Let Me Show You How It’s NOT Done + A Couple Handy Kitchen Tips

Da Goddess @ 03:14

Photographic evidence of the crime scene.

Crunch you don't want in your food

Broken glass is NOT a spice.

Broken glass is not a spice

Helpful hints:

Here’s the thing. The older we get, the more we require good nutrition to help us fight disease, to promote good healing, and to basically sustain life. My dad isn’t a big veggie eater. I have, however, found that by including extra veggies in stew, soup, chicken and dumplings, etc., he’ll eat them and not fight me on it. If, by some odd chance, I give him the option of choosing vegetables, he’ll say he doesn’t want any. (Sounds a lot like feeding children, doesn’t it? It’s worse. Worse because he’s old enough to use a LOT of words we really don’t want to hear.)

Also, when it comes to setting up a kitchen safely. think in terms of the upper body strength of those in the house. Face it, most 65+ parents don’t have to have their home babyproofed. So, consider using those lower shelves for items that are heavier and more difficult to reach for overhead. Put plates and larger, heavy pots and pans down low. Put the drinking glasses a bit higher. And definitely put all those random plastic storage containers missing the majority of their lids even higher. If you drop a plastic storage container, you’re not going to have shattered glass everywhere!

One last tip: don’t pack things into the back of cupboards. Most of us can’t reach back there anyway, especially without a stepstool. Pull items forward on the shelves so they’re within easy reach.

Let’s keep our parents off stepstools as much as possible, reduce the amount of stress and strain on their backs and upper bodies and keep them healthy and independent for as many years as we can.


  1. I can testify to that; my husband is 66 and he doesn’t want veggies. ;)

    Good tips!! And great instructional images to go with them!

    Comment by pam — 2012/11/29 @ 05:15

  2. Also, to make a soup base: 1/2 chicken stock and 1/2 vegetable stock. You get the extra veggie nutrients in and they never know.

    Comment by Da Goddess — 2012/11/29 @ 13:35

  3. I’ll eat cooked carrots with a roast or stew cooked in or with other delicious things, but alone? Blech.

    Comment by diamond dave — 2012/12/01 @ 04:43

  4. You men and vegetables! You NEED them! Really. You do.

    Comment by Da Goddess — 2012/12/01 @ 10:58

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