Holiday Housewarming

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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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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What a busy morning! I’m so glad that the day is finally winding down.

As soon as Mal and I finished eating breakfast, we got to work preparing for a little housewarming gathering at our house. There were slim pickings for food in our kitchen, so I took a quick trip to the grocery store while Mal cleaned up the place.

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My trip to the grocery store also included a pit-stop at Marshalls, where I bought new bedding for the guestroom. Clearly, I had my priorities in order this morning.


But, I also found some “fancy” snacks at Marshalls for our get-together, so the visit was totally worth it! 😉

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At home, I threw together some Spinach Dip. I tried to find an easy recipe online, but I just ended up doing my own thing. It actually turned out really well! Everyone liked it and it was SO easy to make!

Spinach Dip


  • 1 10-ounce box of frozen chopped spinach
  • 1 8-ounce box of cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Salt + pepper to taste


  • Combine all ingredients in a microwavable-safe bowl.
  • Cook in microwave for 3 minutes. Remove from microwave and stir together.
  • Continue to cook until spinach is completely thawed, cheese is melted, and dip is smooth and creamy.

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While I cooked the dip, Mal made Pigs In a Blanket using full-sized hot dogs and Crescent Rolls.

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The pug sat nearby waiting for Dad to drop potential snacks on the floor. 

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A little while later, my in-laws, brother-in-law and his wife arrived to see our new house and enjoy a few appetizers and some good conversation.

Mal and I served raw veggies with hummus, Spinach Dip with crackers, Pigs In a Blanket with spicy mustard, honey-roasted peanuts, cheese straws, and holiday M&M’s. I hadn’t eaten lunch, so I went to town on the spread of goodies!

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Our get-together was really laid-back– exactly how I wanted to spend my Sunday. It was great to see everyone and catch up for a few hours. Of course, the pug enjoyed all of the attention from our guests!

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Mal and I are planning to lay low and watch Elf tonight. I cannot wait to get into my PJ’s and relax with him and Murphy on the couch. I think yesterday’s 20-miler is finally hitting me. I’m pooped.

Enjoy the evening, folks!



  1. You can’t go wrong with Spinach Dip! I love the stuff. 🙂 My parents’ dog, Cici, also loves to sit right next to where we’re preparing or eating food. Just in case we drop some scraps! 😛

  2. I just posted the other day about finding great, interesting food items at Marshall’s! I always find lots of organic stuff for good prices there. They have dog treats too, in case the pug wants some action. Got my Roxie some organic dog treats for Christmas!

    Glad the house-warming went well – I’ll have to make that spinach dip!

  3. omg i LOVE spinach dip! I havent had it in looks so good. way to rock your OWN recipe!

    and guest room bedding…is gorg! I love marshalls and tj maxx for stuff like that b/c it’s soo much cheaper and bedding (and curtains and bathroom towels) are so ungodly expensive for what they are i find…great scores$$ and so pretty!

  4. What a fun Sunday! I’m sure it felt wonderful to share your new home with friends and family 🙂 Sounds like a tasty spread of treats, too (the spinach dip recipe sounds awesome!).

    Hope you’re enjoying the holiday season. Have a great week!

  5. I wish I was better at not stressing in advance about having a few people over- your small get together looks great without all the stress 🙂

  6. I love cozy little get togethers. They are formal enough that you get to make fancy and delicious appetizers, yet laid-back enough that you can eat those fancy and delicious appetizers while lounging on the couch. 😉
    Hope you have a great week!

  7. I love that variety of sweet and savoury snacks! Desperately keen for the blue cheese straws in particular. I wonder if we have anything like ’em in Australia?

  8. Sounds like such a good time! We’ve got those Christmas M&Ms too, but they don’t tempt me like peanut M&Ms do! I watched Elf with my Mom a few nights ago for the first time and loved it!

  9. Love the bedding! I do that all the time – I head out for groceries or a bank run and turn up with completely unrelated things like lamps or the best one yet was a mini-freezer!

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