Celebration Recipes from The Hearth and Soul Hop

The Hearth and Soul Blog Hop
Welcome to another edition of The Hearth and Soul Blog Hop. Hearth and Soul is a blog hop for recipes using healthy ingredients, family and comfort food recipes, articles about healthy living, real /slow/ local/sustainable food, foraging, herbal remedies, organics and gardening. As much as possible, recipes should be homemade from scratch.

I’m in the Bay Area in California at the moment with my husband. I love our visits here as although he is working, we are able to enjoy some lovely weather, do some sightseeing and visit with friends. We spent this past weekend in San Francisco celebrating my husband’s birthday and our wedding anniversary. We had lunch in Sausalito on Saturday and then headed to the Intercontinental Mark Hopkins on Nob Hill. We enjoyed some amazing views from our room.

View of San Francisco from the Intercontinental Mark Hopkins Hotel

We visited to the hotel’s famous Top of the Mark bar and their restaurant the Nob Hill Club, which features local, seasonal farm to table dining. The menu lists all their suppliers along with the distance in miles and the time it takes by road for the food to travel to the hotel.

San Francisco is one of our favourite places to visit. I’ve written a number of blog posts about it over the years including San Francisco in a Day, a post about the historic 49 Mile Drive.

This week I’m featuring three timely celebration recipes.

Mardi Gras Croquembouche

Michelle at Ms.enPlace shared a very interesting post about Mardi Gras as well as her beautiful Mardi Gras Croquembouche.

Rainbow Fruit Tray
Kara from The Joys of Boys made a wholesome Rainbow Fruit Tray (with treats at both ends of the rainbow) to help her children celebrate St Patrick’s Day.

Irish Hot Chocolate
And Christine from Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers offers a warming grown up Irish Hot Chocolate for a more adult celebration of that special day.

Right, let’s go!

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If you have any questions please email me at april@21stcenturyhousewife.com

The hop hosts are:

Alea of Premeditated Leftovers

Swathi of Zesty South Indian Kitchen

and me, April of The 21st Century Housewife.

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Article by April Harris

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April is a writer, recipe developer, frequent traveller and blogger sharing travel, food, and style. Based in the south of England, April is a British Canadian who is passionate about family, hearth and home, healthy living (with treats!) and the transformative power of travel.

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  1. Hi April….thanks for hosting and have a great time. SFO is a wonderful city! 🙂 Enjoy!

  2. What a fun restaurant. I would love to eat there. Maybe someday we will make it out that way. Thanks for hosting while on vacation!

  3. Thank you for the party, April. Looks like you are having a fantastic time!

  4. You have been doing a lot of traveling this year. Good for you. I haven’t been to the Bay Area since 1994. I remember saying to my husband, it’s really cool they have coffee shops all over… and then came Starbucks. Enjoy. thanks for doing the party while your’e traveling.

  5. Happy anniversary! I hope you have a wonderful trip 🙂

  6. Thank you April for hosting a great party. Hope you have a great trip!

  7. Those look like great recipes! Thanks for hosting the hop. Have a great work-cation! 🙂

  8. I hope you’re having wonderful trip! 🙂

    And thank you for featuring my Irish Hot Chocolate — it’s an honor!

    This week I’m sharing a real food version of a Shamrock Shake — full of healthy, nourishing ingredients, and vegan besides!

    As always, thanks for hosting! 🙂

    • I am, thank you, Christine 🙂 I’m looking forward to visiting your post – I love Shamrock Shakes but the ones I have enjoyed in the past are anything but healthy. Yours sounds great!

  9. How exciting to be in S.F. It’s one of my favorite cities. Let me know if you come to Phoenix. Happy anniversary to you and your husband!


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