Hello and welcome to the Hearth and Soul Link Party! How is your summer going? Most of us are making other plans than what we are used to this summer. Have your plans changed or are you able to carry on almost as normal?
Blog posts only, please, about anything that feeds the soul 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.
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What’s Been Happening
The UK has relaxed many of the lockdown restrictions but a lot of us are still staying very close to home. It’s lovely to see historic sites like the some of the royal palaces and Highclere Castle (The Real Downton Abbey) re-opening, as well as many National Trust sites.
That said, there are still a lot of people making other plans than they are used to. We are looking forward to seeing our son and his partner, and perhaps having some picnics or small socially distanced gatherings in our garden.
In other news, I’m delighted to report that my husband and I both were able to visit our hairdresser last week.
My husband had over 4 inches cut off his hair! As for me, I’m delighted to be blond again – and to have had all my split ends cut off. Aside from mascara, this is a bit of a no-makeup selfie for me – anyone else not do much about makeup when they are wearing a mask?
On The Blog
One of the things I’ve noticed about my husband working from home is that the days all blend together, and it’s hard to delineate weekends. So I’ve been making other plans, and a real effort to switch up our menus to reflect a more relaxed vibe on Saturdays and Sundays. Make ahead casseroles, delicious muffins or taking things really easy and enjoying brunch help make the weekend feel more like, well, the weekend! Here are a couple of the recipes we have been enjoying.
My cousin Esther shared this Brie, Basil and Tomato Strata recipe with me several years ago, and it’s been one of my go-to brunch recipes ever since.
This delicious espresso-spiked Italian Breakfast Banana Bread recipe is a real grown-up treat, perfect for breakfast or with a cup of coffee anytime.
My Baked Overnight Oatmeal with Rhubarb and Almonds is an easy, seasonal, make ahead recipe that will make you want to get out of bed early. It’s gluten free, and can be made dairy free as well.
Thank you all for visiting and sharing your blog posts last week!
Making Other Plans Featured Posts
This week’s making other plans featured posts include (from top left, clockwise):-
Beth at Condo Blues made a cute vintage 1950’s Wrap Sundress and she’s sharing hints and tips to help you if you’d like to make one too.
If, like my husband and I, you are making other plans and spending a lot more time in your garden, you will love this tutorial on How to Make a Solar Chandelier from Chas at Chas’ Crazy Creations.
Niki at The House on Silverado was making other plans for Father’s Day, so she treated her husband to a Made To Order Omelette Bar. This would be such a fun celebration idea for anyone – and would be great for entertaining when that is possible again.
In Recycling a Map 3 Ways, Beth from Creatively Beth shares some wonderful project ideas for recycling old maps into thoughtful gifts and keepsakes.
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