The Hearth and Soul Blog Hop

Hearth and Soul sans hop

I have been participating in the Hearth and Soul blog hop for quite some time now. The thing that drew me to it is the ethos behind it, which recognizes that food is so much more than just nourishment for our bodies or something to eat. Food is home, family, memory, and a connection to our very souls.
Food – the sourcing, preparation and serving of it – is a constant, steadying force that brings rhythm to our lives even when we feel we are lost in chaos. And when times are good, the kitchen is where most celebrations begin.
I have made some wonderful friends participating in the Hearth and Soul blog hop, and it is something I look forward to every week, so you can imagine just how excited I am to announce that from next week I will be joining the wonderful people listed below as a co-host!

Alex at A Moderate Life

Christy at Frugality and Crunchiness with Christy

Jason at Alternative Health and Nutrition

Alea of Premeditated Leftovers

Michelle of Fit Foodista

Kankana of Sunshine and Smile

and

Swathi of Zesty South Indian Kitchen

The Hearth and Soul Blog Hop is a place to share so much more than just recipes – traditions, memories and the real people behind the recipes are a huge part of it. And Hearth and Soul is so much more than a blog hop – it is a community of people with a passion for food – and for life.

Hearth and Soul Mission:
Food from your hearth, to feed your soul. Food that follows your intuition. Preparing food from scratch to nourish your family…body, mind AND soul! Food made with your own hands…infused with energy and passion and intent. Real food made by real people to feed real families (big and small, in blood or spirit). Ingredients from scratch, be it something grown in your garden or raised on your land…food foraged in the field or woods…food from local farms, farmers, or farmers markets…or even ingredients chosen by you from your local market that will be turned into something that feeds your soul. Tapping the food memory that each of us has stored inside; letting it guide and influence our own time in the kitchen.
We hope to embrace not only the “expected” areas of real food, but also those who want to incorporate healthier choices without sacrificing their love of food…how it tastes, the memories it conjures up, the comfort it brings. Yes, we’re trying to steer clear of packaged, processed, and boxed foods in favor of real foods….without absolutely excluding the sometimes frowned upon white sugar or flour (because the body craves what it craves…and sometimes things just don’t taste the same when you replace these). Making conscious choices and being present in the now with what your body needs…and taking steps towards exploring and enjoying healthier choices. If you take the time to listen, your body will tell you what it needs.
The warm comfort of the home hearth…stories, anecdotes, lessons, adventures, journeys, recipes, meals, beverages…we want to share the “why” of how food feeds more than just our bodies…how it also feeds our souls. After all, aren’t these the essential ingredients in defining real food? Please share links from your Hearth ‘n Soul with us each week.

So please visit every Tuesday to join me in this wonderful community and share your memories, traditions and of course, your recipes, with the wonderful Hearth and Soul.

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