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The season is in full swing, and it’s definitely the time for making summer memories. Wherever you are visiting from, welcome! I’m so happy to have you here at The Hearth and Soul Link Party.

At the Hearth and Soul Link Party, you can share blog posts old and new, about anything that feeds the soul. This includes – but is not limited to – family, home, recipes, decorating, crafts, DIY, travel, organisation, book reviews, the arts and self improvement.  

We’ve been making summer memories this week with our visitors from Canada. We visited Windsor Castle, Stonehenge, Bath (see photo below) and London together. Our son (right) was able to join us for one of the days in London as well as at Stonehenge and here in Bath.

My husband and I also attended The Henley Royal Regatta with friends this week.

It was a gorgeous summer day and we had a wonderful time.

My husband and I are now in Canada for a holiday, and we are looking forward to spending some time together, as well as with family and friends. Our son and his partner arrive on Tuesday for a week, so it will be a real family vacation. Our holiday is off to a great start, and I’m so excited for the days to come.

Making Summer Memories – Important Notice

So that I can have some extra time to spend making summer memories with my family and friends as we holiday in Canada,

This week’s Hearth and Soul Link Party will remain open until Friday 19th July, so please do keep bringing your blog posts to share. I will be popping in to visit and share them.

The next Hearth and Soul Link Party will open on Monday 22nd July.

Last Week On The Blog

I shared one of my favourite easy no bake desserts.

Perfect for summer entertaining, my Easy No Bake Lime Cheesecake is light, fresh and delicious.

Making Summer Memories – Featured Posts

Thank you for visiting and sharing your wonderful content with the Hearth and Soul Link Party! I so appreciate your support!

Making Summer Memories featured posts (from top left, clockwise):-

Take a virtual visit to the Museum of Memories in Dallas with Take a Selfie of Your Childhood from Cute and Little – Petite Fashion and Lifestyle

Enjoy making summer memories with little ones by creating a fairy garden! Find inspiration from 2 Dishing Divas with The Fairy Garden Project

This fun DIY Sign Post from 3 Winks Design is a great way to celebrate making summer memories of places you love

I can’t wait to see what you will share at the party this time!

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Share your blog posts about anything that feeds the soul.

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The Henley Royal Regatta is an exciting and stylish boat-racing event held annually in Henley-on-Thames. Attended by thousands of spectators every year, it attracts competitors from all over the world. This year it was held from July 3rd through the 7th.

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History of The Henley Royal Regatta

Established in 1839, the regatta became known as The Henley Royal Regatta in 1851 when Queen Victoria’s husband Prince Albert became its first Royal Patron. It quickly established itself as a major event in the iconic London ‘season’ and is even more popular today.

Phyllis Court Club during The Henley Royal Regatta

Location

You can watch the Henley Royal Regatta at various points along the River Thames as well as from aboard boats that run up and down the river. There are also more exclusive venues like the Steward’s Enclosure and the Regatta Enclosure to watch the action from. Across the river there is a private member’s club called Phyllis Court from which there is an excellent view of the racing.

Style

Some of the places from where you can watch the Henley Royal Regatta, such as the Stewards Enclosure and Phyllis Court, have very strict traditional dress codes. Ladies must wear dresses or skirts with a hem below the knee and hats are encouraged. Gentlemen must wear suits, or chinos or flannels with blazers. Many men also wear traditional Panama hats, giving the regatta a real vintage flavour.

The Regatta Experience

My family and I attend the Henley Royal Regatta at Phyllis Court (where we are members). We go for at least one day every year, often taking friends along as guests. There’s plenty to see and do and it’s lots of fun cheering on the various teams that are racing. I love watching the private boats and launches sail up and down the river, their passengers getting a great view of the action. From canoes to yachts, the boats range from the gorgeous to the quirky. People watching and fashion spotting is also a popular pastime!

Food and Drink at the Henley Royal Regatta

Like so many of the events of the British summer season, food and drink play an important role in the celebrations at the regatta. You can hear champagne corks popping from very early in the morning, and well dressed ladies and gentlemen share pitchers of Pimms, a gin based cocktail served with fruit and mint.

