How to Reduce Swelling with Cabbage

I am officially 11 weeks post op from my knee surgery. It’s been a rough road. My surgeon told me it would be, but when you are in the middle of it, you tend to forget what you may have already known! Days after surgery, I was doing well. My leg was perfectly straight, which is not something I experienced with the first part of the surgery back in October. Swelling wasn’t bad either. That is, until around 8 or 9 weeks post op. At that point in recovery, I started dealing with crazy swelling. Find out how I helped reduce swelling with cabbage!

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Reduce Swelling with Cabbage

Now stay with me on this one. I realize looking at the picture of my leg above, you’re probably thinking, “this is crazy”, but hear me out! When you are 8 or 9 weeks post op and then swelling begins, you become desperate. None of the traditional things I was doing (icing and elevating) was helping with the swelling. Being that the warmer weather was coming, dealing with your leg swelling was uncomfortable and painful. Especially when the swelling would just settle in my thigh. I was genuinely desperate.

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I was so desperate that when I heard you could wrap cabbage leaves around your leg and the swelling would be significantly reduced, I was in. My husband laughed at me when I told him I needed him to pick me up a head of cabbage. When I explained what he would be helping me do with that cabbage, he laughed harder. Not going to lie!

How to use the Cabbage

So I’ve gotten your attention and now you’re probably wondering what you actually do with the cabbage. To reduce swelling with cabbage you need to carefully remove some of the cabbage leaves. You want enough leaves to cover the entire area that is swollen. In my case, I needed leaves to cover from my ankle to mid-thigh. Before you place the leaves around your leg, you want to slightly bruise the leaves. A rolling pinreduce swelling with cabbageworks well. I’m not sure the exact reason why you want to do this. It has something to do with the juice in the leaves. It also helps to make the leaves a little more pliable!

After bruising the leaves, begin placing them on your leg (or area that is swollen). In my case, we started at the ankle and worked our way up. If you are wrapping a large area like I was, you will want to use your plastic wrap and start wrapping as you go. Once you are completely wrapped, grab a good book, elevate your leg and sit for the next hour. If you need book suggestions, be sure to check out my book blog, A Real Page Turner.

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Does it Work?

Yes! It really does! I really wish I would have measured my leg prior to putting the cabbage on and then after. The after picture that I took is very misleading and doesn’t really show much. But…what I can say is, the compression sleeve that I need to wear with my brace went on WAY easier after and did not feel like it was cutting into my leg. Not to mention, the pain in my thigh where all the swelling seemed to settle, was gone. It was a miracle! The best thing to do is put the cabbage leaves in the fridge before you use them. It feels amazing!

Things to Expect

It will smell…like cabbage. Duh! While it smells like cabbage, it’s not overly smelly like when you boil cabbage or something. My son, who doesn’t like anything that smells abnormal, was able to sit in the same room with me without making comments…well comments about the smell. He definitely made comments about how weird I was! The other thing you need to know before you try this is that when the hour is up, the leaves will be very wet, warm and wilted. It’s actually kind of gross in a fascinating way!

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Donut Cake Birthday Cake

My son’s golden birthday was a couple weeks ago. Literally the week before his family birthday party, he sprung on us that he did not like cake. Which I still find a little suspicious since he we’ve all seen him eat cake, but whatever! One thing he does love is donuts. I think he could eat his body weight in Krispy Kreme donuts! Since we are such awesome parents, we set out to make him one epic, golden birthday donut cake made from Krispy Kreme donuts! And epic it was!

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I wish I would have gotten a better picture of the cake, but it was such a busy day. Regardless, it’s not really the outside of the cake that matters!

Donut Cake Birthday Cake

Krispy Kreme donuts are one of my son’s favorite kind of donuts. Since we have a Krispy Kreme factory near us, we knew we wanted to pick up a few dozen from the factory for the donut cake. Piece of advice, call ahead to make sure you can get the donuts before they go in the glazer. We figured the glaze and the frosting would be too much together. The factory had no problem pulling three dozen for us.

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First things first, pick up this rotating cake turntable and frosting supplies. Trust me. It will come in handy. Next key thing is to put a little frosting on the bottom of the cake board so your first layer of donuts do not slide around. When we figured out how many donuts each layer needed, it became rather easy. You will want to cut pieces of donuts to fill in the gaps on the sides and in the centers of each of the donuts. Otherwise you will have to fill it with frosting and that’s a lot of frosting!

What Kind of Frosting?

Since this was a spur of the moment cake, we opted to buy the Wilton frosting in the big tubs at Michaels (use a 40% off coupon). We purchased the medium consistency and while it worked out ok, it was hard to smooth. If we ever make a cake again, we will probably thicken the frosting a bit with powdered sugar. I’ve never tried that, but read it online on a few different sites. However, at 1 am, we just wanted to be done! While we opted for store bought icing, you can totally make your favorite icing recipe.

