Dinner with the Duchesse

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Hi, 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.

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Murphy says: “Heeeeyyyyy, ladies!” πŸ˜‰


LOL! πŸ˜†

After the beer tasting, Dave and Marie came over for dinner. The guys were all about grilling outside (despite the 40* weather), so we bought a bunch of “grill-ables” at the grocery store and headed back to our house for dinner and drinks.

We started with store-bought artichoke dip and Stacy’s Pita Chips. I was so hungry after the beer tasting, I chowed down!

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The guys grilled-up a whole slew of food– hot dogs, marinated chicken, and Sun-dried Tomato and Basil Chicken Sausage (from the freezer).


I chose a grilled chicken sausage and added a little bit of ketchup to it. It might look gross, but it tasted pretty good!


With dinner, I enjoyed a glass of Duchesse de Bourgogne that I bought at the beer tasting earlier this afternoon.

The Duchesse de Bourgogne is a traditional Flemish red ale that is matured in oak casks. It’s nice and smooth with flavors of fruit and chocolate, but it’s not super sweet. It actually has a pretty dry finish to it. “The Duchesse” was easily my favorite beer at the tasting.



After dinner, I enjoyed a second glass. It was just too good to turn down! πŸ˜‰


For dessert, I whipped up a batch of cookies for our guests, who requested a “not-too-healthy” goody.


My baking experiment resulted in Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Cookies. HOLY YUM! They tasted just like banana bread with chocolate chips mixed in. I downed 3 cookies within a matter of minutes– they went really well with The Duchesse! πŸ˜‰

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Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Cookies

Makes 16 cookies


  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 egg


  • Preheat oven to 350*F
  • Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl
  • Coat baking sheet with non-stick spray
  • Use a tablespoon to portion cookies onto baking sheet
  • Baked for 15-20 minutes until cookies start to brown
  • Allow to cool and enjoy!


I have a hot gym date with my husband in the morning, so I am heading to bed.

Good night! :mrgreen:

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