We started off our solstice morning with what has become our annual Summer Solstice Tea Party. The kids (and moms) dined on fruit, peppers and guacamole, a cheese tray with crackers, and lemon mint tea. I sadly neglected to take a single photo of the tea part, but I did manage to snap a couple of photos of the kids doing an art project--solstice crowns.
These were simple to set up--I just took long, thin strips of cardstock that we happened to have from a bag of hand-me-downs from a friend (thanks, Jessica!) and cut different crown shapes on one of the long sides. The kids decorated them with markers and crayons and then, using glue sticks, applied "jewels" and feathers. Finally, we measured them around each child's head and stapled them, cutting off any excess.
I had intended to photograph Ninna and Bojey wearing theirs this evening, but Bojey may or may not have crumpled up Ninna's and flushed it down the toilet. Hopefully next week I'm not posting about the fun and educational visit from the plumber.
For dinner, we feasted on a ridiculously delicious homemade quartet of goodness--cumin-y beans, guacamole, salsa, and tortillas (served also with less-exciting plain rice, cheese, and lemon water):This is the sort of thing that makes me very happy--a stack of imperfect (and slightly burnt) tortillas clearly not made in a factory:
This is the first time we've made homemade tortillas. I got up the courage after having dinner at a friend's house recently; she made them and they were so delicious. I followed her lead and used the basic flour tortilla recipe from Joy of Cooking, substituting butter for the lard/shortening since I don't buy lard and find shortening disturbing.
This was actually a really simple meal. Thanks to all the wonderful reader suggestions for make-ahead food made in response to my granola post, we had beans all ready to go in the freezer. The salsa and guacamole take no more than 5-10 minutes each, and the tortillas are actually really simple too, especially since I used the stand mixer.
For the first time, I cooked something that really, truly brought me back to all the yummy Mexican food I ate living in California. This could easily have been served to me at one of the myriad Mexican restaurants I came to know. That, I must say, was one very satisfying cooking experience.
And what about you--how did you spend the solstice? Do you have any traditions to share with us for inspiration?