Hello and welcome to the Hearth and Soul Link Party! How are you doing during this challenging time? You have all been in my thoughts and prayers. Never before in our lifetimes have we seen the importance of community illustrated so clearly.
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.
What’s Been Happening?
The Importance of Community – A Virtual Cup of Tea
Last week I hosted the first Virtual Cup of Tea, a gathering of readers and members of the Hearth and Soul Link Party community on Zoom. I want to thank Liberty of B4 and Afters (pictured above, below right), Pam of A New Lens and Helen of 3 Winks Design for taking part in this beta call. It was fun to meet and chat a bit with each other.
After the success of this call, I reached out to my newsletter subscribers last week and I’m hosting two more free calls this week. More are planned in the future so please be sure to subscribe to my newsletter to be first in line for the next opportunity for a Virtual Cup of Tea with other members of our community.
On the Blog
I’m working on compiling some of my recipes into posts for easy reference during these challenging times. In the meantime, you may enjoy these.
If, like me, you are living in an area where yeast isn’t available (even online), you will love this recipe!
Originally published in 2013, this Soda Bread Focaccia recipe comes via Rachel Allen. This 5 ingredient recipe is a fusion of Irish soda bread and Italian Focaccia bread and it couldn’t be easier to make. It’s perfect for any time, but especially now with some ingredients in short supply!
My Spaghetti Primavera al Limone is an easy vegetarian recipe you can adapt to whatever spring vegetables you have on hand or in the freezer, again perfect for times when ingredients are harder to source.
If you do have ingredients for baking, and access to rhubarb, I’ve got a treat for you!
My friends dropped off some rhubarb last week from their allotment and I was so pleased to be able to make mmy Rhubarb and Ginger Drizzle Cake. It is a twist on a traditional British favourite Lemon Drizzle Cake and it makes a lovely treat for afternoon tea or dessert. .
Especially in challenging times, I’ve always believed that if you make an effort to look good, you feel good.
If you feel the same way, I’ve got some easy tips on Looking Your Best While Staying at Home to inspire you.
Thank you to everyone for being a part of Hearth and Soul, and for sharing your wonderful content.
Importance of Community Features
The Importance of Community featured posts from top left (clockwise):-
One way we can inspire our community is to share ways we are decorating for the holidays while we are all staying at home. Lori of Dining Delight shares some ways she is decorating for Easter in her post Bunnies and Carrots Easter Decor. It all looks so pretty!
Although many gatherings have had to be cancelled, it’s lovely to know that many things can still happen online. Jennifer of Satsuma Designs shares some inspired ideas for How to Host a Virtual Baby or Wedding Shower.
One of the ways to help our community is to drop off food for a neighbour who needs a little extra help. This hearty and delicious Taco Casserole from Lou Lou Girls would be very welcome!
With food availability being very hit and miss in some places, I think we are all looking for ways to be more self sustaining. Kathi of Oak Hill Homestead has some wonderful gardening advice on her blogs and this post on How to Grow Food in 3 to 4 Weeks could come in very handy right now.
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