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Getting Rooted

After yesterday’s Wishcasting Wednesday post I was able to get the courage to register for my race. Then I felt a click! I felt rooted.

I’ve been letting the wrong people have power in my life–The naysayers who question and judge what I am about.

I much rather be in the company of people who smile and say DO IT! I love positive people.

I spent today getting rooted.

  1. Proper rest, 9+ hours.
  2. Attended a gentle and restorative yoga class.
  3. Shopped at a resale store for beauty & colorful clothing.
  4. Purchased a red shirt–root chakra color :-)
  5. Roasted potatoes, golden beets and carrots.
  6. Spent the day in quiet stillness, homemaking.
  7. Worked on the next full-moon vision board by paging thru magazines and gathering images that inspired me.

I am prepared to make the changes in my life for me to succeed in a life of health, wealth, and beauty.

The roasted veggies started with six small golden beets which I peeled and quartered. 4 Medium sized red potatoes. A heaping handful of baby carrots. 1 onion. Minced garlic and ginger. And fresh snipped flat-leaf parsley. I tossed it all in extra virgin olive oil and roasted slow in a 350 degree oven. I should have broiled them a bit at the end to brown them up some, but they were delicious and needed no salt. The ginger was zippy and the minced garlic crunchy goodness.


Wishcasting Wednesday–Treasures

What treasures do you wish for?

A long healthy life!

Diagnosed with Celiac Disease in 2010, during what some call Spring and we in the Upper Peninsula call Winter, I felt cursed.

As a teenager, I had endless infections: tonsillitis, bronchitis, and pneumonia. I was told I had IBS in my 20s. My doctor told me I had Chronic Fatigue in 2000.

In 2004, I had to close my massage due to a slow to heal injury.

I had to walk away from my next job as well.

And another.

(You get the idea).

My list of symptoms, long.

My list of options, short.

Today is a new day. Thanks to a clear diagnosis.

Each day I feel stronger. I find more mental clarity. I feel nourished. My endurance is wonderful. I’m not fatigued. Healing is such a blessing. I am looking forward to the day I reopen my practice. It might be a slightly different plan, but I’ll get there!

The treasures of this life come from the experiences that have shaped my reality and views on life. Healing is a daily event. We are active participants in the process. We have to be. It is the way to discover the course of action, navigate the ups-and-downs, and make it to the next shore.

My 4-year-old grandson likes pirates. I like sword fights. We are caught up in the possibilities of the open sea, treasures, and spitting into the wind. I think he and I really do believe we can fly. He takes a leap off the bed. I take a leap from one point to the other (quite frequently), too.

Funny that I bring up pirates? (Raise of my eyebrows.)

We steal moments of truth and freedom between the hard spots, the diagnosis, the somewhat pessimistic comments of doctors and others. We have to see the gold sparkle as the healing surfaces like a treasure in a deep cave filled with tide. It is the patience and the make-believe that keep hope shining.

I see abundance in a chest of experiences and creative projects. I see it in the touch of hearts and hands. Deep in that chest of treasure are smiles, hugs, and laughter. Deep Comforts!

Will you sail with me?

(Stay tuned for new adventures with Create with Kim!)

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Cook with Kim–Chicken Cashew Cream with Crimini Mushrooms

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Chicken Cashew Cream with Crimini Mushrooms

Thinking back to the days when I could eat anything I craved a chicken casserole with rice and cream of mushroom soup. I knew I wanted leftovers so I made a huge pan of the following.

Four chicken breasts bone-in skin-on

2 cups of Lundberg Short Grain Rice

Cashew Milk (directions will follow)

1 cup of So-Delicious Coconut Milk

½-1 cup of water

4-8 cloves of garlic

½ an onion

Crimini mushrooms (optional_

Flat-leaf parsley



Cashew Milk: for this recipe I oaked approximately 1 cup of cashews in water for several hours, rinse, strain and drain. Put into blender add one cup of water and blend fully.

