Midsummer is celebrated on June 24. It’s a day that’s meant for us to appreciate all the gifts that nature gives us. The summer solstice marks the longest day of the year and that landed on June 20, but because the old Julian calendar marked it differently, the date for Midsummer Day remains June 24. The holiday originates from Sweden, but it’s celebrated all over the world and many use the weekend closest to the date for traditional festivities.

Midsummer started as a pagan ritual for fertility and a successful harvest during the Stone Age. The pagans believed that plants had healing properties during the summer solstice and they honored the day showing reverence to nature with rituals. They danced around maypoles, fashioned garnets, and herbs were picked on Midsummer’s Eve and bonfires were used to keep away any evil spirits. It was said that spirits were free to roam the earth when the sun was turning towards the southern hemisphere.

In the fourth century, the holiday was changed to fit into Christian beliefs that honored St. John the Baptist called St. John’s Day. In the Gospel of Luke, Saint John’s birthday is said to be six months before the birth of Jesus, which would put his birthday in June. It was celebrated by bathing in water the night before for purification, a feast, and prayer on the holiday, but despite the name change, some of the customs from Midsummer remained.

In the Middle Ages, Germany had its own Midsummer rituals which would eventually be adopted by Sweden and others. Germanic neopagans called their summer solstice festival Litha. In their rituals, the Maypole was decorated with leaves and raised on May 1, which is where the name comes from. It was hard to find green leaves during that time, and the holiday was moved to Midsummer.

Today, it’s still a celebrated holiday and it’s incredibly popular. In Sweden, it comes only second to Christmas and people travel from all over the world to experience it themselves. During the time of the Summer Solstice, inhabitants of the British Isles and Scandinavia have nearly a full day of sunlight, making it easy for them to imagine how the Pagans once lived and they reenact the traditions of old.

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A Midsummer Treat!!

National Pralines Day is on June 24 that celebrates a nut-based creamy confection that can be enjoyed in an assortment of ways. Pralines are a smooth and sweet treat made with nuts, sugar, and sometimes cream. They can be used in cookies, candy, and as a paste and they’re often made with pecans or almonds. The name is believed to have been inspired by French sugar industrialist and French diplomat César, duc de Choiseul, comte du Plessis-Praslin who used a powder called pralin made by grinding sugar-coated nuts.

During the seventeenth century, France’s Marshal du Plessis-Praslin was responsible for the fame and name of the praline, but many believe that it was his chef, Clement Lassagne who was the true creator.

In one account, the idea for pralines came from Lassagne’s children who snacked on the leftover almonds and caramel from earlier culinary projects which inspired the idea. In another, the children had caramelized almonds over a candle and Lassagne followed the scent and discovered the magic of the mixture. And in yet another, Lassagne’s apprentice accidentally knocked a container of almonds into a vat of cooking caramel.

Pralines were brought over from France to New Orleans by Ursuline nuns in 1727. They oversaw young women called casket girls who, under the request of Bienville, were meant to marry New Orleans’ colonists. The casket girls were taught the art of praline making along with academics and domestic work for the purpose of becoming good wives to the settlers. Pralines became part of the local tradition in New Orleans, and now they’re an essential part of creole cuisine.

In the nineteenth century, the ingredients switched from almonds to pecans because of their availability in New Orleans, and cream was used to thicken the texture. Women in the French Quarter who sold pralines were called Pralinieres and selling pralines gave free people of color job opportunities when work was limited. Instead of being indentured servants or kept-women, women of lesser means were given more autonomy thanks to this alternate avenue of income. The praline expanded into other parts of the country and they became popular in Texas and Georgia as a favored southern confection, but it all began in The Big Easy.

Pralines haven’t changed much from their original form. The ingredients still consist of pecans, dairy, and sugar, and some have added vanilla and maple for more flavor. People have experimented with pralines in many different ways, but the original is still just as loved as it was back then. The creamy sweetness of this confection still holds its own amongst many other tasty treats.

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Cap and Patti



Pure and simple! IT’S ONE KEY TO HAPPINESS!

There is absolutely, positively, no debate about the spiritual wisdom of TODAY’S DAY! 


Todays Suggestion is.. 


Let it Go Day, marked annually on June 23, is the perfect reminder for you to..

Stop wasting your energy and time on negative feelings from events in the past and instead strengthen yourself.

Every human being has, at some point in their life, experienced events that they regret or something that hurt them so much that they are unable to get over it. No matter how much time has passed, it can be extremely difficult, almost impossible, to let go of certain hurts and pain caused by something outside of yourself.

But isn’t it time to move on from those negative feelings that are dragging you down?

Thomas and Ruth Roy of Wellcat Holidays & Herbs are said to be the founders of the National Let It Go Day. They knew that many people live with the burden of regretful situations that quietly, yet constantly, weigh them down.

The day was created to motivate people throughout the world to forgive themselves for happenings in the past and let go of their worries. It aims to highlight the ways to find positivity, contentment, and peace in life.

Regrets do little to no good; they weigh a person down; they tend to put a burden on a person’s conscience and deprive them of even the little joys of life. It is very important to learn to forgive yourself, to know when to stop blaming yourself for something, especially when there is nothing you can do to change what has already happened. The best thing to do in such a situation is to just let go of those feelings, and console yourself that there is nothing you can do about it. This will help you to move forward in life, grow, get rid of the bitterness and guilt, and allow you to make the most of life.

There may have been a time when you faked it all to show your ex, your former classmates, or your colleagues that you have moved on from a particular issue, but isn’t it now finally time to move on and let go of the things weighing you down?

Indulge in relaxing activities, engage in habits that make you happy, develop empowering beliefs to live by, and move on with an open heart.

Sad to say! Unfortunately! Letting go is not always simple nor is it always easy. 

The Secret to Letting It Go .. You MUST WANT to do it! 

You, and only You, can make this decision! No one else can make it for you!

From The Book Alcoholics Anonymous. Page 552 I quote:

“If you have a resentment you want to be free of, if you will pray for the person or the thing you resent, you will be free. If you will ask in prayer for everything you want for yourself to be given to them, you will be free. Ask for their health, their prosperity, their happiness, and you will be free. Even when you don’t really want it for them and your prayers are only words and you don’t mean it, go ahead and do it anyway. Do it every day for two weeks, and you will find you have come to mean it and to want it for them, and you will realize that where you used to feel bitterness and resentment and hatred, you now feel compassionate understanding and love.”

Whew Huh?

Cap and Patti

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