Mother Daughter Day

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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I had such a nice time hanging out with my mom and sister today. The three of us have been so busy lately, it was a little tricky finding a date when we could all meet up. I actually don’t think we’ve spent quality time together since Christmas, so I’m glad it all worked out in the end. We definitely needed some mother-daughter time! 

Early this afternoon, we met at Catherine Hinds, where we each enjoyed a relaxing 90-minute facial. I still can’t get over how long the treatments lasted. I actually fell asleep for part of mine. I guess that’s how you know it was a good one!

After our facials, we headed to my sister’s house to hang out and catch up. We sat outside in the backyard with my sister’s husband, Pat, and a few of his friends.

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And Batman too!

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While sitting outside, I munched on a ton Tostitos. This variety (Roasted Garlic & Black Bean) tasted really, really delicious”” just like garlicky bean dip. I could not stopping eat them! I probably finished half of the bag myself.

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For dinner, we cooked corned beef and cabbage, which I thought was a traditional Irish meal, but it turns out it’s actually an Irish-American tradition. It’s even referred to as a New England boiled dinner.

In Ireland, the closest traditional dish is bacon and cabbage. Corned beef and cabbage became popular in America after Irish immigrants in the eastern United States used corned beef instead of pork in their traditional dish. Who knew?

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While dinner cooked, I also snacked on a couple of pieces of Irish Soda Bread with Kerrygold butter, which might be the best butter ever. (I think I need to start buying it.)

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Batman snacked on a carrot.

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It took the corned beef about 5 hours to cook, but it was well worth the wait. Everything tasted so wonderful!

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I hate coleslaw, but I love boiled cabbage!

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For dessert, I enjoyed a St. Patty’s Day cupcake. (I totally ignored the ingredients on the package.)

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Heading to bed soon. 5K in the morning!



  1. I agree with you about the Kerrygold!! I lived in Ireland for 6 months and could not (I repeat could not) stop eating the butter once I started! I am so happy it’s more widely available.

  2. Looks like a great time with your family! That’s really interesting about corned beef and cabbage being Irish-American — I had no idea! I should considering I come from a small town with a high Italian and Irish population!! 😆

    Everything looks delicious, right down to the green icing cupcakes. Yum yum!

  3. Sounds like a lot of fun 🙂 My mom and I had a girls day today complete with pedicures, coffee and shopping!

    What a delicious meal….The Kerrygold butter IS amazing…I like their cheese too, my favorite is the vintage Dubliner. Must try! 🙂

  4. Sometimes it’s good to ignore the ingredients on the package and just go with it. I think a 98% whole foods and preservative free diet will help you rid yourself of any dangerous stuff ingested during the other 2% of your diet!

  5. Kerrygold butter really is outstanding. If you mix it with some dill and chervil, it makes the most AMAZING addition to a smoked salmon and pumpernickel sandwich!!!

  6. Who knew indeed! I don’t usually do traditional Irish fare, even around St. Patty’s day, but that does look pretty darn tasty . . . I could definitely tackle a cupcake or two!!

  7. I love that you cooked corned beef and cabbage with your family! It’s a special meal for my Irish-American family too. My grandmother came over on the boat via Ellis Island, and celebrated St. Patrick’s Day each year until she passed last fall. I’ll celebrate the occasion with my family this week. Here’s to the Irish in us all!

  8. OK, you really have to try Plugra butter — it’s European Style Butter so it has less water in it (and a little more fat but the nutritional stats are the same as regular or pretty close to it). It typically costs a little more but it’s soooo worth it. Let me know if you try it!

  9. I’ve been eating microwaved cabbage almost every day for two weeks ’cause it’s cheap. I usually sprinkle mine with turmeric and lemon zest 🙂

  10. Kerrygold butter, or any butter made from healthy grass-fed cows, is absolutely delicious! It really tastes sweet and creamy, like butter should. Yum!

  11. Kerrygold is the best! My Dubliner husband won’t settle for anything less. Trader Joe’s sells it pretty inexpensively too!

  12. Not only is this post a great reminder that St. Patrick’s Day is coming up, but it’s such a lovely way to show how celebrations bring people together… i know it’s cheesy to say but its so true isnt it! although my experience with Irish food is basically limited to Irish stew, i love me some carrots, onions, boiled cabbage and potatoes 😉


  13. So happy you had some quality mother/sister female bonding time 🙂 I had Kerrygold butter for the first time when I was actually in Ireland touring around the Ring of Kerry last year! Talk about a bite of perfection.

    Hope your 5K was great this morning!

  14. They have Kerry Gold at Trader Joe’s for a very good price. Way lower than whole foods.
    New england boiled dinner is one of my favorites! My brisket is corning in the fridge right now.

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