24 Days of Togetherness

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Hi, guys!

Remember when Mal and I started our tradition of 24 Days of Togetherness last year? If not, it was a wonderful way to celebrate the holidays and have some fun together. Here’s a recap of our experience.

24 Days of Togetherness

Mal and I are planning to do 24 Days of Togetherness once again this year, but we’re adding a little twist.

Last year, I came up with all 24 of the things that we did together because the idea was originally a special surprise for Mal. This year, we’re changing up how the 24 items are selected, so we’re both involved. We’ll pick some of them together and then divide the rest between the two of us, so we can create our own fun ideas. Here’s how we are splitting up the 24 days:

  • 12 days that we’ll choose together””more of the “traditional” holidays things that we like to do together (i.e. drink eggnog, listen to holiday music)
  • 6 days that Mal will pick (they will be a surprise for me)
  • 6 days that I will pick (they will be a surprise for Mal)

And we decided that the ideas can be anything. I’m sure most of them will be holiday-inspired, but if Mal wants to get burritos at Chipotle together one night, it’s his call (and, of course, I’d be more than happy to join him).

Ok, that’s all. Just wanted to give you guys a little reminder in case you wanted to participate and so you can start thinking of some ideas!

Dinner

Last night’s dinner was partly from Whole Foods. When I picked up the mushroom soup for lunch yesterday, I also grabbed some goodies from the salad and hot bars for dinner. I had a huge head of lettuce at home already, so just bought the toppings for a big ol’ salad.

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I was never much of a salad dressing fan in the past (I always went without), but I love this balsamic vinaigrette. It’s so delicious. I’d honestly just eat it on plain salad greens.

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After dinner, I enjoyed more Moose Munch, but I practiced a little portion control by putting some in a small bowl instead of eating it straight from the bag like I did all afternoon long.

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Fresh Food Generation

Just wanted to share this really cool project that is happening in Boston. A CNC reader told me about it because her boyfriend, Jackson Renshaw, and his business partner, Cassandria Campbell, are co-founding a farm-to-plate food truck that will serve all of Boston with an emphasis on low-income neighborhoods. Their mission is to bring good food to areas that are often forgotten about and left with very few options.

I absolutely love this idea and immediately made a donation to their Kickstarter campaign to raise money for the truck. They’ve raised over half their goal, but they need to raise the full amount before the deadline, which is just 17 days, or they do not get any of the money raised. (It’s just how Kickstarter works.)

If you’d like more information about this project, please watch the video below, and I hope you consider donating. It’s such an amazing idea, and I would love to see this program launched in Boston. And, of course, feel free to spread the word about it!

Health News & Views

I can’t believe Thanksgiving is this week, but I’m ready for the feast of all feasts! I’m excited for my grandmother’s buttery mashed potatoes, my aunt’s sweet potato casserole (you know, the one covered in toasted mini marshmallows?), and my mom’s pumpkin pie, which is my very favorite Thanksgiving dish.

Of course, pumpkin pie is a rather decadent dessert, especially with all of the sugar and heavy cream, so it’s not low in calories, fat, or waistline friendly. I will have a (small) slice of my mom’s pumpkin pie after Thanksgiving dinner this week, but since I’d like to  enjoy that pumpkin pie taste all year long,  I created this lighter, healthier smoothie.

This Pumpkin Pie Smoothie is thick, creamy, and loaded with vitamin A, potassium, and fiber. It’s almost as delicious as the real thing!

Try This Delicious Pumpkin Pie Smoothie Recipe

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Questions of the Day

What holiday tradition are you looking forward to most this year?

What’s your favorite kind of salad dressing?

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53 Comments

  1. Tina, I love the idea of 24 days of togetherness. What a fun way to get out there and celebrate those you love. I can’t wait to hear about all of the fun dates and holiday plans. I am right there with you on the pumpkin pie. It is definitely the highlight of my Thanksgiving feast. I have been making “pumpkin pie” parfaits for breakfast everyday since the start of the pumpkin season. Greek yogurt, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, and apple. I can’t get enough!

  2. Holiday tradition: my moms Christmas oyster crackers. It has become a running joke among our family that she has to hide them from us, because we all devour them within minutes (I swear they are that good!)

  3. It’s Annabelle’s first Thanksgiving! I can’t wait to see how she likes the food…she is my daughter so I’m sure she will love all of it. I can’t wait to eat, relax, and watch football with my family…after running a Turkey Trot in the morning :). Oh yea, and watch the parade!

  4. the 24 days of togetherness idea is great and i forwarded it to a friend for her and her fiancee! though she reads your blog and probably already saw it 😛 that farm to table food truck is an amazing idea because of the low income neighborhoods focus. it’s seriously something that we need to fix in this country – accessibility to affordable healthy food which is essentially a form of affordable preventative healthcare!

  5. Cindy’s Kitchen dressings are my favorite! We don’t have a Whole Foods near us (closest is an hour and a half away) so when I go, I stock up on the Honey Mustard Vinaigrette! Soooooooo good!

    Pumpkin Pie smoothies are my favorite!

  6. My mom and I usually drink a bottle of champagne and eat oyster stew to celebrate Christmas Eve. It’s not the healthiest of traditions, but we always have fun! I just bought a new condo, so I’m starting a new tradition of hosting a holiday open house and I’m excited about that!

    I loved following your “24 days” last year and think it’s great you are doing it again!

  7. I never wanted to be one of those people to complain about a blog, since it’s clearly my choice to read. I really enjoy reading yours and have for a long time. I am not a fan of your “continue reading” feature. I thought it was only for some posts that were very heavy with pictures. I find myself not reading further. I just wanted to share in case others feel the same.

  8. I really love the idea of the 24-days of togetherness and the thought behind it. Also, the Whole Foods hot bar is my go-to meal! I love all the variety it has.

  9. Step away from the Munch lady! That stuff can get you in trouble 🙂 j/k … well kinda kidding.
    I really think this is a good idea and a nice togetherness activity. I may do this and incorporate our 1 year old in it somehow. Thanks for the great idea.
    p.s. I didn’t think it was possible to support Wholefoods more than I do, but i think my dear, you proved me wrong 🙂

  10. I’m not really a fan of salad dressing anymore, so I hardly ever use it and if I do, I always have it on the side. Moose Munch or Crunch…that stuff takes some serious portion control. Darn salty and sweet combo gets me every time!

  11. I am SUCH a fan of the Whole Foods “get stuff from salad bar/hot bar and use your own lettuce” salad. I had one for lunch today with pear gorgonzola dressing from Trader Joe’s – the best.

  12. the best dressing is my nana’s homemade Italian dressing and I finally learned to make. when I was younger and we went to dinner at hilltop the waitress asked what kind of dressing I wanted and I told her nana’s dressing, my nana said it was so funny. the Authentic Greek Strained Yogurt by Cindy’s kitchen is really good, I need to try to recreate it because there not cheap!

  13. I love the 24 Days of Togetherness idea! I’m going to see if my husband would like to start this tradition this year. This holiday season, I am most looking forward to spending time with my family and settling into our new house (including putting up a Christmas tree)! Also, I make a similar Pumpkin Pie Smoothie, but I add Greek yogurt and it turns into a Pumpkin Cheesecake Smoothie. I will try yours, too. 🙂

  14. Oh my gosh, Moose Munch! I swear, that stuff is DANGEROUS. Haha, definitely guilty of making it through one container alone in less than a week!

  15. Love the 24 Days of Togetherness idea. We tend to lose each other this time of year – especially with kids in the picture – so this will be a fun way to enjoy the season even more!

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