Cookies, Swollen Knees, And More Cookies

@simone10 (22294)
Louisville, Kentucky
December 14, 2015 6:02am CST
My brother is the manager of student housing apartments and the office staff is always having events and things going on in the clubhouse. He brought home tons of stuff to make cookies Friday evening. It seems that they are having a cookie decorating contest today and there will be a prize given to the best decorator. There were so many to make and I couldn't leave him to do it all by himself. I propped up my knees, alternating between the two and sat down at the table to help. I couldn't stand and do anything so I helped make the gingerbread men. It was kind of hard to roll out the dough while sitting but I was able to get it done. As many cookies as he and I made, I'm sure there will be a lot left over. He is the kind of person who goes big or goes home whenever he does anything. I was glad that I could help him even with two injured knees. (the picture is of gingerbread men I made a couple of years ago for Christmas)
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@fishtiger58 (27168)
• Momence, Illinois
15 Dec 15
I am done with my cookies for Christmas. So glad to be done.
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@simone10 (22294)
• Louisville, Kentucky
15 Dec 15
We are done too as we went ahead and baked our cookies at the same time.
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@fishtiger58 (27168)
• Momence, Illinois
15 Dec 15
@simone10 Might as well since the kitchen is a mess already.
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@fishtiger58 (27168)
• Momence, Illinois
15 Dec 15
@Marilynda1225 Well heck you still have 10 days.
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@shivamani10 (9404)
• Hyderabad, India
15 Dec 15
Gingerbread !!! What are the ingredients? Is it hard to roll out?
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@simone10 (22294)
• Louisville, Kentucky
15 Dec 15
I'm not sure what all is in the mix. We had to add eggs and butter. Then after mixing, we had to let it sit in the refrigerator for a while to harden up. It was a little hard to roll out because the dough was cold but if the dough is too soft, it's almost impossible to roll out.
• United States
15 Dec 15
@simone10 I was watching a gingerbread baking contest last night and they were all having trouble with the dough. It is a difficult task to roll out that's for sure
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@simone10 (22294)
• Louisville, Kentucky
21 Dec 15
@Marilynda1225 Yes, it really is a bit difficult but fortunately, it warms up quickly and gets a little easier
@BelleStarr (28824)
• Portland, Connecticut
14 Dec 15
I am glad you were able to help him but sad that your knees are still so sore. I hope they start to improve soon.
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@simone10 (22294)
• Louisville, Kentucky
15 Dec 15
They are a bit better today but the rest of my body is sore and stiff. I think it's just from the fall itself and the jarring I took.
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@BelleStarr (28824)
• Portland, Connecticut
15 Dec 15
@simone10 Yes I am sure it is, a fall like that can cause lots of pain everywhere.
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@simone10 (22294)
• Louisville, Kentucky
21 Dec 15
@BelleStarr It really can and you don't always notice it until a day or two afterwards.
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@JESSY3236 (4371)
• United States
14 Dec 15
Those cookies in the picture are too cute to eat. Even though you were injured at least you got to join in the fun.
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@brimia (6588)
• United States
14 Dec 15
I agree. They're adorable!
@simone10 (22294)
• Louisville, Kentucky
15 Dec 15
@JESSY3236 @brimiaThank you! They turned out better than I thought they would.
• St. Petersburg, Florida
14 Dec 15
One of the things doctors tell us when we injure our knees is to use ice packs to reduce swelling and pain. I hope you are doing something like that.
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@simone10 (22294)
• Louisville, Kentucky
15 Dec 15
Yes, I used ice for 24 hours and the swelling did go down a little bit.
@Rollo1 (16662)
• Boston, Massachusetts
14 Dec 15
It is hard to roll out dough sitting down. It's not the right angle. But I bet it was a bit fun, despite the difficulty.
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@simone10 (22294)
• Louisville, Kentucky
15 Dec 15
You are so right! It was not easy at all and a bit frustrating at times but it ended up being well worth it.
• United States
14 Dec 15
We don't understand how important a body part really is until they hurt. Hope yours heal soon.
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@simone10 (22294)
• Louisville, Kentucky
15 Dec 15
You are so right. I don't know how many times over the last 5 years that I have fallen on my knees. Fortunately after a little swelling and stiffness, I always bounce back but I am always afraid there will be that one time when I will injure myself and need to go to the doctor.
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• United States
15 Dec 15
@simone10 I end up in an emergency room, then months or years of physical therapy. Good luck.
