Archive for ‘Around the Home’

December 1, 2018

#557 – Measure Once, Bake Twice

Every second week or so, I bake. The current favourites are one of three things: banana muffins, ginger cookies, or Aussie Bites, which you see pictured.

Since these are regular treats, I decided to save time and dishes in the baking process. If I measure once, I can bake twice, or even thrice. Since I’m measuring out the dry ingredients anyway, I measure them out for the next batch, then store them in an airtight container. When I’m ready to make the recipe again, half the job is already done. 

Here is the recipe I used for these Aussie Bites. I omitted the sugar altogether, as I found them to be quite sweet. I also added some cinnamon.  I don’t have mini muffin pans, so I used my regular-sized ones and filled each section 1/2 way. I then used a glass, which I dipped in water to prevent sticking, to compress the mixture. I doubled the recipe and froze most of them.

A jar of dry ingredients, along with the recipe, would make a great gift. Or if you’re feeling industrious, you could present the goodies ready-baked.

Since the gift-giving season is upon us, you might like More Gift Ideas for Loved Ones. There’s something to suit every budget. If your loved one has arthritis or mobility issues, you’ll be sure to find something here.

April 19, 2018

#550 – Pastry Blender to Potato Masher

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If you have compromised hand and wrist function, kitchen chores, like mashing potatoes, can be a challenge. Good tools are essential, as is finding creative uses for the items you already have.

I have a pointy-ended potato masher (see bottom image, on the right), which doubles as a torture device. I had to press down on the end of the handle to apply enough pressure to mash those spuds. While I was getting the job done, I was also gouging my palm. (A mixer or food processor works, but sometimes I don’t feel like hauling out or dirtying those items.)

I was delighted when I found a pastry blender with a handle that is ergonomically-suited to me. It allows me to keep my wrist in a neutral position while I mash, mash, mash those potatoes. My mother-in-law blesses me each time she uses the one I gave to her. My sister-in-law used it at Christmas and she raved about it. Guess what she’s getting as a gift? Shhh, don’t tell her!

If you’re new to stocking a kitchen, or are new to RA, I’d suggest that you select a potato masher, or a pastry blender, with a handle that is horizontal. If you can’t find one, at least choose a potato masher that has a rounded tip on the handle. (See bottom image, left side.)

More creative uses for things you already have:


December 12, 2017

#544 – Give Your Hands a Rest

If you don’t have resting splints, you can improvise with some rolled-up face cloths, or hand towels.

Do it while you’re watching a movie, or when your hands “tell” you they need a break. You can place a cold-pack (no, I’m not talking about beer!), if needed, over your achy, breaky hands, at the same time.

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February 23, 2017

#517 – Thrifty Tubes


A chronic illness can be costly – energy, health, money, relationships and time. A waste-not attitude can save you money, with the added bonus of doing your small part to decrease the amount that goes to the landfill.

It’s surprising how much product remains in a squeeze tube, even after using a tube sqeezer. Once I can’t get any more toothpaste, cream, mustard, or whatever is inside, out, I use either scissors or a utility knife to perform “minor surgery” on the tube. I then transfer the contents to a clean container. There’s actually quite a bit of product left in the tube. For example, by doing this I usually have at least an extra month’s worth of toothpaste.

I had to laugh when I was telling a friend about this little trick. She commented that she also does the same thing. Maybe that’s why we’re friends – we think alike!

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