All Over Town

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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I'm Tina

I’m the owner of Carrots β€˜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.


An in-depth, 4-week reverse dieting course for women who feel like their metabolism has slowed down, think they might have hormonal imbalance and can’t lose weight no matter what they do.

Hello! 😎

I feel like I have been all over town today! Well, I guess I sort of have… I ran errands in Quincy and Braintree, drove to Waltham, and then walked all over Watertown before heading home. Phew! I’m just tired writing that! πŸ˜‰

[rewind to this morning]


Mid-morning, I suddenly got the urge to do some baking. A few weeks ago, I received some coconut flour, so I decided to do a little experimenting with it. I ended up creating an ugly, yet yummy Coconut Carrot Cake Muffin.


Coconut Carrot Cake Muffins

Makes 6


  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrots
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 cup ground flaxseed meal
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1/4 cup low-fat milk


  • Preheat oven to 350*F
  • Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl
  • Spray muffin cups with non-stick cooking spray
  • Pour batter into cups and bake for 20 minutes
  • Allow to cool before enjoying

Of course, I had to test one of the muffins as soon as they came out of the oven. πŸ˜‰ They were a little crumbly, but the flavor was delish– sweet, yet not too sweet with a wonderful coconut flavor. I also liked the raisins and shredded coconut throughout. Yummy muffins– just not too pretty!


After my baking experiment, I drove to Gordon’s Wine and Liquors to pick up some postcards for the VinoVoyage. I’m helping Gordon’s spread the word about the event by distributing these postcards around town.


I spent about an hour walking around Watertown Square popping into restaurants, shops, cafes, and salons. It actually didn’t seem like work at all, especially with the beautiful weather. It was actually a nice, little workout! πŸ˜€

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When I got home, I threw together a quickie lunch. I made Real Simple’s Carrot and Apple Slaw With Raisins, which I placed on top of a bed of romaine lettuce.


Not surprisingly, I made a few changes to the recipe: I used a Gala apple instead of Granny Smith, used regular raisins instead of golden, and nixed the cilantro (because I didn’t have any in the house).

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Light, fresh, delicious.


With lunch, I also had a Siggi’s yogurt and an iced tea latte made with Golden Moon Sugar Carmel Oolong and vanilla soy milk.


And, I enjoyed another muffin for dessert. Not pretty, but tasty. πŸ˜‰


Book Update

I spoke with my editor today and he really liked my first draft! YAY! :mrgreen: He said that I’m in a good place, but I need to add MORE personal information to my book. I felt like I put a lot of personal stuff into my first draft, but there needs to be even more. If you buy my book, you are really going to know EVERYTHING about me! I still have some writing to do, but it looks like the tough part is over. Hooray!

Lose the Dough Goals

As part of my Lose the Dough goals for this month, I committed to planning my workouts for the week. It’s only Monday, but I’ve kept to my schedule for both yesterday and today. I also feel really good about the rest of the week. I guess I just needed a little kick in the butt?

I’m having dinner with a friend this evening, so I’ll be heading out on the town again!

See ya!



  1. I made the muffins tonight after dinner, and they were SO good! Kind of cake-y right out of the oven.

    Glad your book is coming along well =]

  2. That slaw sounds delicious! I’d nix the cilantro anyway (because I despise it… sorry to cilantro lovers out there!) but it seems like a nice, light summer side.

    The Coconut Carrot Cake Muffins look delicious! May not be too pretty, but some of the ugliest foods are the tastiest! πŸ™‚

    Have fun at your dinner! πŸ™‚


  3. Your carrot and raisin slaw salad looks so yummy, but I’m not sure I can get past bad childhood memories of my grandma’s carrot and raisin salad. My grandparents had a restaurant, and I really cannot remember ever disliking anything else there except for that! Maybe this is my sign to give it s second chance πŸ™‚

  4. Everyone knows that the uglier the food, the better it tastes.

    And ooooh, books with secrets! I’m sure it’ll be a best-seller now πŸ˜€

  5. wow everything is coconut these days… its all i read about! the muffins sure sound savory. can’t wait to purchase your book. is it 2011 yet πŸ˜‰

  6. I really DO love the look of your muffins! But then again, looking around my apartment, I think I am a fan of hodge-podgey things… πŸ˜€

    That salad looks fantastical!

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