There’s a break in the racing at both lunchtime and teatime. In the more formal venues, lunch is generally a three or four course affair. Afternoon tea is served only a few hours later so you definitely never feel hungry at the Henley Royal Regatta!

The Races

Whether you are a fan of boat racing or not, it’s hard not to be caught up in the atmosphere of this iconic event. Although the world is a very different place today than it was in 1839, for a few days each year The Henley Royal Regatta takes you back in time in style.

More Posts About British Summer

Royal Ascot

More Than Just Tennis At Wimbledon

Visiting Buckingham Palace

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April J Harris by April Harris - 2w ago

A quick, elegant dessert that takes less than 30 minutes to put together, my Easy No Bake Lime Cheesecake makes entertaining a breeze.


Your guests will never guess just how easy this elegant Easy No Bake Lime Cheesecake is to make – unless you decide to share the delicious secret with them. The work of less than thirty minutes, I’ve been serving my no bake lime cheesecake to guests for over ten years – ever since I was inspired by a recipe on a television advertisement.

The main ingredient in my  Easy No Bake Lime Cheesecake is mascarpone cheese. Mascarpone is a thick, soft creamed cow’s milk cheese which originated in Italy. It’s used in the classic Italian dessert Tiramisu as well as in savoury sauces. Slightly thicker than traditional cream cheese and beautifully spreadable, mascarpone has a seriously high fat content but its great taste and texture make it worth every single calorie.

Love cheesecake? You won’t want to miss these delicious cheesecake recipes

Very Versatile Easy No Bake Lime Cheesecake

I love this recipe for so many reasons, not least of all because it is so very adaptable. Use graham crackers or digestive biscuits for the cookie crust instead of ginger cookies. Swap out the Cointreau for another liqueur. Limoncello works well here as does Grand Mariner or Triple Sec. Vary the decorations – strawberries and raspberries are a beautiful contrast to the beautiful pale green of this dessert – or grate some good dark chocolate over top as an homage to the classic British candy, chocolate limes. Or for a change, try my Easy No Bake Orange Cheesecake.

Easy, versatile and oh so delicious – be sure to add my Easy No Bake Lime Cheesecake to your repetoire of quick, elegant and indulgent desserts.

Easy No Bake Lime Cheesecake – Printable Recipe

5.0 from 1 reviews
Easy No Bake Lime Cheesecake
 
Prep time
30 mins
Total time
30 mins
 
Author: adapted from a recipe by Sainsburys
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: Serves 6 to 8 generously
Ingredients
  • ⅓ cup butter, melted
  • 1- 8oz (200 gram) package of ginger cookies, crushed (about 20 cookies)
  • 2 cups mascarpone cheese
  • ⅓ cup confectioner's sugar (icing sugar)
  • 2 limes
  • 2 tablespoons Cointreau
Instructions
  1. Mix the melted butter with the crushed cookies and press into the base of a 7 inch (18 cm) loose bottomed cake tin. Put in the fridge for 15 to 20 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, zest the limes with a fine grater and squeeze the juice from them.
  3. In an electric mixer, beat together the mascarpone cheese, confectioner's sugar, lime juice, zest and Cointreau.
  4. Spread the mixture evenly over the cookie base.
  5. Chill for at least an hour or for up to 12 hours.
  6. Run a knife around the edge of the cake tin and carefully remove the sides.
  7. Decorate the cheesecake with fruit or chocolate if desired.
  8. Slice and serve.
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  More Easy Desserts

Easy No Bake Orange Cheesecake

Easy and Delicious Desserts for Busy Weeknights

Easy Plum Cake Recipe

Turkish Delight Syllabub

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It’s Canada Day Monday and the 4th of July is fast approaching, so we are celebrating patriotic holidays at this week’s Hearth and Soul Link Party. Welcome!

I’m publishing a bit early as we have special visitors from Canada. We are enjoying their company and doing lots of sightseeing with them!

