I’ve begun to move around a little more today and have discovered there are some things that CAN be done with one arm (even when it is the left arm while one is right handed. That’s just another challenge I’m taking on!) Here are some things I’ve been able to do:
Text my friends when I’m really bored
Make cheese quesadillas for the Third Son for lunch. He doesn’t judge the presentation.
Read, read and read some more.
Catch up on many back-to-back episodes of Castle.
Love on my dogs.
Put laundry in the wash and move to the dryer. (Folding will not happen)
Load and unload the dishwasher – which is good since no one else around here seems to think dishes need to be moved from the sink . . . ever.
Watch many episodes of FoodNetwork.
Eat and think about more things to eat. This is dangerous because I can’t really move around to burn off any of this food I keep thinking about eating.
Shower and dress – although very slowly and with nothing that needs fastening, buttoned or zipped. I have discovered that I cannot shave under my arms and I’m not really sure what to do about that. Can’t imagine asking anyone in my household to do that one for me. Same goes for putting on mascara. It might be pretty scary around here for a while . . .
AND make PEACH COBBLER. Really. I just had to do it today and I HAVE to share the recipe I sort of made it. It was so good! Who would guess one could bake with only a left hand?
My sweet neighbor brought over the most beautiful fresh peaches ever. I couldnt bear to let them simply sit.
Here are the steps. I hope you try it! (It has taken me three times longer to actually type this than it did to cook – that’s how easy, and how slow I type one-handed).
PEACH COBBLER without the Guilt
4 ripe peach (not over ripe!), sliced
1/4 cup sugar poured over sliced peaches until the sugar melts
1/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
3 tablespoons old-fashioned oats
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
pinch of salt
2 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cubed plus 1 tablespoon butter or coconut oil
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Place 1 tablespoon butter or coconut oil in center of 8×8 in. baking pan. Heat until melted.
While pan is in oven, mix together flour, sugar, oats, cinnamon and salt in a small bowl.
Add butter and, with your fingers, work the butter into the dry ingredients. It will be crumbly.
Remove pan with melted butter or oil and spread peaches evenly in pan. Next, sprinkle dry ingredients evenly over peaches.
Bake for 20 minutes at 350 degrees, until topping is golden brown. Remove from the oven and serve warm. It’s even better with vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt.
Have you recovered from surgery/injury lately? What did you do to pass the time? What things can you do with only one hand? any tips on how not to drive my family crazy?