A Rude Awakening

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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I'm Tina

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. So sorry to hear about your puking encounter! Our pup was super sick on Easter and ended up having to go to the Emergency Vet Hospital because he just wouldn’t stop throwing up!

    In March, we had a terrible stomach bug going around school and I was uked on by a student. Not cool.

  2. Too funny, I am making that meal on Friday night – I am so glad it’s yummy! Have I ever been puked on? I’m a mother of three so let’s just say MANY TIMES!

  3. Not even kidding….
    my dog did the same thing to me 2 nights ago. I woke up in the middle of the night to her puking on me. Unfortunately…it’s just me and the pup so I had to deal with both the bed and the pukey puppy….poor thing.

  4. Eeewwww! I hope Murphy is feeling better! The only story I have is the night my husband had waaaaay too much to drink. Basically, your story with Murphy at 3 AM but instead it was my hubs. He’ll never live that down!!

  5. Though I’ve never actually gotten puked on, I’ve come within inches of it several times. I teach in an elementary school, so it’s something that comes up actually pretty frequently! LOL My very first year of teaching I was sitting next to one of my students, and he puked right beside me. Let me tell you, that was a pretty big eye opener for me!
    I’ve never had to clean of cat puke in the middle of the night, but recently I did get jolted out of bed, b/c a stray cat showed up and set one of my cats off. There were growls, hisses, and I honestly thought she was going to run through the sliding glass door!

  6. Aw, poor Murphy!! When I was in grade 1 my classmate puked in my winter boots. My teacher tried to clean them out as best she could but I had to go home with plastic bags in my boots which was pretty disusting :S!

  7. I am happy to say that I have never been puked on. I’m sure that will change when I have children, but until then, I hope it never happens. 😉

    On a happier note, that dinner looks awesome. I love that you used kale in the pesto!

  8. Olive has puked on the bed in the middle of the night one a few occasions, not recently though luckily – fingers crossed!! Isn’t it weird how they puke and then all of a sudden they are perfectly normal again though?

  9. I had a horrible experience with someone puking on me. A bunch of us were out celebrating my husbands graduation and all his friends got really really drunk. His friend is obese and had to sit in the front seat with me on the way home. The roads were also pretty bad after a snow storm a couple of days ago. His friend asked me suddenly to stop which I couldn’t just screech to a halt because of the road conditions. He puked out the window, but because I was still driving trying to make a safe stop the vomit flew back on me. The rest of the ride home was not too pleasant.

  10. MurpHys face is precious
    I remember I felt car sick when I was 12 and I was sitting in the middle back seat driving with my parents and two younger siblings.

    Suddenly I really got worse and threw up on each and every person in the car. We were going to Disney…mm everybody smelled nice in the park 😉

  11. I have been puked on before…totally gross!! I was out with some friends and we were sitting and out of no where my friend Drew puked on me from across the table! It was completely unexpected and gross!! We also still joke about it…because yes, I am still his friend 🙂

  12. Poor Murphy! 🙁 What a coincidence though..my Jack Russell was sick yesterday and last night too. He would make an awful hacking noise then puke clear mucus. I don’t know what to do to stop it either. I tried to give him doggy aspirin but he can’t hold it down. What did you do for Murphy?

  13. Try giving Murphy a little pepto – my vet recommended a little in bread to ease my Lab’s tummy troubles last spring.

    I was puked on once in a bar, by a little-person, while wearing flip-flops. The bar was packed tight and I didn’t realize what happened because I didn’t see her. The bartenders were really nice and took me outside to wash me off. I still can’t believe it happened!!

  14. I still give my maid of honor trouble for puking on my at my bachelorette party 8 years ago. She even included it in her toast at the reception!

  15. My first party with alcoholic beverages was a real treat. It was Halloween, and my boyfriend (now hubby) was mixing vodka and pink lemonades. I had never drank before this, so they were all too strong for me at first. Well, we can’t waste a beverage can we? So he decided to just drink all the drinks that were too much for me. We walked home and I woke up to the smell of something vile. Yep, he had puked in his sleep in the bed. It was horrendous!