At The Hearth and Soul Link Party, you can share blog posts old and new, about anything that feeds the soul. This includes – but is not limited to – family, home, recipes, decorating, crafts, DIY, travel, organisation, book reviews, the arts and self improvement.  

What’s New On The Blog

I’m loving all the wonderful fresh fruit that is coming into season!

My Cherry Loaf Cake is a delicious summer treat. It’s easy to make and perfect with a cup of tea or coffee for afternoon tea or as a treat. It also works beautifully as a dessert alongside a scoop of ice cream. I even have a sneaky piece for breakfast now and again!

Patriotic Holidays – Featured Posts

Thank you all for sharing your wonderful content with Hearth and Soul!

This week’s featured posts are just some of the wonderful Patriotic Holidays Ideas shared with last week’s Hearth and Soul Link Party. It was really hard to select the ones to feature. Featured posts include (from top left, clockwise):-

Patriotic Kids Crafts Ideas from Mama of Many Blessings

Patriotic Fruit Pizza from Katy at Petals Pies and Otherwise (You could leave off the blueberries for a Canada Day version.)

DIY Summer Wreaths from Crystal and Co.

Patriotic Cookies from Mama of Many Blessings (again I’m seeing a possible adaptation for Canada Day by leaving out the blue sprinkles)

Homemade Red White and Blue Ice Cream from Kelli at 3 Boys and a Dog

I’m excited to see what you will share this week!

The Hearth and Soul Link Party

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Please share the party on social media. There are buttons at the top and bottom of this blog post to make it easy. There is no obligation, but it helps the party and my blog when you share or provide a link back to AprilJHarris.com. 

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Wishing a Happy Canada Day and a Happy 4th of July to everyone who is celebrating either of these patriotic holidays! 

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April J Harris by April Harris - 3w ago


My Cherry Loaf Cake Recipe is one of my new favourite summer cake recipes, a great way to showcase the fresh, local cherries that are on offer this time of year. Of course, you can make Cherry Loaf Cake all year round with imported cherries, but I always think local cherries taste better. I’m a big fan of eating local, seasonal food.

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My Cherry Loaf Cake recipe is super easy to make. It only takes a few minutes to throw together and although it does take a little while to cook, it’s well worth the wait. Using yogurt makes for a really moist and tender cake as well as adding a bit of goodness. I use less sugar than normal in this loaf cake because most flavoured yogurts contain a lot of sugar as it is. I like to use Rachel’s Organic Cherry Yogurt but if it’s not available, your favourite brand will work very well too.

There’s nothing like the wonderful flavour of sweet cherries in this Cherry Loaf Cake recipe. A little hint – it’s really important to pit cherries properly. My husband doesn’t like fresh cherries due to an unfortunate cherry pie incident in France many years ago. Some traditional French cooks believe that cherries have a better flavour if you cook them with the pits in, and the person who had made the fateful pie was definitely of that persuasion. Even though it was years ago, my husband still can’t forget the horror of biting into a mouthful of cherry pits.

Making Cherry Pitting Easy

I’m always buying kitchen gadgets, some more useful than others, but buying this Oxo cherry pitter was one of the best kitchen gadget decisions I ever made. (If you live in the UK you can find a cherry pitter like mine here.)

I’m not a naturally co-ordinated person so trying to pit cherries in the past was extremely frustrating and incredibly messy. This little gadget makes it fun – although there is usually still a little bit of cherry juice flying around, despite the wonderful splatter guard, so be sure to wear an apron. (Or, maybe that’s just me!) I actually find using the cherry pitter quite satisfying and therapeutic – like shelling peas or preparing fresh beans, it’s somehow very relaxing.


I love loaf cakes for so many reasons – they are portable, as easy to make as quick breads, keep well, and are incredibly handy to have in sitting in a pretty cake stand on the side ready for unexpected guests. There is something so comforting about having this bright and cheerful Cherry Loaf Cake on hand, ready to offer anyone who looks in need of a slice of cake, or even just as a little treat for myself. It’s also delicious served as a dessert with a scoop of ice cream.

