’s another syrup recipe that makes me want to cry happy tears! Go over and snag that recipe as well!

Pumpkin Waffles with Cinnamon Syrup

Pumpkin Waffles with Cinnamon Syrup

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