Welcoming 2017 at The Hearth and Soul Link Party

Happy New Year! We are welcoming 2017 with lots of great ideas and inspiration at Hearth and Soul this week!

The Hearth and Soul Blog Hop Link Party

Thank you for joining us and I do hope you will share your posts in the linky at the bottom of this post. Here at Hearth and Soul, we love recipes for food from the hearth to feed your soul, but we also welcome all family friendly posts, whether they be about home, family, travel, self improvement, crafts or DIY.

While the holiday season may be over, my family and I have a bit more celebrating to do over the next couple of days as it’s our son’s 24th birthday. We’ll be going up to London, staying in a lovely hotel (which one is a surprise!) and enjoying meals at two of our favourite restaurants, Le Caprice and The Ivy. I’m very excited! I’ll be sharing some of our trip on Facebook and Instagram if you’d like to join us in a virtual visit to my favourite city.

Thinking about making some New Year’s Resolutions? Consider my alternative technique…

New Year Aspirations - New Year's Resolutions That Work

Every year for the last few years, I have worked with New Year Aspirations – and I’ve found them to be an extremely effective way to achieve my goals. Find out more here!

I love to start the New Year off with a treat or two and my Old Fashioned Banana Cake is perfect for welcoming 2017.

Old Fashioned Banana Cake, a delicious traditional banana cake everyone will love

Ideas and Recipes for Welcoming 2017

Welcoming 2017 at the Hearth and Soul Link Party

2017 One Word Resolution from Candace at Signature Blair Blog

Black Eyed Pea Chipotle Dip from MJ at MJ’s Kitchen

Crock Pot Ranch Potatoes from Jay at Jay Tried and True

Paleo Pigs in a Blanket from Shirley at Gluten Free Easily

How to Make a Linen Bread Bag from Napkins from Melynda at Our Sunday Cafe

Thank you to everyone who visited and shared last week! On with the party!

The Hearth and Soul Link Party

There are no official rules, however:-

    • we prefer you share only 3 posts each
    • please consider sharing a link back to us in your post. 
    • The party is on from now until Saturday evening, both old and new posts are welcome.
    • Please follow us for the latest from Hearth and Soul and more!

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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. April, thank you for hosting. I look forward to reading your aspirations post as I don’t do resolutions but think January 1 seems like a logical time to make a start at a few things.

  2. New Year, new recipes to look forward to!

    April- Here in the states neflix is showing “The Crown”. I LOVE it! Are you able to watch it?

  3. Thanks for the party April! Love the world aspirations instead of resolutions, going to ready your post now!

  4. Oooh, that Banana Cake looks so good, April!! I like your aspirations, too. Aspirations and affirmations, and even goals, can be good I think. As long as all is positive. 😉

    Thanks so much for highlighting the Paleo Pigs in a Blanket. Nothing makes adults turn into little kids again like those appetizers. My husband is one who will scarf them down for sure. 🙂

    This week I’ve linked up an appetizer roundup that includes those plus many other great little bites that work for both kids and adults. I collected the recipes for New Year’s, but they will work for the Super Bowl or any fun gathering. 😉 I also linked up my Flourless Chocolate Cake (you don’t even have to separate the eggs!!) and the Top 20 Gluten-Free Bread Machine Recipes because I’m guessing some folks got bread machines for Christmas.

    Happy 2017 once again! I’ve still got my days mixed up from the holidays (I was actually looking for Hearth and Soul yesterday–LOL), but eventually I’ll get straight. 😉


    • I’m still a bit mixed up with the days too, Shirley, even more so as we are still kind of on holiday until Thursday with our London trip. Thank you for your compliment on the Banana Cake. I am looking forward to your posts! Happy New Year!

  5. Hi April,
    Here we are again starting out another year of amazing food. Thanks so much for the party and best wishes for 2017!
    Miz Helen

  6. Thank you for hosting, April. Wishing you a great new year!

  7. Happy New Year April – thanks for hosting – I hope to join you on a regular basis in the upcoming year! 🙂

  8. Hi April, just found your blog through Susan’s of the Wimpy Vegetarian. Thank you for hosting. Love your banana cake, it has always been my favorite but I have not had one in years. Sounds like you are going to have a wonderful time celebrating your son’s birthday. Take care and Happy New Year!

    • Hi Cheri! Welcome! I love Susan’s blog and I’m so glad you found mine. I’ll be over to visit you soon 🙂 Thank you for your compliment on my banana cake. Take care and Happy New Year to you too! It’s lovely to ‘meet’ you 🙂

  9. Thanks so much for hosting, April! Sounds like you’ll be having a wonderful time celebrating your son’s birthday. I hope this year proves to be fruitful for you in all of your endeavors. Happy new year!

  10. I like the sound of New Years Aspirations! Happy New Year!

  11. Happy New Year April! I love the idea of creating aspirations for the new year…so invigorating and inspiring! And your Banana Cake looks positively scrumptious! For this week’s Hearth and Soul Hop I am sharing MPM’s 10 Most Popular Recipes for 2016. I had a fantastic year of blogging and am most grateful to you and Swathi for your most generous support! Have a wonderful week!

    • Happy New Year to you too, Linda! Thank you, I love creating aspirations and find it so effective! I’m glad you like the banana cake as well. I look forward to seeing which of your yummy recipes made the Top 10. Have a wonderful week and thank you for all your support!

  12. Thanks for hosting dear, wishing you a happy, healthy and prosperous new year.

  13. Happy New Year April!!! Thanks so much for featuring my black-eyed pea dip!

  14. April, looking forward to checking out your latest post on my next break. It’s the closest I’ll come to visiting a castle any time soon! 🙂

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