Doggone It

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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I'm Tina

Iโ€™m the owner of Carrots โ€˜Nโ€™ 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 canโ€™t lose weight no matter what they do.

The doggie lobster costume is in my possession!! :mrgreen: I found it at PetSmart this afternoon and, of course, Murphy was super excited to see it. But, when he tried it on, it didn’t fit! It was too big! ๐Ÿ˜• I’m always worried about things being too small for him, but I guess I overestimated his size today. Looks like I’ll have to return it tomorrow.


Murphy’s new chicken-flavor Nylabone, however, willย not be returned to the store.


It was a big hit with him! ๐Ÿ˜€

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For dinner this evening, I made one of my favorite recipes. Cauliflower was the star ingredient.


I made Real Simple’sย Macaroni and Cheese with Cauliflower. Mmmmm!


Iย love this meal! :mrgreen:


After dinner, I enjoyed a Pumpkin Date Nut Bar, which I’ve had trouble keeping my hands off of today. Holy delicious!


I’ve been exhausted all day today, so I’m hitting the hay early for a good night’s sleep.

Good night, folks!

P.S. The image from my “Words to Live By” post is called theย Holstee Manifesto. You can download a printer-friendly version of the Holstee Manifesto here.



  1. I love Real Simple recipes…I just got my magazine this month and can’t wait to see what is in there this month!

  2. Hahaha! I can’t wait to see Murphy in the costume.

    Since my boyfriend wants a pug, I’ve been posting daily photos of pugs in costumes on his facebook wall. Yesterday was a Yoda Pug. Today was a pug in a pink tutu. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. YUM! Dinner sounds really delish Tina. I haven’t bought cauli in a while and you’ve got me craving some. I clicked over to the recipe link and found its SO simple! That peice of cheesy cauli is making my mouth water.

    That lobster costume for Murph is SO FREAKIN ADORABLE!!! ๐Ÿ˜€ I can’t wait to have a dog again … my cat doesn’t like to be dressed up ;P

  4. Awww, Murphy is going to make the cutest lobster! Too bad it was too big but I hope they have it in his size because I can’t imagine him being anything else! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thanks for sharing the source. I shared this image in my department meeting today as a form of inspiration and everyone LOVED it!

  5. I LOVED your words to live by – I’ve printed it off and am going to pin it up on the bulletin board in my office. SUCH good advice! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. The mac-n-cheese looks great! Thanks for the link! I’ll probably do 8 instead of 6 servings, though – looks like it’s rich enough that small will do.

  7. That mac-n-cheese looks amazing, even though (being Australian) it’s not something I ever grew up eating so I never think to make it! I love cauliflower, though, so should try this ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. O but you must post a pic of Murphy in that costume when you get the right size. I wish I had a dog to dress up. Sadly no pets allowed in my bulding. I live vicariously through my mom and sister. My mom’s dog is going to be a flower and my sister’s dog is going to be a skeleton.

  9. I JUST shared a link on my blog about pugs in costumes!!!

    Hilarious. The lobster is definitely one of my favorites. Well, they are all my favorite.

    Also, this might be one of your most “comfort foodie” posts, but I think that’s why it’s my favorite ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Ok Murphy looks adorbable… per usual! I think I’m dressing up Mr. Teddy as a hotdog this year. Haha! I’ve totally seen that recipe in Real Simple! I’m pretty sure that page is still dogeared. Thanks for bringing it back to my mind! I think I’ll add those ingredients to the shopping list this week! Yep! Maybe with some spinach…. mmm! I’m hungry now!

  11. My puppy loves that bone, I think it’s kind of like his security blanket. But then, I also think he was weaned a tad to early.

  12. Thumper has unwillingly been a lobster the past three years running. They’re tortured, but it’s friggin’ adorable. Murphy is going to look awesome!

  13. Tina, I always love your photography, but I must say that the photos of the pumpkin bars are so very beautiful!! Excellent job. And on another note, I just think you should know that your blog is beautiful too. There’s a warmth, an empathetic tone, to it, and it’s what has kept me coming back for years. Great job. You’re doing all the right things.

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