Salade d’amour | Love Salad | The perfect potluck dish!

Salade d'amour (love salad) | salad recipe with rice, baby spinach, red peppers, sesame vinaigrette

We can all use a little more love in our lives these days, I think. There is no denying that the past few weeks have been filled with dark moments, and that humanity as a whole is in dire need of common ground. I believe that sharing a meal is one of the simplest and most powerful ways to come together and open the lines of communication. In my circle of family and friends, potluck meals are a popular type of gathering, and one of our stand-by side dishes is a Salade d’amour (or Love Salad, in English). It is choc-a-bloc full of tasty goodies, and has enough substance to stand as starchy and veggie side dish. Of course, it’s perfect for Valentine’s Day, but it will work for just about any time of the year!

Salade d'amour (love salad) | salad recipe with rice, baby spinach, red peppers, sesame vinaigrette

There are so many variations on this particular salad: some use cashews or pine nuts, others use raisins instead of cranberries. I like the extra red touches the cranberries add, and I don’t always have the budget for cashews, so I use toasted almonds instead.

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“Warm Heart” DIY Hand Warmers | Valentine’s Day Hop

Easy to sew "warm heart" DIY hand warmers | DIY Valentine's Day gift | Beginner sewing project

Who else feels that Valentine’s Day has become too commercial? Hands? Anyone? Well, I do, which is why my hubby and I often go handmade for our Valentine’s Day gifts. Today I’m joining some of my fellow Canadian bloggers to bring you DIY inspiration for injecting some handmade style into this lovey-dovey holiday. If there’s one thing that we Canucks know, (you know, other than hockey and universal health care) it’s COLD WEATHER, so I thought it would be nice to make a few DIY hand warmers as a little Valentine’s Day gift. These are really easy to make in case you are looking for great beginner sewing projects!

Easy to sew "warm heart" DIY hand warmers | Beginner Sewing Projects | DIY Valentine's Day gift | Beginner sewing project

Today’s hop is hosted by Jo-Anna of A Pretty Life in the Suburbs. Jo-Anna blogs from Calgary, Alberta, and she has lots of great home decor, recipes, and DIY projects on her site. Stick around to the end of this post to visit all the other lovely participants’ blogs!

These hand warmers are a perfect sewing project for beginners. You can even hand-sew them easily if you don’t have access to a machine! And the stitching on the edge is just a plain blanket stitch. I’ll show you how to assemble them in no time.

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Velvety Butternut Squash Bisque | The easiest soup you’ll ever make

Velvety Butternut Squash Bisque Soup | Easy Soup Recipe | flourishandknot.com

I love making soup, especially in the winter months! A few months ago I shared one of my fall favourites, a sweet potato and carrot soup. Today I’ve got another rich, delicious winter soup for you: my velvety Butternut Squash Bisque Soup.

A bisque is traditionally a cream-based seafood soup, though the term can be extended to any cream soup. Besides, saying “bisque” instead of “soup” just sounds so much fancier. 😉 This is probably the simplest soup recipe, as it includes only a few ingredients, and takes just over an hour, start to finish.

Velvety Butternut Squash Bisque Soup | Easy Soup Recipe | flourishandknot.com

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