Decorating the Cake

Our birthday party theme was “Golden Birthday” so we wanted to make the cake completely gold. Do you know how hard it is to find gold cake decorating supplies in June?!? Apparently gold is a popular theme with graduation parties too! Nevertheless, we found what we needed. The things we liked are pictured below. Be sure to continue reading to find out the one thing you DON’T want to buy. It’s nasty!

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The Wilton Color Mist comes in a wide variety of colors and goes on really nice. Kind of like spray paint. The nice thing is, it does taste funny or anything. I was worried about it tasting like food coloring. Thankfully it didn’t. We also used the edible glitter. That looked really cool on the cake, but when my son blew out the candles, he blew edible glitter all over the table. The spray glitter was on my list to get, but none of the stores near me had it in gold. I was very bummed about that.

You may have seen the cake decorating videos online where they decorate the cake by pouring that mirror glaze looking stuff all over the cake. Hobby Lobby sells it. We thought it looked cool and picked one up. Thankfully we did not use it. It was absolutely disgusting. I can’t even describe how awful it tasted. Not only that, but the reviews online are not that great either. This is what we bought.

So…How did the Cake Turn Out?

The million dollar question here is, how did the donut cake turn out? Are you wondering if the cake imploded when we cut into it? We wondered that! But guess what, it didn’t! It was a huge hit at the party. I think almost everyone had a piece of the donut cake! While the picture below is not the prettiest, the cake itself turned out really well. There was a bit too much frosting, but we really weren’t sure how much we would need to “glue” the donuts together! Next time (if there will be another donut cake), we will use less frosting!

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Like I said, it may not look pretty, but everyone loved the cake! It was different than your regular birthday cake!

A Few Tips

After making the cake once, we have a few tips that, if we make another one, we will definitely be changing a few things.

  • First, use less frosting. After making it, we realized you really only need enough frosting to “glue” the layers of the cake together.
  • Second, do a thin layer on top and all around and then use fondant or maybe a much stiffer frosting to smooth the cake. We’ve used a marshmallow fondant in the past and it worked out well.
  • Third, use the Krispy Kreme donuts that don’t have the hole cut in the center. They cost a bit more, but they would also work well.

All in all, this was a fun activity and a nice edition to our son’s Golden Birthday. Next year he will be 16 and I already have plans as to what that cake will be!!

Easy Chickpea Salad Recipe

My favorite season of the year is fall. I like the cool crisp air and wearing jeans and hoodies. However, I also love summer. Not so much the heat, but I enjoy all the outdoor BBQ’s and the foods that tend to be there. Like these absolutely delicious Key Lime Bars. If you are looking for an easy and refreshing side dish to take to your next BBQ, this chickpea salad recipe is perfect! Not only is it perfect, but it’s not something you see at every BBQ!

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Easy Chickpea Salad

Delicious and easy to make, chickpea salad. Perfect for all of your summer BBQ's!

Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine Mediterranean
Keyword bbq, chickpea
Prep Time 15 minutes
Chill 30 minutes
Servings 8 People
Calories 234 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1/3 Cup Red Onion diced
  • 2 15 oz Canned Chickpeas drained and rinsed
  • 2 Small Roma Tomatoes diced
  • 2 Small Jalapeno's diced
  • 1/3 Cup Fresh Parsley chopped
  • 4 Stalks Green Onions diced
  • 5 TBSP Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1/8 tsp Sugar

Instructions

  1. Place the diced onion in a bowl of ice cold water and let sit for 10 minutes, then drain. Set aside and cover with a paper towel to absorb the excess water.*

  2. Combine the remaining ingredients in mixing bowl and toss well.

  3. Add the onion and stir to combine.

  4. Taste and adjust the lemon juice and seasoning, as needed.

  5. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. Toss well before serving.

Recipe Notes

*Place the onion in water to cut out the strong onion flavor. If you like that strong onion flavor, just skip that step. 

 

Chickpea Salad Deliciousness!

Doesn’t this sound delicious?!? Pasta salads are great and totally have their place at the BBQ buffet, but this chickpea salad is different and not something you see all the time. This chickpea recipe makes roughly eight 1/2 cup servings.

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While this recipe calls for lemon juice, definitely play around with the flavor you would like. I plan on trying it with red wine vinegar. I think that would taste good too! What do you think?

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Other Recipes to Try

Besides this chickpea salad, other recipes you must try this summer are:

Following Keto? Try These Recipes

Are you following the Keto diet and are starting to freak out about all the graduation parties and BBQ’s you will be attending this summer? These are great posts to check out with tips and recipes to try!

Enjoy! If you try this chickpea salad, please leave a comment letting me know how you like it!


