Welcome to The Hearth and Soul Link Party, where this week it’s all about celebrating our blessings!
Blog posts old and new, about anything that feeds the soul, are welcome here at Hearth and Soul. This includes – but is not limited to – family, home, recipes, decorating, crafts, DIY, travel, organisation, book reviews, the arts and self improvement.
Happy Thanksgiving to everyone who is celebrating! We have been invited to our friends’ house. I’m bringing the pumpkin pie and a Spicy Pumpkin Bundt Cake.
One of the blessings I am celebrating is being able to celebrate two Thanksgivings – Canadian Thanksgiving in October and US Thanksgiving in November – even though I live in a country that doesn’t have Thanksgiving at all!
One of my family’s favourite Thanksgiving recipes is my Easy Apricot Celery and Pecan Stuffing.
Although it takes longer to make than the boxed stuff, the recipe is very straight-forward and can be made ahead of time. It’s a delicious way to switch up your Thanksgiving sides.
I’m also celebrating the blessing of my blog and all the wonderful people I have met and experiences I have had because of it. Believe it or not, October marked my 16th Blogging Anniversary! In 2002, The 21st Century Housewife website went live for the first time. Both the blog and I have evolved quite a lot since then, and I’ve been blogging as April J Harris since 2014.
I’ve updated my About Me Page to celebrate 16 years in the blogosphere. Please do have a look and let me know what you think.
Celebrating Our Blessings Features
Another blessing I’m celebrating is everyone who visits and shares each week here at Hearth and Soul. Thank you!
The Celebrating Our Blessings Features this week are (from top left, clockwise):-
What a blessing to have our homes and be able to decorate them! Kristine at Red Shutter Cottage has Thanksgiving design inspiration for you in A Festive Fall on the Front Porch.
We bless ourselves and others by reaching out to far away family and friends with a card or letter during the holidays. Lisa at Fresh Vintage by Lisa S has a tutorial to help you Make Your Own Thanksgiving Cards.
I always count leftovers as a blessing, and Anna of Once Upon a Food Blog’s Leftover Turkey Soup with Melted Parmesan Strips looks like a very delicious and comforting blessing indeed.
Babies are one of the greatest blessings there is. This Felt Baby Mobile Made For a Crafty Baby Shower from Studio Paars is a gift with a difference for our little blessings!
Bringing family and friends together round the table is such a blessing, and this Perfect Pumpkin Centrepiece by Katy of Petals Pies & Otherwise will make everything look especially festive.
The Hearth and Soul Link Party
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Happy Thanksgiving to everyone who is celebrating and a wonderful week full of blessings to you all!