Another Blog Change?

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

Hey there!

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.


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.

Despite the constant distractions from the pug, I managed to have a very productive morning.


Remember my Workaholic Pug post? Well, I killed Murphy’s working mojo by moving my “office” to the living room coffee table and sitting on the floor to work. He was not a fan of the change.

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And made it well known to me.

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Actually, I think he was just trying to get comfortable.


Ok, maybe he was a bit upset.


Eventually, Murphy settled down and fell asleep (with his bear) next to my head.


A couple of hours later, this is where he parked his pug butt. Little bugger.


It’s never too early to start thinking about Thanksgiving, right? 😉 Well, Electrolux and Foodbuzz invited Featured Publishers to create a Thanksgiving side dish for a chance to win airfare and accommodations for the 2010 Foodbuzz Blogger Festival. I would very much like to win this prize, so here’s my recipe!

Roasted Apples with Red Onion & Thyme

As you know, I love easy recipes, so I kept my Thanksgiving side dish simple by using just three ingredients. Well, technically, I used six, but you probably already have the other three in your kitchen! 😉



  • 1 apple, diced (I used Gala, but any red apple would work)
  • 1/2 of a medium red onion, diced
  • 1/2 tbsp olive oil
  • 4-5 sprigs of fresh thyme
  • Salt & pepper to taste



  • Preheat over to 400*F.
  • In a mixing bowl, toss apple, red onion, and thyme springs with olive oil, salt, and pepper.
  • Transfer ingredients to a baking sheet.
  • Roast for 10 minutes and then toss ingredients on pan. Roast for another 10 minutes until tender and then remove from oven.
  • Serve as a side dish.

Serves 1


Yummmm! This recipe is a keeper! :mrgreen:


I love the combination of sweet and savory. Plus, I just love roasted veggies… and fruit! 😉



So, there might be another change for Carrots ‘N’ Cake. I’ve gotten back to my roots with blogging, but before I change anything else, I’d like to hear your feedback.

I’m thinking about not blogging about every meal and snack that I eat. I’ll still blog 2-3 times a day with plenty of food in the mix, but I won’t document every single thing that I eat– mostly because my meals and snacks aren’t always that exciting. Plus, I’d rather blog about other things, like our new house. (Whaaatttt!?!?) I haven’t decided one way or the other, so feel free to weigh in.

Mal and I are seeing The Social Network tonight, and I am SO EXCITED!



  1. I think either way would be great. I’m actually thinking about cutting back on all of my meals as well…really just for time’s sake. It’s pretty hard to try to plan all of my mid-day meals ahead of time and schedule the post the night before.
    As much as I love reading about your eats, I’d be just as happy to read about your NEW HOUSE?!?! 🙂

  2. I like seeing all your meals! I get so many ideas, plus it’s so helpful to see how you balance the occasional splurge with healthy eats. I noticed some other commenters questioned the possible blog change as a result of the marie clare article, and I can’t help but wonder the same thing. If so, please don’t change the blog just because of it! I’m all for seeing more about your new house, etc, but I like reading about all your meals too…they are definitely not boring!

  3. I think it sounds like a great change! One can only see so many bowls of oatmeal every morning 🙂 I would love to hear more about the great recipes you try or baked goods you come up with, etc. Or a great meal you had at a restaurant.

  4. Tina,
    I have enjoyed you blog so very much . You have helped me a lot on my path to weight loss. I gained 50lbs after I stopped smoking. I have taken it off through diet and exercise. I even took up running. Some of your recipes are …OMG the best! Your salad with Chickpea Patties. I can not live without. This apple recipe looks just as good. You have taught me how to cook sweet potato fries. What more could a girl ask for!

    I will be honest, I stopped reading everyday, this summer. To much of trips with fattening food. When I started reading this week I was so happy to see you going back to healthy meals, exercise and life.

    But, when push come to shove this is YOUR blog. Write what you want and how you want. It has gotten you this far and you should be so very proud. You have made a difference in my life and I thank you.

  5. I think you should blog how you want to blog and it will be great either way.

    My mom said The Social Network was really good.

  6. Hi Tina, I’m a reader from half way across the world, Malaysia to be exact. Personally, if this blog is no longer your journal for your keeping track of what you eat, then no point in putting in your meals everyday. You’ve been consistent enough with your meals and know where you stand in your calories in vs out.
    It would be nice also to see new things that you are also passionate or that you are happy to blog about ie. your new home. That way you will have more motivation to blog. Hope you have a good day! It’s hump day!

  7. I’m so glad I’m not the only one already planning for Thanksgiving! I’m hosting for the first time this year & I’ve already started researching recipes. I’m not a huge onion fan but your side dish looks great.

    I can understand how 3 a days of eats could feel repetitive. I love your blog and would read it either way. I do like hearing about your workouts and new recipes too.

  8. Murphy is simply the cutest pug ever!

    I personally will continue reading your blog no matter the changes since, as I’ve said before, I simply love your writing style!

    Ok, there is a stipulation. I would stop reading your blog if you ever stopped posting cute Murphy pics 😉

  9. I actually LIKE seeing every meal/snack that you eat. I’ll continue to read the blog no matter what but I hope not all bloggers now are going to go away from posting about their meals 🙁

  10. I love seeing your daily meals. I also love reading about your life so I wouldn’t HATE the new idea but I really enjoy the other aspect. While you think your meals are “boring” it’s usually something different from my “boring” meals… get the picture? What we think is “normal” for every day eating, others may think is new and interesting. I’ve found a lot of new ideas & foods to try with your “boring” meals.

    I vote keep the meals. But I also vote do what makes you happiest!

    IF this has anything to do with the morons who wrote the article don’t you dare let them change you. Just saying…. okay? LOL

  11. I love an interesting dinner post – please don’t change that! But I do think you should write about whatever you like. Did you know that same apple recipe is in this month’s Real Simple?

  12. Ok so those pictures of Murphy cracked me up (per usual!) Seriously I love that he’s practically sleeping on your shoulder. I swear Mr. Teddy does the same thing… even with a laptop in the way, he always finds a way to curl up on me! Pugs are hilarious.

  13. Oh, I just noticed this recipe – I have to try it out, I am a huge fan of sweet and savory mix. This dish (with its colors) seems like an ideal autumn dish, too, just right for thanksgiving. Btw, do not stop blogging about your favorite issues just because it seems like the right thing to do. I have been considering the same a number of times. But seriously, we should do what we like!

  14. Hi Tina,

    I am really happy that you have gone back to your blogging roots. I think this blog change is a good idea! You don’t need to keep yourself in a blogging box of food blog only. You should feel free to blog about what you choose, it is your blog after all!

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