My Little Pug-Kin

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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Poor Murphy. So many things confuse his little eraser brain.


Even still, he’s always curious to try to figure them out.


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After sniffing and sniffing, Murphy decided that the pumpkin was harmless. But, as soon as Mal and I started to carve it, he was all sorts of confused again. It’s a tough life for this dog.


When I saw my mom this morning, she gave me a big bag full of reduced produce. Green bell peppers were just $0.55 per pound, so she couldn’t pass up a deal like that. Clearly, we have something in common.


Three reduced green bell peppers = stuffed peppers for dinner! 😀


For the “stuffing,” I combined wild rice with cauliflower, garlic, and marinara sauce and topped the peppers with bread crumbs. On the side, I whipped up some roasted broccoli. The broccoli was also part of the bag of reduced produce that my mom gave to me.

I really love reduced produce. If I’m going to eat it in a day or two, it’s such a good deal. It’s so cheap! 😀 But, if I don’t use it and it goes bad, I’m just wasting my money, so I always make sure to have a meal or two in mind when I buy it.


For dessert, I broke into one of the Halloween cupcakes that my sister sent home with me.


After dinner, it was time to carve our big pumpkin! :mrgreen:


Pumpkin carving is one of my favorite fall traditions– Mal’s too!


Mal and I joined forces to carve the pumpkin. I dug out the “guts” and cleaned the inside of the pumpkin.



Mal designed the face.


And cut out the eyes.


I carved the mouth… and made an executive decision to add buckteeth! 😉



Spooky! :mrgreen:


Now, Mal and I are munching on roasted pumpkin seeds. We topped them with Garlic Gold (because we are addicted to it).


Does anyone else think that this weekend was the shortest weekend ever?! I feel like the past two days were some weird-o time warp! 😯

Good night, all!



  1. Yum! Roasted pumpkin seeds! You should try a variety of different flavors next time..cinnamon and brown sugar and nutmeg, a spicy kind with chili powder..or even old bay is good! I like to mix it up! 🙂

  2. Your pumpkin is so cute!!! And the seeds look even better… 🙂 Yes, this weekend flew by!

  3. Awwe pumpkin carving!! My family goes all out with those things- the really fancy designs and what not. I don’t do it now that I’m living alone, but my brother’s gotten into the shaving thing..have you seen those? They’re pretty cool. 😛

  4. I love your traditional pumpkin! These days so many people go all out. I personally love the carving just the way you did it. I did not realize you could eat the pumpkin seeds. Time to make some rawnola.

  5. I love carving pumpkins. Its definitely one of my fave parts of the holiday.

    I have to say that I’m loving the recent changes to the blog. Its so good to see more of Murphy and all the hard work going into your training!

  6. Yayy for pumpkin carving and roasted pumpkin seeds!! It must be a stuffed pepper kind of weekend because I just made some myself on Saturday 🙂

  7. I completely agree with the weirdo time ward thing, where did the weekend go!??!

    Everything looked scrumptious by the way 🙂

  8. I haven’t carved a pumpkin in years, but it’s funny, this week I was thinking of doing it again (but honestly, i only wanted to eat the roasted seeds)

    one thing we never did when i was a kid – save the pumpkin pulp and use it for cooking, etc. In fact, the only pumpkin i would eat would be in pie form.

    So, i wonder – CAN you save the pulp and use it for stuff, or is it just best to buy canned stuff and just eat the seeds out of the pumpkins i buy?

  9. cute pumpkin.. don’t know if you watch madmen-but that painting in your apt looks like Midge’s painting from mad men:)

  10. That pumpkin is awesome!!! Great job! And yes, I was just thinking the same thing last night – this weekend went by way too fast!

  11. The weekend truely did not last long enough! It was the perfect fall weekend here in DC – beautiful weather, the leaves starting to change and just not enough time to enjoy it all. Nice job with your pumpkin – buck teeth and all. 🙂

    Your peppers looked delish!

  12. This weekend was a perfect fall weekend up here… and too short! We tagged our Christmas tree, which is one of my favorite fall traditions. Pumpkin carving is soon!

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