I Need a Vacation

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

Hey there!

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.


An in-depth, 4-week reverse dieting course for women who feel like their metabolism has slowed down, think they might have hormonal imbalance and can’t lose weight no matter what they do.

Good morning! :mrgreen:

I am soooooo happy that it’s Friday because I am on vacation!! But not just any old vacation– a true no-blogging vacation, something I haven’t done in nearly three years.

I’m not going to lie, blogging is the hardest job I’ve ever had. I work ALL of the time– WAY more than any of my previous jobs. When you document what you eat and what happens in your life everyday, it never stops. Somehow, I manage to spend 60+ hours each week working on blog-related projects. I mean, I write 20+ posts per week for Carrots ‘N’ Cake and another five for Trading Up Downtown as well as weekly piece for Health.com and answer up to 100 emails/comments/questions each day. I’ve also been writing and editing my book along with training for a marathon and everything else that goes along with life. Basically, I need a vacation!!

I hope this doesn’t come off as complaining because it’s not the case at all. I wouldn’t have it any other way. Blogging IS my dream job. I wake up every morning feeling very fortunate and there’s never a day that I dread the work. I love having the flexible schedule and sharing my passion for healthy living (and pugs) with the blog world. Carrots ‘N’ Cake is my passion and I’m lucky that a little ol’ hobby turned into a career that I love so much. (I just need a vacation! ;-))

So, Mal and I are headed to Vermont for the weekend and I’m not bringing my computer to blog. I cannot wait!! My plan is to relax, unwind, and recharge. But, of course, I plan to take some photos and recap the weekend when I get back.

In the meantime, a number of wonderful bloggers have offered to guest post on Carrots ‘N’ Cake while I am away. Be sure to check back for their posts. The topics cover a variety of subjects!


Mmm! Delicious breakfast this morning! This recipe is a keeper! 😀


Baked Banana Souffle

Makes 4 servings


  • 8 slices of Nature’s Pride Honey Wheat bread, buttered lightly
  • 2 ripe bananas, sliced
  • 4 eggs
  • 1.5 cups of vanilla soy milk
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 cup raisins


  • Crack the eggs into a bowl and beat together with sugar, vanilla, soy milk, and cinnamon.
  • Spray a 8×8 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray and arrange the buttered bread in the dish. Layer four slices of bread on the bottom then top with sliced banana, half of the walnuts, and half of the raisins. Repeat this process for the second layer with the other four slices of bread and remaining walnuts and raisins.
  • Pour the egg mixture over the bread, cover, and refrigerate over night.
  • The next day, preheat the oven to 350*F degrees. Take the baking dish out of the fridge and uncover. Bake for 45-50 minutes or until browned and puffy.
  • Serve with your favorite toppings, like maple syrup and powdered confectioners sugar.


Oh my goodness. This dish made our apartment smell so incredibly amazing! I wanted to dive right in as soon as it finished cooking! The Baked Banana Souffle tasted even more wonderful with maple syrup on top.


Bake Sale Preview

Here’s another little preview of some of the goodies available at the Blog Bake Sale next Tuesday!

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I’m off to yoga and then I’m getting a haircut and then to Vermont! See ya on Sunday night! Enjoy the weekend!! :mrgreen:



  1. You deserve time off and some much needed relaxation. Enjoy every minute of your vacation with Mal! Have a safe and wonderful trip. 🙂

  2. I am a new reader to your blog, and have started looking forward to your posts in my reader every day. I have even started my own blog with a little inspiration! Have a great time on your vacation computer free!

  3. You deserve a vacation! Seriously, I can’t imagine working so much. But it is sooo great that it is doing something you love!

    I mean, it can sometimes feel overwhelming just reading through all of the bloggers I find interesting. There are so many! And you all have such positive outlooks on life, I have to find those nuggets of wisdom. And the great recipes like the one you just shared!

    I took a whole weekend off from reading any blogs and anything internet related. It was so freeing!

    But then, of course I had a HUGE backlog when I got back. Ahhh well, it’s what free time is for, right? 🙂

  4. Have a wonderful vacation 🙂 ! I completey agree that we all need to unplug – our lives are so full these days and I think there is pressure to stay connected at all times. We need to be supportive of people in our professional and personal lives to truly take time to unwind and recharge.

  5. I haven’t been on your blog in forever ( got overly caught up in life) but I love the remodel! it looks so amazing!!!! and as usual all your food looks delish! Have fun on your blog-free vacation 🙂

  6. a vacation sounds so nice– you totally deserve it! that work week sounds hectic, but as long as it’s what you love, that is what counts! (in my own eyes– it DOES sound like the perfect job!)

    enjoy vermont!

    i hope my boyfriend likes that banana souffle– i’ve been in a bad mood all week, and i think a home-made brunch is a good start to apologizing.

  7. Tina, I am so happy for you about your vacation! You are doing a wonderful thing. Disconnecting now and then is a beautiful thing for your soul and your blog is at a wonderful place success wise that it won’t make any difference except for to recharge you. Good for you for leaving your computer behind so you can focus on having a wonderful time in Vermont with Mal! You deserve a break from all the hard work you do entertaining everyone and enriching their lives. Enjoy!

  8. Well deserved Tina! You should ‘unplug’ literally, and figuratively, once a month! I think it’s sad that we feel the need to validate and justify WHY we need a break! Life is not about working! Our priorities are so out-of-whack! We only have 1 life- why waste it working yourself to death? Enjoy your vacation, and never feel like you need to explain anything when you want some down time for you and your husband! Family and your own health are the only thing that matter in the long run!

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