Fresh Produce Recipes & Ideas- The Hearth and Soul Hop

The Hearth and Soul Hop Link Party
Welcome once again to the Hearth and Soul Hop Link Party! This week I am featuring fresh produce recipes as well as a post on how to help control garden pests naturally.

The party is open from now through Saturday and we welcome all family friendly posts whether they be about home, family, travel, self improvement, crafts or DIY. And of course we love recipes for food from the hearth to feed your soul! Remember both old and new posts are welcome, and you can share up to three posts every week.

Please can you help me achieve my goal of 100 posts shared with the hop every week by September?  I really appreciate all of last weeks tweets and shares!

I’ve been thinking a lot about balance recently – and the fact that there tends to be a lack of it in so many of our lives.

How taking time out can increase productivity - and how to make it happen

In Taking Time Out, I share ways to help you take time out and discuss how it can benefit your body, mind, soul, and to do list!

One way I take time out? Baking tried and true family recipes!

Soft, pillowy, chocolate studded Old Fashioned Chocolate Chip Cookies
I’ve been making these Old-Fashioned Chocolate Chip Cookies for over 30 years. They are (in the words of my long-time friend Yvonne) ‘foolproof’. They are also very delicious!

A Visit to The Real Downton Abbey

Did you know you can visit The Real Downton Abbey? Highclere Castle is only a few miles from my home and it’s beautiful inside and out. Join me for an armchair tour!

Thank you to everyone who visited and shared last week. Here are this week’s featured posts:-

Fresh Produce Recipes & Ideas

Fresh produce recipes & ideas features from the Hearth and Soul Hop

From top left, clockwise –

Easy Summer Salad from Gluten Free A-Z

Southwest Salad with Spicy Dressing from Miz Helen’s Country Cottage

Predatory Bugs: Natural Enemies of Common Pests (help growing fresh produce) from Oak Hill Homestead

Grilled Parmesan ‘n Herb-Crusted Tomatoes from Meal Planning Maven

Pea Salad from Delightful Repast

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Swathi of Zesty South Indian Kitchen
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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. April,
    Thanks for hosting another great party! Those chocolate chip cookies look delicious, I love those recipes that you just make over and over again!
    – Nancy ( Nancy On The Home Front )

  2. Good evening April and thanks for hosting!

  3. April- I am absolutely green with envy you saw Highclere Castle and you live near it! I saw a BBC series on castles and loved it!

    Now I have to go back and watch the Highclere Castle episode again!


  4. Hi April,
    Thanks so much for the awesome feature for my Southwest Salad with Spicy Dressing, what a lovely surprise. I would love to visit Highclere, I really miss Downton Abbey, I keep hoping they will bring it back someday. Hope you have a great week and thanks so much for the party!
    Miz Helen

    • My pleasure, Miz Helen! I wonder if they might do a spin off series of some sort about Downton Abbey – I know a lot of people miss it! I hope you have a great week too 🙂

  5. Thank you, April, for hosting. Have a lovely day.

  6. April,
    I was very excited to have my easy summer salad featured this week. Thanks so much and thanks for another great party!

  7. Thank you for hosting, April! So many great recipes and ideas this week!

  8. Thanks for the party, April! Have a wonderful day!

  9. April, thank you so much for featuring my Pea Salad (which I just linked again, won’t be posting again until Thursday). Can’t wait to check out the frozen gin and tonic and your trip to Bermuda!


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