Happy New Year! Welcome to the January 2024 Edition of The Hearth and Soul Link Party! I hope you had a wonderful holiday season and that your new year is off to a great start!
We had a lovely holiday season, including spending some time in Ely in Cambridgeshire to join our son, Alexander, his partner Hannah and her family for Christmas celebrations. The celebrations were held at their house. Alexander and I prepared both Christmas Eve and Christmas Dinner for nine people together with a bit of help from our friends. I enjoyed the opportunity to be sous chef for a change!
On New Year’s Eve we attended a Ball at our club Phyllis Court with our friends. The photo above is my husband and I just before we left. You can see a bit of our newly decorated living room in this photo – I’ll be sharing more photos of our completed renovations soon!
After New Year’s Day, we travelled to Beverley in Yorkshire. Alexander and Hannah have birthdays a day apart so we spent some time sightseeing and celebrating in this beautiful part of the world. Our tour included Hull, Harrogate, York and Leeds. We had two delicious lunches at Betty’s Café Tea Rooms, one at their branch in Harrogate and the other in York as well as a lovely dinner at The Beverley Arms, where we also stayed.
On The Blog – January 2024 Edition
I’m sharing idea and inspiration to help you make the most of 2024 in Get Ready for the New Year.
When it comes time to get ready for the new year, there often seems to be an expectation that we should be ready to raise a toast at midnight on December 31st with a clear vision of where we are headed but there is actually no rush at all! In fact, you can use these ideas any time you want to make a fresh start.
Are you putting a trip to Paris on your vision board? Whether you are planning a trip or you just fancy a virtual visit, check out Visiting Paris – Tips for Your City Break for advice for a weekend on hotels, restaurants, places to see and things to do. This beautiful, historic city also makes a great starting point if you are planning to tour other areas of France and Europe.
One of the most popular recipes on the blog at the moment is this delicious One Pan Salmon and Roasted Mediterranean Vegetables. I have been getting bags of beautiful peppers at Costco recently so this recipe has been popular in my kitchen too!
The recipe is naturally gluten-free, provided the spice mixture you use is gluten-free. If you are participating in Veganuary or want to make this recipe vegetarian, simply leave out the salmon and bump up the quantities of veggies and chick peas. It is still absolutely scrumptious. You can serve it on its own or with some plain, basmati or wild rice.
The Hearth and Soul Community
If you are not already a member, will you join us in The Hearth and Soul Community on Facebook this year? Over sixty Hearth and Soul participants are now a part of this supportive community. Whether it’s sharing content, asking for advice or just connecting, the Hearth and Soul Community is a welcoming space for all and we would love for you to join us!
Featured Posts – January 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 December edition of the party.
From the Hearth and Soul Community
Kick off the New Year More Sustainably with this informative and encouraging post from Nancy at Colors 4 Health.
If you are a Bridgerton fan as I am, you will definitely enjoy Elizabeth of Pine Cones and Acorns post Bridgerton x Williams Sonoma. In addition to the new Williams Sonoma Bridgerton collection, Elizabeth shares lots of information about the series and also about the original books and their author, Julia Quinn.
From the December 2023 Edition of The Hearth and Soul Link Party
Jeanne of Selep Imaging shared some beautiful Vintage Christmas Needlework, along with a lovely perspective on how we can ‘adopt’ historic pieces and antiques.
MaryJo from Master ‘pieces’ of My Life has some great ideas to help you Brighten Your Home During the Winter Months.
Don’t miss these delicious Spiced Candied Pecans from Amy at The Copper Table. From salads to snacking, I can think of so many ways to use these tasty treats and so many occasions to serve them!
Whether you need a gluten free pastry for health reasons or not, I think this Gluten-Free Cream Cheese Pie Crust from Leslie at My Gluten Free Cucina looks and sounds delicious!
The Hearth and Soul Link Party – January 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.)
Please share the permalink to your blog post with the January 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 January 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 January 2024 edition is open until 25th January 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 February 2024 edition of Hearth and Soul, going live on Sunday February 4th. Have a wonderful rest of the month!