The Hearth and Soul Hop Link Party March 16

The Hearth and Soul Blog Hop
Welcome to the St Patrick’s edition of The Hearth and Soul Hop Link Party, the link party for all things home and family – family and comfort food recipes, healthy and sustainable living posts, homemaking, gardening, kids, crafts and DIY. We also love encouraging and inspiring posts!

Today marks 26 years to the day that I immigrated to England! I can remember wondering how it was possible to be so excited and so scared at the same time – but looking back it really was one of the best decisions I ever made.  I always think back to that day when I’m scared to try something new. If I could immigrate to a new country all by myself and have everything turn out like it has, then God willing there’s really nothing I can’t achieve if I put my mind to it. That applies to you too – if you have a dream, go for it!

Lunch at Giada Las Vegas

My husband and I spent the weekend in Las Vegas and I can’t wait to share our experience with you in future posts. It took me a while to warm up to this utterly unique place – but once I did I absolutely loved it! We had a blast just soaking up the atmosphere, rocking out at the Rock of Ages show and enjoying some fabulous food. Having heard about huge, overwhelming buffets, I was incredibly pleased to find some very special restaurants that offered amazing dining experiences. The highlight was a visit to Giada Las Vegas. Watch this space for more on our celebration lunch there!

Chocolate Mint Brownies
Along with so many others, I’ll be celebrating St Patrick’s Day tomorrow. You can read more about the lady who made me a quarter Irish as well as enjoying a quick & easy St Patrick’s Day treat (Chocolate Mint Brownies, anyone?) in this post.

Thank you so much to everyone who visited and shared with us last week. There were so many wonderful posts shared it was really hard to choose favourites. In fact, I’ve decided to feature four posts instead of my usual three!

Irish Soda Bread
Jean from Delightful Repast shares a traditional Irish Soda Bread with a twist – it’s made in the slow cooker!
Spring Tulip WreathWant to bring some spring into your home? Jennifer at From the Family shares a step by step tutorial for making this gorgeous Spring Tulip Wreath to beautify your home.

Brownie Crust Coconut Bars
Never despair when things go wrong in the kitchen – you never know what could happen! Melynda at Our Sunday Cafe shares how an attempt to make coconut butter going wrong lead to these scrumptious Brownie Crust Coconut Bars.
How My Family Quit Sugar

And last but not least, Jessica from The Lou Lou Girls shares how her family quit sugar and offers practical tips sure to help if this is something you would like to do as well. Although I can’t envisage giving up sugar entirely, Jessica’s tips are also great if you want to cut down on sugar too.

Okay, let’s get the party started!

The Hearth and Soul Hop Linky party 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. Thanks for the feature!!

  2. April, thanks for featuring my Irish Soda Bread! Can’t wait to check out the other three featured recipes.

  3. Well, the wreath isn’t exactly a “recipe,” but you know what I mean! 🙂

  4. Hi April,
    Vegas is a fun place to visit, I know you had fun! Happy St. Patrick’s Day and thanks so much for the party!
    Miz Helen

  5. April can’t wait to see the pic’s from Vegas, and Happy St Patrick Day. Thank you for hosting us, always fun here.

  6. Thanks for the party April. Hope you’re enjoying Vegas.

    Anne xx

  7. Thanks for hosting! Have a great week!

  8. Vegas sounds amazing. I’ve never been. Glad you warmed up to the city and enjoyed yourselves! Thanks for hosting. Have a wonderful week!

  9. Thanks for hosting! I’m sharing my Black Forest Pie, an allergy-friendly pie a showstopper for all! I hope you’ll visit my Corn-free Everyday link party also.

  10. Happy Anniversary and Happy St. Patrick’s Day… so much for you to celebrate. I hope you did it all in Vegas, and of course it stayed there. Thanks for the party.

  11. Thank you for the party, April! I’m soooo late….my kolaches (#66) took longer to prepare than anticipated! They were worth the wait. 😀 I hope you’re having a wonderful week!

    • Hi Joy! I’m excited to see your kolaches recipe – I’m not familiar with them so I look forward to learning more! Hope you are having a wonderful week too!

  12. Thank you for hosting, April! I am glad you and your husband had a great time in Las Vegas! Waiting for the posts! Have a good day!

  13. Thanks so much for hosting April. I hope you enjoy your week!!

  14. Hello cute lady! Thank you for featuring us! I love stopping by your party each week, it’s amazing! I hope you get a chance to stop by our party. That would be fabulous! Lou Lou Girls

  15. April, couldn’t resist coming back and sharing today’s post – How to Make Crumpets. Thought you might like it!

  16. Thank you for hosting this great party April and hope to see you on Saturday! Pinned and shared the love for you


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