June 20th Is The First Day Of Summer

In the northern hemisphere, the first day of summer is the one day of the year when the Sun is farthest north; it’s known and the Summer Solstice and has more hours of daylight than any other day – about 14 ½ in the U.S.

Fact: The word solstice comes from the Latin sol, meaning “sun”, and sistere, which means “to stand still”.

The first day of summer occurs each year on June 20th or 21st. This year, the first day of summer is Wednesday, June 20, 2012.

summer solstice 2012

When I think of summertime, I think of pool parties, family BBQs, and lounging on the beach; but I also think of delicious cold treats like sweet cocktails and homemade ice cream.

Cheryl-Lynn Nadeau’s Pink Panther, Courtesy of AllRecipes.com


1 cup crushed ice
1 fluid ounce amaretto liqueur
1 fluid ounce vodka
8 fluid ounces pineapple juice
1 teaspoon grenadine syrup
1 slice fresh pineapple
1 maraschino cherry


In a blender combine ice, amaretto, vodka, pineapple juice and grenadine. Blend well and pour into a tall chilled glass.

Garnish with an umbrella, pineapple slice and cherry.

Homemade Ice Cream In A Ziploc Bag, Courtesy of Kaboose.com


1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 cup milk or half & half
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
6 tablespoons rock salt
1 pint-size plastic food storage bag (e.g., Ziploc)
1 gallon-size plastic food storage bag
Ice cubes


Fill the large bag half full of ice, and add the rock salt. Seal the bag.

Put milk, vanilla, and sugar into the small bag, and seal it.

Place the small bag inside the large one, and seal it again carefully.

Shake until the mixture is ice cream, which takes about 5 minutes.

Wipe off the top of the small bag, then open it carefully. Enjoy!

Tips: A 1/2 cup milk will make about 1 scoop of ice cream, so double the recipe if you want more. But don’t increase the proportions more that that — a large amount might be too big for kids to pick-up because the ice itself is heavy.


Do you have anything fun planned to celebrate the First Day of Summer? We’d love to hear about it!

first day of summer 2012

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