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Happy Mothers’ Day!

Hopefully all the mommies out there are being pampered like they deserve: breakfast in bed, pedicures, and lots of hugs.  My amazing mommy received a special breakfast (which I’ll write about tomorrow).  But because I was working on her breakfast, my own had to be quick and simple.


A lightly-toasted whole-wheat English muffin with homemade Smashberry Jam and peanut butter


Now it’s time for another installment of “Strange things I see when I Run.” I almost stepped on this guy yesterday (well, not him, but his look-alike).


And then, later, I came across a hissing squirrel. Did you know squirrels can talk? I didn’t! Nothing as strange as Scary Spandex Man, but if I never see him again, I think I’ll be okay!

Katie is the baker, photographer, and author of the popular blog Chocolate-Covered Katie. Her favorite food is chocolate, and she believes in eating a balanced diet that includes dessert every single day. More about Katie—> 

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  1. Effie says:

    I love your breakfast. I used to eat a lot of peanut butter when living in UK. I missed it!

  2. Danielle says:

    I love turtles! Hissing squirrels? not so much…

    I think the strangest thing I’ve seen while I was running was a man on a motorcycle with his dog riding in an attachable cart wearing sunglasses. It was really cute 😀

    Your mother’s day breakfast is so sweet! I’ll be calling momma Coffee Run today

  3. Run Sarah says:

    I love Kirkland organic PB! For mothers day, we are having a sushi dinner!

  4. aww banana slices along for the ride! i think id liek to go along for a ride with that breakfast! hehe xoxo

  5. Evan Thomas says:

    PB&Co. All the way!

  6. Diana says:

    That breakfast looks so good :)
    Actually, Mother’s Day was last weekend here in Portugal! Interesting, huh? 😛
    Have a great day!

  7. Sarahishealthy says:

    Woah that turtle looks awesome. I love turtles :)

  8. abby says:

    i am making my mommy breakfast in bed. but she hasn’t woken up yet, silly mommy!

  9. Mary says:

    I’m sure that whatever you’re making your mom, it’s awesome. I can’t wait to find out! Tell her happy mom’s day for me!

  10. Jenny says:

    **swooooooooon** – this post = the perfect wayt o start my morning :)

    Hope you have a beautiful Mother’s day!!

  11. I celebrated Mom’s Day last weekend, since my parents are at my sister’s college graduation this weekend (out of state). I made her a veggie skillet and banana brandy crepes; so good! For Mother’s and Father’s day every year I just do brunch for my parents. It’s a fun time to make tons of yummy breakfast food (favorite meal of the day!) and hang out.

  12. Jess says:

    What a great title!

  13. A hissing squirrel? That sounds scary!

  14. vegangal says:

    love this post and love you too but not scary spanex man he is creepy haha. xoxoxo

  15. Inspired says:

    I love pb, but it has to have sugar and salt. Doesn’t have to have much, but without salt, it just tastes… off.

  16. Marina says:

    I love seeing strange things on my runs :))
    I adore the brand “made by me at home” 😀
    It’s cheap and has only one ingredient: peanuts. (and occasional epithelial cell from my or my bf’s fingers 😀 )

  17. A hissing squirrel, aaaahhh.
    I think your breakfast is bringing back my PB addiction! Favorite brand is absolutely Justins!

  18. Meg says:

    I adore turtles :) this post made me smile! As do all of your posts :)

    I’m taking my Mom out to dinner and brought her flowers this morning!!

  19. Demelza says:

    I’m looking forward to seeing what you made your mom for brekkie. :]
    I made my mom chocolate croissants.
    I’m not entirely sure what my family is doing…:/
    I think my mom wants everyone to go see a movie together before my brothers go back to college to finish their finals.

    I haven’t tried too many brands of peanut butter, so my favorite is Naturally More.

  20. we had a lovely Mother’s Day dinner at a great scandinavian restaurant.

    Haha, I would totally freak you if I would see a turtle here, they’re NOT living freely outside in our country 😀

  21. Rachel says:

    awwwww turtle!