Cherry Loaf Cake – Printable Recipe
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Cherry Loaf Cake Recipe
 
Author: April J Harris
Ingredients
  • 1½ cups + 1 teaspoon all purpose (plain) flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup cherry yogurt
  • ¾ cup granulated or caster sugar
  • 3 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ cup mild olive oil (not extra-virgin)
  • 1 cup cherries (12 -14 cherries)
  • For the glaze
  • 1 cup icing sugar
  • 2 tablespoons maraschino cherry juice
  • about 1 tablespoon water
  • a drop of pink food colouring (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C or 165°C for fan ovens, Gas Mark 4).
  2. Grease or line a 2 lb (8½ x 4¼x 2½ inch) loaf pan.
  3. Remove the pits from the cherries and cut each one in half.
  4. Put the cherries in a small bowl, sprinkle the 1 teaspoon flour over top and toss gently.
  5. Sift the 1½ cups flour, baking powder and salt into a medium bowl.
  6. Stir in the sugar. Set the dry ingredients aside.
  7. In a large bowl, whisk together the yogurt, eggs, vanilla and oil.
  8. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients in two additions, whisking between additions.
  9. Beat gently until the batter is relatively smooth.
  10. Gently fold in the flour coated cherries.
  11. Pour the batter into the loaf pan and bake for 40 to 50 minutes or until a tester inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.
  12. Cool in the pan for 20 minutes before removing the cake and placing it on a wire rack to cool completely.
  13. When the cake is cold, prepare the glaze.
  14. Place the icing sugar in a small bowl and whisk in the maraschino cherry juice.
  15. Gradually whisk in the water, a bit at at time, until a smooth, drizzle-able consistency is reached.
  16. Whisk in the food colouring, if using.
  17. Place a piece of parchment or waxed paper underneath the rack the cake cooled on and drizzle the glaze over the cake.
  18. Allow the glaze to set before slicing and serving the cake.
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More Loaf Cake Recipes

Cherry Almond Loaf Cake

Fig & Honey Yogurt Loaf Cake

Banana Gingerbread Loaf Cake

Butternut Pecan Loaf Cake

Rhubarb and Ginger Drizzle Cake

Auntie’s Old Fashioned Spice Cake

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Welcome to a celebration of British Summer – as well as all the things that make summer anywhere great – at The Hearth and Soul Link Party! I’m so glad you are here!

At The Hearth and Soul Link Party, you can share blog posts old and new, about anything that feeds the soul. This includes – but is not limited to – family, home, recipes, decorating, crafts, DIY, travel, organisation, book reviews, the arts and self improvement.  

The weather may be a bit temperamental, but our British summer is in full swing. Royal Ascot was held last week and now we are heading towards the Championships at Wimbledon and The Henley Royal Regatta. There are many traditional events held every summer here in the UK, making it a really busy and fun time.

Summer is a great time to visit London as well. The State Rooms at Buckingham Palace will soon be open to visitors and there are lots more Great Things to Do in London.

I’ve just recently returned from a trip to Singapore, and we were at a vintage car rally at the beautiful Elizabethan Burghley House this weekend, so it has been a slower week on the blog.

What’s Been Happening on the Blog

This vintage recipe for Grandma’s Homemade Vintage Coleslaw is always a hit at our summer barbecues and parties. I also like to keep some handy in the fridge for easy lunches and salad suppers. This coleslaw (or cabbage salad as she called it) was one of my late Mom’s signature recipes and a real family favourite.

Thank you to everyone who visited and shared last week.

This Week’s Featured Posts

This week’s featured posts include (from top left, clockwise):-

This Lemon Zucchini Loaf with Lemon Glaze from Nancy-C would be perfect for a British afternoon tea in the garden.

Make your home, porch, patio or deck more welcoming for summer entertaining with this beautiful Stencilled Galvanized Flower Bucket from Fresh Vintage by Lisa S

Dream of a vegetable garden but don’t have much space? Kathi of Oak Hill Homestead has some great advice on Vegetables You Can Grow in a Container Garden.

