Friday, August 28, 2015

Biking the canal path

After work we went for a bike ride along the canal. I love biking on the canal, it's so nice and flat.

Aaron caught me taking a bike selfie - hah hah!

The picture I was taking. Zoom, zoom.

At one point we were racing with the Sam Patch.

It's nice to have a destination when you are on a bike ride. Ice cream is a good choice. We stopped at Abbotts for butterscotch frozen custard cones before biking back.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Your chair is out to kill you - so get a standing desk

How many times does someone have to tell you something is killing you before you do something about it?

Over the last year I have seen these articles.

Sitting will kill you, even if you exercise -

Why Sitting is Killing You -

Is Sitting Killing Me? - Time

Your Desk Job Is Killing You: The Truth About Sitting Down -

7 Ways Sitting Will Kill You - Popular Science

Why sitting will kill you (and what to do about it) - Engadget

See a trend? "Sitting is KILLING you" - I thought the wording in these articles seemed a little overboard (or overkill... haw haw). My chair is out to murder me! All I can think of is a chair stabbing me repeatedly with a knife. It does get your attention though.

In fact that was the approach this infographic took. Sitting personified as a villainous, deadly monster.

More facts pulled from the articles above...

"Prolonged sitting, meaning sitting for eight to 12 hours or more a day, increased your risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 90%."

"A recent review of 43 studies analyzing daily activity and cancer rates found that people who reported sitting for more hours of the day had a 24% greater risk of developing colon cancer, a 32% higher risk of endometrial cancer and a 21% higher risk of lung cancer—regardless of how much they exercised."

"...we sit an average of 9.3 hours a day, more than we spend sleeping. Scientists believe that anyone sitting more than 6 hours a day is at a heighten risk of developers problems and this much sitting may be as bad as smoking a pack of cigarettes everyday."

"By reducing "excessive sitting" to less than three hours a day, the U.S. life expectancy could increase by two years, according to a July 2012 study in BMJ Open. Reducing TV time to less than two hours a day would bump it up by 1.4 years."

" 6,379 people between the ages of 40 and 75 -- found that even controlling for physical activity and body mass index, those who sat less had lower risk of having chronic kidney disease."

"People who sat more than 11 hours a day had a 40 percent higher risk of dying within three years."

"Even if you stand stock-still, standing burns about 50 more calories per hour than sitting in front of your computer."

"A 2012 study suggests that excessive inactivity is responsible for 6 percent of all cardiac disease, but also 7 percent of all type 2 diabetes, 10 percent of breast and colon cancers and 9 percent of all premature mortality."

"Mayo researchers found that every hour you sit reduces the gains of your daily workout by eight percent. "

Kinda makes me want to bungee cord my laptop to a Bowflex. All these warnings sound like another thing we are told not to do as seen in this article...

Sitting Is the Smoking of Our Generation - Harvard Business Review

Yes, sitting is being compared to smoking!

Again with the skull graphics.

So what am I getting at here? I started thinking about this about a year ago. There is a die hard stander in my office and he got me thinking about giving it a try. I half heartedly stacked some paper reams and a foot rest on my desk and occasionally used my laptop on it.

One by one, more people in my office started getting official standing desks in their cubicles. Suddenly my cobbled together standing desk looked inadequate. After months of my makeshift standing desk, I caved and requested a real standing desk.

I was a little worried that I couldn't stand all day. Would I be able to concentrate? Would my back hurt? My standing desk collapses back to a sitting position but that looked like a pain to do. And from what I read, I needed to be all in.

It's been a couple days, and I have to say it's not as hard as I thought it would be. The cushy floor mat is key, I think. I've never met anyone that got a standing desk that went back to sitting so that is encouraging. Who knows? Maybe next you will see me in one of these!

