Meant for Each Other

January 6, 2011

Some things are just meant for each other:

sweatshirts + fall

sunshine + happiness

cookies + the freezer

my husband + cheese

Costco + spending lots of money

and especially. . . . peanut butter + banana + muffins!! Three of my favorites all wrapped together!


Peanut Butter-Banana Muffins

(based off this recipe)


1 cup old-fashioned oats

1 cup whole wheat flour

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 cup sugar

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 egg

3/4 cup soy milk

3/4 cup mashed ripe bananas

1/2 cup creamy peanut butter

1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 cup white chocolate chips


1. In a large bowl, combine the first seven ingredients.

2. In a separate bowl, combine the egg, milk, bananas, peanut butter, applesauce, and vanilla.

3. Stir wet ingredients into dry ingredients just until moistened.

4. Fold in chocolate chips.

5. Line muffin tin with paper liners or grease with cooking spray. Fill until three-fourths full.

6. Bake a 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

7. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks. Serve warm.



Another thing that goes together quite nicely: me + running shoes.

I’m pretty sure I own more running shoes than any other type of shoe. . . combined!


I’ve had these for a couple of weeks, but wanted to try them out before reviewing them.

I purchased the Mizuno Wave Inspire 6 at REI for about $70 because the new model is now out.


Lightweight – However, it seems as though this results in the shoe breaking down a bit faster than some of my other shoes (primarily Asics, especially the more expensive ones), but then again I could buy two pairs of these for the price of a new pair of Asics Kayanos, which retail at $140. So, meh, kind of a toss up.

I can tell these shoes are meant for someone who pronates (feet roll inwards) because the inside of the heel is built up a bit. I noticed this at first, but after a while I forgot all about it.

Mizuno seems to run just a hair on the small side, but I think going up a half of a size would have been too big.

Even with my orthotics in the shoes, my heel does not slip out–always a plus and something that can be difficult to find.

Overall, I really like this pair of running shoes, however, I don’t know that I will be purchasing them again–mainly because of the medial (inside) of the heel being built up more than I’m used to.


And another added bonus about these shoes: they look sweet and the bright colors are fun!

I’ll admit it, I do care how my running shoes look. (Although I have purchased shoes that were kind of “ugly,” in my opinion.) I know that’s not how it is supposed to work, but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t consider what the shoe looks like before buying it. And frankly, I think, Mizuno has some pretty awesome looking shoes.


One thing that was not going together today though: me + work.

My voice is about an octave lower, my throat is scratchy, and trying to project your voice in a large gymnasium was just not happening today. Plus coughing up phlegm is not something most people want to hear or be around.



If you are a runner, what is the make/model of your favorite (or current) running shoes?

What is something that was meant for you?

    1. Im glad i go with cheese ;D and my favorite model is you.

    1. I will totally be making those muffins this weekend!! I have super flate feet and over pronate like no bodies business. I purchased the Asics Gel Kayanos a couple of months ago and just ran my fastest and most pain free half marathon ever. Although, they did cost a VERY PRETTY PENNY the fact that my knees didn’t hurt during my race was totally worth it. I have to wear stinkin orthodics as well! 🙁 It makes purchasing shoes such a pain!

    1. I am a big fan of Asics as well, I usually get the Gel Cumulus. I’ve tried Mizuno in the past and totally agree with your post. They are very light weight and there seems to be less “cush” so they wear out faster. I really liked them though, but went back to the asics because they last longer.

      Also, those muffins look awesome! 🙂 Have a good weekend!

    1. Peanut butter banana muffins… hello lover! These look amazing and the recipe sounds divine. Definitely going to have to whip up a batch of these bad boys.


    1. those muffins look wonderful! and i swear by brooks adrenaline. they are the only running shoe i’ve purchased in ages… seriously. if they ever are discontinued i’ll cry. in fact, last night i bought two pairs of the GTS10 (the 11 just came out) for $60 online…normal price is $100. i was so excited!

    1. Mmm. i just made peanut butter banana pancakes. I love that combination especially with chocolate.

      I run in Newton Running shoes. They are amazing and made for people who run on their toes. they are a bit expensive though but I haven’t looked back.

    1. I ran in Mizunos for year and loved how lightweight they were, but was always having IT band issues. When I switched to Asics, my ITB issues decreased. When I’m not running in Vibrams, I run in the Asics 2100 series. Currently have the 2150, but I’ve had the 2140, 2130, and 2120. 🙂

    1. I run in Asics myself! Those muffins look delicious. I have some speckled bananas that just might have to become these muffins!

      What goes together for me?
      Fridays and Pizza!

    1. These shoes hold a special place in my heart. Unfortunately they’re not made anymore and the new 7’s are completely different!

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