Kitchen aides?

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   Posted 10/24/2009 10:04 AM (GMT -6)   
Replying to a post just jogged my memory of something I wanted to ask you all.

I have a really hard time just standing... my legs and hips ache in no time. I love to cook, and I do not use many ready made meals for my family. Has anyone tried a bar stool or something similar for kitchen work? When I feel really crappy, I do make casseroles that I can spread out the prep over the course of the day. But sometimes I cook supper, and by the time I have the plates served I have been at the counter for 1 1/2 hours or more. Getting my ingredients at the table to prep isn't always practical, like when I make a salad while sauteing something on the stove. Besides, constantly gettign up and sitting down almost makes it worse.

Any suggestions?
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   Posted 10/24/2009 10:24 AM (GMT -6)   
I do use a bar stool to sit on sometimes while I am chopping veggies etc.  I try to chop enough celery, carrots, onions and sweet red pepper for a few days of salads.  I put it in a ziplock bag.  Then daily I wash, dry the lettuce and cut or tear up enough for a salad for us-then put this in a ziplock bag.  So when its dinner time I just take a handful of the celery etc,, throw it into the prepared lettuce, shake the bag, then put in a big bowl or salad bowls.
I try to prepare as much as possible early in the day, like washing and preparing any fresh veggies that I am going to cook.  Getting the pots I am going to use out.  I even prepare the casseroles ahead of time and put in fridge until baking time.  Mornings are so much better for me.  By dinner time I am worn out.  I also try to keep the dishes washed up as I work in the kitchen--makes clean up after dinner easier.
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   Posted 10/24/2009 10:47 AM (GMT -6)   

Mamanan, I'm like Puppylover.  I prepare things as much ahead of time as possible.  If I'm making mashed potatoes, I'll peel them and cover them with water in the morning.  My mornings are far better, too.  Also, I found that using frozen veggies helps a lot.  I used to buy broccoli and have to clean it.  Now I buy broccoli florets and pop them in the microwave.  They are every bit as good and actually better for you since they were frozen shortly after being harvested.  The fresh things in the stores are "older" when they get to you.  (I read an article about that!) 

Also, when my children were small, my husband did the clean up for me.  Now my adult children clean up for me when I make a big meal.  That is a huge help.  After all, you went to the work of preparing the meal so that should be their contribution to the dinner.  Kids are good at loading a dishwasher, too. 


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   Posted 10/24/2009 12:07 PM (GMT -6)   
I felt so silly when I talked to dh about getting a bar stool or something similar for the kitchen. I just don't think I'm that bad off that I need these kind of assisted things, but then I thought, why not get something if it makes my life easier? I still feel like I'm giving in though, so I haven't pushed it too much yet, it's just something I'm thinking about right now. Would the cupboards get in the way for your legs too much?

I do prepare some things ahead of time, but it's not always practical. I make up my menu as I go along through the day when I want something special, or I'm too busy during the day to prep much ahead of time. And I really love to cook, it's not a chore to make something up as I go and get inspired.

My family is a big help. The younger kids clear the table for me now, and I have even started getting oldest ds to load the dishwasher... talk about added stress though! It's not done the way I want it done... but I'm learning to let that go ;) lol. Dh will clean up for me when he is home, but he does shift work so he's not always here until later.
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50 mgs amitriptyline daily, T3s for facial pain (really not appropriate med)

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   Posted 10/24/2009 1:29 PM (GMT -6)   
I used to use an armless chair with wheels and whirl around my kitchen. It was a lot of fun except when I spun around too much and got dizzy. I liked the armless chair because you can sit sideways and use the back of the chair to support your arm. I used to have some weakness in my left arm so I needed to support it. It was hydraulic so you can go up and down. The lowest setting made it easier to get into the bottom cabinets.

I'm doing well now and don't need the chair, plus, my current kitchen is about the size of a closet. If I put a chair in there, I wouldn't be able to open the fridge, dishwasher, oven, or any of the bottom cabinets!
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