The Hearth and Soul Hop January 12

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 hope the New Year is off to a great start for you and yours. I’ve been sharing my Best Dessert Recipes from 2014 and also a super easy Chicken Pot Pie with Jus-Rol Pastry.

We had a very bittersweet day on Friday when we said goodbye to my lovely mother in law, Avril. She had arranged the songs and readings for the funeral herself so we really had a sense of her being there. Avril arranged it so that as well as tears we shared some lovely happy memories and laughter. The chapel was so full people had to stand at the back. One of the things we did as a tribute to Avril was to bring a bit of brightness into the sea of dark colours with her favourite colour, pink. Flowers from the family were pink, my sister in law, her nieces and I wore matching pink scarves and her son, grandsons and son in law all wore pink socks.

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My husband on the left and my son third from the right with my nephews and brother-in-law.

I will always remember the day as a wonderful celebration of Avril’s life, elegance and of the family she built and nurtured.

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

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Crescent Taco Ring, a delicious dinner dish from Cindy at Hun What’s For Dinner

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Panettone Bread Pudding, a great way to use up leftover Panettone, from Olives-n-Okra

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and some great advice from Lisa at The Domestic Lifestylist in her post 5 Tricks for Beating the Winter Blues.

Right, it’s time for the Hearth and Soul 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. April, sorry about the loss of your MIL, Avril. love the pink!!! Thank you for hosting.

  2. Celebrating her life – that is the right thing to do as far as I see it. And as you said – it is bittersweet……

    Thank you for the party April. My thoughts are with you….

  3. Thanks for hosting, April

  4. Thanks for featuring me! Hope to see you at Funtastic Friday.

  5. Hi April,
    I love the pink stockings for the gentlemen and what a memorable celebration of life for your dear loved one.
    Hope you are having a warm and cozy week and thanks so much for the party.
    Miz Helen

  6. April-What a wonderfully sweet woman she must have been to inspire such a wonderful celebration of her life. I am glad that your family could honor her with such love. Very touching. Best wishes!

  7. How wonderful that you could all have a sense of humor at this time. The socks are are so sweet and cheerful.. what a good send off.

  8. April, what a lovely tribute to your mother-in-law! My condolences to all of you. My dear MIL died 8 years ago and I still miss her every day. What a sweet idea to incorporate her favourite colour into the occasion with scarves and socks as well as flowers.

  9. What a lovely tribute to your mother in law, sounds like her service was very special as she must have been! I lost mom a year ago and still miss her everyday! thanks for hosting! – Nancy
    On The Home Front

  10. April, I am so sorry for your loss. But what an amazing thing that she arranged everything therefore it was very “her”. And a lovely gesture from everyone wearing a pink piece of clothing. Indeed a bittersweet moment.

  11. I am so very sorry for your loss, April. It sounds like her service was very special. We lost my father in law last summer and it was amazing to see all the people he had touched in his life. He too was a very special man. I’ll be thinking of you and your family.

  12. Hi April

    My sincere condolences to you and your family! How lovely to add a little colour, I’m sure Avril would be chuckling!

    Take care

    Vicky xoxo

  13. Thanks for hosting! I’m sharing Spaghetti Squash Primavera— A simple and delicious veggie dish that combines the best of italian pasta and roasted vegetable leftovers! I’m also sharing Apple Boatmeal— it makes a great breakfast, mid-afternoon snack, or even a dessert!

  14. Thanks so much for hosting and featuring my Taco Ring from last week. Hope you have a wonderful week!

  15. So sorry to hear about your loss, but how nice that she was able to prepare and you all brought some colour to it. Thanks for hosting this week and I hope you’re well 🙂

  16. What a lovely tribute to your mother-in-law! I am sure she was proud of you all! Thank you, April, for hosting!


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