Breakfast Before Bake-Off

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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Wahoo! Just about caught up! It’s been a crazy few days here in Orlando, so I’m sure you can image how easy it is to get behind with blogging. I’m glad to be back on track!

If you didn’t read CNC over the weekend, here are some links to catch you up to speed!

This morning started bright and early at 6:30 AM with a breakfast buffet with the Pillsbury Bake-Off® Finalists.



There was a nice spread of fresh fruit, eggs, potatoes, bacon, sausage, and pastries.


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My plate:


I loved the fresh berries! I missed having them all winter.


Coffee was much-needed this morning. I’m glad that this brand was strong and bold. It definitely got me going!


The 44th Pillsbury Bake-Off® kicked-off with opening remarks from president of Pillsbury, Juliana Chugg. She started by giving us a quick history of the Bake-Off.

History of the Pillsbury Bake-Off®

The Pillsbury Bake-Off® Contest originated in 1949, with the first competition at the Waldorf=Astoria in New York City. The contest was held annually from 1949 to 1978, when it switched to an every-other-year schedule. The $1 million grand prize was first awarded in 1996 to Kurt Wait, who was also the first man to win top honors in the contest. The 43rd Pillsbury Bake-Off® Contest was held April 2008 in Dallas, Texas. Carolyn Gurtz, Gaithersburg, Md., won the grand prize with her Double-Delight Peanut Butter Cookies recipe.


Then, we heard from Sandra Lee, television host and home and food expert. She will later announce the category and special prize winners during an awards ceremony this evening.


About Sandra Lee

Lee revolutionized the way people think about creating from scratch, with her trademark 70/30 Semi-Homemade® philosophy, which combines 70% ready-made products with 30% fresh and creative touches. She is editor-in-chief of Sandra Lee Semi-Homemade magazine, host of the multi-Emmy-nominated “Semi-Homemade Cooking with Sandra Lee” and “Sandra’s Money Saving Meals” on Food Network and a New York Times best-selling author.


The Bake-Off is SO exciting!!! The energy in the room is unreal– and, of course, the recipes all sound so delicious, like the Savory Breakfast Pizza that has 6 whole Eggland’s Best eggs on top. (I could totally eat a second breakfast right now!) I can’t wait to tell you guys all about it!

Back to work! 😉



  1. Oh I have a love/hate relationship with Sandra. I think she has some great cooking ideas, but I really hate how she uses so many processed foods in her cooking. She doesn’t always pick healthy food! But she definitely gives you lots of good ideas and short cuts, and I guess you can adapt them to fit your lifestyle! What do others think?
    Have fun today!

  2. I’m not a huge fan of Sandra Lee. Sometimes she cuts corners for strange reasons. I’m not a food purist in any way and use premade foods all the time, but sometimes her shortcuts seem odd. I’m with you on the fresh berries, though. So great after a long winter!

  3. haha..the coffee was strong and “bog” – you have blogging on the brain! i accidentally type things like that all the time. also, sometimes my nursing vocab slips into my blog vocab and vice versa…maybe a sign i need to work and/or blog less?

  4. Have you read Sandra Lee’s book? My parents gave it to me for Christmas a couple of years ago when I got really into cooking and baking and it is wonderful! Gives a lot of insight about her.

  5. I, too, am not a huge Sandra Lee fan. I find her TV personality a bit grating and her meals rarely look good to me. HOWEVER, I’ve read about her life and she has had to overcome some pretty heavy situations, and at quite a young age, too. Learning the details made me go a little easier on her, if only because it reminded me that everyone is dealing with “something.”

  6. Sounds like you are having an incredible experience. It would be so much fun to see “behind the scenes” action at the bake-off. Like other readers, I have a love-hate relationship with Sandra Lee. I think she has some great ideas but her personality kind of annoys me. Hope you are having a great day! Can’t wait for an update!

  7. My mum is obsessed with those kipfler/fingerling-type potatos… and I must admit they’re pretty good! I’ve never had them for breakfast though, you lucky thing you!

  8. I had a wonderful time as a Bake-off Contest finalist this year! So excited to have made your blog – that is me talking to Ali Wentworth with my recipe in hand (Caramelized Red Onion-Feta Burgers). It was a whirlwind of excitement and it feels a bit strange to back to my ho-hum everyday life, without the anticipation of the Bake-off day off in the future! I will definitely be entering again!

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