M & m

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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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.


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As you probably know, I affectionately refer to my husband (Mal) and dog (Murphy) as M & m. The two of them have a very special relationship and spend a lot of time together. Murphy pretty much follows Mal everywhere he goes, but I know Mal likes it. (Just as I typed that last sentence, Mal called Murphy a “dumbass,” but swear they really love each other. 😉 )

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Remember this post? Well, the pug found a new place to wait for ‘Dad’ to come home. Murphy sat on the back of the couch for a solid hour, staring out the window, just waiting. Ok, occasionally, he would bark at passersby. (Mal and I joke that he’s openly judging their fashion choices.)

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Eventually, M came home and m greeted with him lots of tail wiggles. Pugs don’t really wag their tails. It’s more of a butt shake + tail wiggles.

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Just before dinner, I wanted something to eat. I didn’t have a sugar craving per se, but I wanted food. I actually don’t think I was hungry, but I knew dinner wasn’t for another couple of hours, so I ended up snacking on a Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Larabar.

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When Mal got home from work, he cooked the most amazing boneless pork chops for dinner using a fancy Tyler Florence Brown Sugar Pork Rub that I got at the Foodbuzz Festival back in early November.

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To make the pork chops, Mal coated the meat with the brown sugar rub.

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Then, in a large skillet, he melted 2 tbsp of butter and then poured in about an inch of beef broth. Once the broth was bubbling, he added the pork and cooked it until the broth boiled off and the temperature of the meat reached 160 degrees F.

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Meanwhile, I made a batch of sweet potato fries. (FYI: The key to crispy sweet potato fries is baking them first and then broiling them for about 5-7 minutes. Works like a charm!)

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With a little bit of team work in the kitchen, we had ourselves a mighty fine meal in about 40 minutes.

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 This one deserves a holy yum! :mrgreen:

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After dinner, I destroyed a Lindt chocolate reindeer.

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He didn’t stand a chance.

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Time to relax!

Good night!



  1. I just found your blog and gotta say I totally look forward to seeing what you eat!! Is that kinda nutty? The pictures always look amazing and I’ve even cooked up a meal or two. The english muffin with almond butter….YUM!!

  2. Murphy is so cute. Did you wait so long to get Murphy because you were being responsible and knew that the time was not right or did you just decide one day to get a dog?

    I want to get a dog so bad but I feel I should wait until I can truly care for him and not make him stuck in my apartment all day.

  3. <3 Murphy! hes soo adorable! my hubby trains service dogs for NEADS and is working with a lab named Joe who is just absolutely amazing. I can't wait to be able to have our "own" dog instead of just "borrowing" one for 15 months.. it must be so awesome to have a little doggie "kid"

  4. I haven’t used that rub yet. I know someone used it on tofu, I don’t really eat pork so I am thinking of using it on chicken. I hope it is as good as yours. That pork chop does look great. We had sweet potato fries that light too!

  5. Thanks for the crispy sweet potato tip! I have attempted sweet potato fries a few times now and they are always soggy after baking, not crispy! Can’t wait to try them again soon!

  6. Murphy is TOO cute! My spouse and pug are the exact same way. Barley (our pug) usually he perches himself on the back of our couch above the spot where the spouse is sitting. He’s like a little pug-parrot.

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  8. How cute! My puppy definitely feels part of my family, like my own child! Are you and Mal thinking of raising your own family in the future? 😀

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