Hello and welcome to The Hearth and Soul Link Party! I hope this finds you and yours well. This week at Hearth and Soul I’m sharing a focus on a life less ordinary. It’s a continuation from last week’s romancing the ordinary, a celebration of the everyday things that enrich our lives.
Whether your blog posts are old or new, as long as they are about things that feed the soul, they are welcome here at The Hearth and Soul Link Party. Things that feed the soul may include (but are not limited to) recipes, decorating, crafts, family, home, DIY, organization, travel, book reviews, the arts and self improvement.
A life less ordinary is actually what Hearth and Soul is all about. It’s about celebrating all the things that feed our souls. Slowing down, savouring and being grateful for the things we sometimes take for granted are all a part of this. As Mary Jane Irion wrote in Yes, World, published in 1970, “Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure that you are.” Even on normal days, our lives are anything but ordinary.
A Life Less Ordinary
I often take the ordinary moments of my day for granted. However, if the pandemic has taught me anything, it’s that it’s these ordinary moments that make up an extraordinary life. Of course amazing, pivotal moments are important – visiting a place you’ve always dreamed of seeing, accomplishing a big goal or celebrating a milestone. However it’s the ordinary moments that we miss when our lives suddenly change as they have recently. We miss seeing our families, giving a friend an actual hug, going out whenever we want to, spontaneously deciding to go to the movies or to the pub. It turns out our ordinary lives were actually a life less ordinary, and very special indeed.
What’s Been Happening?
My birthday last week was very different than usual, but it was lovely nonetheless. I made my own cake from a vintage family recipe. If, like me, you love a light, moist and super chocolate-y cake, you will love my Easy Devil’s Food Cake recipe. This has been my go-to recipe since I was 10 years old and it’s turned out perfectly, every single time. Perfect for both layer cakes and cupcakes, it even freezes well (although it is best to freeze it without the frosting).
On The Blog
I had such a lovely comment from a very kind reader about this post – How to Poach Salmon Step by Step –
Christine commented, “This was so easy and delicious. I was apprehensive trying this because I used to think I needed olive oil or butter to mask the fishy taste of salmon. I normally don’t like fish. Well that has changed. Salmon is soooo good now. This is the new way I am going to make Salmon from now on.”
I also shared another vintage family recipe.
My late Mom’s Best Potato Salad Recipe has a wonderful, unconventional, method, but it’s incredibly delicious. I always get asked for the recipe when I bring it to picnics and pot lucks. It’s particularly good alongside my poached salmon!
Thank you all so much for your support of Hearth and Soul, and for sharing your wonderful content!
A Life Less Ordinary – Featured Posts
A Life Less Ordinary Featured Posts – from top left, clockwise:-
Rachelle of My Hubbard Home shares ideas and inspiration to help you Create Your Own Summer Sanctuary. By paying attention to the little details, Rachelle has created a beautiful, relaxing and restorative space to feed your soul.
The Lou Lou Girls are celebrating a life less ordinary with a fabulous twist on lasagna that the whole family is sure to love. Serve these fun Lasagna Cups as appetizers, snacks or as part of a relaxed family meal. These would make fabulous canapés when we are allowed to entertain again.
Jean of Delightful Repast shared these deliciously wholesome Fig Rolls, perfect to enjoy with a cup of tea or coffee. They are much better for you than the boxed version. I’m particularly happy Jean shared this recipe as the boxed version doesn’t exist over here in the UK and I have a real weakness for figs!
Personalized footwear can be a wonderful, creative expression of your own unique style. Learn how to make beautiful Customized Rose Sneakers with Kristie of Love My Little Cottage.
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