The Hearth and Soul Hop Link Party May 4

The Hearth and Soul Hop Link Party
Welcome to The Hearth and Soul Hop Link Party! I can’t believe it is May already! The Hearth and Soul Hop is  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 love thought provoking, encouraging and inspiring posts too.

It’s been a very exciting weekend here! I enjoyed celebrating the first birthday of one of my youngest cousins with family. It was especially nice to catch up with two of my cousins who are visiting from Canada. And then there was the Royal Baby!

Home for Royal Baby
So many of us are feeling so uplifted by the birth of this beautiful new princess – it’s lovely to have something to celebrate together as a country!

I’ve shared a post about the Royal Baby’s London Home as well as a bit about why Their Royal Highnesses may have chosen her beautiful royal baby name.

Thank you so much to everyone who visited and shared posts with us at the Hearth and Soul Hop Link Party last week. Today I’m featuring

breathe to increase calm at the Hearth and Soul hop

How to Feel More Calm with Breathing Exercises from RCH Reviews

Lemon Pudding Cake at The Hearth and Soul hop

and Lemon Pudding Cake from Hadia’s Lebanese Cuisine

Hadia’s recipe is a wonderful demonstration of how our family food histories and cultures can often unite us in fascinating ways. I often make my Grandmother’s recipe for ‘Lemon Sponge’ in a large casserole. The recipe is very similar to Hadia’s mom’s recipe. I know the recipe dates back at least to 1920 as I have a newspaper clipping with the recipe from the Toronto Star plus copy of the recipe in my Grandma’s handwriting. I hope to find out how far back it actually dates and where it originated. I love it that our families have been making similar recipes and enjoying them in different countries over the years!

Okay, I would love to see what you have to share this week!

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. Hi April 🙂
    Thank you for hosting this party 🙂 I took some time off but I’m back this week.

  2. Thank you so much, April for featuring my lemon pudding cake! You made my day, and I am glad to know that the recipe is similar to your granny’s lemon cake too! Thank you too for hosting!

  3. Congratulations on your new Princess, she is just beautiful and I love the name! I would sure love that Lemon Pudding Cake, it looks so good. Hope you are having a joyful week and thanks so much for the party!
    Miz Helen

  4. April, thank you for the party! I love the features- the beautiful Royal baby, of course, but also the great post about calm breathing exercises, and that delicious looking lemon pudding cake from Hadia! Hope you have a wonderful week!

  5. So glad to hear you had some nice family time. We love the British Royal family here in the States. Love the baby’s name too, cover grandpa, grandma, and great grandma. Thank you for the party.

  6. April,
    Thanks for hosting the party. Happy Mother’s Day.
    It seemed like the royal baby would never arrive.

    • It did feel like we waited a long time for the royal baby, Annamaria – I think everyone was very relieved to see her safely here! Happy Mother’s Day to you too!

  7. That little baby is so beautiful and I love her name. It makes me happy that Diana’s name is included in hers.
    Thanks for the party!

  8. I too am excited about the new princess!…. thank you April for sharing and hosting!

  9. Royal baby is so cute, her name is so good. Thanks for sharing the photo and for hosting the lovely party.

  10. Thanks for hosting an awesome party!

  11. Thank you for hosting this link party. Many great recipes, I can’t wait to try the lemon pudding cake!

  12. Thank you for hosting such a fun party April! Pinned and shared!
    Hope to see you on Saturday!

  13. Thank you for featuring my post on How to Feel More Calm with Breathing Exercises from Reviews, Chews and How Tos. It is amazing how a few deep breaths can change your entire day!

  14. April, I’m #100 today! I was eagerly awaiting the Royal Baby too. Was very pleased with the name they chose. (I had predicted Alexandra Elizabeth Diana.)

    • Hi Jean! Wow, you were really close with your prediction! I was hoping for Diana somewhere in the name and Elizabeth too so I was really pleased as well. Thank you so much for visiting and sharing 🙂


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