Work Injuries and Kitchen Healing. Morning Glory Muffins.

So, I’ve been diagnosed with bilateral tendonitis of the wrists and forearms. And I’m on a modified work schedule. Light-duty stuff, no massage, total drag. It’s not like I didn’t see it coming. I’m small and I have tiny little wrists that have a tendency to ache after busy days at work, especially days that require lots of deep-tissue work. So I’ve always known I was susceptible. After a busy Valentine’s Day week — one of the busiest times of year at the spa — followed by a week of covering some extra hours, I started having wrist and elbow pain that just wouldn’t go away.

But it’s not just work that this is affecting. For anyone who has suffered from repetitive strain injuries, you know that it affects your whole life. Typing this, for example, might be the most my wrists can handle today. When I go grocery shopping, I have to ask for help loading the bags into my car and have Carla unload them at home. I can’t mop the floor or lift the full teakettle or take the garbage out. Worst of all, I can’t really cook — nothing that involves a lot of chopping or heavy stirring, anyway — and I can’t lift and use my camera for very long.

So the things I love, the things that pick me up when I’m down, are on the back burner to an extent.

Life, work, stress — they all got the best of me, and now the universe is forcing me to slow down and take a breather. And I am, to the best of my ability. I want to get well as quickly as possible, so I’m following doctor’s orders and taking it easy. Take these little morning glory muffins, for example: all I had to do was use the food processor to shred apples and carrots and then throw all the ingredients into the stand mixer. And then make Carla wash all the dishes. (Thanks, honey!)

These muffins are the perfect little comforting snack: healthy but sweet with a hint of coconut and tart cranberries.

I’m reminded during times like these how grateful I am for my life, my job and my health. I’m reminded, of course, to take time to restore balance once in a while — ideally before I’m forced. And I’m reminded how nourishing and uplifting some simple muffins can be.

Morning Glory Muffins


2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cups white sugar
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups shredded carrots
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup unsweetened flaked coconut
1 apple – peeled, cored and shredded
3 eggs
1 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract


Preheat the oven to 350˚.  Prepare muffin tins for 1 dozen muffins. (I had enough batter for one dozen full size muffins and two dozen mini muffins.) In a large bowl combine the dry ingredients. Stir in the carrots, apples, cranberries, walnuts, and coconut. In a small bowl combine the sugar, oil, and vanilla. Stir in the eggs one at a time until well mixed. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until just moistened. Bake for about 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean.

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About Karen Milling

Freelance Photographer and Writer with a passion for vegetarian and vegan cooking. Currently my work can be viewed online at my three blogs: Buried Carrots is devoted to colorful writing and delicious vegetarian and vegan food; Composing Kitchen focuses on my efforts, together with my partner, to follow our passions and design our lives; and Karen Milling Photography features my work as a portrait, headshot, wedding and food photographer.
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6 Responses to Work Injuries and Kitchen Healing. Morning Glory Muffins.

  1. Annie says:

    Beautiful muffins! Beautiful you! xxoo mom

  2. Ambika says:

    Love these muffins! Hope you feel better soon :)

  3. pencilkitchen says:

    I love the sound of it. Morning glory is my favorite flower and the taste of these muffins are certainly a morning glory!

  4. lynn yap says:

    Beautiful muffins! Please rest your wrists and get well soon.

    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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  6. Tracee says:

    I fell down a flight of stairs and injured both wrists and was diagnosed with carpal tunnel at the same time. Once I semi-recovered, I was like you in that I could not reliably lift anything with one hand, and using two not only made me look like a dork, things were just impossible. We were about 8 months into our wait to bring a child home from China and something had to be done because there was no way I could handle a baby with those arms/wrists/hands! I had surgery on each wrist six weeks apart wherein they released each tendon and fixed the carpal tunnel problem. Recovery was rough and I did some physical therapy but and our wait for our daughter stretched a few months longer than we hoped, but I was ready when the call came. Now, 11 years later, they are squawking again just as the surgeon promised they would. Have they offered you a surgical option? I now have the same problem in my shoulder and it’s sucks to live with this chronic pain!! Hang in there!!

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