Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Litha- Summer Solstice

Litha - Summer Solstice - Summer Harvest 
( See Beltaine Blog for a link to an edible flower list with a taste description . )

What is it?

It's the first day of Summer . It's the longest day(light) and shortest night ( darkness) of the year , It's the Summer Solstice.

Rituals and Spell Ideas:
- A healing ritual/ spell for Earth's waters

-Spells for increased health , vitality and energy

- Sand symbol spells or Sand bottle spells

-Garden magic

-Make a sun catcher

- Star magic / Celestial magic

-Nature Magic

- Dream magic

-  Sea rituals

- Love magic

- Empowerment spells and rituals

  • Do some responsible wild crafting / foraging 
  • Do some outdoor meditation and or lounging  
  • Watch the sunrise and or the sunset 
  •  Go camping -Get back into nature disconnect from technology  and some modern conveniences
  • Go to the beach 
Photos of me with mine below 

  • Do a moon garden or just plant some lunar or moon corresponding plants 1 Check out these articles :

  •  Star gazing 
  • Picnics
  • Preserving


Make sun prints 

Make garden decor - a sundial , bird bath , sculpture , seat etc.

Make a Summer wreath

Make herb filled mini pillows to aid in sleep , to enhance dreams , stop nightmares, or for physic or intuitive dreams 

Make a Zen garden or make a Sand garden

Tree houses

Fairy houses

Food :
  • Flower ice cubes - Some flowers are wonderful in ice cubes and beverages 
  • Chilled Jasmine tea 
  •  Grilled veggie burgers make your own or my favorites are Hilary's brand - All flavors and sunshine burgers particularly the falafal burger !
  • Grilled veggie kabobs
Just one way -
  • Grilled pineapple
  • Vegan Ambrosia
 Orgasmic Food ! yeah ! Dandies ( vegan marsh mellows the best marshmallows ever ! I swear ! ) pineapple, manderine oranges ( kept in cans with pear juice instead of corn syrup , dark cherries , green grapes, unsweetened coconut shreds, kiwi

  • Grain salads
    • Example 1 
    lemon thyme and parsley wheat berries

    soft white wheat berries
    lemon juice to taste
    parsley and thyme to taste (fresh or dried )

    The cooking instructions for different types of wheat berries are similar.
    For stove top cooking, bring 2 ½ cups (625 ml) of water to a boil for every 1 cup (250 ml) of raw wheat berries.  Before adding wheat berries to boiling water, place them in a colander and rinse under running water until the water runs clear.  Add wheat berries to boiling water, and stir until water returns to a boil.  Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 45 minutes to 1 hour or until wheat berries are tender.  Remove from heat, drain off any excess water and fluff wheat berries with a fork.  1 cup of raw wheat berries will yield 2 ½ cups cooked wheat berries.
    Wheat berries can also be added to soups and stews during cooking. Allow for at least 45 minutes of cooking time and add extra water since wheat berries absorb water and double in size once they're cooked.
    Depending on the type of recipe you'll be adding wheat berries to, cooking time may vary slightly.  For instance, a salad tastes better with slightly al dente, or chewy wheat berries, while other dishes such as breakfast porridge may require wheat berries that are slightly softer and cooked longer.

    note: I soak my wheat berries in the fridge overnight so, optional idea
     when wheat berries are done add other ingredients mixing as u go .
Example 2 - Delicious Balsamic salad and rice pasta bowl
  • Salads with added flowers and vegan dressings ( organicville brand has vegan versions of all the transnationals I think ranch, creamy Italian and so on .. that taste truly identical at least the ranch did which is all I tried . Organicville also has vegan teryaki,  and bbq sauces , there are vegan horse radish sauces and vegan tarter sauce too and probably anything you can imagine the only thing I've yet to find a vegan version of is pop tarts .( 2015 - found them )
  • Trail mix

Mango trail mix 

Mango trail mix Recipe

Used desired amounts of each and mix in a large bowl

Just mango slices - dehydrated ( dried ) mangoes
Freeze dried cranberries
Organic date piece with oat flour
Raw whole cashews
Raw sunflower seeds

Apple Trail Mix

  • Some Vegan fish options :

Baked Shitake vegan shirmp recipe

Tempeh vegan fish recipe

Fish feels facebook page

You may be able to find these at a local co- op, health food section of grocery store  or wholefoods store as well !
Already made vegan prawns

A lot more already made vegan fish options - just scroll a tad starts at the 3rd I believe -

  • Chilled "Ginger Sweet Potato Carrot Carrot Soup"

    3 C. Sweet Potato chopped into 1 1/2 inch pieces 
    1 1/2 TBS. Organic ginger juice
     16 oz. Pure Carrot juice
     3/4 C. Shreded carrots
     3/4 Tsp. Fresh shreded ginger ( optional but, delightful ) 
    1 14oz. can light coconut milk 
    3/4 tsp. ginger juice 

    Directions :1.) In a medium size pot. Cook sweet potatoes in water and 1 1/2 TBS. Ginger juice until soft and mashable. Strain . 2.) Mash some but, not all to allow chunks in soap. Add carrot juice , coconut milk, carrots, fresh grted ginger and 3/4 tsp. ginger juice.  3.) Cook over medium low het until warm and carrot shreds are desired consistency . serve chilled 

  • Cucumber lemongrass soup ( chilled soup - great for Summer!)

    • Aprox. 2/3 C. plain so delicious brand coconut creamer
    • 1 large cucumber
    • enough soy milk to reach cucumber slices in blender
    • 1 oz. fresh lemongrass 
    • 1/3 c. fresh dill ( or to taste) 

    1. slice cucumber 
    2. put coconut creamer in bottom of blender along with a small amount of soymilk so you have about 2/3 c. of liquid in the bottom 
    3. cut lemongrass into 1 inch pieces . 
    4. add cucumber and lemongrass to blender
    5. pour in soymilk 
    6. using scissors cut dill into blender 
    7. blend until well blended and frothy
    Optional - ( additional pieces of cucumber would probably be delicious to as chunks in the soup )


  • Raw Peaches n Cream Pie - Simple ! Super Fast ! Wonderful Pie !

    " Raw Peaches n Cream Pie "note * So easy ! So Delicious!

    Ingredients :

    1.) 8 oz. Pecan pieces 2.) 16 oz. Frozen but de-thawed peaches 3.)1/2- 3/4 C. light coconut cream from can 4.) 8 Madjool Dates (remove pits  ) 5.) 2 Tbs. water 6.) 1 tsp. ( 1/2 & 1/2 ) vanilla extract


    Crust :1. Put 6 dates and pecans in a food processor . And process. - If not moldable (enough to mold it to the pie pan) add 1/2 Tbs. water and process again .2. Mold mixture to pie pan .

    Filling :Process Peaches , 2 dates , 1/2 tsp vanilla nd 1/2 C. - 3/4 C. Coconut cream ( save any solid white )until well blended & smooth.

    Top with ...  White solid of coconut cream that rises to top of can mixed with ( by hand ) 1/2 tsp. vanilla !


  • Above is the Crust

Other links  :

My youtube video for Summer Solstice -


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