A Fun Weekend & Hearth and Soul Hop

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Phew!! It was one helluva amazing weekend.. When you meet your friends after many many years and you just don’t want to stop the fun!! You want to utilize every single minute that you have in hand and that’s exactly what we did 🙂 Three friends, their husbands, one car and four hours drive to Yosemite.. you guys can imagine the fun!

If you ever get a chance to visit Yosemite National Park, you shouldn’t miss it. It is beautiful beyond imagination! It was very cold and windy and at night, there was a snow storm. It was my first snow storm experience and so, I couldn’t stop jumping around 😀 Thankfully, it was not very bad and even though few roads were blocked, we managed to drive back home, only to get ready to go to a club and have more fun! The next day, we were too tired to even get out of bed. This is what happens when you don’t work out regularly and then dance the night out!

We clicked a lot of pics in Yosemite and I thought of sharing some of those 🙂

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Hearth and Soul Hop

When I started my blog, I met a very sweet friend in the blogging world – Alex from A Moderate Life, who introduced me to Hearth and Soup Hop. I loved this idea and this is one place where I have been sharing my recipes every week. You meet new bloggers, get to see such a variety of recipes and make new friends. Recently, when Alex invited me to join the Hearth and Soup Hop as the new co-host, my instant answer was ” YES” 🙂 I was super excited!! I will be hosting the event from next week onwards but till then, please visit my fellow co-hosts and link up to share what’s cooking in your kitchen.

Hearth and Soul Hosts

Alex at A Moderate Life

Christy at Frugality and Crunchiness with Christy

Jason at Alternative Health and Nutrition

Alea at Premeditated Leftovers

April at 21st Century Housewife

Michelle at Fit Foodista

Swathi at Zesty South Indian Kitchen

Hearth and Soul Hop Mission

“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 ‘n Soul with us each week “

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Happy Blogging Friends 🙂

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  • Manu
    March 21, 2011 at 9:17 PM

    Great pics Kankana! Sounds like you guys had a blast! 🙂
    Congrats on being the new host of Heart and Soul Hop! 🙂

  • Vimitha
    March 21, 2011 at 10:35 PM

    Cool pics… Loved the waterfall pic… Its a real merriment when you meet ur old friends… 🙂

  • alex at a moderate life!
    alex at a moderate life!
    March 21, 2011 at 10:50 PM

    Hi Kankana! Oh I am so happy that you had fun at Yosemite! I spent a lovely vacation a few summers ago driving all over northern California and the Pacific North West and one of our favorite stops was Yosemite! We even had a snow ball fight at the top of the Tioga pass in July!

    I am also thrilled to have you join our hosting group on the hearth and soul hop. When I first saw your blog I said to myself, this girl certainly is full of sunshine and smiles, in her recipes, writing and lovely caring energy! I hope you enjoy hosting the hop as much as I do and look forward to having a ton more fun with you! Big hugs and all good things! Alex

  • Raji
    March 21, 2011 at 11:08 PM

    Lovely pictures kankana..I likes the windmill one most…great that you guys had so much fun..and lots of congratulations for being co host of hearth and soul blog hop.

  • Priya
    March 22, 2011 at 1:46 AM

    Wat a peaceful and extra ordinary clicks, real feast to eyes, great and congrats for co hosting hearth and soul..

  • Umm Mymoonah
    Umm Mymoonah
    March 22, 2011 at 2:06 AM

    Oh My! That is outstanding beauty, I’m sure you must have enjoyed a lot. Congrats on hosting Heart and Soul.

  • Michele@FitFoodista
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    March 22, 2011 at 5:20 AM

    Good Morning Kankana,
    I thought I’d take a moment to stop by Sunshine and Smile to introduce myself in person and let you know how much I’m looking forward to being a part of the Hearth and Soul team with you 🙂

    Have a great week!

  • Priyanka
    March 22, 2011 at 6:27 AM

    Lovely pics…..And Congrats on hosting the ‘Hearth & Soul’ 🙂

  • Dimah
    March 22, 2011 at 9:03 AM

    Beautiful photos!
    congrats for co hosting hearth and soul..

  • Sandra's Easy Cooking
    Sandra's Easy Cooking
    March 22, 2011 at 10:15 AM

    Ohhh how beautiful your photos are?!!!
    I am sure it was much prettier in person..I Love nature and fresh air!!!
    Congrats on hosting the Hearth & Soul

  • Kate @ Diethood.com
    Kate @ Diethood.com
    March 22, 2011 at 11:58 AM

    What a wonderful trip! Thank you for sharing this with us… I’d love to visit Yosemite!

    Congrats on hosting Hearth and soul!!

  • Molly @ Toffee Bits and Chocolate Chips
    Molly @ Toffee Bits and Chocolate Chips
    March 22, 2011 at 1:41 PM

    oh what a fun trip! Sounds wonderful!

  • Krithi
    March 22, 2011 at 2:40 PM

    Nice pics… Love to see all the great pics..

    Herbs & Flowers in my Platter – Coriander/Cilantro

  • Swathi
    March 22, 2011 at 5:36 PM

    Nice clicks, i just popped to say hello to you. Glad to be a co host of hearth and soul hop.

  • Roja
    March 22, 2011 at 6:16 PM

    Beautiful pics…. Congrats on hosting the Hearth & Soul:)

  • Reshmi Mahesh
    Reshmi Mahesh
    March 22, 2011 at 6:29 PM

    Superb pics… I loved the fourth one…The wood…A blend of many colours…Congrats on hosting heart and soul…

  • Treat and Trick
    Treat and Trick
    March 22, 2011 at 10:43 PM

    Great clicks! Congrats on being a co-host of Hearth & Soul dear…

  • Priya Sreeram
    Priya Sreeram
    March 23, 2011 at 2:33 AM

    hey kankan the clicks are fab and i am sure u would have had a whole lotta fun !and i love hearth& soul blog hop too- it’s great that u have joined s a co-host ! will link my recipes thru ur post from next week ! Happy Hosting !

  • Tina (PinayInTexas)
    Tina (PinayInTexas)
    March 23, 2011 at 8:28 PM

    Great pix Kankana, and congrats on hosting Hearth and Soul!

  • Kim - Liv Life
    Kim - Liv Life
    March 27, 2011 at 7:08 PM

    Loved seeing your Yosemite pics!! We are headed out there ourselves in a few weeks and I’m so happy to see the water in the falls. My kids have been there twice before and they have only seen the falls frozen or dried up. It will be a treat to see them gushing! How fun to be in the snow storm… we haven’t been in one for years, but it’s always a bit of a treat. This one did knock out power for our friends for over 4 days though!

  • Cheryl and Adam @ pictureperfectmeals.com
    Cheryl and Adam @ pictureperfectmeals.com
    March 28, 2011 at 10:07 AM

    Sounds like a great road-trip! Yosemite is so beautiful any time of year. Thanks for sharing your trip with us.