Hamster Wheel Standing Desk from

If you are thinking about standing here are some sites to help: - tips and reviews of standing desks - a website committed to converting you to standing

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Peach Cobbler in a Jar

Remember those lovely Chambersburg Peaches I mentioned before? We made a batch of freezer jam with those. It was late at night too - #latenightcanning I know it is not really "canning" but it sounds better in a hashtag.

There were still quite a few peaches left. We were eating them on our cereal at breakfast but I could see they were on the brink of going bad. A peach will go bad if you look at it funny. Luckily a friend tweeted me this link "50 Foods You Can Put in a Jar". For someone that loves jars as much as I do, it's surprising how little I cook in them. The idea of peach cobbler in a jar sure sounded good though. I used a random peach cobbler recipe from a cookbook. Since it was going to be baked in a jar - I figured it would be cute and tasty no matter what.

Can I talk a little bit about the actual jar? My grandma was a dedicated canner, and I inherited her canning jars. There were some unique ones amongst the bunch. Jars I don't see available these days, like this Kerr Vintage Self Sealing Wide Mouth Short Pint. These squatty jars were perfect for my first foray into jar baking. Stay tuned for more. What is the next fruit in season?

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Rolling on over to Rolling Thunder Festival

I saw a poster on the Le Petite Poutine truck advertising the Rolling Thunder Festival at Ellison Park. The website said it would be a "food truck rodeo on steroids". Who can resist the call of a herd of food trucks? Not me.

It was a nice day so we rode our bikes to the park. Aaron rode Green Lantern and I rode Triple Chocolate.

Every food truck I could think of was at Rolling Thunder. It was quite a site to see them all parked in a big semi-circle. You can follow Rolling Thunder on Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

I had Le Petite Poutine again. Two days in a row!

We also stopped at the Eat Me Ice Cream bikes. All the bikes got a chance to hang out together.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Guilt marketing appreciated by pugs - Hungry Hound Beerscuits

I was walking around the Flour City Brew Fest carefree until I happened upon this sign at the Hungry Hound Beerscuits table. Sure enough, I instantly felt guilty about the two pugs at home, wondering where we were. I picked a bag of beerscuits for them. Clever marketing.

Oscar and Hugo were very glad we didn't come home empty handed. There isn't any beer in beerscuits. Beerscuits are made with recycled barley brewers grain. Plus they are made by hand locally in Conklin, NY. What ever it is about these treats, they were a hit with these pugs.

The boys loved them! They passed the sniff test. Some treats get the "sniff sniff no thanks" reaction. These Hungry Hound Beerscuits got "sniff sniff CHOMP".

You can follow Hungry Hound Beerscuits on Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Boating Canandaigua Lake

Today we took the boat out on Canandaigua Lake. It is about a half hour from Rochester and is the fourth largest of the Finger Lakes at 15 miles long.

We decided that we want to try and take the boat out on all the Finger Lakes so I'm starting to keep track. Lake Ontario isn't a Finger Lake but we boated there so I just wanted to note that.

The town of Canandaigua is at the north end of the lake and the town of Naples where we like to go for grapes in the fall is at the south end of the lake. I have heard that Canandaigua Lake has the cleanest water of all the Finger Lakes.

The tree covered hills along the shore make this one of the prettiest lakes to go boating on.

I bet it's a fantastic view in the fall when the leaves have turned color.

For supper on the boat we had cheese and charcuterie.

Oscar really enjoys being on the boat. Much more so than Hugo.

Maybe because he is old enough to drive the boat and Hugo isn't.

We were out long enough to catch a lake sunset.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Flour City Brewfest (with food trucks!)

Months ago, Aaron bought tickets to the Flour City Brewfest. Time goes fast and the event was already upon us last night. Aaron's first stop was a tasting of Rohrbach's Space Kitty. I may have encouraged that selection.

I was the designated driver, and lucky for me, there were food trucks along with the 50 breweries and cideries, so what I enjoyed was Le Petite Poutine...

The Meat Ball Truck Co...

and Fuego coffee! That was just fine with me.