    Now that we have kids I have been vomited and pee’d on multiple times. But the first time with vomit I swear I couldn’t get that kid off me soon enough. I hopped in the shower with the tiny baby and turned on the tap to rinse us both off in the shower. He didn’t appreciate it, but I didn’t know what else to do. I handed the baby off to my friend once I had the worst of it off. Gross!

  16. I have had many vomiting incidents with my pup…& she is always running around like a lunatic right after! I think your right & sometimes they just have to get it out of their system.

    I was also thrown up on by one of my little brother’s friends about 5 years ago. We were at my uncle’s shore house, I was sleeping on the floor next to the couch & he was sleeping on the couch above me. I woke up to a wrenching noise & puke all over my head. Worst way to wake up EVER. I couldn’t get mad though because he was so embarassed but I will definitely remember that forever!

  17. Aww, poor Murphy! We have my pup trained to get herself to wood flooring if she has to “release the demons”. Makes the cleanup effort much easier!

    So, when I was in grad school, at UNC, I was at a basketball game with one of my friends – a diehard Tarheel fan. A girl sitting next to us was really enjoying a Dominos pizza when, out of nowhere, she let loose – puking all over the place, with some landing on my friend. It was one of those situations where you are completely horrified, but can’t help laughing. The crazy part was, my friend refused to leave the game”¦she couldn’t fathom missing the ‘Heels. I still laugh about it to this day 🙂

    1. @Steph: How on earth do you train your dog to “release its demons” in a particular spot??? I can not get my dog to do this – she always goes on the carpet when she’s having problems. (Thank goodness for steam vacs!)

      That’s how I woke up late night, too, Tina! At approximately 1:30 AM I woke up to the sounds of “demons” being released. Ew. Sorry you had to wake up that way, too. It’s gross! I think the dog ate too much seaweed and salt water yesterday at the beach.

  18. Just wait until you have kids!
    My youngest daughter slept with me and I woke up with vomit splashing me on the side of my face and head. Bleh! LOL

  19. I work in a vet clinic, so I have been puked on along with a lot of other bodily fluids. The worst is when I wake up & realize my ancient terrier mix is PEEING on me!

  20. The theme seems to be pups and kids and since I have no kids I will share my pup story. My old english sheepdog used to get super carsick and so while my mom drove home from the park I sat in the backseat with him to destress him. We pulled into the driveway and he started the dreaded hacking and before I could stop him he vomited alllllll over me…..the gross part was that I tried to close his mouth before he ralphed on me (sorry sam!) and I just ended up catching the vomit in my hands 🙁

  21. Poor Murphy. I’m glad he seems better. I was noticing his nose in the picture. Did he have surgery? I know that’s a silly question but I’m contemplating getting surgery for my pug.

  22. Poor Murphy! It looks like he feels bad about it!

    That recipe looks amazing. And is that a Vitamix I see??? I’ve been thinking about splurging on one. Whenever I see someone make something delicious with one, I’m tempted!

  23. I will take pee on me anyday! I hate puke. Can’t stand it! I hate seeing it, hearing it, smelling it. It really bothers me, like for days if I see someone do it! There is an actual fear of vomit. It is called Emetophobia. I have it! When I was a kid, and a fellow classmate of mine would puke, I would cry. I hated school fairs because there was always someone who puked on a ride! I can’t even watch Tosh.O. I was watching an episode one time and out of nowhere, this boxer who just won a match puked all over the floor. I was furious they showed it on TV and never watched the show again. Don’t even get me started on the movie Bridesmaids. HATED THE puking seen! Couldn’t get out of the theatre fast enough!

  24. OMG these puke stories are traumatizing! Suddenly terrified to have children…

    Though my Chihuahua, Potter, has puked on me…my bed (white sheets!).. and just about everywhere else in my house numerous times. But that doesn’t stop me from spooning with him every night 🙂

  25. Aww Murphyyy! Please tell him we hope he feels better! When dogs are sick, it’s just the saddest thing. They are so cute & helpless :(!

