Dinner with the Duchesse

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.


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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:



  1. Love the picture of Murphy, lol!! Those cookies look so good! I thought they looked like they were loaded with chips and then I read the ingredients – one cup of chocolate chips…that’s my kind of cookie!!!

  2. Ahhhh that picture of Murphy is priceless!!! Love it!!

    Those cookies look amazing!! I always eat my bananas before they get ripe enough for baking. This week I bought extra so maybe they’ll be good for some banana cookies!!!

  3. i want to pinch murphy’s belly!!! he is just too cute for words. love the wine and the gym date. the bf and i used to run together and then he injured his back. i struggle with it every day πŸ™

  4. Those cookies look to die for! Definitely writing this recipe down! πŸ™‚

    PS. Murphy makes me want a pug so badly! He’s so adorable!

  5. Is that beer in a wine type bottle? Never seen that but it is a great idea.. I love red ale, too, so I may have to see if I can find that around here.

  6. Hey Tina I know you are busy but when I try to buy the MyPressi Twist using the code β€œIceCoffee” it says β€œWe’re sorry you cannot purchase this product with a coupon.” I really would like to buy it on sale so let me know what I am doing wrong! Thanks so much

  7. I’m going to have to give this cookie recipe to a friend to make for me, since I make the worst chocolate chip cookies ever… I can’t risk it… but I also can’t pass up this awesome looking recipe πŸ™‚
    * thanks for the recipe*

  8. I love your blog! and you look AMAZING in the pic in the Pool! How is your “lose the dough” going? I noticed you haven’t updated the post for 3/15/10.
    Wine tastings are THE BOMB!!!!

  9. oh mmm those cookies look and sound delicious. i was totally in the mood to bake last night, but the only needed ingredients i had were like flour and sugar so it was a no go. but looks like you have a fun night! grilling out means its almost summer!!

  10. I love the picture of the wine with Murphy in the background — he’s your guardian pug angel!

    I am really impressed that the layout for your photos comes through in Google Reader. Mine look cute on the site itself, but get all wonky when it comes to reader. Do you use a plugin or just adjust the way you place the photos when you publish?

  11. I just recently started following your blog, but I have to say that I love Murphy! As a fellow Pug parent, I love seeing him in the posts.

  12. The Duchesse IS my favorite beer, hands down.

    Tina, we have to meet one day and go “beering.” I always get such a kick out of reading your beer and wine related posts!

    Enjoy the remainder of your weekend.

  13. Murphy is so cute, his pictures always make me smile! Think he would be great for movies, he’s got such charisma eh!

  14. Oh, those cookies look gooooood. I love how you adapt your recipes to both “super-healthy” and “not-too-healthy”. However, I wasn’t really expecting dog pornography when I clicked here… πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

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