A Rude Awakening

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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I’m the owner of Carrots ‘N’ Cake as well as a Certified Nutrition Coach and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner (FDN-P). I use macros and functional nutrition to help women find balance within their diets while achieving their body composition goals.


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Murphy feels really bad this morning. Just look at that sad face!

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Last night around 1:00 AM, I woke up to the sounds of pug hacking”¦ and then vomiting.


Yep, that’s right. Murphy puked in our bed. He threw up on the part of the comforter covering me, so I woke up Mal and asked him to help me since I was pretty much stuck under dog vomit. I still don’t understand how such a small dog can produce so much puke. That Murphy is a special one, I tell ya.

It was the middle of the night, so Mal cleaned up the vomit and then I grabbed the comforter off of our guest bed so we had something to sleep with. Murphy was acting totally normal after he got the “demons” out of his stomach, so we all just went to back to bed.

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What a way to wake up from a dead sleep in the middle of the night, right? Mal and I were definitely surprised to say the least! I’m just glad Murphy was okay. Poor little pug.

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After last night’s “episode,” pukey pug is tired this morning.

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Now that we’ve covered puke, let’s talk about last night’s dinner!


Dinner was another winner from Real Simple (May 2012): Pasta with Kale and Walnut Pesto. I swear, recipes from Real Simple never let me down!

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Pasta with Kale and Walnut Pesto


  • 1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons walnuts
  • 1 bunch kale, thick stems discarded and leaves torn (about 12 cups)
  • 1 cup grated pecorino (2 ounces), plus more for serving
  • 1 small clove garlic
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 3/4 pound fusilli, penne, or some other short pasta
  • Kosher salt and black pepper


Heat oven to 350*F. Spread walnuts on a rimmed baking sheet and toast, tossing occasionally, until fragrant, 6 to 8 minutes; let cool. Chop 2 tablespoons of the walnuts and set aside.

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Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the kale and cook until bright green, 30 seconds.

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Transfer the kale to a colander (reserve the cooking water); squeeze dry when cool enough to handle.

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In a food processor, combine the kale, pecorino, garlic, the remaining 1/3 cup of unchopped walnuts, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, and 1/4 teaspoon of pepper. Process until finely chopped. With the machine running, add the oil in a steady stream.

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Bring the reserved cooking water to a boil and cook the pasta according to the package directions. Reserve 1/2 cup of the cooking water; drain the pasta and return it to the pot. Add the pesto and 1/4 cup of the reserved cooking water and toss to coat (add more cooking water if the pasta seems dry). Serve the pasta sprinkled with the pecorino and chopped walnuts.

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Delicious!! I am psyched there are leftovers of this meal for my lunch today.

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I love that this recipe saved the cooking water from the kale to keep some of those great nutrients in the dish. And the toasted walnuts are key in this recipe, so don’t skip the toasting step like I almost did. It’s definitely worth the time and effort!

Question of the Day

Have you ever been puked on?

I know, it’s a gross question, but I figured you guys might have some funny stories!

Here are mine: I’ve actually been puked on twice in my life: once in first grade and once in college.

In first grade, my friend Jenn and I were waiting in line to get school lunch. She was feeling sick, so the smell of the food in the cafeteria made her feel even more ill and she booted right on my back. Thankfully, I was wearing a jacket, so I just took it off so I wasn’t covered in vomit all day, but Jenn felt bad about puking on me for years. It’s still a running joke with the two of us!

During my freshman year of college, a bunch of my friends and I took the train into Boston to celebrate New Years Eve. Since we weren’t driving (and we were freshman in college), we made really strong “road sodas” of spiced rum and Coke to take with us. (I still can’t drink Captain Morgan Spiced Rum because of this night.) We all got super drunk and had a great time, but on the train ride home, my boyfriend (not Mal) started to feel sick. The train was really crowded because everyone was leaving the First Night activities in the city, so I couldn’t move out of the way fast enough and my boyfriend threw up right on me. It was wicked gross, and I had to sit on the train with nasty puke on me until we got home. Ewwww.



  1. My late cat had hairballs a lot and he always had to puke on the carpet. Luckily he never got me, but I spent a LOT of time scrubbing puke out of the carpet. That being said, I still miss the little guy a lot. 🙁

  2. I hope Murphy’s feeling better! You could’ve titled the post “Pasta, pesto, and puke” 🙂
    I threw up on myself during my first fluoride treatment at the dentist when I was about 5 years old. I still remember what I was wearing and the (clearly) awful taste of orange fluoride. It’s a miracle I actually like oranges and oj after that episode.
    Unfortunately one of our dogs eats a lot of grass and then throws up about 5 minutes after his field buffet.

