Saturday, August 30, 2014

196: Walking Through Downtown Los Angeles

Downtown LA has its moments!

A pleasant stroll through downtown Los Angeles, where people who talk to themselves in microphones are a fairly common sight really...

Northern California Camp Cog is next up for Camp CogKnitive! Dates TBA!

Philly Camp CogKnitive is still in planning stages--no date yet. Hotel and other suggestions welcome.

Raleigh, NC Camp Cog is a definite maybe...

DFW TX Camp Cog....I really hope so! I am scared off by the Open Carry Protest groups right now, but we'll see.

CFR 6 is coming! Oct 11. 2014!
 
More information here! Sign ups for everyone continues...

Celebrating our listeners who have joined the CogKnitive 25 – , 50 –, and 75 – Bear Clubs for MBP. You can see who they all are right here. Great work!

Have YOU completed 25, 50, or 75 bears for Mother Bear Project? Send me your snail and a link to your Ravelry projects page, and CogKnitive will send you a special wristband to celebrate with you.

Add yourself to our CogKNITive Listeners Map.

We have a website at http://www.cogknitive.com/. You can find older episodes there.

You can now subscribe to the BLOG on your Kindle or Kindle app.

I am gemmadw on  Twitter and Pinterest, DoeWalking on geocaching.com, and DrGemma on Plurk.
Geocaching: www.geocaching.com. I am DoeWalking, if you would like to be geo-pals. I am also drgemma on Instagram.

What's On My Hooks, Needles, and Spindles:

Not yet finished:

Beachy Shawl for Camp Cog Cam--I'm on the second ball of yarn in Just Beachy from Dizzy Blonde Studios.
The OHM Shawl by Michelle Miller--no work on this one.
One Row Lace Scarf--still in time out
The Blueberry Waffle Socks in colorway Witchwind from Forbidden Woolery --still on the second sock
Halloween Linen Stitch Cowl--mu current potato chip knitting standby.

Tutorial for the After-Thought Heel is here.

Dizzy Blondes: 

I am sporadically still working on a silk-merino blend from Red Fish Dye Works on my 2 Ashford wheels. Here are my favorite online sources for spinning supplies and wheel parts:
Village Spin & Weave
Webs Yarn Store
The Woolery

Strategy:
When you get stuck, get out of it by starting with making small changes.

Put a Lid On It:

The kitchen is quiet, due to 100F heat.

Aw Shoot!
Still running indoors on the elliptical. Based on a recent study, running on the treadmill is only marginally better than using an elliptical to burn calories.
 
Summer Running Essentials:
Please remember to hydrate you and any running pals.
Important facts:
one gallon of water weighs 8.3 pounds
Any mammal can carry only up to one quarter of its weight.

Ruffwear backpacks for dogs.

Something I Really Like:

Gather DTLA--an LYS with a lively Instagram feed in Downtown LA, run by my new friend Renaissance of Raghouse International Studios. Here is their FB. The store is at 453 S Spring, downtown L.A.

I'm at Gather in LA in the Last Bookstore at 5th & Spring, 2nd floor. Here is Renaissance, your hostess. She is wonderful so visit her!

Blather:
CFR6 (of course). We have 1 or 2 spaces left as of this writing. The hotel issue is still in flux, but there is some clarification. The rate will be $89.90 per night.

Clarification on the Open Carry Issue.

LA's historic and pretty Union Station

Visit Olvera Street!
 You can see my pics of my Los Angeles wanderings here and on Instagram, where I am drgemma.

Here is my vote for complete bad taste in public...erections... it's in the financial district...

#100happydays my vote for "makes me shriek with laughter every time I walk past it". The tribute to who is in charge erected (sorry) in downtown LA next to several major banks.

196: Walking Through Downtown Los Angeles


Episode 196: Walking Through Downtown Los Angele is live!

 

Please see the show notes at www.cogknitive podcast.blogspot.com or on our group on Ravelry.


Check out this episode!

Great news, Runners!

Excerpted from Medscape (a medical news service for health professionals)

Running for even 5 to 10 minutes a day, once or twice a week, or at slow speeds was associated with substantial mortality benefits over 15 years, a prospective study showed.
Runners overall had 30% and 45% lower adjusted risks of all-cause and cardiovascular disease mortality, respectively, over that period and had 3 years longer life expectancy compared with nonrunners, Duck-chul Lee, PhD, of Iowa State University in Ames, and colleagues found.
..........

