A Teaspoon of Happiness - by Melissa Belanger
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A Teaspoon of Happiness

Food Love


I know I said this was going to be a weekly thing. I lied. Sometimes I just get a little ahead of myself. I’m sorry. I guess I just haven’t been that inspired lately. That is until today. I finally sat down and scoured the web world for some tasty recipes, and I think you’ll be pleased. Lots of good stuff here. So without further ado, I give you: Food Love 2.0.

Grapeseed oil chocolate chip cookies. Perfect for my new dairy-free life.

Easy Hawaiian Kalua pig. I’m picturing Hawaiian tacos of some kind – topped with lots of yummy cilantro.

I’ve been debating making some potato leek soup lately, and Elise’s recipes are always spot-on.

Little itty-bitty baby blooming onions. Too cute, and I’m sure too tasty.

I can just imagine how good this orange-glazed polenta cake tastes. Look at that perfect glaze.

I’m always down for a new chili recipe, and this steak and beer chili sounds perfect for next Sunday.

Blood orange mojitos. Do I really need to say anything else?

I’m debating substituting quinoa in this Mediterranean Orzo Salad.

Cannoli cheesecake. I’m not sure any dessert has ever sounded so go to me.

Chickpea turmeric stew with thai red curry coconut “bacon”. Yes, Shannon found a way to make bacon from thin air (or at least coconut).

You have to see this beautiful roasted braised duck.

Greek Lamb Sliders. Without a doubt, the next burgers I’ll be making.

Super soft clementine sugar cookies are the perfect way to use your citrus this winter.

P.S. All of these great recipes can be found scattered about my Pinterest boards if you don’t feel like saving them today.

Sautéed Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

Brussels Sprouts with Bacon | Vegetable Recipe | Vegetable Side Dish | ateaspoonofhappiness.com

I’m not sure you’re going to believe this, but I had never cooked Brussels sprouts before the other day. I had really never even eaten them either. My mom never made them – probably because she hated eating them as a child – and I just assumed I wouldn’t like them. But for some strange reason,

Newborn Portraits

Ellie's Newborn Portraits | ateaspoonofhappiness.com

A few months ago, we had a friend come over and take some newborn portraits of Ellie. I hadn’t even considered hiring a photographer since we were away from home, but I was lucky enough to make a really talented friend in Kayla while she was in Amiens. She blogs over at The Hobbyist, so stop on

Pasta Carbonara

Pasta Carbonara | Pasta Recipe | Italian Recipe | ateaspoonofhappiness.com

A few months ago, Marc decided to give up dairy. He had been debating the idea for a while, but around October, he decided to really commit. Of course, my mind started working in overdrive. What were we going to eat? How could we possibly give up cheese, especially when we’re living in the land of

3 Months

wearing ellie small

Oh, Ellie! You’re 3 months old today. You’re no longer that squishy little sumo-wrestler we brought home from the hospital a few months ago. You’re still big, just in a different way. The doctor says you’re 62 centimeters and 5.3 kilos (about 25 inches and 11 pounds 10 ounces). We’re still wondering what color your

Salted Caramel Boozy “Milkshake”

Salted Caramel Boozy "Milkshake" | Salted Caramel Recipe | Cocktail Recipe | ateaspoonofhappiness.com

For a few months now, I’ve been eyeing up a bottle of salted caramel vodka. I was so intrigued by the idea of it, and I began brainstorming cocktail ideas. I was thinking caramel apple martinis and something in the gingersnap-snickerdoodle flavor realm. So when New Year’s Eve came around, I decided to actually buy