Ahh…Summer Solstice! The sun has reached the highest northern point along the horizon and is about to make its journey back south.
The festival began the night before the Solstice, according to the Celtic custom of starting a new day at dusk…Midsummer Eve.
In places where the faery faith was strong, people saw faeries joining in the festivities. In County Limerick, Ireland, there is a sacred hill called Knockainey, which is known as the hill of the faery queen, Aine. At the end of the festivities, Aine would emerge from the dying flames of the bonfires carrying a blazing torch. She would lead the way back down to the village with the villagers behind her.
One of my most treasured Solstice memories was on the Isle of Skye in 2000. This picture was taken around 10:00 in the evening. The sun never fully left the sky that night, and I felt the magic of the land all around me…
I made this recipe a few days ago, so I thought I would share it with you.
3 cups old-fashioned oats
1/2 cup chopped unsalted peanuts
1/2 cup chopped unsalted almonds
1/2 cup chopped unsalted pecans.
1/4 cup golden raisins
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup maple syrup
Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Spray a large baking sheet with cooking spray.
In a medium bowl, combine the oats, nuts, raisins, cranberries, salt, cinnamon, and maple syrup. Spread the mixture onto the baking sheet and bake until golden brown — 35 minutes, stirring about three times during the baking. Transfer the sheet to a cooling rack and cool completely.
***Feel free to create your own mixture of nuts and fruits, too.
Enjoy and have a wonderful weekend!