Fall In Full Swing

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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Fall is officially in full swing here in southern Massachusetts: cool weather, cozy sweaters, and pumpkin spice lattes.

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I had my first (iced) pumpkin spice latte from Starbucks this morning, and I have to admit that I was less than impressed with it. There was just something off about the pumpkin flavor. It tasted fake-spicy and not really pumpkin-y. Of course, I drank it (I’m not going to waste $4), but I’m not sure I’ll order another one anytime soon. 


With pumpkin spice latte in hand, Murphy and I hit the road to drive to my sister’s house. The pug is spending the long weekend with his favorite cousin, Batman.

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When I arrived at my sister’s house, we took Murphy and Batman to a nearby park to run around for a little while.

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I love seeing dogs run free. They look like they’re totally at peace with the world.

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Happy Pug!

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Happy Basenji/Golden Retriever/Cocker Spaniel/Beagle/Italian Greyhound!

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Now, I’m at home, chowing down a turkey and cheddar cheese sandwich as I blog, and then I need to start packing for Newport. Mal and I are leaving as soon as he gets home from school. I am so psyched for this weekend! 

Buffalo Wing Lasagna

My Buffalo Wing Lasagna recipe is live on the Pretzel Crisps website. I absolutely love this recipe. It’s not healthy at all, but it’s sure delicious! Please make it!


Question of the Day

What’s your favorite dish for fall? Feel free to share a link!

P.S. Check out who ended up on Boston.com yesterday!



  1. I had the same experience with the PSL. Not nearly as good as they have been in the past. I wonder what that is? Hopefully they fix it soon because it was so sad to have a mediocre PSL!

    On a more positive note, Murphy is the CUTEST little pup ever!!!

  2. It’s nice to know that I’m not the only person on earth who hadn’t tried the Pumpkin Spice Latte. Wait: I still haven’t had one and you have. Maybe I AM the only one left. 🙂

    Regardless, try the Salted Caramel Mocha… it will change your life. I’ve never tasted a latte that I love so much.

    So wanting to try your lasagna. Soon! I’m in the process of losing weight, so I may have to modify it slightly to get it to where I can eat it. Looks yum-o though and congrats on being featured!

  3. I totally spotted that recipe because I’m a fan of Pretzel Crisps on Facebook. I just can’t help it!! I can’t commit to my favorite fall dish yet. I’m still working on it! 🙂

  4. I totally agree about the Starbucks Pumpkin Spiced Latte not living up to it’s hype. I’m usually a Grande 2 Pump Toffee Nut Latte with Soy no Whip kind of person because anything more is way too sweet. Maybe it’s because I did the usual just subbing the TN syrup for the PS…I want to try it again (because there has to be a reason it’s everywhere…right?) but I dont want all the added sweetness of 4 pumps of syrup…and maybe the whip. Ayeee!! I’ve seen a couple knock off versions of the PSL made as a smoothie with real pumpkin puree in it that looks delish…if only my grocery stores would get their stock of pumpkin in…then I could try it.

  5. THANK YOU! for saying something about the pumpkin spice latte— I had it on ice too and it just didn’t taste right… no fuzzy fall feelings. something was up. ps I want both of yalls dogs!!!!!

  6. I like to make my own pumpkin spice lattes…that way I can guarantee the flavour and lower calories too! For fall, I LOVE anything with pumpkin or apples…:)

  7. my sister and I looove pumpkin-anything and totally prefer Dunkin Donuts’ pumpkin coffee to Starbucks. Cheaper too. Have you tried it?

    Try it hot–that’s how it’s meant to be consumed. I promise you’ll love it…or at least like it a LITTLE bit more!!

  9. I agree with the Pumpkin Spice latte, and I’m so disappointed. I have tried it cold and hot and it tastes very artificial to me. They must have changed the syrup that they use. I have had 2 and won’t have anymore.

  10. Not that you HAVE to like the pumpkin spice lattes from Starbucks, but I have found that they taste much better hot than iced. The pumpkin flavor just tastes off when it’s iced. Just in case you want to give the hot latte a try :).

  11. I prefer the Peet’s pumpkin spice latte, but when I get it at Starbucks, I ask for 1/2 the normal amount of syrup (and no whipped cream). It’s still not as good as Peet’s, but it’s an improvement on the original for sure.

  12. i think the pumpkin spice lattes have changed since last year. i knew it wasn’t just me!! ive gone to four different Starbucks and they all taste weird and not very pumpkin-y.

  13. I feel like the Pumpkin Spice flavoring has changed! I have loved it in previous years–but this season, I am just not feeling it!

    I saved the Buffalo Lasagna recipe and will be trying it soon! 🙂

  14. I noticed the pumpkin spice being off last year. Fake spice is the worse… not sure what happened to their original recipe, but they should definitely bring it back.

  15. I’m not crazy about the pumpkin spice latte this year either. Although, the one I was really unimpressed with was the pumpkin spiced iced coffee at Dunkin Donuts. I got one last week and it tasted even more fake than Starbucks. I wanted the caffeine and also didn’t want to waste my money but I certainly won’t get it again!

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