Welcome to The Hearth and Soul Hop, the blog hop for family and comfort food recipes, healthy, sustainable living posts, homemaking, gardening, family, kids, crafts and DIY. Encouraging and inspiring posts are very welcome too.
I want to thank everyone who left messages of support and encouragement in the comments last week as well as everyone who has been thinking of and praying for my family and I. My mother in law passed away just after midnight on Friday morning.
It’s going to be a very strange Christmas but we know she would not want us to be sad. My family and I have experienced difficult Christmases in the past – particularly in 2007 when my father passed away and my mother was very ill – but as we all know the reason for Christmas is the birth of Jesus. In the words of Max Lucado, at the first Christmas “God once and for all tipped the scales in the favour of hope”. I find that thought so comforting. If you are missing someone – or lots of someones – this Christmas, I hope you will too.
As a small tribute to my mother in law and to her fantastic cooking, I shared one of her recipes on the blog earlier today – Avril’s Chocolate and Pecan Meringues. (Coincidentally, my mother in law and I shared the same name – although my name is the English version and hers is the French.) You may still have time to make this easy recipe before Christmas – it doesn’t take very long and you probably have all the ingredients already on hand.
Thank you to everyone who shared recipes and posts last week. Today I am featuring:
Wonderful Christmas Gifts from Miz Helen’s Kitchen from Miz Helen’s Country Cottage. There’s still time to make these!
A beautiful Christmas dessert – White Chocolate Mousse Cake from Linda at With a Blast.
A light and delicious whiskey spiked Grain Free Christmas Cake from Vicky at Gluten Free SCD and Veggie.
Okay, on with the Christmas Edition of The Hearth and Soul Hop!
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