Archive for ‘In the kitchen’

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:

 

October 22, 2016

#506 – Apple Corer Does Double Duty

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I love finding new uses for the things I already have, like I did for this egg slicer.

I wanted to roast some potatoes, but didn’t want the fuss of chopping the potatoes to fit in the chute, then cleaning out my food processor.

To the rescue – an apple corer. If you leave the potatoes out for a few hours, they’ll soften up so you can slice through them fairly easily.

See below for a quick and easy way to serve up some tasty potatoes.

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Roasted potatoes

  1. Wash, then core potatoes.
  2. Add sliced onions.
  3. “Massage” potato/onion mix with grape seed oil or olive oil.
  4. Toss with either tarragon or rosemary.
  5. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Roast at 375 degrees for about 45 min. Turn 1/2 way.
  7. Before serving, drizzle with a combination of Dijon mustard, garlic and olive oil.
  8. Enjoy!
December 17, 2013

#493 – More Gift Ideas for Loved Ones

Image courtesy of Lym McLeod.

Image courtesy of Kym McLeod.

More posts mean more gift ideas. Rather than sending you back to #364 – Gift Ideas for Loved Ones Who Have Arthritis, I have updated the list. You’ll find the newer additions in green.

Apparel

  1. Elastic or curly shoe laces.
  2. Bracelet Helper.
  3. If you’re buying clothing, consider the weight of the garments. Also, the ease of opening and closing buttons or using zippers.
  4. Shoes, such as these from L. L. Bean.
  5. Light-weight purse or wallet.
  6. bathing suit from L.L.Bean.
  7. Spray-On pantyhose.
  8. Dry-cleaning or laundry service vouchers.
  9. Three piece pajama set – a hot flash helper.
  10. A multi tool – jewellry, zippers and button helper.
  11. A wristlet to carry your essentials.
  12. Here’s another wallet option.
  13. This wallet converts into a fanny pack.
  14. Travel with a silver lining – a light-weight purse.
  15. Use this to make putting on necklaces a snap – a click!
  16. Sore feet? How about some orthotics?

Auto

  1. Adhesive side view mirrors.
  2. Interior rear view mirror.

Garden

  1. Kitchen and garden tools that are light-weight and have large easy-to-grip handles, such at this Bypass Pruner from Fiskars.
  2. Telescoping trowel.
  3. Hose connector.
  4. Watering Can.

Exercise and Hobbies

  1. Drawing From the Right Side of the Brain.
  2. Hula hoop.
  3. Rolling back pack for exercise gear.
  4. Uplifting reading materials, such as From Chopin and Beyond – Part 1 and Part 2.
  5. Light-weight books or an e-reader.
  6. Gel pens.
  7. Battery-operated eraser.
  8. Magazine subscription.
  9. Movie gift certificate.
  10. Prepare and freeze some meals or goodies to be used on those days when energy is waning.
  11. Exercise DVD, such as When You Hurt All Over.
  12. Exercise balls.
  13. Books, and more books.
  14. Meet a character with RA in And the Mountains Echoed.
  15. A copy of Your Life with Rheumatoid Arthritis by Lene Andersen.
  16. Mesh bag for toiletries.

Home

  1. Heavy non-slip floor mat.
  2. Small tray.
  3. FootstoolLaundry HelperFootstool.
  4. Pillows: Feathering My Nest – Part 2Not Only for a King.
  5. Purchase and install grab bars for the shower or tub area.
  6. Rubber bath mat.
  7. Install a handicapped toilet.
  8. Battery-powered scrubber.
  9. Telephone headset.
  10. Dictation software.
  11. Office chair.
  12. Fiskars Paper Trimmer.
  13. Shower curtain.
  14. Vacuum.
  15. Basket.
  16. A firm, supportive recliner: Nodding OffMy Perch.
  17. A Zip-it Opener for Blister Packs and Clam Shells.
  18. My readers offered up some great suggestions to help put an end to duvet wrestling.

Kitchen

  1. China mugChina MugsHow it’s Handled Makes a Difference.
  2. Food processor.
  3. Pressure Cooker.
  4. Vegetable Peeler, such as this one from Starfrit.
  5. Jar Opener: Starfrit Mightigrip Jar OpenerThe Boa Constrictor Strap Wrench.
  6. Electric Potato Peeler from Starfrit.
  7. A Starfrit electric Salt and Pepper Mill.
  8. Electric juicer.
  9. Egg Slicer.
  10. Apple Wedger.
  11. Electric can opener or an electric jar opener.
  12. Light-weight dishes.
  13. Knives.
  14. Clothes pins.
  15. Scrub brush.
  16. Folding Stool.
  17. This piece of rubber makes peeling garlic easy.

Miscellaneous

  1. Nutcracker.
  2. Have wheels – Double Duty LuggageRoll In, Roll Out,
  3. Shopping bag carriers.
  4. Travel mug.
  5. Consider contracting a service that can make light of difficult chores. For example, a housekeeping service such as Capital House Cleaning, a gardening service or car cleaning service.
  6. Prepare and freeze some meals or goodies to be used on those days when energy is waning.
  7. A gift of your time to help with whatever needs doing – laundry, clean the windows, vacuum, wash the floors or tidy up.
  8. Arrange an outing. You do the driving.
  9. Do you have an idea for a unique tool? Consider talking over your idea with Maarten Meerman to see if he could make it for you.
  10. emWave ® Personal Stress Reliever : My Givens and a Giveaway. I have these in stock. Please email me at info@auntiestress.ca for further information. (*emWave and Personal Stress Reliever are registered trademarks of Quantum Intech, Inc.)
  11. Tea to help quell those sweet cravings, or to soothe your senses.
  12. Collapsible water bottle.

Personal Care

  1. Long-handled shoe horn.
  2. Dental floss wand.
  3. Easy-to-use shower curtain.
  4. Scalp massage/shampoo tool.
  5. If the person is travelling to The Big Island of Hawai’i, a session with Sarah-Lynn Joy.
  6. Stool/Cane.
  7. Dosettes: Large and Small.
  8. Anti-Swan Neck Deformity ring.
  9. Neck Brace.
  10. Hot packs or ice packs.
  11. Small Flashlight: Light the NightRoll Away Flashlight
  12. Portable John and Jane.
  13. Portable toilet seat.
  14. Massage Tools.
  15. Tennis Balls.
  16. Scalp Scrubber.
  17. Shoe Grips.
  18. Heel Care Cream.
  19. Toe Nail Clipper.
  20. Gloves: WorkSurgical.
  21. Reacher.
  22. Self-care can be difficult – manicure, pedicure or a massage gift certificates, such as one from The Body Mechanics Massage Therapy.
  23. Rolling backpack.
  24. Walker.
  25. The right kind of tweezers.
  26. When you don’t have access to an ice-pack.
  27. These cleaning wipes for glasses would make a great stocking stuffer.
  28. Support for that aching back.
  29. Use this device to squeeze out toothpaste or any product that comes in a tube.
  30. Physicool helps to cool those hot joints.
  31. Lens CPR.
  32. Even buttons and zippers can present a challenge in the midst of a flare-up. Help is on the way!

Pets

  1. A raised food and water bowl set.
  2. Ball Launcher.
  3. Nail clippers for the dog.

Work

  1. Folding Stool.
  2. Telephone headset.
  3. Dictation software.
  4. A second mouse.
  5. Office chair.
  6. Fiskars Paper Trimmer.
  7. Gel pens.
  8. Battery-operated eraser.

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