The associations were also significant at the lowest quintiles of weekly running distance (less than 6 miles), frequency (one to two times), amount (under 506 metabolic equivalent of task or MET-minutes), and speed (less than 6 miles/hour), the group reported in the August 5 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
.........

The effect of “just doing something at slightly higher intensity” was profound, commented Barry Franklin, PhD, director of preventive cardiology and cardiac rehabilitation in the Beaumont Health System in Royal Oak, Mich.
“A 30% to 40% reduction in mortality -- that’s huge. That’s equivalent to the same mortality reductions we get by taking a cholesterol-lowering statin or going on a beta-blocker or taking a statin,” he told MedPage Today.
The message that some is better than none is important.....
Running is clearly better than walking for the same amount of time in terms of mortality, although walking is probably safer and easier to sustain for those starting from zero, they noted.
.......
"Although devising a customized exercise prescription for each patient may sound complicated, 15 minutes of brisk walking or 5 minutes of running is all it takes for most clinic patients," they wrote.
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Excerpt from 



Run for Your Life? Right!


Published: Jul 29, 2014 | Updated: Jul 30, 2014

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Catching Up: Chicken with Cashews Recipe.



Catching Up: Chicken with Cashews Recipe.

I can't remember posting this, so here it is again for my Pinterest and blog followers.

Chicken with Cashews:
Ingredients:
2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken thigh tenders or chicken breast tenders
1/4 cup all purpose flour
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 Tbsp canola oil
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 Tbsp rice wine vinegar
2 Tbsp ketchup
1 Tbsp brown sugar
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 tsp grated fresh ginger
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
1/2 cup cashews
Directions:
Combine flour and pepper in large Ziploc bag. Add chicken. Shake to coat with flour mixture.
Heat oil in skillet over medium-high heat. Brown chicken about 2 minutes on each side.
Place chicken in slow cooker.
Combine soy sauce, vinegar, ketchup, sugar, garlic, ginger, and pepper flakes in small bowl; pour over chicken. Cook on LOW for 3 to 4 hours. Add cashews and stir. Serve over rice.
Makes 4-6 servings. If you want like sauce and want to have some to pour over the chicken and the rice, double the sauce ingredients.

Monday, August 4, 2014

195: It's a Magical Place


Please see notes on our group on Ravelry or at www.cogknitivepodcast.blogspot.com.

Episode 195: it's a Magical place is live.


Check out this episode!

195: It's a Magical Place


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Everyone was awesome! Everyone was cool 'cos we're part of a team....
Camp CogKnitive Camarillo 2014. Thanks so much!!! You totally are the best!

Northern California Camp Cog is next up! Dates TBA!

Philly Camp CogKnitive is still in planning stages--no date yet. Hotel and other suggestions welcome.

Raleigh, NC Camp Cog is a definite maybe...

DFW TX Camp Cog....I really hope so! I am scared off by the Open Carry Protest groups right now, but we'll see.

CFR 6 is coming! Oct 11. 2014!
 
More information here! Sign ups for everyone continues...

Celebrating our listeners who have joined the CogKnitive 25 – , 50 –, and 75 – Bear Clubs for MBP. You can see who they all are right here. Great work!

Have YOU completed 25, 50, or 75 bears for Mother Bear Project? Send me your snail and a link to your Ravelry projects page, and CogKnitive will send you a special wristband to celebrate with you.

Add yourself to our CogKNITive Listeners Map.

We have a website at http://www.cogknitive.com/. You can find older episodes there.

You can now subscribe to the BLOG on your Kindle or Kindle app.

I am gemmadw on  Twitter and Pinterest, DoeWalking on geocaching.com, and DrGemma on Plurk.
Geocaching: www.geocaching.com. I am DoeWalking, if you would like to be geo-pals. I am also drgemma on Instagram.

What's On My Hooks, Needles, and Spindles:

Pirate Yarns--Isn't this just DROP-DEAD GORGEOUS???  Alpaca-merino-tencel blend. LUSCIOUS!! Thanks, Dani! Sensational!

#campcogcam Dani's gorgeous yarn from her own herd! Thanks Danimac !

