Sunday, December 16, 2018

24 Days of Togetherness: Days 10 – 16

The holiday fun continues in the Haupert household! But, seriously, how is it already December X?! It’s been a fun few weeks to say the least, and I really love that this tradition adds so much to our daily lives during the most wonderful time of year. Here’s the next recap of our 24 Days of Togetherness activities!

DAY 10: Wear red and green.

I forgot to snap photos of Mal and Quinn’s outfits, but they both played along and wore red and green. Of course, it was the perfect opportunity to wear my Ugly Sweater sneakers from Brooks!

DAY 11: Drink eggnog.

I forgot to snap a photo during our drinking of eggnog, but it was sure delicious! 🙂

DAY 12: Visit Santa.

Once again, we visited the The Christmas Place in Abington to see Santa. The Santa there is super nice, and Quinn talked to him for quite awhile!

DAY 13: Buy a new Christmas tree ornament.

Michaelangelo was an easy choice!

DAY 14: Have a holiday Happy Hour.

Mal and I went out to Stars on Hingham Harbor for dinner and drinks. It was a fun night out for us!

DAY 15: Donate a toy to a local toy drive.

We actually ended up donating a number of toys this year, but Quinn picked out a LEGO Ninjago “Piranha Attack” set for a toy drive at the YMCA.

We were actually there for a lunch with Santa, so the timing worked out perfectly!

(Quinn gave Santa the sticker on his sleeve.)

DAY 16: Drink hot chocolate.

Along with our hot chocolate, we enjoyed some Buttery Sugar Holiday Cookies and Pepperminty Chocolate Holiday Cookies from Pamela’s, which are gluten-free, non-GMO, free from artificial additives, hydrogenated oils, and trans fats, and seriously delicious! The Buttery Sugar Cookies in particular, are easily the best gluten-free sugar cookies I’ve ever tried, and I know they’ll continue to be a part of our holiday celebrations in the future!

I recently partnered with Pamela’s, so their limited-edition holiday cookies came at the perfect time. I’m not eating a ton of gluten nowadays, so I loved enjoying a tasty gluten-free option with my family during our 24 Days of Togetherness. Plus, with all sorts of holiday gatherings on the horizon, the likelihood of a family member or a friend having a food allergy or a dietary restriction is pretty high, so it’s nice to have a few boxes of these cookies on hand so everyone can enjoy a treat.

Quinn absolutely loves the Buttery Sugar Cookies (he ate like 3), and Mal took a liking to the Pepperminty Chocolate Cookies (he loves the flavor combo of peppermint + chocolate). Not surprisingly, I loved both flavors (because I’m a cookie monster), and they were the perfect addition to our hot chocolate. (Photo below: I asked Quinn not to get cookie crumbs in my hair, which, of course, turned into the most ridiculous game ever. I’m pretty sure I had like half of a sugar cookie in my hair by the end of the night! Haha!)

Pamela’s has been crafting delicious gluten-free and non-GMO foods for 30 years, so you can count on them to source only high-quality ingredients and to maintain the strictest manufacturing standards. You can purchase these cookies for your holiday gatherings by visiting (click here for Buttery Sugar Cookies, and click here for Pepperminty Chocolate Cookies).

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Clean Eating Black Bean Enchiladas Recipe

These clean eating black bean enchiladas are dairy free and totally, deliciously filling.

I know many of you are dairy free. I’m vegan myself, so you won’t find the use of milk on my site these days. Plant-based milk… yes. Dairy milk… no. There’s just so much information out there these days that shows it was never meant for human consumption anyway. So it’s super easy for me to avoid despite having loved it my entire life. Especially cheese!

Clean Eating Black Bean Enchiladas Recipe

A lot of Mexican-style food has cheese in it, and while I have used plant-based cheeses in the past, it’s not something I eat a lot of these days either. So these enchiladas are made with not cheese at all.

Now if you prefer cheese, you can definitely feel free to add it wherever you’d like. Mix some in with the filling and then sprinkle it over the top just prior to baking. Some cheddar cheese would go super well with this! But it’s not necessary. These were delicious enchiladas without it!

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Clean Eating Black Bean Enchiladas

A deliciously dairy-free and plant-based option for your next Mexican food craving!

  • 12 standard corn tortillas ((read ingredients!))
  • 4 cups cooked black beans ((canned is fine))
  • 1 cup chopped red onions
  • 2 tbsp. oil
  • 1/2 cup vegetable broth ((plus more if needed))
  • 1 tsp. salt ((if using home cooked beans. Otherwise, omit))
  • 3 cups enchilada sauce ((see link above))
  1. In a large skillet, saute the onions in the oil until translucent.

  2. Add in black beans and salt (if using) and warm everything through.

  3. Using a potato masher, start mashing the beans as they cook.

  4. When the pan dries out a bit from the oil, add in the veggie broth and continue mashing.

  5. You want a mashed bean filling that still has a few whole beans or larger bean chunks. This mixture should NOT be completely smooth.

Please note that the nutrition data given here is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.

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