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@simone10 (22294)
• Louisville, Kentucky
21 Dec 15
@ElizabethWallace Oh, that's not good. I guess I have been very lucky so far. Now that I am getting older, I am afraid that a fall can cause a broken hip.
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@hiru84 (969)
• Malaysia
15 Dec 15
Those ginger men are very neat and I want eat them. I think they are delicious. But I can't make ginger men like these.
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@simone10 (22294)
• Louisville, Kentucky
15 Dec 15
They are very easy to make and they did taste delicious.
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@hiru84 (969)
• Malaysia
17 Dec 15
@simone10 I haven't an experience to make the ginger men and I think can't do it like you. But I really like eat them.
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@simone10 (22294)
• Louisville, Kentucky
22 Dec 15
@hiru84 I like to eat them too. I love the ginger taste in them.
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@just4him (75828)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
14 Dec 15
I'm glad you were able to help despite your bruised knees. I hope they are feeling better. The decorating contest sounds exciting.
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@simone10 (22294)
• Louisville, Kentucky
15 Dec 15
I'm sure it will be a lot of fun if they have a bunch of people showing up. Over the years I have learned that I can do a lot from a sitting position, it just takes patience.
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@just4him (75828)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
15 Dec 15
@simone10 I'm learning that too. Everything gets easier with practice.
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@simone10 (22294)
• Louisville, Kentucky
21 Dec 15
@just4him It really does. I can't stand for a long time anyway because of my back and I am finding it easier and easier to do what I need to d while sitting at the kitchen table.
@UncleJoe (6926)
• Virginia Beach, Virginia
21 Dec 15
Wow! For being 2 years old your gingerbread men are holding up pretty well!
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@simone10 (22294)
• Louisville, Kentucky
26 Dec 15
Lol....they really are, aren't they? Maybe I need to re-word it
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@sharon6345 (92516)
• United States
15 Dec 15
That is a fun activity to have for the holiday.
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@simone10 (22294)
• Louisville, Kentucky
15 Dec 15
It really is. We like decorating gingerbread men.
@LadyDuck (103000)
• Switzerland
14 Dec 15
Your gingerbread couple looks great, I hope your brother can win the prize. Good luck, let's cross our fingers.
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@simone10 (22294)
• Louisville, Kentucky
15 Dec 15
Thanks! I hope he wins too. He worked really hard Sunday.
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@amnabas (9681)
• Karachi, Pakistan
14 Dec 15
Well you helped wholeheartedly to your brother he would be really thankful to you.
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@simone10 (22294)
• Louisville, Kentucky
15 Dec 15
Yes, he was thankful because he really needed the help. I had already planned on helping him before I fell and I was happy that I could do what I did while sitting.
@JudyEv (88086)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Dec 15
What a lovely thing for your brother to do - and good of you to help him especially when your knees are so sore.
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@simone10 (22294)
• Louisville, Kentucky
15 Dec 15
I have always enjoyed baking and just wish I could have done more.
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@marlina (55225)
• Canada
14 Dec 15
Maybe you should see the doc for your knees.
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@simone10 (22294)
• Louisville, Kentucky
15 Dec 15
They are fine, just a lot of bruising and swelling which is normal for the type of fall I had. I am feeling better today.
@scheng1 (24981)
• Singapore
14 Dec 15
haha, your brother is really very hands on. I bet he can fix the toilet as well as make cookies. Good to have him in the house, and he is hardworking too. Most guys may not want to get their hands dirty, so they ask someone else to make the cookies.
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@simone10 (22294)
• Louisville, Kentucky
15 Dec 15
My brother can do a little bit of everything....just a little bit. He love is cooking so he does most of the cooking in our house.
@salonga (27762)
• Philippines
14 Dec 15
Good that you were still able to help him inspite of your difficulties.
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@simone10 (22294)
• Louisville, Kentucky
15 Dec 15
Yes, it was fun even though it took almost all day.
@GardenGerty (86140)
• Marion, Kansas
6 Jan 16
It is good he had you to help and to cheer him on as well.
• United States
16 Dec 15
That is amazing that you could roll out the cookies while sitting. I have been having problems with my foot so when I made the dreidel cookies this year, I alternated, standing to roll (I tried sitting and wasn't able to) and then sat down to cut and place the cookies on the baking pan.
• United States
15 Dec 15
I feel bad that you are still having trouble with your knees. I have chronic knee pain so I can sympathize with how hard it is to do anything. But, your willingness to help your brother is admirable and I'm sure he appreciated all your help. Love your gingerbread men