• Very CNC

    July 19, 2010

    As I was uploading my photos into Ecto for this post, I realized that it was very Carrots ‘N’ Cake-like. It starts with a healthy salad, ends with dessert, and there’s a cute pug in the middle. Doesn’t it just scream CNC?!? 😉


    After a 4.5-hour bus ride home from NYC, Mal picked me up from the T station and we headed straight home to make dinner. We were both starving, so we threw together a quick and easy meal. We enjoyed a couple of arugula salads with tomatoes, cucumbers, mushrooms, broccoli, celery, red onion, leftover Pasta Ponza, tomato-basil feta crumbles, and balsamic vinegar. It was a pretty kick-ass salad, if you ask me! 😀


    While Mal and I enjoyed dinner on the front porch, Murphy hung out in the yard. (Gosh, he’s adorable! Look at that pug face!!)


    For dessert, I whipped up a batch of Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Blondies. Oh, yes, I did! 😀 I had a serious craving for one after seeing them at Magnolia this afternoon, so I used Courtney’s Granola Blondies recipe to inspire my own.

    Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Blondies

    Makes 12 bars


    • 1 cup all-purpose flour
    • 1-1/4 cup packed brown sugar
    • 1 egg
    • 1 egg white
    • 1/4 cup canola oil
    • 1 tsp baking powder
    • 1/2 tsp salt
    • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
    • 1 cup peanut butter + chocolate chips


    • Preheat oven to 350*F.
    • Combine all ingredients in a large bowl; mix well.
    • Spread batter into an 8X8 baking pan, coated with nonstick cooking spray.
    • Bake for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown.
    • Allow to cool before cutting into bars.
    • Eat and enjoy!


    Holy delicious! Be sure to give this recipe a try! I’m going back for blondie #2!

    G’night! 😀

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    { 45 comments… read them below or add one }

    Bethany @ More Fruit Please July 19, 2010 at 9:13 pm

    Those blondies look amazing! I will definitely be making those!


    Estela @ Weekly Bite July 19, 2010 at 9:14 pm

    So glad you had a great trip! And you’re right… this is a very “CNC” post 🙂

    I’m totally trying that recipe! Those PB Choc. Chip Blondies looks incredible!!


    Jessica @ How Sweet It Is July 19, 2010 at 9:15 pm

    Yes, very CNC! It’s my perfect meal, minus some of the veggies. 🙂


    Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday July 19, 2010 at 9:15 pm

    I just baked muffins. I wish I would’ve made blondies instead. Instant craving


    Dorry July 19, 2010 at 9:17 pm

    Delicious! I’ve gotta give that recipe a try. Anything with PB + choc chips is good in my book. 🙂


    Emilyeatsclean July 19, 2010 at 9:18 pm

    That salad with the pasta on top looks delic! Murphy is too cute! 🙂


    Arlene @ Adventures in Weight Loss July 19, 2010 at 9:22 pm

    Seeing all these pictures of Murphy makes me wonder if my next dog should be a cute little pug. Nah … I still have an affinity for big dogs. I don’t want one so small my cats could beat it up!


    Lynn (The Actors Diet) July 19, 2010 at 9:28 pm

    ha ha – yes, very CNC!!!


    Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) July 19, 2010 at 9:30 pm

    Glad you made it back and enjoyed the evening with your boys!


    Staceyhttp://stacey-healthylife.blogspot.com/ July 19, 2010 at 9:34 pm

    I can’t believe after a day of traveling you came home and baked. Looks like a good dinner.


    Annie@stronghealthyfit July 19, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    Oh those look so good! Wish I had one right now 🙂


    Jill@MySoCalledHealthLife July 19, 2010 at 9:40 pm

    You are always enjoying delicious treats and you are a hot hot mama!! I am way jealous of your bod!! (not in a creepy way I promise!)

    Glad you made it home to your boys safely 🙂


    Lisa (bakebikeblog) July 19, 2010 at 9:54 pm

    oh yummo – I need to do some baking me thinks!


    tanyasdaily July 19, 2010 at 10:08 pm

    Those turned out really good!


    Courtney @ Sweet Tooth, Sweet Life July 19, 2010 at 10:09 pm

    So glad you tried the blondies!! Be careful – they’re totally addicting! 😯


    Mary (A Merry Life) July 19, 2010 at 10:27 pm

    Mmm, I’m going to have to try and make those. I’ve always wanted to have blondies but I never have.


    Meg July 19, 2010 at 10:34 pm

    Mmmm blondies! Any post involving CNC baked goods and Murphy is my kinda post 😀


    Exercise and Eat July 19, 2010 at 10:35 pm

    Twas a very CNC post, gotta love it!


