The Hearth and Soul Hop 15th December

The Hearth and Soul Hop
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 always find the Christmas season incredibly bittersweet. There is so much fun to be had and so much celebration. However, sadly we so often lose those we love around this time of year and for us, this year is no exception. I always keep my very private life very private and will continue to do so but my husband, son and I are about to lose someone we love very much so I hope you will excuse my lack of posts as well as my very late commenting and sharing on the hop. I will catch up just as soon as I am able.

I have many posts from Christmases past that I am sure you will enjoy including my (almost) famous Orange Gingerbread Cookies. You might also enjoy my Cranberry Orange and Ginger Loaf.

This week I am featuring a wonderful gluten free gift from the kitchen from Vicky of Gluten Free SCD and Veggie.

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Vicky has shared Pumpkin Seed Chocolate Clusters and Fruit & Nut Chocolate Clusters, both wholesome, delicious treats that would make such a lovely gift this time of year. I’d also definitely make enough to keep some for myself!

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

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. Hi April,
    I always love Gingerbread and the Ginger flavors at this time of the year.
    Thanks so much the party and hope you have a good week.
    I am going to hold you and your family up in prayer during this season.
    Miz Helen

  2. I’m so sorry you are having to go through such hard thing at Christmas time.

  3. Oh April I can sure relate to this sadness, we just lost our oldest brother, and our hearts are so full of grief it’s hard to find the Joy…thanks for hosting even in the ruff times. We appreciate you. Prayers my friend.

  4. I’m so sorry April, my thoughts are with you and your family!

    Thank you for hosting and finding the time to share my Chocolate Nut Clusters this week, despite all you’re all experiencing.

    Vicky xo

  5. Thanks for hosting again April.

  6. Hi April! Thank you very much for hosting this great party again. Have a nice day!

  7. Thank you April for hosting the party despite all you are experiencing. Wish a great week ahead!

  8. Thank you April for hosting the party despite all you are experiencing. Wish you a great week ahead!

  9. Diane Balch says:

    Oh April,
    We blog and blog and life goes on, up and down… not a good time of year for a down so sorry. You are in my thoughts. Blessings to you and your family. Thank you for still getting this party out to us. It is always a delight.

  10. Thank you for the party, April! I will be thinking of you this holiday season. ♥

  11. I’m sorry you are going through such a sad time. Maybe there is a Blue Christmas service in your area, or maybe it will help you just to read these words. Peace be with you and your loved ones.

    • Thank you so much, Becca. I’ll definitely have a look at that. We’ve had several challenging Christmases in the past. I always remember Max Lucado’s reference to the first Christmas and how “Once and for all, God tipped the scales in the favour of hope” 🙂 Thank you for being part of Hearth and Soul!

  12. Many hugs and well wishes to you and your family. I hope you’re ok, and my thoughts are with you. <3

  13. Hi April — sorry to hear you’re going through a tough time. Wish you and your family lots of strength and peace throughout this time. ♥

  14. Hi April! Thank you for hosting your party this week! I’m so sorry to hear that you are going through a difficult time. The holiday season makes it even harder. You and your family are in my prayers. Blessings to you all!

  15. G’day Thx for hosting such a great party April! Pinned…
    Look forward to seeing you at our #SayGdayParty in 2015
    Please feel free to stop by in the interim to say G’day!
    Cheers! Joanne @ What’s On The List


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