I {heart} Games

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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Hello! Happy Monday! How was your weekend? Mine was really fun, but I was a bad, little blogger and barely took any photos. Oops. Sorry. It happens sometimes, right?

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On Friday night, Mal and I went out to dinner to celebrate our friend Mike’s birthday at La Campania in Waltham.

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The food was fantastic (holy yum, Hot Chocolate Soufflé!), but the service was just meh. Or maybe our server was having a bad night? I dunno, he just wasn’t very friendly and sort of rude to our table at times. Even still, we had a great time at dinner and the five of us started planning our annual summer party. No pig roast this year””we have something even better up our sleeves!

On Saturday night, our friends Elizabeth and Nick drove down to the South Shore for dinner and game night. We went out to dinner at Lime Leaf (I ordered the Lime Leaf Noodles like I always do) and then we headed back to our house to play some games. 

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Mal and I love games. (Perhaps a little too much?) We’re are always playing them””pretty much daily””and sometimes we even make up our own games on the spot because we’re weirdos, which are usually the most ridiculous ones. So, when we planned a game night with Elizabeth and Nick, we were all about finding a new, fun game to play with them.

After much debate at Barnes & Noble on Saturday afternoon, Mal and I decided on Hit or Miss.

How to Play

Sharpen your pencils – and your intuition – for this quick playing “think-in-sync” party game. Draw a category card and in 45 seconds, list as many related words that come to mind. When the timer runs out, roll the die – if it lands on HIT, pick a word that you think everyone wrote; if it lands on MISS, pick one that only you wrote. Choose wisely and score big points. The player with the highest score wins. Hit or Miss – the cant MISS game that will turn your next party into a HIT!

For example, one of the category cards was “Things Hawaii is known for,” so most of us wrote down things like “beaches,” “luaus,” “coconuts,” and “LOST,” which would be HITS. Mal wrote down that Hawaii is known for its “Hawaiians,” which was an uncommon answer (and pretty funny), so he used it as a MISS and got three points for it because none of us wrote it down. It’s a really fun game, especially with the random/ridiculous answers!

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After playing Hit or Miss for awhile, Mal and I taught Elizabeth and Nick our favorite card game ever: Pitch. Mal and I can play this game for hours and hours and hours and never get sick of it, so we were psyched Elizabeth and Nick wanted to play.

While we played, Murphy made himself comfortable on Elizabeth’s lap… and hand.

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He actually made himself very comfortable.

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This dog”¦ haha!

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Speaking of Murphy, he was all about helping with dinner last night. He was right under foot near the action the whole time!

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Mal whipped up the Mexican Turkey Burgers while I made the mashed potatoes and cabbage, which was a last-minute addition to dinner. After St. Patrick’s Day, it was super cheap at the grocery, so I picked up a head.


Also, I recently read that cabbage has some possible anti-cancer effects and is helpful with the reduction of colon inflammation. I also weirdly love cabbage.


Mal cooked the turkey burgers on the grill while the pug kept him company.

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A little while later, dinner was served: Mexican Turkey Burgers with mashed potatoes and boiled cabbage. I ended up going back for a second serving of mashed potatoes and cabbage. So good!

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Question of the Day

Are you a game person? What are your favorite games?

I also really love Scattegories. I’m pretty good at it too!



  1. I love games too! I love game nights with friends; I don’t know when it became more fun to stay in and play games than to go out. That game sounds awesome! I’m going to have to check it out! I recently found a new card game called “Pit” its based on the stock commodities, and its really high-intensity, quick, loud, and fun! It’s a really old game, and doesn’t take any skill, but I’m addicted to it.

  2. That game looks like tons of fun!
    We play a lot of Wii sports here on top of Mexican train, Skipbo, and a house favorite Phase 10! On occasion we also play Monopoly deal and one night I got talked into LIFE which is not one of my favorites!

  3. Ummmm you call this “barely any pictures”?! You are an overachiever!(And I love that about you) 🙂 I LOVE games. My family’s faves are “spoons” and Tripoly – they both have to happen at Christmas. I love balderdash and Pop Culture Trivial Pursuit or Scene it — I didn’t think I’d like the interactive DVD stuff, but it really adds a lot! There’s not many I’ll say no to playing…

  4. I LOVE cabbage – did not know that it was so good for you. I like to either roast red cabbage with olive oil and balsamic vinegar or nuke green cabbage and pour balsamic vinegar over it.

    I have a great apple pancake recipe. Make pancake batter (thicker than usual) I like to add quick oats to mine. Peel core and slice an apple and dredge in in the pancake batter and fry as usual – delish. I like to serve mine with a little bit of granulated sugar and lemon juice on top.

  5. It’s a romanian tradition to eat cabbage off of a silver spoon at new year’s. I don’t know why exactly (to bring good luck I guess) but I can’t hear the word cabbage and not think of that 🙂

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