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. Sounds like the vacation is much-needed and much-deserved. Enjoy it – we’ll all be ok without you for a few days 😉

  2. wow that banana souffle looks to good to eat.

    Congrats on finally giving yourself a weekend free of technology. I would go crazy if I was constantly connected to the world. You deserve it! Have fun! Enjoy yourself

  3. Good for you Tina, you deserve a vacation! You work so hard and we’re all so thankful that you share your life with us. But it’s time you took some “me” time, enjoy your vacation. 🙂

    Your breakfast looks AMAZING! I really wish I wasn’t allergic to bananas. 🙁

  4. I’m so glad to hear that you arent going to be taking your latop and wont be blogging on your vacation! I was beginning to think that you were either crazy or a superwoman for always blogging, even on all your wonderful trips! 🙂

    Have fun!

  5. Enjoy your vacation! I’ll miss the routine of your posts–but *somehow* I’ll survive! 🙂

    That breakfast does look wonderful btw! Don’t forget to eat just because you don’t have to photograph it 😛

  6. Enjoy your blogging vacation! You definitely deserve it (I’m amazed that you’re able to photograph your eats and post so frequently!).

    You couldn’t pick a more relaxing place than Vermont–Burlington is my favorite vacation spot 🙂

  7. Hope you enjoy your vacation!!! Food blogging definitely is hard work. I do it either once or twice a day but yours is updated much more often and you have lots of stuff to talk about. I can only imagine how busy you get. But as long as you like it that’s the most important thing! Yayy for food blogginggg!

  8. Hope you have a great time unplugged. I’m so jealous because I haven’t been able to get to our place in VT in weeks because of weddings, work and other obligations that have kept us in the city. I can’t wait to get up there next weekend. The leaves should be starting to turn. I can’t wait. Have fun!

  9. Your blog is what I want mine to be like when it grows up! Just found Carrots ‘n Cake and can’t wait to read more.

    As someone trying to get my own new blog going, I totally get how a vacation would be a much needed reprieve.


  10. Hi there. I’m a devoted reader and I love the updates that you have made to your blog since the redesign. I’m a graphic designer, so probably more critical than most since it’s what I do for a living. 🙂 The new header font is very nice and makes your blog so much easier to read and more enticing to click to expand. I also really like that the header bar is more narrow. In design it’s the details that matter the most. Good work and have a great vacation.

  11. That’s fabulous you are getting a vacation. We all need one!! Even with a dream job like blogging. I know I would love to have the chance for it to become something I do that helps support my family (never anything huge bec I know just how hard it is to break that barrier) but that it would also be extremely hard work. We know its done with love.

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