One of my favorite things to do is bake. For me it brings me such pleasure and joy. I just love the aromas as they waft through the air and fill every nook and cranny of the house. Well, since I have been sharing my life with RA unfortunately I have had to cut back on my time in the kitchen. Seems I just don’t have the strength in my hands to do much of the prep and mixing required for even the simplest baking projects. Just peeling a few apples for an apple pie leaves me with painful hands. And then there’s slicing them too. Well, I can just forget about that. The truth is my hands are so clumsy anymore I have had a few near misses with those sharp knives. Scary 😦 Even standing for long periods is out of the question anymore because my legs give out and my back starts to holler at me~~~ you better get horizontal soon or you will regret it. However, I am just not ready to totally relinquish this part of my life to RA, so I have learned to modify my cooking and baking methods.
One of the things I have found to be helpful is doing the prep work in small stages so I won’t exhaust all my energy. For example, I love to make my own bread and have been using a bread machine to do all of the mixing and kneading. This saves my arms and hands a load of work. I started preparing the dry ingredients and labeling them in Ziploc bags so they are ready to use anytime. I can do this sitting down at the kitchen table so my legs won’t give out. If I am preparing a meal I use the same method of getting things prepped in small stages sitting at the table. Then I store them in the fridge or pantry for when I need them. Another thing that helps is using fruits or veggies either canned or frozen that are pre-cut or pre-sliced. Disposable bake ware saves on clean up and cowboy china is my friend and I use it as often as I can. This way I have less dishes to deal with.
I try to bake early in the morning when my energy level is at its peak. When I can, I enlist help from my sons to do the more strenuous tasks. This really help take a load off of me and thankfully they are more than willing to lend a hand. These are just a few of the small modifications that allow me to keep doing what I love~~~ cooking and baking.
Is there something you like to do and found you needed to make adjustments or modifications to continue doing this activity? I hope we all find ways to continue doing what we love to do, no matter what it is.