Today I’m thinking about how we look after honouring our past. It is Remembrance Sunday in the UK as I write this. This coming Wednesday is Remembrance Day, and Veteran’s Day in the United States. I am forever grateful for the sacrifices made by those who have made it possible for us to live in peace and freedom, and for the sacrifices still being made by those who continue to serve.
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Honouring Our Past
I have participated in many acts of remembrance, but the one that affected me most profoundly was quite unexpected. En route to the Old City in Jerusalem on one of our trips to Israel, we stopped at the British War Cemetery.
The cemetery is still lovingly maintained by local caretakers who speak about the men buried there as if they are members of their own family. The love and care which goes into the upkeep of this sacred place brings tears to my eyes, as does the sacrifice made by those who are buried there. It was by far the most beautiful cemetery I have ever seen, every grave well maintained and decorated with flowers and plants. This is even more incredible when you bear in mind just how hot it gets in Israel.
I am passionate about the importance of Remembrance Day. We must never stop honouring our past and we must ensure that we pass both our own memories and those of our families down to the next generation. We must never take for granted the privilege of living in peace.
What’s Been Happening
We’ve had a few sunny days here in England, so my husband and I have really been enjoying our walks. I’m definitely embracing fall, especially in the kitchen.
I use a lot of sweet potato these days, mixing it with parsnips, butternut squash or ordinary potatoes for a delicious mash. This Sweet Potato Quick Bread is a great way to use up any leftover sweet potatoes I may have – although it’s so delicious I sometimes cook the sweet potatoes specifically to make it. Perfect for breakfast, a snack or at teatime, this wholesome quick bread is just sweet enough to make it a treat.
If you live in the US, are you starting to think about Thanksgiving?
My Apricot Celery and Pecan Stuffing is perfect for a holiday meal. I often make it at Christmas as well.
Some things are better made ahead of time and a traditional Christmas Pudding is no exception.
Traditional recipes are a lovely way of honouring our past. This delicious Old Fashioned Christmas Pudding recipe has been being made by our family for at least four generations. Best if it is aged for a few weeks before Christmas, the recipe takes a little bit of effort, but the reward is definitely in the eating.
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Honouring our Past at Hearth and Soul – Featured Posts
This week’s featured posts include (from top left, clockwise):-
Niky of The House on Silverado shares her Home Office Makeover – and great ways of honouring our past by incorporating family pieces in our decorating and renovation projects.
Mary of Pots and Planes looks back to One Epic Day in Sydney, Australia – the perfect piece to read if you fancy some armchair travel. I know I certainly do – my goodness I miss the adventures my family and I shared!
That’s Kristin of White Arrows Home waist deep in cranberries. Kristin shared her Thanksgiving Table and Delicious Seasonal Recipes With Cranberries.
One wonderful way of honouring our past is to read nonfiction books, one of Lisa of Lisa Notes’ 5 Reasons To Read Nonfiction. Lisa also shared some great book recommendations as well.
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