Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Baking and Making Christmas Goodies



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BAKING AND MAKING CHRISTMAS GOODIES

Many of us love to bake and make our favorite Christmas goodies every year! Candies, cookies and dessert bars all have a special place in our hearts! Nevertheless, living with chronic pain makes doing all the tasks it takes to perform creating all these beloved items challenging. All the planning, getting the ingredients and all the bowls, utensils, mixers, pans and setting them all up, along with the repetitive reaching, gathering, stirring, measuring, sifting, lifting, chopping and cleaning up make for a recipe for a whole lot of pain! But, it seems every year, the urge to create these irresistible, delicious, yummy, crunchy, ooey, gooey goodies takes over! We just have to do this! Or do we? It’s your choice!

Beware: Know your limits! Make sure you look over the following tips to help make this as achievable and trouble-free as possible, with the least amount of rebound pain that may leave you regretting you even started!

 I know I have gotten started with baking and couldn’t stop (I’m not talking about eating what I made! Or am I?)  I am talking about trying to push through the pain to get it done! And have ended up in bed, in tears, with a mess all over the kitchen. Now that I am writing this, I have to put into practice what I am preaching and make some wise choices myself!
Here are some tips to hopefully make for the greatest prospects to a low stress, low pain, fun –filled, deliciously, delectable yummy Christmas:

  • Go to a local bakery - This is the ultimate, trouble-free, no mess, no stress way!  They have an abundance of enjoyable, mouth-watering, scrumptious goods to select. DONE! Seems like an excellent gift to yourself!
  • Bake Ahead! - Start your baking early - Many items can be made a couple weeks or even months ahead of time and frozen! This way, you won’t have to go through all the making and baking, along with the decorating, shopping and the other activities and events all at once.  If you do it slowly over the next couple months and freeze what you can, it would save you a lot of time and physically energy when it gets closer to Christmas. Just remember, some items tolerate freezing more than others!
  • Just pick a few to bake - Choose just a couple items to make. And then make them a week in advance for freshest options.
  • Using an electric mixer – Using the regular beaters, as well as the dough beaters or even a stand mixer will aid with eliminating the pain that can happen from trying to stir cookie dough and other items.
  • Using a food processor   -is also great for chopping ingredients saving you from irritating that pain as well! Just pop it in and zoom it around for a second or two and you’re done! 
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  • Cookie dough - can be mixed up, frozen and baked as needed! Roll your dough up and cover with plastic wrap, then place in an airtight container. Take out the roll as needed, thawing in the refrigerator overnight, or a couple days Slice what is needed and bake. Cookie dough can be left in the refrigerator for up to a week, as well as frozen for up to 3 months. This can make for an easy, fun time with the little ones, as well as anyone unexpected guests who might pop over! Also, you can purchase cookie dough in the refrigerator section at your local grocery store. Cookies freeze well in an airtight container for several months.
  • Peanut brittle - holds well if kept dry and in an airtight container for at least 2 weeks. (after it is cooled)
  • Fudge - holds well in a refrigerator for at least 2-3 weeks in an airtight container. Use wax paper between layers.
  • Dessert bars – some are easily frozen for a couple months or refrigerated for a week. 
  • Recipes for simple appetizers, easy meals and desserts for the holidays will be in my next book-Preparing for the Holidays with Chronic Pain - 3, As "Easy as it Gets" Recipe Ideas for HolidayEntertaining.
In addition, if you have any diseases or disorders leading to physical impairments that impede your vision, strength, coordination, sense of touch, or other skills needed for the tasks performed in any of these activities, be cautious, especially with the heavy and hot items so you do not burn yourself! Please ask someone for help! You know your body better than anyone! Be safe!


Sheri Kay has recently written a series of EBooks called, Preparing for the Holidays with Chronic Pain, which was written for those with chronic pain with the purpose of giving specific suggestions and ideas to help make the strenuous activities of the holiday season simpler and more tolerable, ultimately decreasing the stress on us and helping us to be able to reduce the chances of increased pain flares, thus hopefully allowing us to spend cherished time with family and friends.

The books can be purchased here at Amazon.com

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You might be interested in the new EBook series, Preparing for the Holidays with Chronic Pain that was written for those of us with chronic pain with the purpose of giving specific suggestions and ideas to help make the strenuous activities of the holiday season simpler and more tolerable, ultimately decreasing the stress on us and helping us to be able to reduce the chances of increased pain flares, thus hopefully allowing us to spend cherished time with family and friends.



The EBooks can be purchased here at Amazon.com.


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2 comments:

  1. Great blog all the information are really awesome and great well done.
    Grief and Loss

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  2. James Brown, thank your for saying so! I am glad that you found the information helpful! That is my hope, to be helpful to others with chronic pain so they can have a more functional life! Blessings!

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