  3. I hate to hear Murphy was a sick little Pug early this morning. I have expereinced this with my Pug several times! I was lucky enough to have him throw up on my pillow in the middle of the night once. Now that is an expereince I don’t want to repeat! He also likes to get up in the middle of the night with an upset tummy and relieve himself everywhere. I think I prefer the puke over the diarrhea!!

  4. Thankfully I’ve never been puked on. I’m one of those people though that will truly puke at the sight and especially the smell of puke. yuck. My dog puked on my bed when I was a kid and my mom immediately made me go to the bathroom because she knew just the sight of it might make me sick!

  5. Oh my goodness that meal looks ahhhhmazing!! I must make that soon. I love walnuts!

    I’ve never been puked on before, and I want it to stay that way. But I’ve puked on someone before…on a train in Germany!

  6. Yup! I’m a nurse. People come up to the units from their surgeries and puke- usually not in their emesis bags.

  7. YES! I’ve been puked on TWICE by the same person, who I barely knew, on different nights… yea… I was studying abroad in Italy and one of the guys in my group of students apparently found me when he needed to throw up! The first time it was his birthday so I felt bad and didn’t say anything, the second time I was like, “Dude what’s your deal?!” The worst part is that we washed our clothes in the bathtub there and didn’t have access to a washing machine anywhere nearby, so I had to try to wash a dress full of puke in there. So gross!!

  8. I used to babysit for a family in which the dad was a long-distance trucker who would be gone for 2-3 weeks at a time. When he came home, their second daughter would get so worked up that she would throw up – – every time. I was 14 and get hit twice before I learned to move fast.

    As for dogs in beds, we were dog-sitting for my sister (at her house) because she didn’t want her pregnant beagle in strange surroundings. On Saturday morning I thought I heard my six-week old daughter waking up. No, it was the beagle laying ON TOP of my sleeping husband, having her puppies. My 2 year old son was with me and said, “Daisy’s pooping puppies!” There were puppies all over the bed and 2 on the floor. . . an exciting morning!

  9. My older brother puked on me. We went to a bar together for the first time, and he was supposed to be “looking out for me”…he ended up getting SUPER drunk, and had to be carried out of the bar by a bouncer and two of his friends. We hailed a cab and my brother was in the middle, and I was on the left in the backseat with the window open. The movement made him feel like he needed to puke, so he leaned over me–or tried to–to puke out the window. And you can see where this is going….the wind pushed the puke back and it flew into my face and all over my arm. It was awesome.

  10. My freshman year of college, I had just joined my sorority and was out with some girls. One of them was in my new pledgeclass, and we didn’t really know each other very well. The night started with serious pregaming, and then we got on a bus to head to the frat party at the bar. Well, the second we stepped off into the parking lot, my new sister proceeded to start puking all over the place – which means I had to herd her back onto the bus (still puking), and missed the whole party. We laughed about that all throughout college, that our friendship started with vomit!!

  11. I’ve never been puked on, but I was at Jazzfest in New Orleans and my friend, who was standing right next to me, was puked on by some drunk dude. It was disgusting! We made him buy her a dress to change into, because getting back to the hotel would have made us miss too many shows.

  12. I never thought about Kale pesto before, but this is a really great idea because I love the flavor of kale, and have never liked basil! You are a genius!

  13. My daughter was two at the time and sitting on my lap telling me how she didn’t feel well. Then all of a sudden she threw up in my lap. I caught it with my t-shirt to spare the couch. Fun times.

  14. Three kids 5 and under and a stomach bug running through our house this week…I have been puked on a lot in the past 7 days…too many times to count! I can’t wait until they get older and have better aim (for the toilet and not me, the carpet, our bed). The worst part is the dog tries to lick it up while I am cleaning it! It is soooooo gross!

  15. My friend threw up on me a couple of years ago after a night in the bar. It was awful and I was inebriated enough to strip down to my bra in the parking lot. Also, of course my son has plenty of times but thankfully not since he was a baby! I seem to be a baby puke magnet- my little nephew manages to get me nearly every time I hold him.

  16. Yup, projectile puke from my oldest. He was just about one and had a stomach virus. I had to jump in shower almost immediately after.

  17. I still can’t drink Captain Morgan’s either after a bar crawl that ended with me in the hospital. That WAS a night. I don’t remember much but I know I didn’t puke on anyone!

  18. Thankfully I’ve never been puked on… I have puked in bed myself however (day after Christmas my freshman year of high school – I just woke up in the middle of the night and immediately puked.)

