Trial Tuesday and an Itemized List #5

Item– I stumbled across this link yesterday. During my years of waiting tables and tending bar I received some generous tips but nothing like these fortunate folks.

Unlike recent incidents of servers getting stiffed for religious reasons, @tipsforjesus leaves a lot of money and little ideology. In addition to those strip club bills, there’s a check that totals “$122979.42,” because “math is hard at 1am after three grand of tequila,” as the caption explains.

You can follow along  here IG @tipsforjesus.

Item– Henry the Elf dropped by yesterday and someone was a wee bit excited. I recorded an excited Little’s reaction to finding Henry in his room but I have no idea what I am doing when it comes to editing the video. If you have any suggestions feel free to leave them in the comments.

Item– Around the Bay training has officially started. Day 1 was Sunday with 5k at my current race pace. It has been a couple of weeks since a good run and it felt good. On today’s agenda … 6k.

Item– That link I shared yesterday about the annoying airline passenger … it was a hoax.

A well-played prank by the same guy who’s a producer for television shows The Bachelor and The Bachelorette. You could say that explains why he knew how to portray bitter hysteria so well.

Item– Henry the Elf took a little time last night, while the family was asleep, to get creative. He also enlisted the help of others. I’m sure it’ will be a long month of mischief here in the Dunwaetin house.

Item– Our Christmas tree is going up tonight. Every year we dig out the boxes of lights and ornaments, whip up some hot chocolate and start decorating. Each ornament has a story and the Boys always ask me to tell the stories while putting them on the tree. Putting the tree up without Big 1 and Big 2 to help makes me sad and I had the Mister pick up a large bottle of Peppermint Schnapps to add to my hot chocolate this evening.


Now on to Trail Tuesdays with Jan at Sprouts n Squats

Chocolate Truffles from Grain Brain

  • 1/2 cup Heavy Cream
  • 1 tsp flavoring (orange, almond, vanilla, hazelnut or peppermint)
  • 8 ounces bittersweet dark chocolate (at least 75% cacao)
  • Cocoa powder or chopped nut for coating


Chop chocolate into small pieces and place in a heat-proof ceramic or glass bowl. In a small saucepan bring the cream to a simmer. Stir the flavoring in, then pour over the chocolate. I had orange and peppermint flavoring in the pantry and went with orange flavoring because Jan seems to think that peppermint and chocolate do not belong together and she is hosting the link up. I’m not saying she’s wrong however I am not saying she’s right. 😉

Let stand for a few minutes before stirring until smooth. Allow to cool. Form 1 inch balls, rolling them quickly between your palms (here is where it gets messy). Roll in cocoa or nuts and place your balls (<— heh heh she said “balls” ) on a parchment lined baking sheet. Refrigerate overnight.

I used 100% cacao chocolate for this recipe and it was a little too bitter for my taste buds however that didn’t stop me from eating them. I am making these again, next time with 80% cacao and peppermint.

Truffles can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week. If you can keep these in your house for up to a week you are a better person than me.




What three new things have you tried this week?

Chocolate + Mint lover? Yes/No/Meh

Meet Anita

I am a wife to a retired Army Captain and present day shepherd, a mother to two Big's (20 & 19) and one Little (6) and new to running at the age of 42. I am hopelessly addicted to Starbucks Peppermint Mocha's. My family thinks I am crazy. The voices in my head say they may be right.

4 Thoughts on “Trial Tuesday and an Itemized List #5

  1. I love Chocolate minty stuff! I was recently sent protein powder that is chocolate mint and it is TO DIE for. I also am a sucker for peppermint bark..
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  2. That elf is just way too cute :)

    Those truffles look AMAZING!!! And I love that you didn’t use peppermint because of me. I think it is entirely because I am right on this one, hehe

    Thanks for joining in another week of Trial Tuesdays.

    Happy Wednesday <3

    • Henry the Elf is quite the hit here but coming up with a different mischievous thing for him to get into every night can be exhausting.

      I’m not sure you’re right about the whole peppermint/chocolate debate … let’s agree to disagree? 😀

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