Craving Some R & R

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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Hi, guys! 😀

I’m going to whiz right through tonight’s dinner post because I have a hot date with my DVR, specifically American Idol and Lost. There’s just so much good TV to watch! I’m also really craving some serious R & R tonight, so quick post then vegging out! 😀


When I got home from NuVal, a big box of Uncle Jerry’s Pretzels was waiting for me on my front porch. Sweet! I’m not typically a pretzel fan, but I love Uncle Jerry’s. They actually taste healthy, but in a good way. You can tell that they are made with high quality and wholesome ingredients.

This afternoon, I tried the Extra Dark variety, which has a unique blackened, almost burnt, taste. They were so, so delicious. I’m a big fan!


After eating a couple of pretzels, I snacked on a banana to hold me over until dinnertime.



Real Simple had another winner with their Deep-Dish Polenta Pizza recipe. It rocked!


In addition to tasting wonderful, this recipe was so easy to make. It took practically no time to prepare and just 30 minutes to cook in the oven. Although, Mal popped the pizza back in the oven for an additional 10 minutes to give the crust a more crispy texture.


The recipe called for shredded radicchio, sun-dried tomatoes, and mozzarella, but I topped my pizza with red bell pepper, mushrooms, and crumbled blue cheese.


The melted blue cheese was to die for!


This recipe was a great twist on your usual homemade pizza. It’s definitely a keeper!



For dessert, I finished off the final two Oatmeal Raisin Cookies from yesterday’s batch.


After dinner and dessert, Mal broke out a bottle of Berkshire Brewing Company Cabin Fever Ale. I wasn’t planning to drink, but I think I needed a beer tonight.



Mal just started American Idol and I have a beer waiting for me. Time to chill with my guys! :mrgreen:


Enjoy your evening!



  1. I had the same issue with the polenta crust when I made the pizza. I am thinking next time I might par-bake the crust before adding the toppings. Did your’s crips up with the extra 10?

  2. Interesting recipe… I’ll definitely have to give it a try. I tried to make a sort of lasagne casserole dish with polenta once and it was a total fail. I had given up on polenta, but this recipe might convince me to try it again.

  3. Thank you so much. I have been reading your blog for a little over a year now and everytime I read it I am put in a better mood. I truly appreciate your honesty and your hard work with your blog. Your dinner looks wonderful and I love how you make such realistic meals. Moreover, your evening with a beer, your puppy, and your husband watching American Idol sounds so ideal and REAL!

    I just wanted to let you know that your blog really encourages me. It’s real life, you like beer, you life fun, you like good food ( especially pizza – my favorite) and you love health. There can be a balance and your the perfect example.

  4. This is a fantastic blog! My pal over at told me to check it out, and I can see why she loves it. Great tips, great recipes and very inspiring story re: the career change and following your passions. Congrats on making it happen! I look forward to reading more AND trying this polenta pie. 🙂

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