The Hearth and Soul Link Party

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Everyone is so busy these days, I’m not sure anyone has lazy days of summer anymore, although if we are lucky we might get one or two. It’s those I want to celebrate at the Hearth and Soul Link Party this week. Welcome!

At The Hearth and Soul Link Party, you can share blog posts old and new, about anything that feeds the soul. This includes – but is not limited to – family, home, recipes, decorating, crafts, DIY, travel, organisation, book reviews, the arts and self improvement.  

The Hearth and Soul 9th Birthday Subscriber Giveaway

Without further ado, the winner of last week’s Hearth and Soul Link Party 9th Birthday celebration giveaway is D M Roudebush! Thank you all so much for subscribing and entering. I’ve emailed the winner and hope to hear from them soon!

Don’t Miss Out!

I working on some great subscriber only content at the moment and I can’t wait to share it with you! So if you haven’t already, please do subscribe. You’ll receive my free mini ebook 5 Vintage Family Recipes – Dessert Recipes You’re Sure to Love just for signing up and there’s more exclusive content to come.

What’s Been Happening on The Blog

I’ve been talking about my Top 5 Favourite Podcasts, and sharing some delicious recipes this week.

From one of my favourite summer salads to a delicious Raspberry Almond Tart, I’ve got lots of recipes that are perfect for summer. This gently spiced main dish is very popular on hot summer evenings, especially with a glass of chilled sauvignon blanc or rosé.

Moroccan Shrimp and Couscous is the work of moments, and it’s just what you need on a lazy summer evening.

Lazy Days of Summer Features

Thank you to everyone for visiting and sharing! My Lazy Days of Summer features include (from top left, clockwise):-

Celebrate lazy days of summer with Summer Backyard Picnic Ideas from Ann at Dabbling & Decorating

Decorate for summer with this DIY Summer Flower Wreath from Antonella at White House Crafts

Pizza for breakfast sounds like the perfect start to a lazy day, and this Breakfast Pizza from Jodie Fitz looks delicious!

Lazy days of summer are made from hospitality. Be inspired by this beautiful Southern Ladies Luncheon: The Art of Preparation and Presentation from Ashley at Yarn Scissors Silk.

Attract bees and butterflies to your garden with Starting a Pollinator Garden from Katy at Petals Pies and Otherwise

What will you share this week?

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I hope you have a wonderful week, one that includes at least one or two lazy days of summer in it! 

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April J Harris by April Harris - 1M ago

When the sun comes out, I’m reminded of travels to warmer climes and the deliciously spiced food I have enjoyed there, like this Moroccan Shrimp and Couscous. It takes very little time to prepare making it perfect for those days when you don’t want to heat up the kitchen. It also adds a ray of sunshine to rainy days with the warm spicing which you can customise to suit your family.


An Easy Supper for Weeknights and Entertaining

Moroccan Shrimp and Couscous makes a fabulous midweek supper for four and the easily multiplied recipe is also perfect for entertaining. You can adjust the spicing to suit your taste – I tend to err on the side of mild – but you can add more harissa if you are braver than I am.

Harissa is a spice paste from North Africa. A blend of tomato paste or puree, peppers, dried red chilies, olive oil, garlic, caraway seeds, ground cumin and coriander (cilantro), harissa can be very fiery. However, used carefully, it adds the most wonderful flavour to vegetables, meat, fish and grains.

Moroccan Shrimp with Couscous

My Moroccan Shrimp and Couscous entails very little hard work. A bit of light peeling and slicing, some quick sautéing and that’s about it.

Making Moroccan Shrimp and Couscous

After sautéing the onion, peppers and garlic in olive oil and adding the chick peas, you simply tip in the couscous, add some hot chicken stock along with half the harissa and clamp on the lid. Let everything sit off the heat for five minutes so the can absorb the stock.

Meanwhile, fry the shrimp in some butter with the rest of the harissa, a pinch of salt and a good few twists of freshly ground pepper.

Divide the couscous mixture between four plates and top with the shrimp.

