So Fresh and So Clean

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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This morning, Mal and I spent a solid 3 hours cleaning and organizing our apartment from top to bottom. Seriously, we cleaned every nook and cranny of our place! We reorganized all of our closets, mopped the floors, vacuumed the crumbs out of our kitchen drawers, whipped down the door frames and cabinet fronts, and replaced our old shower curtain and rug in the bathroom. Our apartment did need a serious scrubbing, but I suppose it was our spring cleaning for the year.

We also hung our new mirror, which we got for free from our friends’ neighbor, who was going to throw it out! Trash to treasure! :mrgreen:


I woke up famished this morning, so I snacked on an iced coffee and a Quaker Simple Harvest bar while Mal slept in. We planned to make a yummy breakfast together, so I didn’t want to eat without him. 

Yesterday, my aunt gave us a dozen fresh eggs from her chickens, so our Sunday morning breakfast was an easy decision. 

I love all of the different color egg shells!

For breakfast, I made a fruit salad with cantaloup ($0.79 each at Stop & Shop), strawberries, pineapple, and red grapes. 

Mr. Mal made the eggs and toast. My egg yolk was SO flavorful! 


Mal and I met a couple of our friends for lunch at the Cambridge.1. in Harvard Square this afternoon. I had a massage appointment scheduled for mid-afternoon right down the street, so the timing and location for our late lunch actually worked out quite nicely. 

Cambridge.1. is a nice, little restaurant/bar. The minimalist decor gives the place a casual and relaxed feel. The menu barely fills up a small piece of paper and is limited to pizza and salads, but the beer and wine selection is quite impressive. 

For lunch, the four of us split a flatbread pizza with grilled chicken, roasted red pepper, mozzarella, and romano cheese. It was good, but nothing special. It also took a really long time to make! Our “5 minute” pizza took 30 minutes! 

I ate two pieces of the flatbread pizza. 


Dinner at home was Creamy Parmesan Risotto mixed with sauteed mushrooms and edamame. For some added volume, I topped a bed of salad greens with the risotto and a few grape tomatoes. I love quick and easy meals like this, especially when they are also delicious and filling. 

The Parmesan Risotto was soooo incredibly rich and creamy. Mal and I both loved it and went back for seconds. This packaged risotto is made with arborio rice, Parmesan and cheddar cheeses, onion, and garlic. Delish! 

For dessert, I am planning to enjoy my usual chocolate-peanut butter obsession while watching TV in my PJs with my hubby. Sounds wonderful, doesn’t it!? Today was surprisingly exhausting! 

Enjoy the night, guys!



  1. Gosh, I am so jealous of your day! How productive! Kudos to you and Mal for cleaning your apt. so thoroughly. Ours needs it badly!

    I love that mixed carton of eggs. How fun!

  2. oh i LOVE the new mirror – seriously, it goes SO well with your house and it’s gorgeous!
    and you and mr. mal are such a hot couple!

  3. Can’t beat fresh eggs – lovely colors.

    I have a box of this risotto in my pantry – good to know it came out well! I’ll have to give it a try sometime soon.

  4. I need to do some cleaning myself, you just inspired me!
    I bought that polka dot bowl last night at Urban outfitters because I saw it and had to have it since I always think how adorable yours is. It’s a lot smaller in person than it looks like in the pics, but I love it and it’s perfect for oatmeal!

  5. That’s my favorite of the Lundberg Risotto flavors! It is remarkably similar to my own Parmesan Risotto in taste and texture, so it’s a great substitute when I don’t have time to stir a pot for 20+min straight! I usually top mine with some fresh parsley, chopped Roma tomatoes and then plate it on baby spinach to wilt it…. so good!

  6. Funny, I felt the same way about Cambridge i…the pizzas looked great and had such potential but the flavor just wasnt there…only so-so. I say Upper Crust is one of the best pizzas I’ve ever had.
    I’ll definitely have to try out that risotto 🙂

  7. Whoa cleaning machines!!! It feels so nice to have everything wonderfully tidy and clean though doesn’t it?

    Risotto looks delish!

  8. I’ve tried every pizza at Cambridge 1 (they had a tasting once) – the sopressata and the sausage are the best. I’ve been there a million times and only a few times were mediocre, the rest were superb. You should give them another try! 🙂

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