Tastefully Simple

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

Hey there!

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.


An in-depth, 4-week reverse dieting course for women who feel like their metabolism has slowed down, think they might have hormonal imbalance and can’t lose weight no matter what they do.

Recently, I’ve realized that I am a terrible blogger when it comes to social events. I get so involved with chatting, eating, drinking, and being merry, I totally forget to snap photos. Of course, I always manage to take some photos, but never as many as I want… and tonight was one of those nights.

Tonight, David and Marie invited a bunch of friends over to their condo for a Tastefully Simple party. Tastefully Simple is a company that offers all sorts of easy-to-prepare foods, which are available through independent consultants, who offer at home taste-testing parties. Basically, it’s like Pampered Chef, but only with food.


Over the course of the evening, we got to try all sorts of samples from Tastefully Simple. The food was sure tasted delicious, but I doubt it’s very nutritious!


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Even still, Mal and I ordered a few of our favorites from the evening: Nana’s Apple Cake Mix (Mal loved this!), Beer Bread Mix, and Warm Cheesy Chive Dip Mix.

Dave and Marie also served some yummy appetizers during the tasting.


As always, I dominated the Buffalo Chicken Dip. It’s my favorite! 😀


I also did a number on the Pumpkinhead beers tonight! 😉


Clearly, Bella had no interest in taste-testing or beer-drinking, but isn’t sure adorable!?! 😉


M & T! :mrgreen:


Today was a really fun day, but, man, am I ready for bed. My whole body is tired.

Gooooood night! 😀



  1. I personally think it’s WONDERFUL that you get so caught up in having fun that you forget to take photos! Life is about the moment, not [always] about recording such moments for your blog readers 😉

  2. I’ve been to a Tastefully Simple Party before. The dips are great, but I don’t think I had the buffalo one. And if my memory serves me correct I think the bread can be made with a can of soda instead of the beer. It’s been a few years since I’ve been and the bread mix I ordered still sits in my cabinet to be made. Probably no longer good.

  3. buffalo wing dip is so good! and i agree with Hannah- it’s good that you get caught up in life sometimes, and I think you have plenty of pictures!

  4. Looks like fun! But yeah, the food from magazines and what not is hardly ever nutritious unless it comes from Cooking Light or something like that…no doubt it was delicious, though! Sometimes ya just have to splurge 🙂

  5. I do the same thing at social events…get totally wrapped up in the commotion. It’s ok!
    It’s funny you mentioned Tastefully Simple…I was just given a book and asked if I wanted to have a party myself. No, the food isn’t exactly nutritious, but it’s delicious! And a good excuse to get together with friends, so I’ll probably be doing one soon. 🙂 (P.S., the beer bread IS phenomenal, isn’t it?!?)

  6. Oh my gosh, I hate these kind of parties! I feel like my “friends” that do them are just taking advantage of me and I feel so obligated to buy something, never something I would do as a business! Glad you had fun though.

  7. I agree with above, Arbonne/Tastefully Simple/Mary Kay – it is so rude! It is just a way to use your friends for money.

    1. Marie,
      I respectfully disagree. If you’re good friends, you’ll support one another in anything! Why not help out a friend who’s trying to help support her family with some extra money? If you don’t like the particular brand, it’s okay, don’t attend. I don’t feel at all like friends are using me when I’m invited to these parties. I’m happy to support them! If a friend of yours works at a particular restaurant or other business, wouldn’t you patronize that business to support them? A final point, do you read customer reviews before purchasing products online or get others’ referrals about products? This is much the same!

  8. When I put in major miles, I always wanted beer at night. You are running at a solid pace, you are on track to run a great marathon!

  9. TS food is pretty good — I’ve tried a few of their dips. Sure they aren’t the most nutritious, I will definitely agree with you there!

    I don’t agree with commenters above who claim that Mary Kay/Avon/Tastefully Simple/etc are just using your friends for money – I think there are sellers who come off that way, but I think there are plenty of sellers who do it correctly: without pressure and just sharing a fun line of products!

  10. ooh that sounds like a fun night! i love pampered chef products and could probably spend a ton on them given the chance. tastefully simple sounds great as well. enjoy the rest of your weekend!

  11. Parties where you have to buy stuff are the best! My mom and her friends host them all the time. I love that they feel like a big shopping trip, but with all your friends and free food!

  12. i’m attending one of these parties in a few weeks…looks like fun! not sure if i’ll buy anything…i get so cheap when it comes to those parties, but the guilt can override it. at least i’ll get tasty eats!

  13. Hi Tina, do you have a direct contact e-mail? I looked around on your blog but didn’t see one. Maybe I’m just missing it. Anyway, I’d like to share something with you similar to this post but don’t need to write all the details here unless you’d prefer I do that.

  14. Hi! I recently started reading your blog and I really like it. I’m a Mass native living in Florida so I like seeing the familiar Boston/New England sights on the blog. Love the fig/gorgonzola pizza recipe and I want to try it this weekend! I recently was in Cambridge for work and met BostonSportsWoman at a blogger event my company put on and she let me know how your blogs are related, in a sense. Its so great to see a group of smart, tech-savvy women doing their thing! Cheers!

  15. I’m a Tastefully Simple consultant (not a shameless plug ~ LOL). I only keep the seasoning blends because I would eat everything myself! It’s all really that good. My consultant stopped selling it and I needed to support my habit so I became one! LOL

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