    On a brighter note, that pasta looks delicious – I LOVE pesto 🙂

  19. My freshman year of college, my friend and I were walking down the stairwell in our dorm, and we could smell something weird but it didn’t know what it was…until I slipped and fell in someone’s vomit! It was disgusting! I’m just glad it only got only shoes and pants and not my skin!

  20. My dog barfs all the time.

    My dog also likes to sleep at my feet, under the covers.

    See where this is going?

    There’s nothing quite like waking up to dog vomit all over your feet. Yes indeed.

  21. Ouu I am the queen of puking!
    1. I have puked in a bed while sleeping… that was a brutal awakening
    2. I slept in a bed with a friend who puked in the bed and woke up with her glued next to me to get away from the puke
    3. I puked on my ex-boyfriend when we were first dating, thank god he still liked me after that
    4. I’ve been puked on at clinical (I’m a nursing student)
    and there are countless other situations! but you always feel better once you get the junk outta you!

  22. What is it about pugs today!? I also have a pug that yacked all over me this morning. Glad Murphy is feeling better.

  23. oh, that is gross – your stories.. especially about the bf. i think nothing is worse than getting puked on in a train. when i used to go out clubbing , people would puke on the trains, it was so gross, but i was always so thankful i wasn’t right next to them. i’m so paranoid.

  24. I’ve never been puked on, but I have puked on two people! The first time it happened, I was at the doctor’s office getting a throat culture and he stuck the stick too far down my throat and I threw up allllllllllll over him. The next time was when I had the stomach flu. I thought I was done with the worst part of the illness, so I drank a ton of water (I must have been dehydrated) and wound up projectile vomiting all over my mom. HAHAHAHAHA…. Good times.

    The only times I’ve thrown up from drinking were when spiced rum was involved. Ew.

  25. My little 9lb dog pukes in the bed and he makes a mess too…

    And yes, I have been puked on. When I lived in Key West I worked in a Scuba shop and sometimes would go out on the boat and help during busy season. I was taking a group of tourists out and we just surfaced from about a 40 min dive, vomited all over me. Good thing was… I just dipped below the surface to rinse off 😉 But still, GROSS!

  26. Twice! Once as a freshman in high school – boy behind me on the bus…right in my hair. My mother has many health issues and she has a helper that comes to her house daily – this same boy is now her helper. Puke is always what I think of every time I see him (it has been 30 years since this happened). 2nd time was by my toddler son. Husband was working 3rds and I had let our son sleep with me because he was restless and clingy. Woke up to the sensation of warm yuckiness flowing across my neck – so disgusting. Shuddering just thinking about it.

  27. My dog just puked Monday night right after I had fallen asleep! I woke up to that horrible noise…and I always go into panic mode because I want to do something to stop it but you just have to let it go. Then, I feel so bad because their little puppy faces look so sad after they do it!

    Glad Murph is okay!

  28. My honeymoon…in Thailand, we were on boat coming back from phi phi island, rough seas & everyone crammed downstairs of boat. Mind u prior to this point of was having quiet little chuckles watching people vomit bags full of vomit. Hanging off the side of boat thinking positive thoughts as I started to feel sick, a girl vomited all over me & in my hair!!! I had to go all the way back to resort with someone else’s vomit in my hair…so gross!

  29. Unfortunately my dog pukes quite often so I know that feeling and that sound that they make is so sad! FYI Tina-Mrs. Meyer’s makes a great natural “pet safe” rug spray that has worked well for me.

  30. The first time I slept over at my friend’s house in high school her hairy chihuahua puked right. in. my. lap. On my comfy PJs. Not cool. Needless to say, I keep my distance from those dogs.

  31. I flew to FL from CO to celebrate with my best friend when she turned 21. I completely forgot that you can drink more when you go from a high altitude to a low altitude, so I just kept ordering shots for us. I was barely buzzed and didn’t realize she was hammered. Well, it was a Wednesday night and she was out on the dance floor dancing alone with the only other person out there while I sat at a nearby table. All of a sudden, she came walking towards me with her hand over her mouth, but that didn’t help. She threw up and it came spraying from between her fingers all over me. EVERYONE in the bar saw it, it was so embarrassing yet insanely hilarious.

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  33. We learned that our new dog, Jenny, got carsick the hard way. A two and a half hour drive on winding roads up the Californian coast to Mendocino. Fortunately we had a cover on the backseat, some paper towels and a big bottle of water. Stopped four times on the way there. I have clients in Mendocino and was going to visit one when I got to town. I had dog vomit on the sleeve of my shirt. UGH! Quick change of clothes. On the way home, we gave her a Benydryl. It helped calm Jenny down. Only two stops to clean out the backseat on the way home!

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