Hello and welcome to the Hearth and Soul Link Party! I hope this finds you and yours safe and well. What a journey this time in our lives is. Here in England, we are still being encouraged to stay safe at home where we can, and that is exactly what my husband and I are doing at our home in Berkshire. Our son and his partner are safe at home in Cambridgeshire, nearly three hours away. It is hard being apart, especially today on Mother’s Day, but we pray it will all be worth it to keep safe and well.
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.
How are things going for you, and what are things like where you are? I truly hope you and yours are well and that you haven’t lost anyone to this terrible disease. Are you able to stay safe at home, or does your work require you to be out and about?
What’s Been Happening
We had a holiday on Friday in the UK to mark the 75th Anniversary of VE Day, the day that the Allies accepted the surrender of Nazi forces in World War 2. It was an emotional day, especially under the circumstances, but we all found ways to celebrate and pay tribute to the amazing people who made our peace and freedom possible.
We observed a two minute silence at 11am, and we also had a friends and family VE Day party online. Here I am with my husband safe at home raising a toast to the occasion and to the memory of those who made VE Day possible.
I made a few treats to celebrate the day, including a traditional British teatime treat, Lemon Drizzle Cake.
I doubled the recipe and made one large cake plus two smaller ones, so I could share a couple of cakes with our neighbours. I just had to keep an eye on the smaller cakes as they took slightly less time to bake. When the cakes were cool I wrapped them up and popped them on our neighbour’s doorsteps as a little VE Day treat while we all stay safe at home.
It’s National Vegetarian Week this week in the UK.
As an Occasional Vegetarian, I really enjoy meat free meals. Whether you are a confirmed meat eater, or vegetarian eating is a way of life for you, don’t miss my 3 Day Vegetarian Menu for some delicious recipe inspiration.
Thank you so much to you all for your support of Hearth and Soul and for sharing your wonderful content. It’s always hard to choose just 4 featured posts as I enjoy all your blogs!
Safe at Home Featured Posts
Safe at Home featured posts include (from top left, clockwise):-
I so enjoyed reading Our Mother’s Stories from Pam Ecrement of A New Lens. Her mother’s story sheds a whole new light on the idea of safe at home. What happens when your childhood home is destroyed, and how does that affect you in future? Also do we really know our mothers? This is such a thought provoking piece, and a real tribute to Pam’s lovely mother.
Is Your Home Your Castle? is a little glimpse into the life of Jeanne at Selep Imaging during these challenging days, as well as beautiful views of a family vacation in days gone by.
Amy from Days of Small Things offers her thoughts on being safe at home as well as a delicious Chocolate Cobbler recipe in ‘Comforted’.
Leslie from My Gluten Free Cucina has make your own take away that is safe for those who need to eat gluten free and delicious for all with her Crock Pot Asian Chicken recipe.
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