Traditional December Recipes from The Hearth and Soul Hop

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Welcome to another edition of the Hearth and Soul Hop. Hearth and Soul is a 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.

How are your holiday preparations going? I have nearly finished putting up the Christmas decorations so things are looking very festive. This week I’ve been baking my Aunt Dorothy’s Butterscotch Squares and my late Mom’s Mincemeat Oat Squares as well as stashing some Slice and Bake Cookies in the freezer ready for last minute entertaining. We are hosting our annual ‘nibbles and drinks’ party for forty plus people on Friday night so later in the week I’ll be making lots of delicious appetizers I will hopefully get a chance to share with you before Christmas.

There were lots of delicious recipes and ideas shared at Hearth and Soul last week. This week I’m featuring three posts:

St Lucia Buns

In ‘Dressed in White with Lights in Her Hair’, Marie Angelique of Musings of an Island Girl in Small Town America writes about the Norwegian St Lucia Day celebrations held every December 13 and shares a delicious recipe for traditional  St Lucia Bread.


Featuring molasses, rum and traditional Christmas spices, Joe Frogger Cookies have been a part of Barb of A Life in Balance’s family celebrations for many years.


These cute Santa Pancakes from Kara of The Joys of Boys look like a Christmas tradition in the making!

I know it’s a very busy time of year but I hope you will take the time to share a recipe or two with us this week.

Just a couple of quick notes before we start…

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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. Hi April,
    I just love this time of the year with all the special treats. Hope you are staying warm and cozy during this extreme cold. Have a great week and thanks so much for hosting the party!
    Miz Helen

    • Me too, Miz Helen! Actually, we’ve been so lucky here in England, it’s been unseasonably warm the last couple of days. I’ve been concerned to hear about how cold it is in North America. Take care!

  2. I just got the chuckles from those cute Santa pancakes… sounds like quite a party you will be having… enjoy and thanks for this one.

  3. Thanks for the feature April! It is funny how this recipe has been one of the most popular posts. I love the tradition behind the St. Lucia bread.

    • Me too, Maria. I always wanted to be one of the girls with the candles in her hair, but it’s probably best I didn’t live in Norway as I do have episodes of klutziness – not a good thing with long hair and lit candles on your head 😉

  4. Hi. I’m new to your party and so glad I found it from the Mums Makes Lists calendar. I’m adding you to my link party page and will stop back each week!

    • Hi Karen! Welcome! It’s lovely to ‘meet’ you. I’m so glad you found us and I really appreciate you adding Hearth and Soul to your link party page. I look forward to visiting your blog 🙂

  5. Love those cute pancakes! Have a wonderful holiday season April! I hope you are able to spend some time with your family and friends. Thanks for hosting 🙂


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