Do You Want A Treat?

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.

You bet Murphy wanted a treat this afternoon!! This dog loses his mind when the T word is uttered in his presence.

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Murphy’s pug friend, Olive, sent him some homemade Peanut Butter Treats for Christmas. Peanut butter also has a special meaning for the pug, so I’m sure you can imagine what happened when I mentioned peanut butter treats! He was psyched!

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I like treats too, so I did a little baking this afternoon.


As you probably know, I’m obsessed with Mama Pea’s Dough Ball recipe. It’s simply fabulous.

I’ve had a container of canned pumpkin in my refrigerator for about a week now, so I decided to use it up by making it into Dough Balls. Why not, right? 😉

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Pumpkin-Chocolate Chip Dough Balls

Makes 1 dozen


  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1/4 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tbsp canola oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 325*F.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl; mix well. (Batter will seem dry at first, but just keep mixing.)
  3. Coat a baking tray with non-stick cooking spray.
  4. Roll batter into 1-inch balls.
  5. Bake for 18-20 minutes.
  6. Allow to cool before serving.


I love Dough Balls.


Love them.


They’re all I wanted for Christmas! :mrgreen:

Animal Resue Alert

Just wanted to share an email that I received from a reader yesterday:

North Shore Animal League is the most wonderful organization where they take animals from everywhere and make it their mission to adopt every single one of them.  It is the world’s largest No Kill shelter. Recently, they have rescued 54 animal (mostly small breed dogs – most popular in pet stores) from a puppy mill. The breeds include Yorkshire Terriers, Chihuahuas, Pomeranians, Cocker Spaniels, Pugs, and Papillons. If you’re interested in adopting a dog, here’s the Rescue Alert.  

Mal and I are finishing (starting?) our Christmas shopping tonight. Hopefully, we have better luck this time compared to last time!

P.S. I need a serious sugar detox. I think it’s my next life challenge. Tips/advice welcomed!



  1. I tried making doughballs too and they were good. I only cooked them for 10 minutes or so because I was following Mama Pea’s directions. I actually asked for dough balls for a Christmas present and they came early. I had one last night, so good!! I’ve never had one before, ammazingg!

  2. @Lorin: Oh and I defintely feel that I am eating a bit more sugar, but really I am pacing myself and don’t feel I have sugar-overload yet. I am definitely willing to try a sugar detox challenge because my family is coming next week and I have a feeling I will be eating a lot of sugar then!

  3. I need a sugar detox too! My sweet tooth is out of control. You should set up a few guidelines for the blog world to follow and that way we all have some rules to detox on together. It’d be a fun little experiment. Plus, we’ll all be going through withdraw together, making it that much easier!

  4. Hey Tina. I’d definitely be on board for a post-holiday sugar detox. Lately I haven’t been at a good place with eating and sugar consumption is a big part of it. Let me know if you want to organize something together.

  5. Sugar detoxes are the worst!!! I went through one earlier this week. I try to freeze all of my sweets that I made, or I just give them away to people. Also, if I really want something sweet, I will just grab an apple/orange/ whatever fruit lies around in my house. Good Luck!

  6. I have a classmate who told me she doesn’t eat any refined sugars anymore and even tries to limit her fruit-sugar intake. I don’t know if I could EVER do that, but she says she feels amazing.

  7. Instead of a sugar detox, why not just go back to eating your normal levels of sugar? I’ve done a lot of reading on marathon prep/tapers, and it seems like a real sugar detox where you cut out all sugar and white carbs might be a bad idea during a marathon taper…just my 2 cents, but detox is such a dangerous word!

  8. Does Murphy do a little “tap dance” when he wants a treat? Our pug (Gaston) will tap his feet over and over and run in circles until you give his treat to him! He gets so excited we have to wait for him to calm down a little or he’ll nip us 🙂 I love our little guy and I love seeing the adventures of your little guy.

  9. Hey everyone!

    Wow, thanks Patricia for linking to my site from here! I wanted to leave a note about my 21-Day Sugar Detox program since so many of you are talking about needing to do one…

    It’s REAL FOOD based. It’s a focus on getting back to the foods we want to eat all the time, and getting a lot of the dense carbohydrate foods out of the picture because it’s not JUST about sweet or sugary foods! Eating a lot of refined carbs or even just dense carbs in general (grains, legumes) can really put us over the edge grabbing for more!

    If anyone does want to join in for a group detox, I’m going to have one start on January 3rd, 2011- this gives everyone the weekend to shop and prepare. My 21-Day Sugar Detox manual is available from my website and it’s a great help to just get your head on straight and focus on what to do. I also HIGHLY recommend recruiting a coworker or family member to join you! It makes the process SO much easier when you have a buddy. That said, I always start Facebook group chats each time we do a detox- so there will be others chatting about their experience, tips, tricks and ideas there-

    Those pumpkin balls look amazing!

    Diane Sanfilippo
    holistic nutritionist, owner of Balanced Bites

  10. (Long time reader but first time commenter.) I love your blog and today I loved the tasty and very easy to make Pumpkin-Chocolate Chip Dough Balls. I made them and linked to your recipe in my blog post today. Keep up the good work.

    oh and Go Ducks!!! =)

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