The Hearth and Soul Blog Hop – Food from the Hearth to Feed Your Soul

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It’s time once again for The Hearth and Soul Blog Hop, the blog hop for recipes using healthy ingredients, family and comfort food recipes, articles about healthy living, real /slow/ local/sustainable food, foraging, herbal remedies, organics and gardening. As much as possible, recipes should be homemade from scratch.

Are you making something special on Valentine’s Day? I’d love to hear what you are planning in the comments. I’m cooking for my husband and I and I’m trying to decide which of my favourite Valentine’s desserts to make – Molten Chocolate Babycakes, St Clement’s Custards or my Fruit Brûlée.

Today I’m featuring some delicious homemade treats from last week’s hop.

Gluten Free Chocolate Stout Cake GF Beer Chocolate cake

Healthy Gluten Free Chocolate Beer Cake 
from Poor and Gluten Free

Strawberry and Cream Cheese King Cake

Strawberry and Cream Cheese King Cake 
from Louanne’s Kitchen

Bacon Scones

Oatmeal and Bacon Scones
from Life in the Pantry

It’s been raining a huge amount here in England and there’s so much flooding here. Our son is staying with friends in London this evening as there are almost no trains running and he can’t get home. I’m very grateful that despite living very near the Thames River, our house is on exceptionally high ground. However most of the areas around us are flooded and the Thames Valley is seriously threatened by more rain on its way to us. Hundreds of soldiers are on standby to help build more sea and river defences. It’s definitely time for comfort food so I’m keen to see what everyone shares this week!

On with the hop!

Please link a post that closely fits The Hearth and Soul Mission

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The hop hosts are:

Alea of Premeditated Leftovers

Swathi of Zesty South Indian Kitchen

and me, April of The 21st Century Housewife.

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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 the party,

  2. Hi April,
    We are having another Ice Storm, I am hoping our power holds on through the night. Hope you are having a warm and cozy day there in England and thanks so much for the party!
    Miz Helen

    • Hi Miz Helen, I hope your power holds on too! We are having serious floods here in England and it’s incredibly windy, wet and rainy. I’m grateful for our warm cozy home here on high ground. Thank you so much for coming to the party!

  3. Thank you, April! 🙂

  4. Hi April 🙂
    It’s my 1st time here – thank you for this part!!
    I wish you a terrific day

  5. I’m sorry to hear about the flooding. I hope your home stays safe. We’ve been dealing with tons of snow and ice here in the mid-Atlantic. They’re predicting another big storm starting tomorrow night. So far, we haven’t lost power. I’m keeping my fingers crossed.

    • Thank you, Barb. We should be fine here as we are so high up, but a lot of our neighbours are not so lucky. I’m hoping my son will get home from London tonight – the trains are still not running properly. Stay warm – I hope your power stays on too 🙂

  6. I have been trying to make reservations, but we decided we wanted to go out too late, can’t get a table at any of the good restaurants.. might stay home and make Steak Diane. Thanks for the party April.

    • That’s one of the reasons I’m cooking, Diane – we were so busy we forgot to make reservations and now the only tables our favourite restaurant has are at 6.30 (too early) and 9.30 (too late)! Have a lovely Valentine’s Day 🙂

  7. Wow! I hope you all stay dry and safe! This week I’m sharing Pepperup Potion. It’s really excellent for colds and flu… but it’s also great warming, comforting drink.
    Thanks for hosting!
    ~ Christine

  8. Hi April, what a great collection this week ~ sharing a new favorite snack, Cinnamon Spiced Almond Butter Dip. Hope you’re having a wonderful week. 🙂

  9. Hi April, thanks so very much for featuring my chocolate beer cake 🙂 I hope you guys stay dry there!

  10. Good day April! Thanks to you, Alea and Swathi or keeping this hop going. It’s Valentines week so I linked up my fiery chocolate shots for all of the lovers out there to enjoy. 🙂 Have a wonderful week. Cheers, MJ

    • Good day to you too, MJ! It’s our pleasure and we really appreciate your support. I’m looking forward to visiting your post – I have a serious weakness for chocolate and I’m curious about the ‘fiery’ part 🙂

  11. Hi April,
    I’m so glad to hear that you are safe. It seems like a crazy year for the weather. You’re soaked in much of Europe, and in California there’s serious drought. Thanks for hosting!

    • Thank you, Mireya. I’m so grateful – so many of our neighbours are in serious difficulty. The weather really is so odd this year – where I grew up in Canada they are getting snow like they haven’t had in years. It’s all very strange! I wish we could send some of our rain to California that is for sure 🙂

  12. Thank you so much for hosting, April! These last two weeks have been so busy, and after I gave my hour long presentation on nutritional management of premature infants this past Monday, I’ve been spending much needed time in the’s the best therapy there is! It’s been really really cold here in Texas! Very unusual. The most frustrating part is that it keeps fluctuating. One day its in the 70s and then the next morning we wake up to a frigid 30 degree, rainy day. We have no plans for Valentine’s day..we both work till late. Ooh! Love the sound of molten chocolate babycakes! Your husband is a lucky man ;). Hope you guys have a wonderful time celebrating!

    • My pleasure, Min, and thank you!

      It really is frustrating when the temperature keeps changing like that. It’s nice to be able to escape to the kitchen but I hope the weather settles down soon for you – and for us 🙂

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