Dinner is served! An ice cold glass of sauvignon blanc is wonderful with this dish. The gooseberry flavours in the wine compliment the spices beautifully, without being overwhelmed by them. A nice crisp rosé works well too, especially on a hot summer night.

Moroccan Shrimp and Couscous – Printable Recipe

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Moroccan Shrimp
 
Author: April J Harris
Recipe type: Seafood
Cuisine: North African
Serves: Serves 4
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, red if possible, peeled and finely sliced
  • 1 red pepper, deseeded and finely sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1 can chick peas (approximately 400 grams or 14 ounces) drained and rinsed
  • 1 teaspoon harissa, divided
  • ¾ cup couscous
  • 1 cup hot chicken stock (made from a cube is fine)
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • about 24 large raw shrimp, de-veined
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh, or dried, chives
Instructions
  1. Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Add the onion and a pinch of salt and sauté for a minute or so.
  3. Stir in the red pepper slices and continue to cook until the onion and red pepper have softened, but not browned.
  4. Grate in the garlic and stir in the chick peas.
  5. Add the couscous and cook for a minute or so, stirring constantly.
  6. Stir in the hot chicken stock and half a teaspoon of the harissa, clamp on the lid and remove the pan from the heat.
  7. Set the timer for five minutes.
  8. Heat the butter in a frying pan over medium heat.
  9. Stir in the remaining half teaspoon harissa.
  10. Fry the shrimp until pink throughout.
  11. Season with salt and pepper and sprinkle with the chives.
  12. Run a fork through the couscous and taste for seasoning, adding more pepper if necessary. Divide between four plates.
  13. Top each serving of couscous with about six shrimp.
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  More Shrimp Recipes

Easiest Ever Shrimp Primavera

Scallop and Shrimp Pasta

Shrimp and Crab Appetizer Salad Recipe

Quick and Easy Crab and Shrimp Melts

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Do you listen to podcasts? My favourite podcasts are a great source of entertainment, education and inspiration.

There are thousands of podcasts available on just about every subject, meaning there truly is something for everyone. You can listen to podcasts on the Apple Podcast app, on a web browser or via other apps like the Google Podcasts app and Spotify. For more details of how to listen to podcasts, you can go Gift of Podcast. When you download their free gift of a podcast certificate, you also get full, easy to follow instructions on how to find, download and listen to podcasts.

I listen to podcasts when I am walking, working out, working in the kitchen or doing household tasks. The nice thing about podcasts is that when you discover one you like, you can usually go back through their archives and catch up. They are always available, whenever you have time to listen.

My Top 5 Favourite Podcasts Happier with Gretchen Rubin and Liz Craft

Happier is, not surprisingly, a podcast about how to be happier. From the author of The Happiness Project and Better Than Before, Happier is the first podcast I listened to. Gretchen Rubin and her sister Elizabeth Craft share ideas, inspiration, projects and techniques to help you make easy changes that will improve your life and help make you happier. Over the years I’ve learned so much from this podcast. There are interesting guests, happiness hacks, and even a book club.

Happier in Hollywood with Liz Craft and Sarah Fain

When Happier in Hollywood launched, I wasn’t sure that it was for me. After all, although I visit occasionally, I don’t live in Hollywood. However Elizabeth Craft and her writing partner Sarah Fain’s podcast about “how to be happier, healthier, saner, more creative, more successful and more productive in a back-biting, superficial, chaotic, unpredictable and fundamentally insane world” really resonates with me. The subjects they cover are broad and relevant to modern life, regardless of where you live. This is a frank podcast, so sometimes the language is a little strong, but it really is entertaining and inspiring.

The Heritage Cookbook Project

This fledgling podcast is new on the scene and slowly gaining steam. If you love vintage recipes, family food history and social culture you will really enjoy The Heritage Cookbook Project. Leigh Olsen and a variety of guests explore vintage recipes, their history and the personal stories behind them, as well as the role food and family recipes play in our heritage and personal histories.

