The Hearth and Soul Hop January 5

The Hearth and Soul Hop
Happy New Year! Welcome to The Hearth and Soul Hop, the blog hop for family and comfort food recipes, healthy, sustainable living posts, homemaking, gardening, family, kids, crafts and DIY. Encouraging and inspiring posts are very welcome too.

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season. Have you made any New Year’s Resolutions? I’ve made a few, using my easy steps for New Years Resolutions That Work.

One of my resolutions is to bake more. If you’ve made a similar resolution, there’s some great baking inspiration in my  Best Cake Recipes of 2014 post!

We celebrated our son’s 22nd birthday on Sunday. I’m so proud of the young man he has become but wow, did the years ever fly by.
The Hearth and Soul Hop

Thank you to everyone who shared posts last week. Today I’m featuring:

Eggnog at The Hearth and Soul Hop
Grandma Buhler’s Eggnog from Michelle of Ms. enPlace is a lovely, warming winter cocktail with a great story behind it.

Pumpkin Beer Cheese Soup at The Hearth and Soul Hop
Definitely comfort food, this Pumpkin Beer Cheese Soup from MJ’s Kitchen will warm the cockles of your heart a on a cold or rainy day.

Spinach Sundried Tomato Dip at The Hearth and Soul Hop

And this flavourful Spinach Sundried Tomato Dip from Sumptuous Spoonfuls is easy to make for game day or any post holiday entertaining. It’s indulgent but has some very healthy ingredients too.

Okay, let’s get on with the hop!

The Hearth and Soul Hop is co-hosted by me, April of and 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. Love the pic’s of family, Happy New Year. Thank you for hosting. I too am going to try to do more baking.

  2. Happy Birthday to your son April 🙂 No wonder you’re a proud Mom!
    I wish you the best year ever and thank you for hosting another party

  3. Thanks for hosting another party, and giving us chance to share our recipes with others.

  4. Hi April,
    When our children have birthdays we realize how fast time moves along. Hope you are having a great week and thanks so much for the party!
    Miz Helen

  5. Thanks for hosting, April !

  6. Hi April,
    We need to have less baking in our house. Found a hardened bowl of ganache this morning from my daughter’s last night’s baking… LOL. Wow, 22 it was a flash. He’s a handsome young man. Happy Birthday.
    Thank you for the party, brought some healthy salmon.

    • Oh boy, ganache is hard to clean when it’s gone like that 😉 Thank you so much for the kind words and wishes for my son, Diane. I look forward to your salmon recipe – it’s one of my favourite fishes 🙂

  7. April,
    Wishing you all the best for 2015, thanks for hosting another great party!
    On The Home Front

  8. Best wishes to your son, April, on his birthday, and wish you a great 2015. Thank you for hosting!

  9. Happy New Year April and of course Happy Birthday to your son!

  10. April, what a sweet looking family you have! You must be a good mom! My link #65 is an easy but elegant cake. Wishing you all a wonderful 2015!

  11. Thanks so much for hosting April. Have a wonderful week!

  12. Happy New Year. Thanks for hosting an awesome party. We would love it if you and your bloggy friends would join Funtastic Friday, our party at Hope to see you there!

    • Happy New Year, Sherry! I won’t be able to get there this week as it’s my mother in law’s funeral on Friday but I will hope to pop by Funtastic Friday next week. Thank you for visiting and sharing 🙂

  13. Hi April — happy new year! Thanks for hosting this happening hop 🙂

  14. Yup, I know the feeling 😉 Just celebrated the Boy’s 22nd and the Princess 24th … and that’s what today’s link up is, there belated cake (since their birthday is in December and it was hectic as heck!). Doesn’t it make you proud to see what fine young individuals they’ve become? 🙂

  15. Happy belated birthday to your son!!! Fabulous pictures! What a great roundup of recipes and posts to start off 2015. I see a few I need to investigate. Thanks for featuring my soup!! I too make NY resolutions for the kitchen. I always try to make someone new and completing different. Last year it was Japanese pancakes. I haven’t decided yet what this year’s challenge will be. Maybe cockles. 🙂 Have a great year and looking forward to all of your posts!

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