When things don’t go as planned…

In addition to it being Marian’s birthday on February 6, 2011, it also happened to be this little thing called “Super Bowl Sunday.”

To celebrate the showdown between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Green Bay Packers, Dan and I had big plans: When he got done working his driving job, he’d swing by to pick me up. Then, we would drive out to his parents’ house to eat a little dinner, watch a little football and play with his family’s cute new puppy.

Throughout the day, it seemed as though this was all going to come together. That was until, on his very last work stop in Kansas City, Dan’s truck decided not to start — Less than two hours until kickoff and he was stranded. Worse of all, there wasn’t even anything I could do about it.

Instead of getting upset about the whole ordeal, I just took a cue from Dan, who was really calm and composed. Besides, when things don’t go as planned, it’s a good excuse to eat a muffin.

Maple, Banana and Peanut Butter Muffins

Adapted from “Banana Peanut Butter Bread.”


  • 3/4 C all-purpose flour
  • 1 C whole-wheat flour
  • 1 t baking powder
  • 1/2 t baking soda
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 1/2 t cinnamon
  • 1 banana, mashed
  • 1/3 C peanut butter
  • 1/4 C brown sugar
  • 1/4 C unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 flax egg, made by mixing 1 T milled flax seeds + 3 T water
  • 1/3 C unsweetened almond milk (or any milk)
  • 1/4 C pure maple syrup
  • 1 banana, diced


  • In a small bowl, mix together the flax egg. Set aside.
  • Sift together flours, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon.
  • In another large bowl, beat together the mashed banana, peanut butter, brown sugar and applesauce. Once combined, beat in the flax egg.
  • Slowly stir the flour mixture into the sugar mixture. Continue stirring until well combined and smooth. Fold in the diced banana.
  • Either grease a muffin tin or line with baking cups. Fill each slot 2/3 way up with batter. Cook in a 350 degree oven for 20-24 minutes, until a skewer comes out clean.

Note: This could probably also be adapted as a bread, but I don’t know what the cooking times would be.

Ultimately, Dan’s dad was able to come to the rescue and pick him up. Meanwhile, his mom put the game on the DVR’s pause so we wouldn’t miss anything — We still made it to his house an hour after kickoff, but we were still able to eat dinner, watch the game and snack on some Packer-themed cookies that his family friends brought.

Better yet, I still got to cuddle with a fluffy — albeit finicky — puppy!

So, the lesson of the day is this: When things don’t go as planned, don’t stress. Instead, take a moment to eat a muffin and look forward to snuggling with a precious puppy — That’s the cure to any woes!

Questions: Were you happy with the Super Bowl? What was your favorite commercial?

I wasn’t very impressed by the commercials. Maybe that’s just a sign of the country cutting back! I did like the Lassie-spoof, though!

Also, do you like the pictures formatted large like this or medium, as they were in other posts?


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