Finn and Nella Pasta

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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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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Remember how Murphy was absolutely exhausted after his pug playdate yesterday afternoon? Well, his partner in crime, Finn, was pooped too!

His owner, Leigh, sent me this photo yesterday afternoon:


The story of Murphy, Finn, and Nella Pasta is actually sort of random.

A couple of months ago, Murphy and Finn briefly met on the streets of South Boston. But, it wasn’t until Leigh’s friend told her about Carrots ‘N’ Cake that we got in touch with one another.

In addition to loving pugs, Leigh is a huge foodie and co-owner of Nella Pasta.


Nella Pasta specializes in fresh handmade pasta using local ingredients.


Tonight, I made Nella Pasta’s Southwestern Black and Orange Ravioli.

From the Nella Pasta blog:

We stuffed our bright orange roasted red pepper pasta with a southwestern black bean filling that will appeal to all the senses: the perfect Halloween motif-ed colors that will complement any Halloween decor, the fragrant aroma of hot chillies and cilantro and the perfect subltle kick of spice for your taste buds.


I added the Southwestern Black and Orange Ravioli to a bed of fresh spinach and topped it with a sauce made from marinara, salsa, chopped green bell pepper, and ground Italian sausage. Mmm!

As dorky as it may sound, the meal was bursting with flavor! πŸ˜€


And, for the record, I snacked on a M&M cookie and a cup of coffee during the NuVal meeting this afternoon.

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The cookie was amazing; the coffee was horrendous! πŸ˜•


I have Apple Crisp baking in the oven right now. I’m so excited! It’s the first of the season for me! :mrgreen:

Almost time for bed! Sleep tight!



  1. Wow, thank you Murph for that awesome connection! Love love love homemade pasta! Doesn’t yummy! That pasta sounds DELICIOUS as well! Way to go Murph! πŸ˜‰ I bet that apple crisp smells incredible. I will have to make some just as soon as Florida catches up cold-weather wise!

  2. That cookie does look fabulous. It looks semi doughy still, which is the key to a wonderful cookie!

    I haven’t had apple crisp this season yet either. Or pumpkin, which I have been REALLY craving. I hope you enjoy your crisp!

    Have a great evening!

  3. Tina-
    I love how joyful and happy and more upbeat your blog has become- not saying that it was a downer before, but I can tell in the way you explain things lately how much happier you are – with your new pug and with your new career! I’m so happy you found something that makes you burst with joy πŸ™‚ Have a terrific night!

  4. your dinner tonight looked so pretty and I loved that you snacked on a cookie today. You def. seem to be in a happier mood since your new job. It really reflects in your blog! You are an extremely huge inspiration to me. Keep up the great work!

  5. Thanks for sharing this pasta company. I was just reading through their blog and I guess they moved their location to J.P. which I could surely run (I don’t have a car) to someday to check it out. I too had apple crisp tonight πŸ™‚ one of my favs.

  6. Hi Tina, I really like your pictures and table setting – they are always look so elegant and warm. that’s really an enjoyment to read through it.
    That pasta looks so tasty – ravioli is always on top of my list. thanks for satisfying my cravings !

  7. It’s possible that if Murphy and Fin became best friends, I would read a blog just about them! πŸ™‚ That cookie looks amazingly good, usually Starbucks ones seem sort of dried out but that looks nice and chewy.

  8. I tried the following topping for Apple Crisp. It was excellent and kind of healthy.
    3/4 cup brown sugar
    1/2 cup flour
    1/2 cup uncooked rolled oats
    3/4 tsp. cinnamon
    3/4 tsp. nutmeg
    1/3 cup butter, softened
    Mix ingredients thoroughly. Sprinkle over apples.

  9. Bummer on the horrible coffee. That pasta looks so good. I love black bean anything. Any chance I could find that in San Antonio, TX? *crossing fingers*

  10. Ah! I’ve been meaning to make an apple crisp and I keep never getting to it! I think you may have just inspired me to do so πŸ™‚ And M&M cookies are the absolute best aren’t they? Something about all those colors…

  11. hey what is that pug poster behind finn in that picture? i love vintage looking posters/prints… do you know where she got it?

  12. Thanks Tina for the review! We’re so happy to share our pasta with all of you! We do not have mail order yet, but visit the site to find out about future store locations, etc. As for the pug print– check or I got mine on sale at Bed Bath and Beyond (the lab and corgi ones are really cute too)!
    Thank you all for your kind words! R & L

  13. That pasta really does look like it was bursting with flavor (and color)! One of those dishes I wish I could reach through the computer screen and grab a bowl for myself, too bad technology can’t keep up w. my daydreams : )

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