The Official Camp Cog Colorway: Just Beachy from Dizzy Blonde Studios:

#campcogcam Dizzy Blonde Studioes dyed the perfect colorway for us in luscious Lambie Toes. Great job, Laura!!!


Not yet finished:

Beachy Shawl for Camp Cog Cam:

#campcogcam shawl crocheted in Dizzy Blonde Studios' color way for Camp CogKnitive. 1.5 skeins to go! I am really liking it.

The OHM Shawl by Michelle Miller .
One Row Lace Scarf
The Blueberry Waffle Socks in colorway Witchwind from Forbidden Woolery
Halloween Linen Stitch Cowl

Tutorial for the After-Thought Heel is here.

Finished: The Fiji Dreams Shrug from my handspun finished as part of Tour de Fleece 2014. I wrote up my changes in my notes on the Ravelry page linked above:

This handspun yarn...

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Became this shrug:

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Dizzy Blondes: 

Tour de Fleece 2014 Results! It was indeed PLY-O-RAMA!

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A lengthy review of the Ashford Joy portable wheel:
Here is where you can get some oil in a handy applicator. Look down the printed list.

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Strategy:
Fear is the story that you tell yourself about a situation. Change the story, and the fear leaves.

Put a Lid On It:

Simple Beet Salad:
Red pickled beets
chopped white/yellow onion
Feta cheese.
Mix, chill, enjoy! No dressing needed.

It is pretty much pickling season for me. So far: pickled green beans, pickled red beets, and watermelon pickle. A book I like, but not for its watermelon rind pickles!

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Aw Shoot!

I continue to love Zombies, Run app as I increase my elliptical time to 80 minutes. No outdoor running as the weather goes into the 100sF.
 
Summer Running Essentials:
Please remember to hydrate you and any running pals.
Important facts:
one gallon of water weighs 8.3 pounds
Any mammal can carry only up to one quarter of its weight.

Ruffwear backpacks for dogs.

Something I Really Like:

What else? Camp CogKnitive!  ....and my Woolee Winders for spinning and plying. Exercise clothes from Old Navy...and inexpensive tights/leggings from Old Navy and Forever 21. I mean $5 or $6, for heaven's sake!

Blather:

Camp CogKnitive Camarillo was a success! Find us on FB and Instagram and Twitter under #campcogcam.

#Campcogcam anniversary roses at Camp Cog started off a great and relaxing weekend. Thanks, everyone!
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Friday, July 11, 2014

Pickled Cherries Recipe


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Here are all the stages: Cherry-Infused Vinegar at the very front, cherries sitting I vinegar in quart jar at the back, cherries layered with sugar in the middle.

Pretty much straight out of The Joy of Pickling:

Pickled Cherries (an 18th-century recipe)

Ingredients:
Quart jars with lids (I buy plastic screw-on lids for canning jars from Amazon.com)
Pint jars with lids (at least 2 for every 1 quart jar used)
Fresh cherries
White vinegar
White sugar

1. Pit the cherries
2. Stuff cherries into quart jars, filling to about 2 inches from top.
3. Pour white vinegar into quart jars to completely cover cherries.
4. Screw lids onto quart jars and allow to sit for at least 72 hours.
5. Drain off white vinegar--now red and cherry-juice-infused--into clean jars. See below for what to do next with vinegar...
6. Meanwhile, take cherries and layer into pint jars with one cup of white sugar. I normally start with a thin layer of sugar, fill with cherries packed loosely, then pour the rest of sugar into the jar.
7. Screw lids onto these pint jars. DO NOT USE CANNER OR WATER BATH!
8. Store pint jars in closet and return daily to shake them at least once.  This will encourage sugar to dissolve and blend with remaining vinegar inside cherries. Eventually, this will lead to complete dissolving of sugar.
9. These pickled cherries will be good after about one month, but GREAT after about 3 months. Pickled Cherries go great with red meat and as a dressing substitute with your Thanksgiving turkey, in place of cranberry sauce.

Meanwhile...the Cherry-Infused Vinegar

You can just stick a cork into the cherry-juice infused vinegars and give them to friends as gifts or use the vinegar right away in a salad. OR You can boil the vinegar with a small amount of sugar (keep it VERY small and to your taste), then can it in small jars in your water-bath canner for about 10 minutes at sea level (20 minutes up at 3800 feet where I live). Again, these make great gifts. I like to use 8-ounce jars or 4-ounce for this.