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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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Easy Sour Cream Cherry Pie




The recipe for Sour Cream Cherry Pie:

Preheat oven to 325. 
Graham cracker crust
2 cups pitted, fresh cherries
2 eggs
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup sour cream.

Beat eggs, then add sugar and sour cream while still beating. It will be very liquid. Add cherries and mix well. Pour into 9" pie pan with a graham cracker crust, and cook until custard sets--at least an hour, but mine here T 3800 feet above sea level needed 1 hour, 40 minutes. Edges will brown--let that baby get firm in the middle!

Eat right away, very hot or chill and eat later, very cold. Easy and delicious. 1/8 pie is 290 calories.

Making a crumb crust is mindless, so go get the recipe out of any standard cookbook or buy a ready-made. 

It is DELICIOUS, but Custard pies don't ship safely, so please stop asking me to send slices. This is right out of the Joy of Cooking. You can substitute in any berries.


Monday, June 23, 2014

192: Yarnover Girls! Notes


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The Yarnover Truck stopped by for a weekend visit at the local quilt show.

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. The pattern looks like this:
CO 56
1-1 rib for 2 inches
row 1-2: knit
row 3-4: K2P2
The Linen Stitch Cowl
CO 288 stitches--really, you need to CO an odd nuber to really make this work.
5 rows in ST St
K1, yarn to front, slip 1, move yarn to back. Slip as if to purl.
When enough rows, do 5 more rows of St st and bind off.

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The Leftie

Tutorial for the After-Thought Heel is here.
The Yarnover Truck ladies are vendors at and Friends of the CogKnitive Fiber Retreat and I am delighted to promote their fine products!

Dizzy Blondes: 
No spinning, due to sinus issues.

Strategy:
Manage your body without letting its size dominate your self-image. If your body feels wrong, fix it, but that does not mean self-hate is okay.Meanwhile, ignore the jerks--they should not have the right to drag you down, so don't let them.

Put a Lid On It:
See the Pinterest account for the Kale salad recipe. Homemade strawberry freezer jam is done for the year. More strawberries are on tap in my freezer to make the canned jam later this summer. Freezeing fruit is a fine way to help break down cell walls and make fruit more easily crushed for jam.
Currently in season: cherries, peaches, nectarines, plums, early apricots.

Aw Shoot!
Weight loss has slowed as I add muscle in my upper body. I've reached a moment in my plan where other people are telling me how different I look. Ah, the payoff of sticking with the program for a few months.
Runners World tells me that I could train for a half marathon. They have some good training schedules at www.runnersworld.com.

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:
Amy Herzog's Fit to Flatter program. I had the ladies of the Yarnover Truck do my measurements.
Icracked--get your Ipod/Ipad/IPhone repaired after all!
Mophie--a charger that is also a case for your IPhone--and a GOOD case

Blather:
Retzlaff recap! I did not take my wheel this year, and I enjoyed the sensation of lightness, since I did not have to haul it around.
Andy's Candy--pecan-coffee-dark chocolate toffee is fantastic. But no link. ;-(
The lesson in how to fit a Western saddle for Roxy/Tirion Du and saddling the fence. Dogs + pony = some tense moments.

A visit with the ladies of the Yarnover Truck. Their schedule is here, but you can also get it emailed to you and like them on Facebook.

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The wall of Trunk Show, with new featured indie dyers each month.

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Here is the fantastic shawl crocheted from the Trunk Show collection.

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The socks under discussion.

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And the lovely sweater with a fantasy life all its own.



Camp CogKnitive is coming (see above). July 25th!
CFR6 is on Oct. 11, 2014.
Meditation camps in planning/possible: Philly, DFW in TX, North Carolina. Let me hear what you think!





Sunday, June 22, 2014

193: Eating Cheesecakes with AbbyKnitz


Episode 193: Eating Cheesecakes with AbbyKnitz is live.
Please see shownotes at www.cogknitivepodcast.blogspot.com or on our group on Ravelry.


Check out this episode!

193: Eating Cheesecake with AbbeyKnitz


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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:

Bigger On the Inside (Abbey)
Abby's Skew Socks
Greenwich Socks
The Tehachapi Project Shawl

Not yet finished (Gemma):
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.

The Yarn-Over Truck! Like them on FaceBook, follow their calendar here.

Dizzy Blondes: 

The yarns under discussion:

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Top orange is my handspun; blue is from Knitting Rose yarns, and linen stitch cowl is along the bottom.

No spinning for Gemma, due to sinus issues. Abby is working on her 3 Feet of Sheep.

A discussion of how adjustments to one's spinning happen, either via changes to the wheel or changes to the spinster's behaviors at the wheel.

About spinning with joy and experimenting at the wheel.

Strategy:
Eat Cheesecake. Now. With a good friend. Trust me. And hang out with podcaster pals!

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Put a Lid On It:
Not this time.

Aw Shoot!

Despite the class-action suit against Vibram (which was filed by someone who never actually used the shoes), I still love mine. I wear them for everything except running because I do not want to reduce my distance in running to acclimate to barefoot running.

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:

Podcaster Mashup!

Blather:

Pretty much this entire podcast--spinning and using your yarns, hanging out with my pal AbbyKnitz!