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Vin Chaud

Mulling Spices

We had to go to Paris this past weekend. Sunday to pick up Marc’s parents from the airport and Monday for Ellie’s appointment at the American embassy. Not that I’m complaining. Having to go to Paris is never a bad thing, and going at Christmas time is an awesome experience. We even got engaged in Paris over Christmas – four years ago to the day actually.

There’s so much more to do in Paris during the holidays. There’s the Ferris wheel at Place de la Concorde, ice skating with the Eiffel Tower as your backdrop, Christmas lights a-plenty and the Christmas market lining the Champs-Elyseés. Fresh crepes and waffles, Christmas beer and warm cups of vin chaud.

Vin Chaud 1

Of course, vin chaud is the star of every Christmas market in the country, but it’s especially festive when you’re roaming the glowing Parisian streets. There’s glowing from rain, not just Christmas lights, but it’s a beautiful sight to see.

Vin chaud has easily become one of my favorite Christmas traditions since we moved to France. I look forward to it every year, but I really wanted to try making it at home – in preparation for when we no longer live here. And, I think I’ve perfected the recipe.

Lemon Basil Chickpea Salad

Lemon Basil Chickpea Salad |

I’ve been really, really trying to keep things healthy lately – this baby weight isn’t going to lose itself- but I’m finding it a little hard after months and months of eating basically whatever I wanted. I had literally no discipline when I was pregnant. Luckily, one of my favorite healthy dishes is a chickpea

Fish Taco Bowls

Fish Taco Bowls |

Guess what. After months of laying low and not really socializing with anyone, we finally had friends over on Saturday night. I was a little nervous at first about cooking and taking care of Ellie, but I got most of the prep work done earlier in the day so I was able to focus on relaxing

Food Love


I’m always searching for great recipes, and I end up spending crazy amounts of time doing it. So from now on. I’m going to share them all here once a week (give or take). A sweet and simple list for you to peruse whenever you want. Here are the awesome recipes I found this week.

Creamy Sweet Potato & Rosemary Penne

Creamy Sweet Potato & Rosemary Penne |

I know it’s been almost a week now, but I want to know how your Thanksgiving was. Did you eat and eat and eat and eat? Or did you just fill up your plate once? Our Thanksgiving was pretty good. It was super low key.We made a turkey, some stuffing, cranberry relish and mashed sweet potatoes.

Loaded Sweet Potato Scones with Marshmallow Glaze

Loaded Sweet Potato Scones with Marshmallow Glaze | A Teaspoon of Happiness

This recipe was created for and sponsored by the Grain Foods Foundation. As usual, all opinions and ideas are my own. Thanksgiving is on Thursday! Are you ready yet? We haven’t even gotten our turkey, but we’re going to order it today at the boucherie downtown. Hopefully we won’t have a problem getting one or fitting