Item– We spent the weekend in Ottawa visiting family and the Big’s. I tried to get some nice pictures of the Big’s and Little wearing red noses but they were uncooperative, they always are. I did get Little and his cousin to show me their Angry Clown faces.
Item– Sunday the Mister and I headed out for a 6k run in his parent’s neighbourhood. At 4k my Garmin died and I needed to pee so I made a pit stop at Timmie’s then carried on. I had no idea what pace I was running at and when we got back I looked at Mister’s Garmin … I broke the 7min/km pace. I have tried to get below the 7min/km pace for almost 2 months now and running without the Garmin telling me I sucked was liberating. I will be running by feel from now on, tucking my Garmin away and only looking at it when I have finished my run.
Item– I didn’t get a MIMM post up yesterday because we were travelling down the 416 in some nasty weather drinking some nasty gas station coffee. Next time I head out-of-town for the weekend I’ll be looking for a Guest Post … any volunteers?
Item– Someone is very excited for Christmas and I don’t feel guilty for using Santa as a barganing chip for chores and good behaviour. Parenting For The Win!
Hot Mint Christmas Cocoa
If you follow me on Twitter you know I have a weakness for Starbucks Peppermint Mocha’s. Starting in November, when the Red Cups show up, I have at least one a week. Now that I am travelling to the gym on the mainland 3-4 days a week I pop in to Starbucks and grab a little Christmas in my Red Cup for the ride home on the ferry. Christmas in my Red Cup get’s a little expensive and some days I need a Chocolate Mint fix so I went looking for a good recipe for Hot Cocoa that wasn’t loaded with sugar and found one at About.com.
Original recipe here.
Recipe as I made it.
- 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 2 cups milk
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
Blend cocoa and sugar in a medium saucepan. To avoid lumps slowly mix in the milk and cream using a whisk to blend. Heat milk/cream until scalded, stirring constantly. Stir in vanilla. Ladle into mugs, add 1 ounce of Peppermint Schnapps. Top with marshmallows or whipped cream if desired.
Using the heavy cream made this cocoa so rich and creamy. You could lessen the amount of heavy cream or use milk only if you are looking for fewer calories/lower fat. This is not a cocoa I would drink daily (although I could), it was a Friday night treat that tasted like a bit of Christmas. To make this cocoa kid friendly (and keep CAS off of your doorstep) you can substitute the Peppermint Schnapps with a little Peppermint Extract. Make it a Mocha with 1-2 Tbsp of espresso powder.
How was your weekend? Did you try anything new? Did you get to run in the cold?
What is your favorite cold weather drink?