‘Twas The Day After Christmas

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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We’re supposed to get 20 inches of snow between now and tomorrow afternoon, so Mal and I woke up bright and early to prepare ourselves to be snowed in!



For breakfast, I had an Oatmeal Pancake with maple syrup, candied pecans, dried apricots, and a glass of iced coffee.

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Instant Oatmeal Pancake

Makes 1 pancake


  • 1 packet of instant oatmeal (I used Quaker Lower Sugar Maple & Brown Sugar )
  • 1/3 cup liquid egg whites
  • 1 tsp baking powder


  1. Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and mix well.
  2. Divide batter in half and create a pancake on greased fry pan.
  3. Cook each side of pancake until lightly browned; repeat for second half.
  4. Top with maple syrup, nuts, chia seeds or your other favorite toppings.

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After breakfast, Mal and I headed to Whole Foods to stock-up our kitchen.

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Not surprisingly, everyone else had the exact same idea. It was crazy in there!

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I had a huge stack of coupons that will expire at the end of the year, so I finally cashed them in today.

The cashier was really annoyed with all of the coupons for ”˜free’ items that she had to enter manually, but I saved $45!! That’s no chump change, people! It was totally worth dealing with a disgruntled employee.

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Once we unpacked and put away the groceries, Mal and I started on our next project of the day: de-Christmas-fying our house.

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We usually keep the Christmas decorations up until the New Year, but our Christmas tree was so dry, we figured we should just take it down. So, along with the tree came the rest of the decorations.

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Until next year”¦

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Around 1:30, I took a break for lunch. I made a big salad with lots of veggies, a hard-boiled egg, and the best balsamic vinegar drizzled on top.

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The other day, our new neighbor, Bill, gave us a housewarming/holiday gift from Gustare Oils & Vinegars, which included a really nice bottle of gourmet 18-Year Traditional Balsamic Vinegar. My gosh, it is delicious!

I don’t think I’ve ever tasted balsamic vinegar like it! It’s dark and dense, yet smooth and subtly sweet””much different than the stuff that I buy at the grocery store. I don’t think I will be able to go back to the ”˜cheap’ stuff ever again!

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On the side, I had a few leftover butternut squash ravioli from the Rustic Kitchen.

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After lunch, I satisfied my sweet tooth with ONE piece of homemade chocolate-covered toffee from my Grammie.

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Telling myself (before I opened the package) that I was only going to enjoy one piece really helped me from going back for a second or third piece. It was definitely a small victory for me!



  1. It’s coming down hard here in Jersey! I’m interested to see how much we truly get today and tomorrow. It’s going to be a mess either way. Good luck cooking and stay warm!

  2. wow you saved a lot by using those coupons!! I’m surprised that the Whole Foods employee showed their annoyance at your use of all those coupons. They’re usually so friendly even during super busy times at the store!! Maybe they’re just stressed out about the impending storm. Stay warm and safe!!

  3. Wow, I can’t believe how much snow you guys are getting up north! The storm hit us down here, first, but we only got 8 inches or so – I think it picked up moisture over the Atlantic. Enjoy being snowed in!

  4. We are in the process of moving to Boston from Texas. We haven’t watched much TV in the past few weeks so we were surprised when we heard that we were in for a huge storm! We, too, hit up Whole Foods this morning to stock up on a few things to get us through the next couple of days. I hope you guys stay warm & cozy in your new house!!

  5. Good luck with the snow!

    We got hit with 22 inches two weeks ago…is started Friday night and my car didn’t leave the driveway until Sunday night. Not because I didn’t want to leave, but because I couldn’t if I wanted to!

    Even with all the shoveling and such we had a lot of fun in the snow! Besides…it is pretty!

  6. I love fancy balsalmic – in my family we call it “liquid gold.” It’s so sweet and delicious that you can really use it as a dressing all on its own.
    I’m counting on the grocery store in walking distance tomorrow – I decided to skip the pre-storm chaos today.

  7. i really hate how much sh!t i get from emlpoyees when i use coupons. its always the same story, and i refuse to give in or back down. still, they should be less angry about it. it is money after all, and what do they care?

  8. Sending good vibes as you batten down the hatches! And congrats on the ONE piece of toffee…it is indeed a victory! I find making those promises to myself – and then getting distracted – is a good way to go when you’re dealing with a raging sweet tooth.

  9. Wanted to let you know I’m totally with you on the “less sugar” campaign. Say zero is just not reasonable, but my extra pounds and breakouts are definitely calling for some reduction. You’ll be my motivation and inspiration!

  10. I am SO excited for the storm! We got some groceries this morning and then went to start exchanging Christmas presents while the weather wasn’t too bad. Now we’re just home watching it fall.

  11. WOW ! Hope you guys stay safe and warm during the blizzard you are getting, or maybe it will not be as bad!

    I am sure Murphy will not be too excited with all that snow ; p

    Christmas went by so fast! We have to take our decorations down too, but I think im going to wait til after the new year !

  12. You guys are getting the storm that has been down here for the past 2 days! I am still sitting here watching it snow out my window…and snow…and snow…and snow. I’m really glad I stocked up before it started! Although I always find it funny when you go to a grocery store before a storm and ALL of the milk and bread is gone. People must eat a lot of cereal and toast during storms or something because those are the things that are ALWAYS wiped out before everything else 🙂

  13. I LOVE butternut squash ravioli. I might have to whip some up now 🙂
    I’m right below ya in CT and we are getting hit hard with this blizzard…stay warm!

  14. I love using coupons, but I find it hard to find them for natural and organic products. Where did you get all yours?!?!?

    Good luck with the blizzard!

  15. It is crazy! I can’t believe that it hasn’t stopped since 11am. BTW-Please post your beef stew recipe. I search of a good one…..Enjoy your snow day!

  16. Aw, so sad to take the decorations down the day after. I’m no big Christmas decorator, but ours is up from beginning of December until New Years. But it’s hard to do that w/ live trees.

  17. The snow really is falling hard right now in boston! Yum- I love chocolate covered toffee. I am currently in sugar overload too though!

  18. wow, that’s a lot of snow! stay warm!
    i took down my xmas decorations today, too. a boxing day tradition. i like them up early at the end of november but down the day after christmas!
    $45 in coupons…that’s half a pair of running shoes!

  19. Proper balsamic is so insanely much better than the cheap stuff that it’s hard to believe they can even go by the same name! Good luck dealing with the blizzard… I’m quite happy with my sunny Australia summer days right now, thanks all the same 😛

  20. I’m in California and we’ve been hearing about the snowstorm that is supposed to hit you guys! I hope it is not too bad. Ugh, the past day and a half I’ve been eating a bunch of sugar. I’m fine with everything in moderation but sometimes I tend to have an all or nothing attitude and it leads to a slippery slope of grabbing cookies and chocolate because I already have eaten crap all day anyway. Tommorow will hopefully be better. I feel like once I start eating too much sugar, I can’t stop. That’s great for your personal triumph though! It always feels good when you can overcome that desire to grab a second or third or fourth piece. I could definitley use that right now. GOod luck with the snow!

  21. Crazy snow! I’m in Southern Cali and we never get snow. We complain about rain and that’s nothing compared to what you guys face!

    So sad, our Christmas tree is SOO dry also. I’m hosting a NYE party so I have to leave it up for another week. It’s so sad looking! Kudos for taking yours down!

  22. Hey, its that cashier’s JOB to help customers, accept coupons, and do it all with a pleasant attitude, even on the busiest of days. yes we are all human, but I cannot imagine you were rude about the coupons. Customer Service Fail 🙁 Sooo glad you didn’t let it get to you.

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