Ann Kroeker Writing Coach

I ‘met’ Ann Kroeker virtually, about nine years ago, back in the early days of the Hearth and Soul Link Party. Fast forward to today and Ann is a writing coach, editor and author who aims to help you achieve your writing goals by being curious, creative and productive. Ann’s podcast includes a selection of friendly coaching sessions and interviews to help writers at all levels achieve their goals. I’ve found it really helpful and informative.

Goal Digger by Jenna Kutcher

If you are a blogger, entrepreneur, influencer or someone who is active on social media, Goal Digger is likely to become one of your favourite podcasts too. Jenna is an incredibly enthusiastic writer, photographer and educator. Her podcasts include interviews but the majority are coaching sessions from Jenna herself. I’ve found her posts about Instagram and work flow particularly helpful. There’s a huge back catalogue of episodes so you can pick and choose what you feel will be most helpful to you personally.

What are Your Favourite Podcasts?

Please share in the comments!

More Lifestyle Inspiration

One Thing At A Time

The 20 Minute Time Management Solution

Making Healthy Choices Easy

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It’s the ninth anniversary of The Hearth and Soul Link Party! Happy Birthday to one of the longest running link parties in the blogosphere! Thank you all for helping to make Hearth and Soul the link party it is today, I’m having a giveaway to celebrate (more details below!).

If you had told me nine years ago I would be writing this blog post in Singapore, I would have been surprised. I have a very different view from my desk this afternoon.

In fact, I’ve written Hearth and Soul posts in over 7 countries throughout the years. Participants come from lots of different countries too. We are a very international link party and everyone is welcome.

At The Hearth and Soul Link Party, you can share blog posts old and new, about anything that feeds the soul. This includes – but is not limited to – family, home, recipes, decorating, crafts, DIY, travel, organisation, book reviews, the arts and self improvement.  

The Hearth and Soul Link Party Birthday Giveaway

To celebrate Hearth and Soul’s Ninth Birthday, I’m giving away a $40 (£30 or €35)) Amazon gift certificate! Anyone who is subscribed to my newsletter by Sunday 16th June will be entered into the draw. So if you’ve already subscribed, you don’t have to do anything, you are in the draw!

Not a subscriber yet? Enter the draw and receive my free ebook of 5 Vintage Recipes by clicking here!

Terms & Conditions: Winner will be chosen by random number generator on June 16th. My subscribers are numbered on Mailchimp and I will ask the random number generator to choose a number between 1 and my total number of subscribers. The subscriber whose number corresponds with the chosen number will win an Amazon gift certificate for forty United States or Canadian dollars or thirty British pounds or thirty-five Euro. The winner will be notified by email and have until midnight EST on Wednesday 19th June to respond, or a new winner will be chosen.

On The Blog

Speaking of travel, Anglophiles will definitely enjoy joining me on this virtual visit to The Royal Yacht Britannia.

I had such fun exploring The Royal Yacht on our recent visit to Edinburgh. It was a fascinating glimpse into the life of HM The Queen and the Royal Family. I can see why she loved this beautiful floating palace so much.

I also shared a very British summer dessert.

Gooseberry fool is a perennial summer favourite here in England. I love serving it in pretty vintage tea cups. Two of these pretty cups belonged to my late Mom. The one on the top right belonged to my late Auntie Irene.

Featured Posts

This week’s featured posts include (from top left, clockwise):

Decorate your home with Free Summer Printables from Carol at Comfort Spring

Enjoy a celebratory treat with these very tempting Banana Split Milkshakes from Jessica and Nellie of Butter with a Side of Bread

Read a great new book! Check out Ramona of Create with Joy’s review of Restoration House by Kennesha Buycks

and try a new spin on a classic with Leslie of My Gluten Free Cucina’s Gluten Free Banana Bread

Thank you to you all for visiting and sharing!

The Hearth and Soul Link Party

What you will bring to the party this week?

Please share the party on social media! There are buttons at the top and bottom of this blog post to make it easy.

There is no obligation, but it helps the party and my blog when you share or provide a link back to AprilJHarris.com. 

Linking your posts here means you consent to me featuring your posts and photos on my blog and social media. Of course, I include credit and a link to your blog. 

Thank you for being a part of Hearth and Soul!

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter


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