This recipe came from Maria Hall, a good cook in my neighborhood. It tastes yummy on pancakes and has a little bit of a caramel flavor to it.
1/2 c. buttermilk
1 c. butter
1 c. sugar
1/2 t. soda
Bring to a soft boil and boil for 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and add 1/2 t. vanilla. Stir and serve with pancakes.