Hello and welcome to the Hearth and Soul Link Party. What are your favourite things about summer? This week I’m thinking about summer favourites – things we love about summer and things we love to do when summer arrives.
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How are things in your corner of the world? Summer is taking its time to arrive here, with some very cool and rainy weather over the past couple of weeks. Although it is finally starting to warm up, it looks like the rain may be around for some time – a typical British summer! I’m grateful though as I know many places are struggling with extreme weather, including heat waves and drought. I hope you are comfortable and safe, enjoying your summer favourites, wherever you may be.
My husband and I visited London for the first time since October last week. We stayed over at the Intercontinental Hotel on Park Lane and had a lovely meal at Theo Randall at the Intercontinental. Although the original building was destroyed by a bomb during World War 2, the Intercontinental on Park Lane is built on the site of what was once the HM The Queen’s childhood home.
The hotel was very quiet on the whole, although the restaurant was busy. We still follow the social distancing recommendations of 2 meters (about 6 feet) here in the UK and it is the law to wear masks indoors in public spaces (except while eating or drinking) so we felt pretty safe on the whole.
We also enjoyed a brilliant personal shopping trip with our friend and stylist, the lovely Sarah of Absolutely Fabulous Image. Our wardrobes needed a bit of a post lockdown refresh and a good shopping trip in the capital is definitely one of my summer favourites. Here we are toasting a successful day at the Pierre Jouët Champagne Bar in the photo above – although my husband was only there for half of it as he was working the rest of the time!
Summer Favourites On The Blog
If you love crab you will love this easy pasta recipe.
Fresh crab and spring vegetables make this fast, easy Crab Linguine (or Spaghetti as above) recipe a delight. It’s perfect for date night and family dinners too. It’s a reader favourite and definitely one of my summer favourites too – although we do enjoy it all year round!
Looking for a delicious summer dessert that doesn’t heat up the kitchen?
A quick, elegant dessert that takes less than 30 minutes to put together, my Easy No Bake Lime Cheesecake is perfect, especially when it’s too hot to turn on the oven.
Summer Favourites – Featured Posts
Thank you for sharing your wonderful content with Hearth and Soul. This week’s summer favourites features include (from top left, clockwise):-
Miz Helen of Miz Helen’s Country Cottage shared her Peanut Butter Firecracker Treats, perfect for 4th of July, but adaptable to any celebration by selecting different coloured sprinkles. These treats bring back fond memories of cookies my late Mom and I used to make. Although the recipe itself was quite different, the resulting treats were similar – except we never thought to use sprinkles, which I think is a wonderful idea!
Most people’s summer favourites include great salad recipes and we all have our favourite coleslaw recipes. Angie of Big Bear’s Wife brought a Copycat KFC Coleslaw Recipe to the party which looks absolutely delicious.
It isn’t summer without popsicles! Ramona of Create with Joy has some refreshing Healthy Frozen Treats To Help You Beat The Heat, perfect if you are experiencing a heat wave right now.
If you crochet, Maya of Little Treasures has a free pattern for some very pretty Crochet Bangles, which would be perfect with a summer dress.
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