    Brooke July 19, 2010 at 10:40 pm

    OMG… I am making these ASAP! Blondies are my fav!


    Michelle (The Runner's Plate) July 19, 2010 at 10:55 pm

    I love all of the colors in the salad!!


    Katie July 19, 2010 at 10:57 pm

    Hey Tina!! These look fabulous! I definitely took a snapshot from my computer so I can make them later! Now my tummy is craving something sweet 🙂
    And I just started a new blog so I would love for you to check it out!! Your blog is THE BOMB so if you have any advice I would seriously love to hear it. I just started my blog this past weekend so I’m definitely a new blogger.


    Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] July 19, 2010 at 11:09 pm

    I like your outside pics tonight 🙂


    suki July 19, 2010 at 11:23 pm

    Just tried the blondies recipe with a twist. Will let you know how they turn out! 🙂


    Deva (Voracious Vorilee) July 19, 2010 at 11:23 pm

    Those blondies look AMAZING! I have actually never had a blondie – at least not that I remember. They sound delicious 🙂


    Laura July 20, 2010 at 12:39 am

    Oh oh, i wish might try these minus peanut butter


    Danielle July 20, 2010 at 1:25 am

    What a delicious end to a wonderful past few days. Congrats on the Fitness vid by the way. Aren’t the staff there absolutely amazing? I know I’m biased, since I interned there, but they never ceased to blow my mind with their kind and unthreatening professionalism yet down to earth nature.

    P.S. I think you may have turned me onto blondies… and I’m a die-hard brownie fan. This could get dangerous 😉


    Janna (janna's keeping it real) July 20, 2010 at 1:47 am

    Oh yum! I will for sure be trying these!!!


    suki July 20, 2010 at 2:02 am

    Tasty! 🙂


    marie July 20, 2010 at 2:44 am

    i nearly made those blondies tonight, you temptress. i have a thing for blondies (the bars, not the boys/girls [even though blonde people are attractive too])


    Hannah July 20, 2010 at 2:46 am

    I wish we had peanut butter chips in Australia! I want to make these so badly, yet I simply can’t!


    Mary @ Bites and Bliss July 20, 2010 at 7:31 am

    Lookss like another recipe I’ll have to give a try!!! YUM!!


    Lindsay @ The Ketchup Diaries July 20, 2010 at 7:38 am

    Ohhh…I LOVE blondies. I often forget about them because I don’t eat them much!


    Mo@MommyRD July 20, 2010 at 8:15 am

    I love eating a hearty salad for dinner in the summer. It leaves more room for dessert!


    Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman July 20, 2010 at 8:23 am

    It is very CNC, but I’ll admit Murphy wins out over salad and dessert. Yes, Murphy pics are better than dessert. That’s saying something.


    Brittany @ A Healthy Slice of Life July 20, 2010 at 8:45 am

    Is it weird I think the salad looks better than the blondie? 🙂 Guess I’m lacking any sort of sweet tooth in my genes…


    Nichole July 20, 2010 at 9:19 am

    Blondies do have more fun.


    shannon (the daily balance) July 20, 2010 at 9:21 am

    next time you must get to CRUMBS! I wrote a review of almost every cupcake place in NYC on my blog and crumbs was by far the BEST! 😉


    cat @ medical equipment July 20, 2010 at 9:21 am

    i do like the look of those Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Blondies, very cute and look very tasty


    Erika @ Food, Fitness, & Fun July 20, 2010 at 10:29 am

    Those blondies look delish! Chocolate+PB=YUM!


    Wei-Wei July 20, 2010 at 11:59 am

    It does indeed! It also involves PB and chocolate. I love the pug 😉



    Stacey @ Tipping the (Kitchen!) Scales July 20, 2010 at 12:33 pm

    Cool refreshing salad, finished off with peanut butter and chocolate brownies sounds pretty perfect to me!


    Wendy (Give Love Create Happiness) July 20, 2010 at 1:55 pm

    that brownie recipe looks fab!


    Heather July 22, 2010 at 5:54 pm

    I just read this post and immediately made the blondies….they are baking right now! If they taste as good as they smell, wow wow wow!


    ABrit August 16, 2010 at 6:45 pm

    Tina, is it 1 cup of peanut butter & then chocolate chips or peanut butter & chocolate chips (just asking bc I know you can buy peanut butter chips @ the store)
    These look delish!


    Tina August 17, 2010 at 7:53 am

    @ABrit: 1 cup total.


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