Never in our lifetimes has hearth and home been so important, and never has it been so important to nurture ourselves and our loved ones. Staying home to stay well and making the most of the spaces we live in frugally and without using a lot of resources is more of a priority than ever. Welcome to the Hearth and Soul Link Party. I hope and pray this finds you and yours well.
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.
Connecting Virtually and ‘A Virtual Cup of Tea’
My husband has been working from home since early March, so we have fallen into a routine that works well for us. My husband works very long hours across time zones so not having a commute has actually been a benefit to us.
Our daily routine now includes virtual tea and coffee breaks with business colleagues and friends to help keep up the morale of others working from home. Later in the day, we sometimes have virtual meet ups for a glass of wine or cocktail with friends.
Early this week I’m doing a beta call on Zoom with some of the ladies who link up here at Hearth and Soul. I’m hoping this will lead to ‘Virtual Cup of Tea’ breaks on a wider scale, so that we can all support one another through this crisis in a more tangible way. I’ll be sending out a newsletter later this week to share more, so please do sign up if you haven’t already.
Hearth and Home On the Blog
My lovely web designer recently added a new recipe plug in so I am going back to check that the over 1,000 recipes I have shared have imported properly. It has been a great opportunity to revisit some of the oldies but goodies from the past 18 years, recipes even I may have forgotten about. I’m looking forward to updating some of the recipes and bringing them forward with new photographs.
Is it just me or is it a lot more stressful meal planning these days? With ingredient shortages and the need to shop as infrequently as possible, I’ve definitely been feeling grateful for the ingredients in my freezer and also for my slow cooker. I can put dinner on early in the afternoon and then we are able to just work through until supper time. We normally eat about 8pm, and the smell of dinner cooking as the afternoon wears on makes me feel so grateful for hearth and home. I made some delicious short ribs as well as some Honey and Garlic Chicken last week. Both recipes made enough for four people, so the leftovers were great too.
If you are struggling with being home all the time, you may find adopting a routine helps. Looking pulled together really makes me feel confident so I’m sharing tips on helping you to Look Your Best While Staying At Home. These tips are also useful if, like me, you are participating in regular FaceTime and Zoom calls.
Thank you so much to you all for visiting and shared your wonderful content!
Hearth and Home Features
Featured Hearth and Home blog posts from left, clockwise:-
With food supply issues and staying in, we can all use these 20 Pantry Recipe Ideas from The Short Order Cook
My husband and I are staying in to help stop the spread of COVID-19 and I have been enjoying making our surroundings even more. pleasant. Penny of Penny’s Vintage Treasures offers so much lovely inspiration in her post entitled Lucky Meadow Farms
I’m working hard to stick to my healthy eating resolutions but I am intrigued by these lovely One-Hour Cinnamon Rolls from Cook with Sara. They will make the perfect homemade, wholesome treat when I really need a lift.
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