Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Improvised Kale Salad

1 head of kale
Olive oil
Lemon juice
1 hard-boiled egg, chopped
2 ounces Swiss cheese
1/2 cup walnut pieces

Separate kale from spines by ripping soft green downwards from still spine. Wash and drain well.
Coat very clean hands in olive oil. 
Massage kale for 3-5 minutes to soften and break down toughness.
Add other solid ingredients.
Dress with lemon juice and olive oil to taste.

Allow to mature overnight in fridge for best taste.

This comes out to about 990 calories total. I found about 1/3 of it was a pretty solid meal for me.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

190: Live from Hemet!

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190: Live from Hemet!


I met a fine little mare in Hemet this weekend...

Camp CogKnitive is coming on July 25, 2014! We are taking names for the wait-list.
Philly Camp CogKnitive is still in planning stages--no date yet. Hotel and other suggestions welcome.

Summer Mindfulness Retreat in Camarillo, CA--looking at June. $50 to attend.
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.

We WILL have a special colorway from BeeMiceElf! THERE WILL BE NO SPECIAL PATTERN--instead, we will all have a chance to do a fashion show of what each of us decided to make from the Camp Colorway.

We are up to 11 people.

CFR 6 is coming! Oct 11. 2014!
More information here! Sign-ups for people who have already attended begin on JUNE 1ST! 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 Summer 14 Socks in the Mardi Gras colorway from Pagewood Farms.
The Blueberry Waffle Socks in colorway Witchwind from Forbidden Woolery.



My Lunar Eclipse Socks! Yarn by Dizzy Blonde Studios.
Tutorial for the After-Thought Heel is here.

Both Dizzy Blonde Studios and Forbidden Woolery 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.

Be abstract and flexible when creating goals, but make your goals as concrete and specific as possible.

Put a Lid On It:
Quiet in the kitchen. Now I use 1.5 cups Greek yogurt as starter for every 1 Gallon of milk. I use organic Fage 1% yogurt as starter. I try to eat at least a half cup of yogurt per day, and my digestion and mood are much better for it.

Aw Shoot!


I finished in second place in a virtual run on April 28, after having a flare-up of Achilles tendonitis. I am using the elliptical lately, in place of running, to give my tendons a break.

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:

Endorphins that happen after a good work-out. If only I liked running as much as I like the endorphins...
Zombies, Run! --still a blast!
www.active.com --a website that is dedicated to helping you find and sign up for local athletic events.
The options for local runs/walks, etc. are great these days.


Wow--the lunar eclipse was very visible from my front porch, so I sat up all night to watch it. If you get a chance, try to stay up for the next one--it will be happening again soon--and enjoy the discussions about it on Facebook.

I am looking for a quiet pony for me and my son to share.

I do my first deposition next week...

I did finally exceed my calories for one day, but I managed to recover. It was an anxiety episode, and I got over it. But God bless Joe's Crab Shack! It was there when I needed seafood!

Prizes for Mother Bear CAL/KAL have been sent out!

I will be at the Retzlaff Spinning gathering on June 7th.
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!

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Jam the easiest way...

...alias "Freezer Jam", although it does not require freezing.

4 cups peaches or apriums or nectarines or any combination of the above
1.5 cups sugar or Splenda
3 tablespoons lemon juice
1 pouch INSTANT pectin. Get the right pectin!

1. Pit the fruit. Peeling not needed. In large bowl, mash fruit--I use a hand potato masher.
2. Add sugar and lemon juice. Stir to mix.
3. Let sit for 10 minutes.
4. Add pectin and stir continuously for 3 minutes.
5. Ladle into clean (not sterilized) jars or cups or plastic tubs left over from salsa or butter or whatever. Make sure the containers have lids.
6. Let sit for 30 minutes. Then put lids on.
7. Good in fridge for 3 weeks or on freezer for 1 year.

Pretty outrageously simple and quick, eh?