    Okay so funny story – in university, I had a great night out with friends. I came home & passed out right away (lights on, clothes on, the whole shabang). I must have been in a DEEP sleep, ’cause one of my roommates proceeded to barf on my bed without my knowledge hahah. My two other roommates were trying to wake me up & then when I finally did, it was a VERY rude awakening. My roommate claims she thought my bed was the bathroom? Yikes. Hahah. Sounds weird, but it’s honestly one of my funniest memories of university & we always joke about her being constantly indebted to me from that night.

  26. Glad Murphy is feeling better! Poor guy! Give him some love from me to help him feel better. I currently have a comforter that needs to go to the laundry mat for cleaning from my cats hacking up on it. Fortunately we were not in bed at the time.

    When I worked at a vet clinic, we had a puppy in for it’s first vaccinations. The owners, a mom and her little girl, were in the exam room with me and the vet. My job was to hold and otherwise distract the puppy durring the exam. Suddenly you could tell this darling pup was going to puke. At the same time the little girl wanted to hold her puppy. I calmly said, “your puppy is going to throw up”. The mom and vet where shocked! Yep, the puppy proceeded to upchuck its breakfast on me and the exam table. The little girl cried, the mom spent the rest of the office visit apologizing to me, the vet calmly grabbed towels and handed them to me so that we could clean up. Then the puppy licked me on my arm. Being the animal lover I am, I took this as the pup’s way of saying thank you for taking care of me while I didn’t feel good – but I’m better now! Awwww.

    So the next time you are at your veterinarians office, thank them for the dirty work they do! They can have a sh*tty job but they love it! 😉

  27. Awww, bless his heart. I hate waking up to an animal puking! I have two cats, but one has a sensitive stomach, so I feel like I am cleaning up vomit all of the time!! He usually sleeps the day away after.

    Great recipe!! 🙂

    Have a great day!

  28. My college boyfriend ruined Capt’n for me in a similar way!!! Only he didn’t just throw it up once… he made it a repeating event! He would throw up on my feet once every few weeks when I’d be trying to manage getting him back to his dorm room our freshman year. I can’t even smell it these days without feeling sick!!

  29. Waking up to my dog running to the front door (she does actually try to get outside when she has to puke) making those horrible dog hacking sounds is torture enough, I can’t imagine actually being puked on in my bed! I guess that’s definitely one reason there’s no way in heck I’d let her sleep with us! Ew.

  30. Sadly, I can say I have been puked on MANY times. The worst was when I was a great party. It was in a small frat house so everyone was packed in like sardines. I was chatting with a friend when someone behind me decided they had to puke. And puke they did right in my hair! That was the most disgusting thing ever!

    That was back in college. Now I get puked on by my dog and kids. 🙂

  31. I’ve been puked on a few times by kids I’ve babysat for and I’ve been puked on by a pug too! When I was pug sitting in March I had a pug puppy on my lap. She started making gagging noises and then she threw up on my shirt. It wasn’t a lot but it was so gross!!

  32. I’ve never had humans barf on me (except myself, but that doesn’t count), but my cat, Janie, she’s got the most sensitive stomach of any animal I’ve ever met. She’ll constantly wake me from a dead sleep, and I have just enough time to put her on the floor (I’d rather her do it on the carpet than my bed).
    Also, when I was growing up, I remember one day, I was about eleven. I’d put on this new outfit that I was extremely excited to wear, and my mom was finishing doing my hair for me, when I felt something warm and damp on my leg. My puppy had barfed all over my new jeans. It was disgusting!

  33. Puke! Poor Murphy… I have been there with Mr. Ball many times! I haven’t been puked on, but I do remember when I puked on my brothers! We were at my Aunt’s house out of town and I ate a big bowl of “Boo Berry” Cereal, remember that? Count Chocula, Frankenberry, and Boo Berry – which was REALLY blue. We then hopped in the car for a 2 hour ride, and I was too young to know I was getting sick and I threw up all over my brothers in the back seat of the car. They teased me for years about boo berries – we will never forget that color!
    Your dinner sounds fantastic, I will have to try it soon!

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