The Hearth and Soul Hop Link Party December 7

The Hearth and Soul Hop Link Party
Welcome to The Hearth and Soul Hop link party! We are a ‘no rules’ link party and welcome any family friendly posts as well as, of course, food from the hearth to feed your soul.

I want to take this opportunity to wish everyone who is celebrating a very Happy Hanukkah!

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Christmas preparations are in full swing at our house and I’m knee deep in Christmas cards, wrapping paper, flour and sprinkles. I’m just about to bake some of my Best Christmas Squares to share with family and friends.

Best Christmas Squares at The Hearth and Soul Hop on AprilJHarris.comFrom Lemon and Walnut Squares to Aunt Irene’s Coconut Date and Cherry Christmas Squares and My Mom’s Mincemeat Oat Squares, these are all tried and true family recipes that would make welcome additions to any holiday cookie tray.

This week’s features include:

Hadia Lebanese Style Recipes on
One of our own Hearth and Soul community members – Hadia of Hadia’s Lebanese Kitchen – has published her own cookbook! Entitled Hadia, Lebanese Style Recipes, it contains wonderful traditional Lebanese recipes as well as contemporary recipes from around the world. Hadia very kindly sent me a copy and it has been a a real pleasure both to read and cook from. It would be a great addition to any cookbook collection and would also make a lovely holiday gift. You can find out more here.

I’m also featuring:
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Holiday Cookie Swap Recipes from Cooking on a Budget and Friends

What to Do With Your Thanksgiving Turkey Carcass from Oakhill Homestead

20 Easy Homemade Gift Ideas from To Simply Inspire

My Family’s Favorite Potato Latkes & The Best Homemade Applesauce from Meal Planning Maven

Okay, on with The Hearth and Soul Hop Link Party! It’s easy to join in – just share your post(s) below. All family friendly posts are welcome!

It would be lovely if you could include a link back in your post or share our Hearth and Soul Hop badge (code is in the sidebar).

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You can follow my co-host Swathi of Zesty South Indian Kitchen on FacebookTwitterPinterestInstagram and Google+.

By linking to the hop you are giving permission for your properly credited posts and photographs to be featured here on as well as in my newsletter and on social media. If you have any questions please contact me at

What will you share with us this week?

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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. Oh, the holiday cookie tray–yum! Those latkes look great and it was fun to check out the homemade Christmas gift ideas. My family has moved to giving each other practical and consumable items and we’re all relieved as we had way too much stuff. 😉 It was fun to see some of those ideas there. I loved the infinity scarf!

    This week I’m linking up my latest recipe, which is a totally indulgent treat and so worth it (once a year)–Cream Cheese Pound Cake with Shortbread Streusel Filling. Plus I’m linking up a Christmas Cookies roundup from All Gluten-Free Desserts, 30 Cookie Recipes That You Will Want to Make Right Now. For real. Well, at least I do. 🙂

    We’re really in holiday mode now, aren’t we? Thanks for hosting, April!

    • We really are in holiday mode, Shirley! I’m so glad you enjoyed the posts. Your Cream Cheese Pound Cake with Shortbread Streusel Filling sounds amazing. I’m definitely going to have to try it! And thank you for sharing the cookies – I love holiday cookies! Have a wonderful week!

  2. Hi April,

    Love the Christmas Squares and your festive features this week.
    Today I linked up the Gluten Free Cookies Advent Calendar that I’ve been hosting on the blog. Everyday I introduce a new blogger with one of their cookie recipes.

    Have a great week!

  3. Hi April,
    Hope you are having a wonderful day and thanks so much for the party!
    Miz Helen

  4. April, it is an honor to have the Cookie Swap as a feature. So on behalf of myself and all the others who contributed, thank you so much.

  5. Those Christmas squares sound good!

  6. April, I am incredibly touched! Thank you so much for the feature. I am so glad you like the book!The Christmas squares sound really so good. By the way, I tried your Orange Gingerbread Crinkle Cookies, and they turned out so scrumptious!Thank you one more time for sharing. Have a great week ahead!

    • It’s a pleasure, Hadia! I love your book 🙂 I’m so glad you enjoyed the Orange Gingerbread Crinkle Cookies – thank you so much for letting me know! Hope you have a great week ahead too!

  7. Thank you so much, April, for featuring my post on What to Do With Your Thanksgiving Turkey Carcass!

  8. Thanks so much for the party April! Have a great week. 🙂

  9. April,
    I’ve already started making cookies too. Most of them get made the week before Christmas because I take the week off from work to start baking in earnest. Thanks for hosting the party.

  10. April,
    Cant wait to look into the Lebanese cookbook that Hadia just published. We love Lebanese cooking. I’ll also be checking out the latkes as I’ll be making them again this week! Thanks so much for hosting.

  11. Your cookie squares look so yummy!! You must be a fabulous cook. (I’m jealous . . .)

  12. Thanks for the party dear, have a wonderful December.

  13. Hello beautiful! Thank you for hosting such a fabulous party! Please take a moment and stop by our party that goes until Friday @ 7 pm. We love to pin and tweet every creation that comes to the party! Happy Holidays! Lou Lou Girls

  14. I am so incredibly touched that you have chosen to feature my family’s favorite potato latkes and homemade applesauce this week! I always enjoy visiting and contributing to the Hearth and Soul Hop…so many goodies await my discovery! This week’s contributions from Meal Planning Maven include my gold-standard meal for time-crunched nights…Crockpot Chicken Cacciatore! I have also shared a favorite winter holiday starter…Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Apple Salad with Balsamic Drizzle. Thanks again for the opportunity to share my recipes as well as for all your support! And thank you so much for the Happy Hanukkah wishes!

    • Thank you so much for all your support as well, Linda! I hope you are having a wonderful Hanukkah! Your recipes sound amazing – I’ve been looking for a Chicken Cacciatore recipe I can do in the crockpot – crockpot meals are a real lifesaver at this busy time of year 🙂 Love the sound of your salad as well – Brussels Sprouts are a real favourite at our house!

  15. April, today it’s easy to decide what link to start with — your roast potatoes look absolutely PERFECT! Going there now!


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