Saturday, August 30, 2014

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.
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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.
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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.
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"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.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

194: Camelids and Cherry Picking


Please see the shownotes at www.cogknitivepodcast.blogspot.com and on our group on Ravelery.

Episode 194: Camelids and Cherry Picking is live!


Check out this episode!

194:Camelids and Cherry Picking


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Little Jubilee took herself on a tour of our home this week.

Summer Mindfulness Retreat in Camarillo, CA: July 25, 2014. $50 to attend. We are taking names for the wait-list.
Game plan:
Limited to 10-15 people
Mindfulness lessons, meditation, self-hypnosis training by the ocean.
Road trips to local yarn shops.
Road trips to local high-end outlet malls.

Info is here. Come have a fun weekend by the sea of meditation, mindfulness, and shopping with your fiber-buddies! We are going to have a mellow, fun, relaxing few days together to feel good and hang out.)

(PSSSST: Dizzy Blondes may be bringing some yarn to Camp Cog!)

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

We are up to 11 people.

CFR 6 is coming! Oct 11. 2014!
 
More information here! Sign-ups for people who have already attended HAVE BEGUN! Sign ups for newbies begin JULY 1st!

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.

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

Not yet finished:
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.

Dizzy Blondes: 

Plans for Tour de Fleece 2014 are discussed.

Ranch of the Oaks now has my camelid fiber for processing and expect to have it done by CFR6! And I had a blast touring Solvang, founded to be a Danish town. So I had smorgasbord and enjoyed the scenery.

Quechua before and after her haircut: BEFORE:

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AFTER:

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Strategy:

Stop running to the shrine of your fears.

Put a Lid On It:
I went cherry picking for the first time and scored over 10 pounds of really perfect Bing cherries:

BEFORE:

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PITTED:

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Aw Shoot!

Roxy/Tirion Du is helping me to exercise. Waaaay too much info re: how to use your legs on a horse.

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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:

Cherry harvesting for myself! I didn't have to climb any trees, I scored all sorts of neat info about cherries and ripeness, bought local honey, and then...got down to pitting. For days. But the canning, snacking, and pickling have been exquisite!

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Mint Jelly, Pickled cherries (in back), Simply Delicious Cherry Chutney, amaretto-cherry Jam. (above)

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The stages of Cherry Pickles: cherries in quart jar with vinegar, cherries layered with sugar for final stage, cherry-infused vinegar in front. (above)

The recipe for the pickles is on Pinterest on my board I LOVE FOOD! and also on the blog at www.cogknitivepodcast.blogspot.com.

Blather:

A loving and regretful farewell to Karen, KnitterCritter.

Solvang meanderings, camelid shearing, general CFR news.

My dinner at the smorgasbord in Solvang:

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A Danish windmill in Solvang:

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