Midsummer Magic on the Isle of Skye!






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Portree, Isle of Skye, Scotland. Photo by John Morgan

Portree, Isle of Skye, Scotland. Photo by John Morgan

Of all my treasured summer memories, staying in Portree on the Isle of Skye has remained one of my favorites.

It was during my first visit to Scotland in June of 2000. We were fortunate to be there on Midsummer. I distinctly remember that the sun never fully left the sky that night, and I felt the magic of the land all around me. The breeze whispered across my skin as I looked across the water late in the evening. A sense of the past weaving its way to me in the present.

Wildflowers dotted the landscape and I had gathered some to put in a vase in our room during our stay there. Earlier in the day, a light shower spread across the land, but only briefly. Afterwards, a glorious rainbow appeared. This is what I wrote in my journal…

“It was as if the mists had showered down the colors upon the Highlands. The rainbow extended over two hills…mystical! A place of awe and beauty.”

Those summer memories are dear to my heart. Not only was it a fabulous family vacation, but it was the start of something wonderful. The Order of the Dragon Knights was born during my trip to Scotland. A magical summer, indeed!

As a special treat, I’ve included a recipe I’ve been making for years. I like to serve this during the summer months alongside burgers, steak, or chicken. During the summer, I’ll cook them in a pan on the stove, but in the cooler months, they’re great in the oven.


 1 pound mushrooms (your choice)

2 tablespoons butter, melted (I use Irish Kerrygold)

1 cup cream

1 tablespoon of fresh thyme (or more depending on your taste)

Salt and pepper

2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese (optional)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Clean mushrooms. Place them in a single layer in a baking dish and drizzle the melted butter over them. Bake until soft, about five minutes. Pour cream over mushrooms and heat, but do not boil. Sprinkle with chopped thyme and season with salt and pepper.

If the weather is warm, I’ve often put them in a pan and cooked them gently.


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  1. Mary Preston

    It sounds magic.

  2. I am saving up for a trip to Scotland right this minute! I may have to paddle across in a canoe, but I will get there one day. Beautiful pictures and a wonderful recipe—-and snazzy book covers on the side!

    • I’m keeping fingers crossed that I can return next year, Sorchia! Once your foot touches the ground in Scotland, it’s difficult to return. I look forward to reading about your adventures there one day.

      Debbie Taylor has done an outstanding job with all my covers. Love my Dragon Knights!

      Thanks for visiting! 🙂

  3. I’ve never had mushrooms in cream. I’m going to try it. They’re one of my favorite foods. Thanks!

  4. There’s nothing like Scotland in the high summer. Thanks for sharing. M. S.

  5. Linda Romer

    Hello Mary, what a beautiful photo ♡ Scotland sounds wonderful and thank you for the recipe.

  6. Helen Maddix

    Rainbow is absolutely beautiful! Hope to go to Scotland in the near future!

    • It was awesome, Helen! I have great pictures of each direction: north, east, south, and west. The rainbow was in the east, but my husband captured beautiful pictures in the other places, too.

      I hope you can visit Scotland one day, too. 🙂

  7. Nancy Burgess

    Sounds like you had a wonderful vacation there.I’d love to visit Scotland.

  8. Lisa Plemmons

    I can’t wait to try the Midsummer Mushrooms in Cream recipe. The Isle of Skye sounds magical. It wouldn’t matter if I were there in the dead of winter…lol…just as long as I were there. Dreaming…

  9. pat viglione

    I would love to visit Scotland one day.

  10. Nicole Laverdure

    Who doesn’t love beautiful Scotland! I know, I spent two weeks visiting the Highlands! You know how much I love your books Mary!

  11. Mary,

    Wonderful post. Some day I will make it to the British Isles, until then, I’ll read your books and enjoy your FB Posts. Happy Weekend!

  12. Debbie Joyce

    My fingers are still crossed! One day I hope to make it over there. When is it warm? Oh, and how warm does it get? I’m a Floridian;) I can’t wait to try the mushrooms. I already use the Irish butter, it’s the best.

    • When we went the first time, it was in the high 60’s with an occasional light shower. However, the second time we went it was spring and still be bitterly cold. Yet, I loved the cooler temps. I always say, “I’m a Highland lass and not a tropical gal.” 😉

      Hope you enjoy the mushrooms. 🙂

  13. Kathleen Nichols

    My daughter would probably enjoy this mushroom recipe. Thanks!!!

  14. Michele Hayes

    I need to go to Scotland, it sounds beautiful.

  15. Ah, the Isle of Skye. I’ve always wanted to visit and will get there one day. Perhaps to see the rainbows dipping into the highlands.

  16. Hi Mary. Gorgeous rainbow … and yummy mushroom sauce. Try changing the thyme up for sage – sublime! xx

  17. Kayden Claremont

    I would love to visit Scotland some day. My husband will be enjoying the recipe soon. Thanks

  18. What a beautifully poetic and magical description of Skye, Mary. I’ve only visited it once, just for the day on a trip around Scotland, and it was breathtaking, despite the fact that the Cullins, the mountains that cut across the island and which was the main reason I had wanted to visit Skye, were covered in mist. A friend of mine wrote a fantasy novel, with the Cullins as part of his fictional world, although they weren’t named as such, and I could see where he got his inspiration from. (and also, of course, where you got yours from.) Scotland is beautiful and I loved being there almost as much as my native Wales, and of course they both share the same Celtic heritage.

    • Thanks so much Lyn! I’ve traveled through and visited Wales several times. The country has its own magical qualities, as well. The moment you enter the land, all else fades away. It’s almost as if the country was not connected to any others.

      My own “Celtic” blood flows through both–Scotland and Wales, too.

  19. Your holiday sounds lovely. Thanks for sharing.

  20. Nan Reider

    this sounds like a beautiful trip.

  21. Beth Lechman

    I have participated in a couple of hops and they can be really cool.

  22. Awesome post! And thanks for the recipe – can’t wait to try it!

  23. I love mushrooms and I’ve been searching for new ways to serve fresh foods. Can’t wait to try this out!

    I love your description of that summer solstice and envy you the experience.

    • Love mushrooms in any form, Lori. Another way…cook them in butter and red wine. Bring to boil, simmer (uncovered) for 30 minutes. Season with sea salt at the end. A great side dish with steak.

  24. I’m always looking for no-meat recipes. I like the simplicity of this one–perfect for summer. I’ll have to make due with looking out my window onto a lawn yellowed by a hot Ohio summer 🙁

    • Oh, Nell…it’s hot and dry here where I live in Sacramento. It’s all part of the seasonal ebb and flow, right? Psst…summer is my least favorite season, but I’ve learned to embrace it. (Well…I try, lol!)

  25. Great post. Scotland is on my bucket list. I hope to get there one day soon.

  26. Sounds like a magical place, especially since your series was born there!

  27. ohhh, those mushrooms sound soooo delicious. I have to try them!
    I’m part Scottish, according to my mom, and I’d love to visit sometime. Great post.

    • Oh, you must go some day, Casi. Once there, you’ll never want to return.

      Hope you enjoy the mushrooms. I’m making them this weekend for the hubby’s birthday. 🙂

  28. Jeannie

    I love it when a trip can also inspire some writing! Great post, Mary!

  29. Your vacation AND your recipe sound wonderful!!
    Kimberly Keyes

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