1. Pre-cook brown rice for 15-20 minutes on stove top. Drain and transfer to casserole dish.

2. Pour your cashew milk into casserole dish with brown rice.

3. Pour 1 cup of So-Delicious Coconut milk into casserole dish.

4. Mince garlic and toast in a small frying pan over low heat with a tiny bit of EVO.

5. Add toasted garlic to casserole dish.

6. Add ½ an onion, diced.

7. Add crimini mushrooms (I slice mine large so Mike can pick them out.)

8. Cut in some parsley sprigs.

9. Does it look okay? Mine looked like it would need liquid and I added ½ a cup. (And 30 minute into baking 1/8 a cup of water.)

10. Place trimmed and rinsed chicken breasts on rice in casserole dish.

11. Sprinkle breasts with paprika and sea salt.

You can consider salting your rice as well. Suggested side dish green beans or broccoli.

My oven is gas and I baked the casserole at 375  degrees for 45 minutes.

*This dish had coconut and cashews.

*This dish is gluten-free, egg-free, corn-free, casein/dairy-free.

Signs, signs, everywhere a sign…

Some people are worried about the birds falling from the sky. It’s a sign! But others are more worried about making it through winter with a warm home and dinner in the oven. I am grateful to put gasoline in my car and drive to work at the group home and my opportunity to earn a paycheck. There was no yoga this week as the church is holding, “Room at the Inn” here in Marquette, Michigan, churches rotate taking in the homeless during winter months. You can volunteer or donate.

I’ve been ill. I don’t hide this but I do not wallow in it. I keep fighting. I try to get well. I even gave up a full-time position on afternoon shift so I can get better rest during the week. Winter is hard and I ache. I am not sure this is just, Celiac. It might be something, else.

I’m trying to live an authentic life that fuels me, heals me. I am getting more involved with my healing. Yes this means paying the bills, slowly. But the rest I am getting is good. I am getting back to creating and focussing on earning a living through what nourishes me. I want to be well enough by spring to help out at a local farm, too.

Please check out my Etsy Store, Create with Kim! I have posted new items and there is more to come.

And if you live in Marquette, consider supporting local art by visiting, Zero Degrees Artist Cooperative and please add us on Facebook.

So here we are, 1.3 degrees farenheit this fine Upper Peninsula morning. I am armed with PhotoShop and LightRoom, laptop, lap blanket, warm fuzzy slippers in pink. I am seeing changing times. I like what I see. Boldness. Daring. I am leaping out of boxes and into the world of creation. This week is better than last.

How are you getting through winter? How are you making it better?

Get Fit with Kim–20 minutes of Outdoor Activity

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The sun peaked out today and the winter blues were vivid. I’ve been noticing when the sun rises it is very far south from my view on the Bothwell Hill in South Marquette. Sunday Mike and I noticed the blue skies emerging in bits and pieces so we grabbed out cameras and got a short walk and photo shoot. My aim is at least 20-minutes of outdoor activity each day no matter how I feel that day. When the sun is out I get the added benefit of Vitamin D which is essential to my healing.

Camera walks are slow as I stop to take macros or gaze out to do wide-screen shots of the vista. I might climb over rocks and have even been known to scurry over cliffs, bouldering to the perfect spot to get a view, but this was a slow walk, some of it over ice and snow drifts.

Mike, my fiance’, was testing out two lenses for the Canon 60D. I had my Canon S5 IS, and lucky for me as I passed a grouping of milkweed with the perfect background options snow nad blue sky. I worked both in “program” mode and AV to get that sharpness of focus and silk and smooth bokeh behind (see the milkweed photo with shoreline in background).

This outing was perfect for my stress levels. I’m seeking new opportunities and new ways of making paychecks and I get worried from time to time. But in the midst of creating I feel most hopeful for a bright future.

Twenty minutes of activity s-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-d to nearly an hour. I came away happy! Very satisfied with the blue skies in my captures and ready to edit and create.

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