Happy Holidays from The Hearth and Soul Link Party

The Hearth and Soul Link Party where we welcome posts about anything that feeds your soul

Merry Christmas! Happy Hanukkah! Happy Holidays! Welcome to the Hearth and Soul Link Party!

At Hearth and Soul, blog posts about anything that feeds your soul are welcome. Share your blog posts about family, home, recipes, decorating, crafts, DIY, travel, organisation, book reviews, the arts, self improvement and more!

It’s definitely beginning to feel like Christmas at our house! We had our annual Christmas drinks and nibbles party on Friday, which always feels like the start of the Christmas season to me. I love entertaining! If you do too – or especially if you don’t – I have some tips for Holiday Entertaining Without Stress that you may find helpful.

Last week I also shared a family favourite recipe, perfect for holiday entertaining.

Shrimp and Crab Appetizer Salad Recipe, a delicious seafood salad appetizer

My Shrimp and Crab Appetizer Salad Recipe is also delicious served on crackers or bruschetta as canapés.

Visiting Windsor Castle

You can also make a virtual visit to St George’s Chapel, where the Royal Wedding is to be held in May 2018, in my post A Visit To Windsor Castle and St George’s Chapel.

And if you have yet to make a fruit cake, you still don’t have to buy one! Try this easy to make alternative.

Mincemeat and Brandy Cake - an easy to make alternative to fruit cake at Christmas and all year round

My Brandy and Mincemeat Cake is easy to make and it doesn’t need to ‘age’ like fruit cake does. It’s also great for those who aren’t that keen on fruit cake as it has lots of holiday flavours but it’s a lot lighter.

Happy Holidays from The Hearth and Soul Link Party Features

Happy Holidays from The Hearth and Soul Link Party where we welcome you to share blog posts about anything that feeds the soul

Thank you so much to everyone who visited and shared with the party last week. I really do appreciate your support! From top left, clockwise, this week’s features include:-

DIY Ice Luminaries from Lina at Sew Historically

Earl Grey Eggnog from Jean at Delightful Repast

Gluten-Free Candy Cane and Peppermint Dessert Recipes from Shirley at Gluten-Free Easily

Easy DIY Gift Ideas for Your Family and Friends from MJ’s Kitchen

The Hearth and Soul Link Party

There are no rules, but I’d love it if you would include a link back to AprilJHarris.com in your post and/or share the party on social media.

Click to Tweet: It’s the last party of 2017! Don’t miss the chance to share & be inspired at The Hearth and Soul Link Party this week! https://ctt.ec/bBfKO+

Please visit a few other posts to be inspired, connect with other bloggers, and make new blogging connections and friends.

Sharing your posts here gives permission for me to feature your posts and photos here and on social media. I may also send you emails pertaining to The Hearth and Soul Link Party.

The Hearth and Soul Link Party will be taking a break over the Christmas/New Year period and will be back on Monday, January 8th. I’ll still be blogging and sharing your links over this time so please bring as many links as you would like to the party this week.

And please do keep an eye out for my newly redesigned site, which will be launching here soon! 

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Article by April Harris

April has written 1291 great articles for us.

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,
    thank you so much for all the great parties over the year!

    Best wishes, Merry Christmas and hugs
    Uwe with family

  2. Dear April – I’m wishing you all the joy Christmas can bring. Many thanks for all you for other bloggers thru out the year. Carol

  3. Thank you for hosting. I love sharing with your readers and always find inspiration here. Have a blessed week! #OverTheMoon #WWBlogHop #ThursdayFavoriteThings

  4. Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas and thanks so much for all the awesome Hearth and Soul Link Parties!
    Miz Helen

    • Thank you so much for your support of Hearth and Soul, Miz Helen, and also for your wonderful link party Full Plate Thursday too! Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas!

  5. Thanks for hosting a terrific party. The Shrimp and Appetizer Salad is a perfect Holiday appetizer. Enjoy the Holidays, and a very Happy New Year!

  6. Thanks for the party! Merry Christmas!

  7. I haven’t participated in your link party for a LONG time. I’ve had some health issues . . .

    Your picture is beautiful! I believe it is new . . . at least to me it is. I can’t wait to see your new blog design. That will be exciting!

    • I’m sorry you’ve had health issues, Nina. I do hope you are feeling better! It is a new picture – thank you so much for the compliment! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  8. Hi April,

    Wishing you and your loved ones a very Merry Christmas!


  9. April, thank you for featuring my Earl Grey Eggnog. I’ll come back on Thursday and add the latest link. Happy December to you and yours! Will look forward to your return January 8. Going to look at your Windsor post now. It’s been a very long time since I was there, but I still remember it well.

  10. Thank you for hosting, April! Happy holidays!

  11. Merry Christmas April! Thank you for all of your support through your link ups through this year! I hope you have a wonderful holiday season. I love seafood and I would inhale your crab and shrimp fish. It looks delicious!

    • Merry Christmas to you too, Helen! I am so glad you have enjoyed the link ups – Thank you for your support of Hearth and Soul. I hope your holiday season is wonderful too! And thank you for the compliment on the crab and shrimp salad 🙂

  12. Thanks for hosting April, have lovely Christmas 🙂

  13. My family would love the idea of a party that featured “drinks and nibbles.”
    It’s been fun planning menus this year, and all four sons and their families will be together this Christmas, so I’ve got lots of nibbling to prepare for!

    • I’m so glad your family will be all together this Christmas, Michele. That is wonderful! You definitely will need to prepare for lots of nibbling! Wishing you and yours a blessed Christmas.

  14. Thank you April for hosting. I shared your party on G+, Pn, and Tw.

  15. April my husband loves your shrimp and crab appetizer salad recipe! Thanks so much for the great link-up, and thank you very much for commenting on the post I shared last week, on my business page and for liking my business page, praying you and your family have a Merry Christmas!

  16. Thanks so much for the feature April and for another year of support! Hope you and your family has a wonderful holiday!

  17. April, I cannot thank you enough for the effort put into host these amazing parties week after week! And I so appreciate your generous support of Meal Planning Maven’s recipes and blog posts. I wish you and your beautiful family a Very Merry Christmas and the Happiest and Healthiest New Year Ever!

    • Thank you so much, Linda, for all your support of The Hearth and Soul Link Party and my blog as well. Thank you for the lovely Christmas wishes. I am glad that you had a lovely Chanukah with family, and I wish you the Happiest and Healthiest of New Years too!

  18. Thank you so much for featuring my DIY ice luminaries! 🙂 Merry Christmas!

  19. Hi April, Merry Christmas and Happy holidays dear, thanks for the party.

  20. Merry Christmas, April! So sorry I didn’t make it over earlier. It’s been a busy week. Thank you so much for featuring my candy cane/peppermint roundup. 🙂 I love seeing all the Christmasy posts this week. See you in the New Year!


    • I hope you had a lovely Christmas too, Shirley! Thank you for popping over. It’s such a busy time of year, I do appreciate your visit 🙂 Look forward to seeing you in the New Year!


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