Fire Starter

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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I'm Tina

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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Doesn’t this scene look like the perfect way to kick-off the holiday season!?! Sugar cookies, wine, and a roaring fire… I’m not sure it can get better than this! πŸ˜‰


Tonight, Mal and I tested out our new fireplace. We had a chimney sweep come to clean it on Wednesday afternoon, so we’ve been itching to have a fire ever since.



Clearly, Murphy was too exhausted to care about the new fireplace. (He went to bed about an hour ago. Batman really wears him out.)


Fire starter.


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While Mal got the fire going, I baked a half batch of Sugar Cookies.


Baking cookies and listening to Christmas music on Pandora totally put me in the holiday spirit! πŸ˜€


Once the fire was going and the cookies were baked, we broke open a nice bottle of wine from my recent trip to California:Β 2008 Jackson Hills Chardonnay. It was my favorite wine of the whole trip, so I saved it for a special occasion like tonight.


Hooray for the holidays! :mrgreen:


I’m going to join the pug in bed pretty soon because I have a 12-mile run in the morning! 😯

Good night, folks! πŸ˜€



  1. I’m so jealous of your fireplace!! Something is wrong with ours, and with our -12 degree weather, we have been staring at it longingly!! We couldn’t get an appt to get it fixed for another week. ;(

    it looks like you had the perfect day!! Dog asleep in your arms, wine in your hand, and your hubs by your side. πŸ˜‰

  2. Your first fire and Christmas cookies in your new home = DEFINITE special occasion. I just sat here like an idiot smiling at a computer screen while reading your post- it was definitely a warm fuzzy one πŸ™‚

  3. Ahh perfect night. As an NYC apartment-dweller I am very jealous of the fireplace! I’m getting up and running 8 miles tomorrow, can’t wait!! Could not be more excited about the holidays. What is the holiday station on Pandora that is so good? There are a few I think… I hope those cookies are homemade, hmm!?

  4. Sugar cookies are probably my favorite dessert (along with banana bread)! I don’t like chocolate but I love anything vanilla/sugary like that.

  5. I love sugar cookies but don’t remember the last time I had some :P. It is one of the things I love but don’t have often ;). Might make some this week!

  6. For some reason this post just warmed my heart. I hope you guys relish these moments, they don’t last forever and some day you will look back & wish they were here again. More than that, I hope you continue to be as happy as you are today… every day of your life!
    Thanks for sharing your life. You often inspire me & if nothing else, make me smile & appreciate life.

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