R.I.P. Coffee Maker

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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After CrossFit last night, Mal and I came home, made ourselves protein shakes, and then exchanged presents since he picked “buy each other a small gift” for our 24 Days of Togetherness.

Post-WOD Pug & Protein Shake

I ended up buying Mal a copy of Men’s Journal. He loves magazines, but rarely ever buys them for himself (unless we’re at the airport). This particular issue had a big “Gear of the Year” section as well as an article called “The Case for Primal Living,” which I thought he’d really enjoy””and he did! He got into bed a little early last night so he could read his new magazine, and he said “this is a really good issue” a few different times and even made me read an article he thought was especially interesting. Success!

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Then, it was time for Mal to give me my gift. He had a little fun with it and made me close my eyes and hold out by hands”¦

Marylou's Decaf Milky Way (1)

And sniff!

Marylou's Decaf Milky Way

I knew what it was immediately! Marylou’s Coffee!!!!

Marylou's Coffee

Mal apologized for going over-budget, but he thought a bag of decaf Milky Way would be a lot more exciting than a $5 gift card to Marylou’s. And he was totally right! I was psyched and immediately went to brew a pot for iced coffee for the morning. Yessssss!

The Final Pot

Well, a few minutes later, our coffee marker shut off after brewing only about a 1/4 of a pot. Weird. There was still water inside, so I turned it on again to see if it would continue brewing. No luck. It shut off just a couple of minutes later.

At this point, Mal came over and took the whole thing apart and cleaned it out the best he could. When he tried to brew a pot of coffee, no liquid came out and then we started to smell something burning. Not good. And then the coffee maker shut off again”¦ and again. Wah. We’re devastated. Just kidding. It’s almost 5 years old and we use quite a lot, so I guess it’s time for a new one.

Broken Coffee Maker

R.I.P. coffee maker.



Once we determined that our coffee maker officially bit the dust, I took a shower and then threw together a quick dinner with leftovers from the refrigerator. In the mix: spaghetti squash, ground Chorizo, roasted broccoli, potatoes, and pesto.

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And, for dessert, I ate a sugar cookie and then finished drinking the rest of my protein shake.

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Question of the Day

Which small kitchen appliance can you not live without?

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  1. tina i have had 3 of those coffee makers and they all broke! the last time, it almost started a fire when my poor parents were babysitting. they were less than pleased. haha. i kept getting the same model because, when they work, i love them. but – they are so unreliable that i finally broke down and bought a different model.

  2. I love my BUNN coffee maker..however, I use my Keurig a lot more if it’s just my husband and myself. If we have any company, then I do a pot of coffee….

    Yum! That blended coffee sounds yummy. Right now I’m drinking Dunkin’ Donut pumpkin spice. SO good!

  3. Holy cow – Milky Way flavored coffee?! That sounds nothing short of amazing! Sorry to hear about your coffee maker but at least you get to shop for a new one! Haha. Nothing excites me more than shopping for kitchen appliances/tools. Oh, and to answer your question, I couldn’t live without my coffee maker! Can’t start the day without a cup o’ Joe!

    I wanted to let you know that after finding your blog (and immediately falling in love with it!) I’ve decided to give CrossFit a shot! I’ve been interested in it for a long time now after hearing about it from Bob Harper all the time – apparently he fell in love with it, too, haha. Anyways, myself and a friend of mine are making plans to go to a box hear in town. Wish me luck!

  4. I use my coffee pot daily so that would suck if it broke (which has happened in the past, I’ve got a coffee pot graveyard in the basement, lol). I also use my immersion blender quite frequently and often thank whoever gave me that (can’t remember when I got it or who gave it to me).

  5. You should go with a FRENCH PRESS coffee maker… we used to only make drip coffee, but switched to french press about 6 months ago and I will NEVER brew drip again… french press just tastes amazing! I would highly recommend that! (you can usually find good ones at home goods or marshalls for a good price!)

  6. What is the time of the thing you use to make your protein shakes? I’d like to get one for my boyfriend for christmas


  7. I know someone who had the same coffee maker. It started on fire and he complained. They ended up sending a new one. But, I would go with a different brand.

  8. I have a Gordon ramsey hand blender that seriously is just amazing! It has a small little processor you can attach to the bottom which is more powerful than our large food processor! Smoothies, pestos, raw bars/brownies, cake batter…it does it all! Also great for finely dicing onion or any herbs!

  9. Microwave….sad to say but I steam everything in there!! Will you be putting up the recipes for that almond flour sugar cookie?? looks delish!

  10. RIP Coffee Maker 🙁 Good thing it wasn’t first thing in the morning!! (silver lining)

    Not that you asked for another recommendation but we have a separate coffee maker and grinder (although I often grind at Costco because that’s where we buy coffee from).

    I love our coffee maker because it’s simple(Mr Coffee 12-cup Programmable):

    And this grinder is probably similar to the one that was part of your coffee maker (love it– super strong):

  11. It’s a tough choice but I have to go with my magic bullet blender – I have a smoothie for breakfast every day and it is both easy to portion the ingredients and clean up afterward 🙂

  12. My family used to have that same coffeemaker but it went kaput last year, it’s definitely a trooper though, we had had it forever before then.
    I definitely couldn’t live without my coffeemaker, I’ve got a cheap-o one for my college apartment and it is a champion besides the strange noises it makes while its brewing. Best $13 I ever spent, I don’t think I could make it through college with out it.

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