    Smart Balance makes a PB sweetened with agave nectar and added omega-3’s which is pretty tasty, can’t say i met a PB i didn’t like, except the time i accidentally bought chunky…the texture is just too weird for me.

  22. Renée says:

    Mmmm Cinnamon Raisin Swirl is my favourite PB!

  23. Stefanie says:

    I bet your mother’s breakfast was really good because it was made with love. Your breakfast looks better then mine was.

    My mom is getting fresh homemade pretzels when she gets home from work. It is what she wants so that is what she will get.

    My favorite PB is MaraNatha no-stir varitey. Now i’m wanting some peanut butter. :)

  24. BroccoliHut says:

    Sadly, I can’t be with my mom on this Mothers’ Day…but I’ll see her soon enough for graduation!
    I lurve 365 PB and Maranatha.

  25. unfortunately I live hundreds of miles from my mom, but I emailed, texted, called and blogged to tell her how much I love her and she means to me. She’s fantastic!!

    By far, PB&Co is my favorite brand! And I’m having a PB&Co giveaway soon on my blog!! Can’t wait to share it with others! Yum!!

  26. I love fat! keep embracing the flubber

  27. Michelle says:

    I made your 24 carrot cupcakes tonight =) they came out awesome let me tell you. i topped them with frosting and ate 3… good recipe!!

  28. Gaby says:

    You have a very lucky mom! I’m sure you took good care of her :)
    My dad made breakfast this morning for our whole extended family, then in the afternoon I took her shopping, and tonight I wrote a special blog post for her.
    I am of course hugging my fats per usual these days but need to get around to taking a picture for you! There has been an abundance of almonds, peanut butter, tahini, coconut, and avocado loving. Sometimes all at once!
    Oh and tonight’s dinner was also covered in a traditional chimichurri sauce with plenty of EVOO!

  29. *Andrea* says:

    my favorite peanut butter is naturally more! i also love the no-stir maranatha kind.

    my sister has a 3-toed box turtle that looks just like that fella 😉 so cute!

  30. I love your breakfast! I could eat some combo of carbs, PB, sugars, and banana for breakfast every day and never get tired of it. Toast, bagels, oatmeal, pancakes, anything!

    I celebrated mother´s day by… going for a run and making your pizzert idea (and blogging about it). Thanks for the great idea, it was awesome!

  31. Michelle,
    Awwwwwww I am so excited/honored/happy you tried them :) :)

  32. Ohhhh, your breakfast looks divine!! You already know that I loooooooove me some PB. My fav is the grind-your-own stuff. It tastes so fresh because of it’s 100% pure peanutty goodness. :)

  33. I will agree. I definitely hug peanut butter for hug a fat month. It’s my favorite fat.

  34. Courtney says:

    My favorite peanut butter is also the Whole Foods 365 lightly salted… HEAVEN.

  35. Marianne says:

    Mother’s Day here involved going to the 1st farmer’s market of the year, working, going out for dinner at my cousin’s house, and watching playoff hockey! WOO!

    And my favourite peanut butter is our store brand old fashioned variety – just peanuts with a little bit of salt. Delicious!

  36. This just proves that it really IS “all relative”: you call your breakfast ‘quick and simple,’ but it likely appears deliciously gourmet to most. Way to playfully dispel the fat-makes-fat myth.

  37. Elizabeth says:

    my favorite peanutbutter is actually trader joes brand of organic, unsalted, unswtned crunchy pb!
    i can eat wayyy to much of that though!

    new research just came out that showed adding nuts to your diet can help lower cholesterol!
    love plant fats!

  38. amandatrombley says:

    Hissing squirrel? Wow, no haven’t seen that one..maybe that’s specific to Texas squirrels? My Squirrelly here is more a quiet, meaningful stare kind of squirrel as in communicating with her eyes, “why didn’t you bring me chocolate covered marzipan? And while you’re at it, how ’bout some corn chips?” Sometimes, when sounding an alarm they say something like “nuk nuk nuk”..

  39. Yes, I did know squirrels could talk! But I didn’t know until a couple years ago. I wouldn’t describe it as hissing, though! More like a . . . hoarse chirp?