Today was super busy. I ran 8.5 miles with the Philadelphia running group around boathouse row and the Schulylkill river (still don’t know how to pronounce that).
Then I made a blunder and scheduled crossfit 30 minutes after the run. We did something called rack walks where we hoist heavy kettle balls up and walked 1/2 mile with it. I thought that this exercise was going to be a cake walk. I found out after walking 100 feet that I had severely underestimated the rack walk. It took me 13 minutes 6 seconds to walk 1/2 mile, yikes! I got all crazy and had to keep talking to myself out loud so I wouldn’t give up.
After the “fun” crossfit session I went home to prepare for the main event, The Swedish Historical Society of Philadelphia’s Midsummer Festival. This old Pagan tradition celebrates the Summer Solsitice every year in hopes of a good crops and fertile ground. Traditionally Swedish people adorns wreaths of fresh cut flowers around their head and dance around a maypole. I could have put a better effort in and made a fresh wreath but I went with a felt flower kit that I got as a craft project.
I then found out when I got to the festival that you could purchase a wreath of fresh cut flowers. Oh well! Think of all the money I can spend on Swedish food now.
I purchased something called a Smorgastrata for dinner. The nice Swedish lady explained that basically it was a sandwich cake. Swedes make it for party’s because it fast, easy to serve, and good!
This smorgastrata had salmon pate with shrimp and egg salad layered in with white bread. I am totally going to have figure out how to make these.
I looked up a recipe online, for a Smorgastrata sandwich cake, WOW!
The celebration ended with music, singing Swedish folk songs and dancing around the May Pole.
What a great way to say hello to the summer!