Dreams of Cake Pops

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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Mal and I had plans later in the evening, so we cooked our dinner before CrossFit yesterday afternoon, so all we needed to do when we got home was eat it.

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On the menu: Cilantro Turkey Burgers with Spinach and Cantaloupe Salad. Mal mostly followed the recipe for the turkey burgers, but he also added some Worcestershire sauce and grated Parmesan to the mix. Mmm! I love how he thinks!

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The cantaloupe was already cut up, so all we needed to do was grill the burgers.

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Once dinner was all set, I headed to Pond Meadow Park to meet Kerrie for a quick loop (1.6 miles) of the park. We tried to time our run, but we messed up the clock somehow, so we don’t know exactly how fast we were going, but it felt like a really speedy pace to me! My quads were burning at points!

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After our run, I headed to CrossFit for a workout:

3 Rounds for time of:
6 Hang Power Clean and Jerks
14 Burpee Box Jumps
59 Double Unders

Rx: (205, 115) (24, 20)
L2: (165, 100) (24, 20)
L1: (135, 75) (20, 16) (2x sinlges)
Beg: (95, 55) (16, 12) (Singles)

I did a mix of Level 1 and 2: 75 pounds for the Hang Power Clean and Jerks, 24 inch box, and Double Unders. I finished in 14:11.

My little victory of the day, which I was really excited about, was using a 24-inch box for the Burpee Box Jumps. It was my first time ever using a 24-inch box for a workout. There were no 20-inch boxes left before the WOD, so I challenged myself to the higher box. I figured it was only 14 Burpee Box Jumps (ok, well, 42 in total), so I might as well give it a try. It was tough and it probably slowed me down a bit, but I still did it””and only tripped once without injury!

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After CrossFit, I headed home, quickly showered, dropped off my car at the mechanic (the stupid check engine light came back on after going off and staying off for 10 days), and then whipped up a couple of smoothies for Mal and me for dinner.

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Even though we had burgers waiting for us, Mal and I just weren’t in the mood for such a heavy dinner. I actually didn’t feel like eating at all, which sometimes happens to me after a tough workout, but I knew I needed to consume something to refuel my muscles, and a smoothie sounded really appetizing.

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In the mix: frozen banana, frozen chopped kale, ground flaxseed meal, almond milk, and protein powder.

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Elizabeth and Nick  invited Mal and me to sample some of Mix Bakery‘s cupcakes, cake pops, and cookies that they are considering for their wedding. Cake tasting? Yes, please! And I definitely brought my sweet tooth for it.

Over the course of the evening, I tried almost one of everything (and two of some things), and I absolutely fell in love with the cake pops, which were Red Velvet covered in chocolate and Funfetti covered in vanilla. Holy goodness, delicious!


I also enjoyed a couple of Left Hand Nitro Milk Stouts along with the desserts.

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Cake + beer + French bulldog = heaven on earth.

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Thanks so much for the invite, Elizabeth and Nick! My dreams were filled with cake pops last night!

Murphy’s Birthday Giveaway

Thanks to everyone who entered Murphy’s birthday giveaway to win some fun doggie goodies from Real Simple. Here’s your winner:


My pups are Ripley and Maddie, both black lab mixes rescued from shelters. Love those two!

Congrats, Jill! Please email me at tina@carrotsncake.com with your full name and address to claim your prize.

Question of the Day

If you could only eat one dessert for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Before last night, I would have said carrot cake with cream cheese frosting, but now I’m all about the cake pops, especially that Funfetti one!



  1. Hi Tina!

    I am also a CrossFit lover like yourself and I was just wondering how you were able to master double unders?! I can not for the life of me get them! I just end up whipping myself with the rope haha … well okay, I can do one or two and thats it. Whats your trick??

    1. What made it finally click for me was jumping at the same pace and relaxing. It also helped doing single, single, double jumps, and once I got the hang of that, trying to string more doubles together. And, of course, practice and don’t give up! Good luck! 🙂

  2. oh my god, those desserts look amazing! I’m practically drooling at my work computer… ahhh I wish it were 5! and Kudos on the box jump, I have a SEVERE fear of jumping up onto things like that. I had a trainer who tried to get up to jump up onto a box, and I kept making it make it shorter. Even then it caused me serious anxiety. I just kept imagining myself tripping and falling.

  3. I’ve actually made cake pops before! When my best friend studied abroad in China 2 summers ago, we had a welcome-home party for her & I made cake pops. They came out DELICIOUS. Seriously, go make them. I had a little trouble coating them in melted chocolate (the chocolate didn’t stay melted long enough), so I ended up just coating them in frosting–clearly still a tasty choice 🙂

  4. just one dessert?? it’s so hard to choose!! i’d probably have to say good ol’ fashioned apple pie a la mode…it never lets me down!

  5. Is “funfetti” the colored balls on the chocolate topping? I love that name. We don’t call them that here!!

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