These are incredibly challenging times

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My heart goes out to everyone who has lost family or friends to COVID-19. My prayers are with them, as well as with those who are currently fighting this disease, and their families. Staying positive is more difficult than ever at this time, but it has never been more important.

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Whether your blog posts are old or new, as long as they are about things that feed the soul, they are welcome here at The Hearth and Soul Link Party. 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. 
Staying Positive – What’s Been Happening
It has definitely been about staying positive here as we celebrate Easter with a long weekend in the UK. I hope that all of you who mark Passover had a wonderful celebration full of blessings, and I wish everyone who is celebrating a Happy Easter.  On Sunday we are having an Easter lunch with our son, his partner and her family via FaceTime as we are all staying at home and staying safe here in the UK. I’m grateful that we can join together in four different locations around one virtual table. It’s a great way of staying positive and celebrating the hope that Easter brings.

Virtual Cup of Tea
On Tuesday I hosted a Virtual Cup of Tea call on Zoom with six lovely readers and Hearth and Soul Link Party participants. It was wonderful to get to meet all the ladies who joined me, and I found our call a great way of staying positive during these challenging times, as well as a lot of fun! If you’d like to be a part of the next call, which will be coming up in the next couple of weeks, please subscribe to my newsletter and you’ll be first to know when it’s scheduled.
On The Blog
I’m aware that not all ingredients or products are easily available at this time, and I’m trying to be sensitive to that in the recipes I share. However, things vary so much place to place in terms of availability, I’m finding it easiest to just offer alternatives to different ingredients or flexibility where I can.

This week I blogged an easy, versatile recipe that is adaptable for the ingredients you have on hand.

My Mediterranean Vegetable Tagine is flavourful, warmly spiced and the recipe is vegan too. It can also be gluten free if you serve it over rice.

I love to bake but cake decorating is not my strong suit.

However it’s super easy to make this delicious Blackberry and Apple Cake look amazing. You can use fresh or frozen blackberries, or you can leave them out altogether if they aren’t available. Of course, it’s then just an Apple Cake, but it’s still delicious!

Thank you all for visiting and sharing, and for your support of Hearth and Soul!
Staying Positive Featured Posts

Staying positive featured posts from top left, clockwise:-

Providing for ourselves can help us with staying positive. Suzan at It’s My Sustainable Life has hints and tips to help you in How To Grow What You Eat.

Lisa of Lisa Notes shares lots of resources, articles and ideas for staying positive in her 5 Links, Books and Things I Love April 2020 post.

In Cozy at Home, Linda of It Started With Paint discusses the changes being home all the time can bring, and how to bring the cozy back into your home for the benefit of the whole family.

It’s always nice to make something special for dinner from time to time to brighten up the days, like this delicious Chicken Cordon Bleu from Leslie at My Gluten Free Cuicina.

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