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A Swedish Midsummer Tale

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Happy Midsummer !!!!

 

Today is one of the most important celebrations in Sweden and around the world. It is the longest day of the year, better known as Midsummer.

A Swedish Midsummer Tale by Ewa Rydaker with illustrations by Carina Stahlberg, brings back the famous Svensson children from the book Lucia Morning in Sweden.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This time Sofie, Louise, and Carl are welcoming their cousin David visiting from America, and celebrating midsummer.

A fun and adventurous tale with two recipes, and the words and music to the maypole song and dance Small Frogs.

Something To Do:

In Sweden the sun doesn’t set on the longest day of the year, just as the sun doesn’t rise on the shortest day of the year. Let’s get ready to celebrate the return of the sun by having our own Midsummer festival.

First go out into the fields and gather the flowers that are blooming and make a crown of flowers.

Next eat a light lunch of pickled herring and boiled potatoes with dill sprinkled on them. For those of you who don’t like pickled herring, fish sticks are fine too. 🙂

It is time to gather with family and friends to raise the maypole. Our maypole is decorated very early in the morning before we make the wreaths.

It’s time to hold hands and circle around the maypole singing funny songs. Young and old alike to all of the actions to the songs. The Small Frog is a must sing song during Midsummer.


Here are the words in both Swedish and English:

Here are the lyrics in Swedish and English:

Små grodorna, små grodorna är lustiga att se.
Små grodorna, små grodorna är lustiga att se.
Ej öron, ej öron, ej svansar hava de.
Ej öron, ej öron, ej svansar hava de.

Kou ack ack ack, kou ack ack ack,
kou ack ack ack ack kaa.
Kou ack ack ack, kou ack ack ack,
kou ack ack ack ack kaa.

English translation:

The little frogs, the little frogs are funny to watch.
The little frogs, the little frogs are funny to watch.
No ears, no ears no tails do they have.
No ears, no ears no tails do they have.

Kou ack ack ack, kou ack ack ack,
kou ack ack ack ack kaa.
Kou ack ack ack, kou ack ack ack,
kou ack ack ack ack kaa.

After singing and dancing it’s time to play games. Ring Toss, Tug o’War, Pillow fights, relay races and many others.

Since we’ve been singing, dancing, and playing all afternoon it’s time for the Midsummer barbecue. We love to have hot dogs, meat balls, and salmon but anything you love to grill is perfect.

To finish off our fantastic meal, it’s time to bring out the strawberry cake.

You don’t think I would leave you with a photo of a cake that looks like this and not leave you the recipe do you?

Of course not.

A Midsummer Strawberry Cake

1 1/2 sticks of unsalted butter, softened

1 1/2 cups of sugar

2 cups of all purpose flour

2 teaspoons of baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

6 egg whites

3/4 cup milk

1/2 cups of fat free sour cream

2 tsp of vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Butter the bottom of two 9-inch round pans or one 13 x9x 2 inch pan.

In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar for about 5 minutes, until it is light and fluffy. Mix together the dry ingredients of flour, baking powder, and salt. Set this aside. Combine egg whites, milk, and vanilla extract. Add 1/3 of the flour mixture to the butter mixture then add the sour cream, half of the milk mixture. Alternate, beginning with and ending with the flour mixture.

Pour the batter into prepared pan(s) and smooth the top with a spatula. Bake cake(s) about 25 to 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Let the cake cool in the pan for about 5 to 10 minutes, and then turn the cake onto a rack. Let it cool completely before adding the whipped icing.

Whipped Cream Icing

1 1/4 cups of heavy whipping cream

sugar

vanilla extract

1 lb of strawberries

Before whipping the cream add 2 tbsp of sugar or more to taste. Add 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract and whip the cream into peaks.

If you have used round pans you can take extra strawberries, sugar them and put them in-between the layers of the round cake. Frost cake and then place whole strawberries on top.

If you have used a rectangle pan, ice the cake and place sliced strawberries on top.

This strawberry cake recipe was first shared at Rhythm of the Home.

 

Enjoy the love and celebration of a Swedish Midsummer gathering!

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