Welcome to the February 2024 Edition of The Hearth and Soul Link Party! I hope February’s arrival has found you well and happy. Here in the UK, there’s a hint of spring in the air. I love the slightly longer days, the brave green shoots pushing up through the earth with their promise of flowers to come, and hearing more birds singing.
It was a busy January, that is for sure! I shared a reel on Instagram with some of the highlights if you fancy taking a peek. There was the Yorkshire trip I mentioned in last month’s post and we had a couple of visits to London as well. I was thrilled to see Plaza Suite with Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick at The Savoy Theatre. I am such a fan of both of these actors and they were brilliant. Funnily enough I never really got into Sex in the City but I loved some of SJP’s other work, including Square Pegs back in the day. Anyone else remember that show?
We are having a chandelier installed in our hallway on Monday and then that is pretty much the end of the renovation project! I’m so excited to share more of our updated home with you on the blog and social media. For now, here’s a sneak peak at the dining room from the hallway…
What do you think? I learned a lot while decorating this room – more about that in an upcoming post – but I am very pleased with how it has all turned out. The chairs are super comfy, perfect for lingering over dinner with friends.
On The Blog – February 2024 Edition
New Book Releases
I know many of you are avid readers just like me, so I am excited to announce that I going to be sharing a lot more about my reading life in these virtual pages this year. In addition to my love of bookshops and libraries, I am often offered pre-release access to new book releases or copies of new books. I have published a new compilation post called New Book Releases 2024 so you can read short reviews about up and coming books from new and established authors. I will be updating it as I read.
First up, The Household by Stacey Halls, author of The Foundling, The Familiars and Mrs England (all affiliate links). (I have yet to read The Foundling and The Familiars but I loved Mrs England, a fascinating historical mystery, which I purchased on a bookstore excursion in Ely.) Spoiler alert – I loved The Household too. You can read my review here.
Food and Recipes
This month I have been sharing Easy Ways to Eat Less Meat. I’m definitely an omnivore but I am always looking for creative ways to use plant based ingredients. There are lots of vegan and vegetarian recipes on the blog and I reference many of them in this post.
One of the things I love about this time of year is that blood oranges are in season. I featured my Blood Orange Pound Cake recently. It’s delicious with a scoop of Easy, No Churn Blood Orange Ice Cream alongside. Of course you can make both these recipes with any oranges if blood oranges are not available.)
Are you ready to refresh your home for spring? I recently updated a post with my top Spring Cleaning Tips to help make the task easier.
The Hearth and Soul Community on Facebook
If you are not already a member, please do join us in The Hearth and Soul Community on Facebook. Over sixty Hearth and Soul participants are now a part of this supportive community. Whether it’s sharing content from your blog or social media platforms, asking for advice or just connecting on a deeper level, the Hearth and Soul Community is a welcoming space for all and we would love for you to join us!
Featured Posts – February 2024 Edition
Thank you all for sharing your wonderful content. Here are some of the posts that caught my eye in the Hearth and Soul Community on Facebook as well as at the January edition of the party.
From The Hearth and Soul Community on Facebook
Helen from Three Winks Design made some beautiful Pomegranate Jelly – the colour is absolutely stunning and I can just imagine how delicious it tastes!
Elizabeth from Pine Cones and Acorns shared some really helpful tips in her post 11 Ways To Beat The Winter Blues.
Carol from Comfort Spring Station shared a delicious Vegetarian Quinoa and Black Bean Chili that looks really delicious and comforting.
From The January 2024 Edition of Hearth and Soul
Patty from Life is Better Lakeside shared some Lunar New Year tablescape inspiration with a touch of Disney in Micky and Minnie and Their Friends Celebrate Lunar New Year.
I would find this Bourbon Pecan Pie from Estelle at Homemade On a Weeknight incredibly hard to resist!
Melynda from Scratch Made Food made Laurie Colwin’s Broccoli Sauce for Pasta and also shared a sweet story from her own childhood. Have you read any of Laurie Colwin’s books? She was a very talented writer, and it was great to see Melynda bringing one of her recipes back to life.
Steph from Steph Creates shared a pretty idea for a calendar with a DIY Dollar Tree Block Calendar Redesign. It would make a lovely gift any time of year, especially as you can use it from one year to the next.
Lisa of Lisa Notes wrote an interesting piece on positive curiosity called What Would Bewitch Benjamin Franklin Today? Practice Positive Curiosity Yourself. Do give it a read if you have not already; it is very thought-provoking!
The Hearth and Soul Link Party – February 2024 Edition
The Hearth and Soul Link Party is held monthly, opening on the first Sunday of every month and remaining open until the 25th of the month, or until 300 entries are reached. Please share a maximum of 8 links per month here at the party. (You can share more in the Hearth and Soul Community on Facebook all month long.)
Please share the permalink to your blog post with the February 2024 edition, not a link to the home page of your blog. Please do not link to anything except blog posts.
By submitting a post to the February 2024 edition of the link party here, you assert that you own the content and photographs. You also give me permission to share them here on the blog as well as on Pinterest, X (formerly Twitter), and both my own Facebook page , The Hearth and Soul Link Party page and The Hearth and Soul Community Facebook Group.
The February 2024 edition is open until 25th February so please come back as often as you like. I am excited to see what you will share this month, and look forward to seeing you for the March 2024 edition of Hearth and Soul, going live on Sunday March 3rd. Have a wonderful February!