Welcome Midsummer!

Summer Solstice Stonehenge

Summer Solstice Stonehenge

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.

Portree, Isle of Skye

Portree, Isle of Skye


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!   

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  1. sharon frizell

    wow this looks awesome , will have to try it,thanks

  2. Vici

    I usually eat all those ingredients separately throughout the week…..So I will try them put all together for a healthy snack. Thanks! 🙂

  3. Dianne

    Oh, Mary, what a lovely picture. It makes me long for Scotland – I was there in May, and while the sun did set, it was quite late in the evening. I am sure the faeries have been here today, and Skye and I have been enjoying this beautiful day. Wishing you a wonderful Midsummer day.

    • The sun never truly set that night, Dianne. The memory is still so vivid. I’m so happy that you were able to visit Scotland, too.

      The faeries were definitely here last night and today. Having a wonderful time…(((HUGS)))

  4. Dalila G.

    Sounds like a very good recipe, thank for sharing it.
    I will definitely try to make this one as soon s I get a chance.
    We happen to eat all kinds of granola, they’re easy to make and very easy to pack and take along with us on outings. Way better than a big bag of chips, which I just happen to love. But, have to try and eat healthier sometimes.
    Here’s one that we happen to “gobble-up” all the time. I really should triple this recipe anytime I make it. It just never seems to be enough for us….LOL!!
    Enjoy! 🙂
    ~Honey Peanut Granola~
    3 cups quick cooking oats
    1/2 cup chopped peanuts
    1/4 cup wheat germ
    1/3 cup honey
    1/3 cup brown sugar
    1/4 cup vegetable oil
    2 tablespoons warm water
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract

    Preheat oven to 250 degrees F.
    Lightly grease a baking sheet.
    In a large bowl, combine oats, peanuts, and wheat germ.
    In a separate bowl, combine honey, brown sugar, vegetable oil, water, salt, and vanilla. Stir well; then pour into the oat mixture, and stir.
    Spread out on a cookie sheet.
    Bake for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes.
    Remove from oven, and cool before serving.

    • Running over to give you some (((HUGS))) Dalila! What a delight to see your post and recipe! Thank you! I will be making yours on Monday, since ours is already depleted, lol!

      My husband is a huge peanut lover and I just read him the ingredients and he wanted me to make it tonight! Sheesh…men!

      Love and (((HUGS)))

  5. Lovely post Mary – I’ve visited Scotland a couple of times and it was beautiful, didn’t spend as long on Skhye as I would have liked and it was a very overcast, misty day when we were there, but we saw the Cullins, which are amazing.

    Love the recipe – might try it with runny honey instead of maple syrup, since that is so expensive over here (but I absolutely love it and when I visited Pennsylvania and Ohio last year, developed a taste for waffles with cream, fruit and maple syrup. So much so I treated myself t a waffle maker as soon as I got back.)

    I’ll probably try dalila’s recipe too which also sounds good!

    • Thanks, Lyn! I had no idea maple syrup is so expensive over there. Runny honey would be an excellent substitution, and one I would definitely want to try it, since I’m always mixing things up in recipes.

      It was an amazing experience on Skye. Actually, the entire trip was life changing. It was my first trip to England, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland. Thank goodness I kept a journal. 🙂

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