Trial Tuesday and an Itemized List #6

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?


If this is Seattle’s Best I do not want to taste their worst!

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!


Now on to Trail Tuesdays with Jan at Sprouts n Squats

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

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.


Low quality Crackberry picture … the Nikon was charging and I wasn’t about to wait to drink my cocoa.

Serves 4.

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?

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.

12 Thoughts on “Trial Tuesday and an Itemized List #6

  1. Sorry to hear about the bad coffee! Thanks for sharing the recipe for the cocoa. It would be perfect on a cold day like today! It is hard not to get so fixated on the garmin!
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    • Half way home I had the Mister stop in to a Tim Horton’s for a coffee. Not the best but definitely better than the crap in my earlier cup.

  2. Love that photo with the clown noses, too funny and too cute!!

    Love that in your recipe you put in schnapps too good!!

    Thanks for joining in another week of Trial Tuesdays!
    Jan @ Sprouts n Squats recently posted…Wordless WIAWMy Profile

  3. Your family is adorable. Sending you a HUGE congrats on a sub 7 mile…all your hard work is definitely paying off!
    Sara @ lifebetweenthemiles recently posted…Need for speedMy Profile

    • Thanks Sara, it’s a sub 7 minute kilometer making it a sub 11 minute mile … I’m not speedy, just persistent! 😀

  4. Your family is beautiful! Indoor gym for me…just want to stay safe.
    Caroline Thomas recently posted…Top Ten Ways To Survive The Holidays Without Family #rundc #werundcMy Profile

    • Most day’s I’m in the gym or on the treadmill but Sunday was such a beautiful morning and having the Mister with me made me feel safe. :)

  5. I absolutely love the clown nose photo. It is awesome to see people getting away from the normal family portraits. That Hot Mint Christmas Cocoa sounds divine. Cocoa is a personal weakness…and the marshmallows that I put in it. UGH. Now I need to hit the gym. I think I gain weight just thinking about it.
    Theresa recently posted…My Top Five Reasons for Why YOU Should Volunteer at a RaceMy Profile

    • We’re not a normal family so traditional pictures always come across as fake looking to me. Cocoa and mocha’s are my weakness too … moderation is not in my vocabulary when it comes to anything chocolate! 😀

  6. Sometimes the best runs that I have are the ones that I either forget my Garmin at home or leave it on purpose. I found that it is good to just unplug for a couple runs a month and enjoy your surroundings. Especially if you are in a brand new location like you were.
    David @ Captain Speedypants recently posted…Never Thought I Could Dislike Jillian Michaels so MuchMy Profile

    • We were out in my in-laws neighbourhood and it was a beautiful day. You’re right, sometimes it’s best to unplug from the world and look around!

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