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Monday, March 21, 2011

Hearth and Soul Blog Hop vol. 40

Welcome to the Hearth and Soul Hop #40!!

It seems like there is always something going on around here.....
 I am so excited to announce that NEXT week we will be adding 5 new hostesses to the Hop!! WooHoo!
I am just thrilled to have these wonderful ladies and bloggers be a part of our little family here.
If you are a regular Hopper you will recognize
April of The 21st Century Housewife
Swathi of Zesty South Indian Kitchen
Alea of Premeditated Leftovers
Michelle of Fit Foodista
Kankata of Sunshine and Smiles

They will all be writing hello posts this week and will begin hosting and commenting next week!

I am headed to Disney World with 2 of my children and 60 or so other teenagers!
Yes, I am chaperoning my children's band!! I am so excited,
I love hanging out with teens and these are some great kids!
PLUS I get to go to Disney!!!!!!!

So, I will not be around this week - please be sure and visit some of the posts that are linked up -we always get such great links!

Thanks for stopping by and linking up and/or just checking out the great real food, soul loving links!

I am looking forward to another great Hop!
Take a few minutes to read our mission and the "rules" if you haven't in awhile - lots of thought and love went into making them.

The hop has become my favorite place to find new recipes and to share in all the lovely stories that come from your hearth and soul! 
Thank you for letting me have a peak into your kitchen.


Food from your hearth, to feed your soul. Food that follows your intuition. Preparing food from scratch to nourish your family…body, mind AND soul! Food made with your own hands…infused with energy and passion and intent. Real food made by real people to feed real families (big and small, in blood or spirit). Ingredients from scratch, be it something grown in your garden or raised on your land…food foraged in the field or woods…food from local farms, farmers, or farmers markets…or even ingredients chosen by you from your local market that will be turned into something that feeds your soul. Tapping the food memory that each of us has stored inside; letting it guide and influence our own time in the kitchen.

We hope to embrace not only the “expected” areas of real food, but also those who want to incorporate healthier choices without sacrificing their love of food…how it tastes, the memories it conjures up, the comfort it brings. Yes, we’re trying to steer clear of packaged, processed, and boxed foods in favor of real foods….without absolutely excluding the sometimes frowned upon white sugar or flour (because the body craves what it craves…and sometimes things just don’t taste the same when you replace these). Making conscious choices and being present in the now with what your body needs…and taking steps towards exploring and enjoying healthier choices. If you take the time to listen, your body will tell you what it needs.

The warm comfort of the home hearth…stories, anecdotes, lessons, adventures, journeys, recipes, meals, beverages…we want to share the “why” of how food feeds more than just our bodies…how it also feeds our souls. After all, aren’t these the essential ingredients in defining real food? Please share links from your Hearth and Soul Hop with us each week.* Each time you link to the hop, you will get exposure over 5 blogs and receive feedback in the way of a high quality comment on your linked post, because this is personal for us…we want you to know that we appreciate that you’ve taken the time to create a post, add a link back to the hop, and add your link! We’ll be sure to acknowledge this with a comment and a tweet on Twitter (using hashtag #hsoul).

Rules for linking:

-One link per week, please-Must include a link back to one/any of the host sites (through worded link or badge) in individual post, not on sidebar…although we love having links on your page, as well (this benefits all of us). You will be sent a gentle reminder if no link is added to your post, we understand that sometimes people forget…but if it becomes a regular occurrence, (even though we don’t like to do it) your post may be removed. It’s just not fair to those who do take the time and show the grace to link back.

-Try to link a post that you think fits into the mission. You don’t have to link up every week…link up when you can. We welcome posts that are shared in other events. If you have an older, archived post that you want to add, we welcome that…as long as you go in and add a link back to Hearth and Soul.

Linky will stay open from 10 pm Monday to 11:59 pm Wednesday (Eastern time).

Your Hosts:
Hunger and Thirst
Frugality and Crunchiness with Christy 
Alternative Health and Nutrition News
If you'd like to use a badge, please feel free!



  1. I realized that I wasn't following you - I am now!

    Frugally Green Mom

  2. I LOVE carnivals! They are always so much fun - I love seeing what other real foods people are cooking.

    I'm also really glad you stopped by my blog and commented (! Otherwise, I may have never found your blog. So far I love it and am looking forward to exploring it some more! :)

  3. I'm so excited to be joining the Hearth and Soul team as a co-host! Thank you so much for your warm introduction, and have a wonderful, wonderful time at Disney!!

  4. Hi! I am a new follower.
    Life Below Zero

  5. Greetings from Southern California

    I just stopped by to say hello and may God richly bless you today :-)

    When you have the time come by and visit me :-)