Golden Birthday Celebrations

Have you heard of people celebrating their Golden Birthday? I hadn’t heard about this until I had kids. Of course my kids birthdays fall on the 15th and 17th of the month. So, as you can imagine, I’ve been waiting a long time to celebrate someones Golden Birthday! The time has finally come! My son will be turning 15 soon. Let the Golden Birthday planning begin!

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Golden Birthday

What is a Golden Birthday?

You may be asking yourself, “what exactly is a Golden Birthday?”. This birthday celebration is celebrated when you turn the number of the day you were born. For example, my son is turning 15 soon. He was born on the 15th of the month. So…this year is his Golden Birthday year!

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First Things First

The cake. When I am planning a birthday party, I always plan the cake first and then everything else. I don’t typically go overboard in the planning stage for birthdays, so for this birthday, I definitely want to. When you Google “Golden Birthday cakes”, you get bunch of different images of some pretty amazing looking cakes. I love the cakes that are covered in edible gold glitter! While that may be a bit too girly for my son, I also found cakes that look like blocks of gold. I’m thinking that is what I am going to make for him (and by me make it, I really mean my husband…he’s good at that stuff)!

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Make the Golden Birthday Special

When you are planning this special birthday, you want to think about all the small details. Things like gold colored paper products, cups, plastic silverware, etc. Other ideas I have are:

  • Wrap everything in gold wrapping paper or bags with tissue paper
  • Gold streamers
  • Giant gold balloon numbers
  • Gold balloons
  • Snack table with:
    • Bowl of Rolo candy
    • Golden Oreo cookies
    • Tortilla chips and cheese dip (and salsa…I don’t care that it’s not gold. You can’t have tortilla chips without salsa!)
    • Mozzarella Cheese Sticks
    • Pizza Rolls
    • Goldfish crackers

Whatever you decided to do, I am sure your friend or loved one will thoroughly enjoy it! It doesn’t have to be elaborate or over the top. Just make a list of the things you normally do and see if you can sub things out for things that are gold in color!


Key Lime Bundt Cake

One of my FAVORITE pans to use is my bundt cake pan. It’s super easy to use and the bundt cake looks great on my cake stand on my table. With summer finally feeling like it’s on it’s way, this key lime bundt cake recipe is something that you will want to take to every summer BBQ! I don’t know about you, but I am all about anything and everything key lime!

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Key Lime Bundt Cake

Delicious and must try recipe for a key lime bundt cake.

Course Dessert
Keyword bundt, bundt cake, key lime
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 16 People
Calories 447 kcal

Ingredients

Cake Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Unsalted Butter softened
  • 2 Cup Sugar
  • 4 Large Eggs
  • 2 TBSP Key Lime Juice
  • 3 TBSP Lime Zest
  • 1 TBSP Lime Juice
  • 3 Cup Flour
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 Cup Buttermilk

Lime Glaze Ingredients

  • 1/3 Cup Unsalted Butter
  • 3/4 Cup Sugar
  • 2 TBSP Water
  • 2 TBSP Lime Extract
  • 1 Lime zested

Lime Icing Ingredients

  • 2 Cup Powdered Sugar
  • 1 Lime zested
  • 1 TBSP Key Lime Juice
  • 1 TBSP Clear Corn Syrup

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and prepare your bundt pan with your favorite baking spray.

  2. In a large bowl, whisk together your flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda.

  3. Using your stand mixer (or hand mixer), cream together the butter, sugar, eggs and buttermilk until combined and smooth.

  4. Whisk together the key lime juice, lime zest and lime juice until combined.

  5. Gradually mix in the dry ingredients until combined.

  6. Pour the batter into the bundt pan and bake for 65 minutes (or until a toothpick comes out clean).

  7. In a small sauce pan, combine all glaze ingredients and whisk until combined and the sugar is dissolved over medium heat.

  8. When you remove the bundt cake from the oven, poke holes in the cake and pour the glaze over the holes, making sure the glaze gets into the holes.

  9. Allow the key lime bundt cake to completely cook while still in the pan.

  10. Once cool, invert the cake onto a cake plate.

  11. Whisk together your the icing ingredients and pour over your key lime bundt cake.

Recipe Notes

*Sub gluten free flour to make this gluten free!

Doesn’t it look delicious?!? People will love you even more when you bring this to your next summer BBQ! You’ll be the hit of the party! Everyone will be asking for your recipe! If you want to go with a lemon lime theme, you must make these delicious lemon bar recipe. It’s most definitely not your traditional lemon bar, but like the key lime bundt cake, it will also be the hit of the party!

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What is your favorite summer BBQ recipe? A few more you may be interested in are:

Great BBQ Recipes for Your Next Cook-Out

Back Porch Bourbon Tea

Banana Bundt Cake Recipe

If you give this recipe a try, let me know what you think!

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