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December 2023 Edition – The Hearth and Soul Link Party


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Dec 14, 2023
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December 2023 Edition Hearth and Soul Link Party - April Harris in her kitchen wearing a gold top and making appetizers

Happy December! Welcome to the Hearth and Soul Link Party!

The Hearth and Soul Link Party welcomes family-friendly blog posts about anything that feeds the soul. 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.

The Latest​

Last week I got to meet long-time Hearth and Soul participant Julie from Julie’s Creative Lifestyle! Julie was visiting London with her daughter last week and we met up for coffee. I am so grateful that we were able to meet in real life and spend some time together.

Our renovations are due to be finished by Christmas if all goes well. Yay! I have so appreciated all of your support on our renovations journey – your positive comments really kept us going through the tedious bits.

Christmas and holiday preparations are well underway here.

April Harris sitting at a table writing Christmas cards

Our son and his partner are hosting Christmas this year. I cannot wait! If you are entertaining this Christmas, be sure to check out my top tips and advice for Holiday Entertaining without Stress.

I’m excited to get started with Christmas baking. I did my first real baking in our new ovens for Thanksgiving. Our son and I made two pumpkin pies and some gluten-free, dairy-free chocolate cupcakes using this Easy Chocolate Cake recipe. I also made some Old Fashioned Bran Muffins. I am so grateful to be able bake again. I never realised how much I took the pleasure of baking for granted.

On The Blog – December 2023 Edition​

Cherry Christmas cookies arranged on a plate

These are Cherry Christmas Cookies are one of my favourite holiday cookies. Plus, as they are a slice and bake cookie, you can make the dough now and freeze it ready for baking just in time for the celebrations.

If you are still enjoying autumnal recipes, there is plenty for you too, including this easy cake!

Blackberry and Apple Cake

Not only is this a seriously delicious cake, but one of the things I love about this Blackberry Apple Cake is just how easy it is to make it look gorgeous!

Or bridge the gap between fall and the holidays with these delicious cookies.

Orange Gingerbread Cookies on a plate at the December 2023 edition of the Hearth and Soul Link Party

These Orange Gingerbread Cookies are the most popular cookie recipe on the blog and a real family favourite at our house. When Crosby’s Molasses shared the recipe last year on Facebook, their post had over 11,000 shares!

Featured Posts – December 2023 Edition​

Featured Post banner Hearth and Soul December 2023 edition

Thank you all for sharing your wonderful content. Some of the posts which caught my eye include:-

These Chai Snickerdoodles from Curated by Jennifer are both gluten-free and vegan. They look scrumptious!

Travel along with Pat of Mille Fiori Favoriti on her Visit to Ireland and Scotland. You can also take a trip to Napa and San Francisco with Cathy and Soho of The Life of Two Snowbirds.

Learn 15 Healthy Ways to Nix Stress from Nancy at Colors 4 Health.

Take a peek into Carol of Comfort Spring Stations’ beautiful home as she embarks on a new adventure in My Home Staged To Sell.

I love this fun No Sew Holiday Gift Bag from Creatively Beth! Beth also has a free printable Santa Countdown to Christmas Calendar available.

If you are getting as excited about Christmas baking as I am you will love Shirley of Gluten Free Easily’s collection of Cookie Recipes and Sharing Life’s Moments’ curated collection of 100 Christmas Cookie Recipes.

December 2023 Edition Featured Posts from the Hearth and Soul Community on Facebook​

Elizabeth of Pine Cones shared a collection of side dishes including Wild Rice with Pecans and Cranberries – a dish I would happily eat any day of the year!

This beautiful Braided Nutella Brioche from Nora of Treat N Trick is a real show-stopper!

The Hearth and Soul Community​

The Hearth and Soul Community on Facebook offers opportunities to share your content, expand your reach and connect with other community members. I would love to see even more of you there! I am also looking at ways to add value for you in this group, so please do share any suggestions with me.

You can share also posts which you have already shared here at the December 2023 Edition of Hearth and Soul in the group, to give them even greater visibility and an extra chance of being featured.

Okay, let’s go!

The Hearth and Soul Link Party – December 2023 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 December 2023 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 December 2023 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, Twitter, and both my own Facebook page , The Hearth and Soul Link Party page and The Hearth and Soul Community Facebook Group.

The December 2023 edition is open until 23rd December (a slightly earlier close this month because of Christmas) 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 January 2024 edition of Hearth and Soul, going live on Sunday January 7th.

Wishing you a wonderful holiday season, and looking forward to all that you will share this month!

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

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