Turd Ferguson

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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I'm Tina

I’m the owner of Carrots β€˜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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Recognize the name?

Well, if you haven’t heard of Turd Ferguson, the name originally came from Saturday Night Live’s “Celebrity Jeopardy.” Norm MacDonald played Burt Reynolds, who changed his name to “Turd Ferguson” during the game because he thought “it [was] a funny name.” Indeed, it is a funny name. πŸ˜†


Well, I have my very own Turd Ferguson in my life:


Now, don’t get me wrong, Murphy is a really good dog. Mal and I say this all of the time, and I don’t know how we got so lucky wit him. But, like every dog, Murphy can be really annoying. And, like most pugs, he can also be really stubborn. So, when he’s being annoying/stubborn, we call him “Turd” because he’s basically being, um, a turd.

For instance:

When his inner Sock Monster comes out.

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Or when his peanut butter addiction takes over and he chews the dishtowels in the kitchen.


Or when he puts up a fight after a bath.

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Or when he pouts because he doesn’t want to walk anymore. Poor baby.


I love my dog more than anything in the whole world, but sometimes, he can be a big, fat turd.

So, that’s where Murphy got his nickname. It’s usually “Turd” for short, but sometimes, we call him “Turd Ferg.” He doesn’t seem to mind. πŸ˜‰


I tried something new for breakfast this morning: The Fitnessista’s Perfect Protein Pancakes! πŸ˜€


I made some changes to the recipe because I didn’t have all of the ingredients that it called for. I used chocolate protein powder instead of vanilla and substituted oat flour for the Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-free Baking Mix. I also doubled the recipe to make breakfast for my hubby. But, other than that, I followed the recipe! πŸ˜‰


As you know, I love pancakes, especially the kind that Mal makes for me. But, even after eating 4 or 5 or 6, I’m hungry again about an hour later. As Gina says: “Pancakes are like the sexy boyfriend with a lame-o personality- delicious, but lacking staying power.” Exactly. I love that Gina added some serious protein to this pancake recipe. These pancakes are hearty, delicious, and very filling– pretty much perfect in my book! πŸ˜€


I added mashed banana and hippy butter to my Perfect Protein Pancakes this morning.


And, of course, I had some iced coffee. I LOVE the Birthday Cake flavor!!! Β :mrgreen:


Check out the mess behind my breakfast! I usually push random crap stuff out of the way to take photos of my meals. Do other bloggers do this or am I just a lazy slob?


Did you notice my turtle plate this morning? I know you guys have seen these Thomas Paul Sea Life Plates on my blog a million times by now. They’re fun (and dishwasher safe), so I rock them almost everyday.


Anyway, you can get free shipping on them from now until Sunday with the coupon code shipfree4me. Don’t you think they are perfect for summer? Happy shopping! :mrgreen:

Question of the Day

Have you ever had an embarrassing or funny nickname? Please share!

P.S. I’m hosting a giveaway for a new salad bowl set on Trading Up Downtown this morning!



  1. Hulia, Jew, Ju Ju, JuJu Bee….hahaha fun little names! I want my own Murphy though! He is too darn cute!

  2. I’ve always enjoyed reading your blog, and especially enjoy Murphy! I’ve got a dachshund (Samson) that always gets into the same crap…still gotta love them! My dad will always come up with nicknames for him when I visit, for months he was “Sam Boner” ??? and recently hes now “Samsonite! I was way off” always cracks me up!

  3. I have a border collie (real name: Ike), who’s nickname is Pita (abbreviated from Pain In The…you get it). πŸ˜‰

    My embarrassing nickname is Harry, because I fell on my face at my bachelorette party and got a huge scar on my forehead. Certainly makes for a good story!

  4. Tina-

    My name is Joanie and my given name is Joan. My friends in college called me Boney Joanie because I was super skinny. Because we were college freshman girls, they moved on to calling me BONER…it totally lost it’s actual meaning. My dad would pick me up at my dorm room to bring me home for the weekend, and all my friends would yell, “Bye BONER!!!!”

    A little embarrassing!! But fun!!

    See you at the HLS!!

  5. randomly in spanish class, freshman yr of h.s., a friend started calling me ‘juice.’ it somehow caught on, and carried on clear through college! its what most everyone called me, and i actually think many didnt even know my real name. ever. still makes me smile when someone yells it out if i see them at home πŸ™‚

  6. Tina – I’ve been reading for a little while now and figured this is a great time for my first comment. First off, great blog and sorry to read about your troubles earlier.
    Now, those pancakes look great and full of protein, but I have another option you could try that keeps you full for a LONG time. They are Primal Pancakes and are super simple to make. Four ingredients; 1 cup almond meal, 3 eggs, 1/8 tsp vanilla extract and 1/8 tsp cinnamon.

    Also, I recommend getting almond meal at a local Trader Joe’s as Bob’s Red Mill can be a bit pricey at local grocery stores.

  7. The only nicknames I’ve ever had are Han and Huzzah. I liked the last one, almost as much as I love your seahorse plate πŸ™‚

  8. I usually get called Phoebs (by almost everyone) or Phoebers (by my mom) but my dad calls me “Bunny.” He probably calls me that more than he calls me Phoebe. I don’t know why, he’s just always done that.

    My guy friends started calling me “Phoeb-dawg” for some reason during our freshman year of college (it was part of a vogue of attaching “-dawg” to people’s names based on some ridiculous high school story), which I HATE! πŸ˜€

  9. In kindergarten one of my classmates tried to tease me by saying “Karly, can I have a ride home in your car car?” I remember coming home and telling my mom and her being upset. My mom had tried to pick names for all four of her children that couldn’t be short formed and clearly she had failed. Haha. Even with the names she did pick for me and my sisters people find a way to shorten them. Oh well, at least she can say she tried! πŸ™‚

  10. I think I win for the worst nickname ever: Boods. My grandmother has never called me by my real name, Jennifer. Apparently I looked like a fat Buddha when I was little and she has always called me Boods–short for Buddha.

  11. haahahaha Oh my gosh, this post made me lose it with laughing so hard! Watching Sean Connery talk about violating Trebek’s mom will never get old to me πŸ™‚ My nickname has and always will be “Mack Daddy”. Especially when there are multiple Mackenzies I usually just ask people to call me that so we don’t get confused and it’s stuck since πŸ™‚ Classy, I know!

  12. This post made my day! My Dad has been calling me Ms. Banana Pie since I was a baby. Sometimes its just Banana or Ms. Pie! It makes me laugh every time he leaves me a voicemail…”hello Ms. Pie it’s your Father.” Gotta love nicknames!

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