Saturday, May 2, 2015

I'm Alive & Well & A Plant Eater

Hello everyone..

 As the title says, I'm alive and well and a plant eater. The last time I posted I was going through a really rough time physically, emotionally and relationally.  I am happy to say that my marriage is better than it has ever been and I am blessed to be back at home with my family.  As far as my physical pain goes, some of it is the same and some of it is improving.  Personally, I deal with a lot of inflammatory pain and swelling as well as the chronic pain from my broken pelvis but I am finding that food truly does heal the body.  

Research has enlightened me tremendously.  Eating a plant based diet like fruits, vegetables, nuts and legumes as well as super foods like chia seeds has improved my daily life a great deal so far.  I also make my own "milk" using almonds and or unsweetened coconut shreds and that feels amazing. 

Family updates..

My oldest son "G" (21) is living on his own with his girlfriend and their fur baby Nyah.  He will be staying with us for a bit while he finds a new home for his little family.  They are relocating from Klamath Falls to Medford Oregon.  My middle son "J" (19) is in the Navy @Cory Station in Florida studying. His daughter just turned one and has been a huge joy to our family.  We watch her while her mama and other grandparents work and sometimes when we need a little laughter in the house. He will be back home in August.  Our youngest son, another "J" (18) is getting ready to graduate high school in a few weeks.  He is working and going to school plus he is getting ready to go to college.  Thankfully he will be staying at the house while he works and goes to school, so that will save him money etc. Last but not least our daughter "M"  (15) is getting ready to graduate 8th grade and start her high school experience.  All of our children are doing exceptionally well considering what our family went through last year.  I am so thankful to God for saving our marriage and our family.    

What I am doing..

Like I said before I am making a lot of our food at home rather than buy it in the stores.  The food we get in the grocery stores is highly processed and not that healthy.  For health reasons I have gone vegan-ish once again and I feel so much healthier.  My husband and I just bought a juicer and can't wait to try out some new recipes. So far we are making carrot, cucumber, celery apple juice. It really isn't bad at all, in fact it is quite tasty. 

Anyhoodles, just wanted to say hello I'm alive and well.  Drop me a note and let me know how you all are doing.  I miss being on the blog and seeing how and what everyone else is doing.  So stop by and drop me a short note y'all. 

Recipe Time..
 
How to make your own coconut milk and almond milk..

Coconut Milk
2 cups unsweetened coconut shreds 
4 cups hot water (no need to boil)

Combine ingredients in your blender and let sit 10 minutes then blend for 2 minutes.  Pour mixture into a fine wire mesh strainer lined with cheesecloth or cotton towel and squeeze all liquid out into glass jar.  Put liquid into refrigerator and chill.  Don't worry about the separation of liquid and cream, that is supposed to happen just shake before you drink. You can take the left over coconut pulp and dry it in the oven on the lowest temp, usually 170 degrees, overnight and in the morning you can take that pulp and grind it up in the blender to make coconut flour to be used in other recipes.

Almond milk
1 cup raw almonds that have been soaked overnight in at least 4 cups of water.
Pour off soaking water and add almonds plus 4 cups of fresh water to your blender and blend 2-4 minutes. Pour your fresh almond milk into a fire wire mesh strainer lined with cheesecloth or cotton towel and squeeze all liquid out into a glass jar. Put your fresh almond milk into refrigerator and enjoy after it chills.  You can take the almond meal that is left over and toast in it the oven to use in recipes later.   


"Limitations only exist if you let them" Godspeed...this comes from the Middle English expression "God spede (you)", a wish for success and fortune for one setting out on an enterprise, voyage, adventure, or travels. It may also mean good luck. © 2014 Shannon M. King. This publication is the exclusive property of Shannon M. King and is protected under the US Copyright Act of 1976 and all other applicable international, federal, state and local laws. The contents of this post/story may not be reproduced as a whole or in part, by any means whatsoever, without consent of the author, Shannon M. King. All rights reserved.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

I Am Back and I Am Alive



It has been a long time and the past few months have been difficult and amazing as well.  I am back with my family and my husband and I are doing amazing.

I will not go into details about my separation just that it happened, God performed miracles and it is over! 

On February 20th my first grand child was born, a beautiful 8lb angel named Aubrey Jayne. Here are some pictures to ooh and ahh over...




Aubrey 3 months
Aubrey is now 3 months old and growing like a weed.  I cannot imagine our life without her, she has captured all our hearts.

My second oldest son Jake graduates high school in a few days time and I just cannot believe that I will have 2 of my 4 children graduated successfully.  He is the father of Aubrey and has amazed me how he seems at ease with carrying out the duties of a dad at his young and inexperienced age. 

Jake meeting his daughter for 1st time


Jake has decided to join the Navy reserves and eventually go into the Navy full time and study to be a surgeon.  We are very proud of him and his commitment to care for and provide for his daughter and I am excited to see what is in store for his future.  

Jesse our 3rd child who just turned 17 and will be graduating next year has decided to join the peace corp and travel as well as attend school and become a nurse. Here is a picture of him and his new niece Aubrey.


Our daughter Miss Molly is growing into a beautiful young lady and will be entering 8th grade next year.  She has bloomed this year both physically and mentally.  She is a member of an after school program called pro-desktop and is one of the only kids who can work the schools 3-D printer and was featured in a newspaper article.  This is spirit week at her school and today was Hawaiian day.

   
As for running, let's just say it has been hit and miss for me.  I am still dealing with chronic pain and because of that I don't run consistently. I did run today.


In other news...I am eating mostly gluten free and dairy free and the only meat I am still eating is chicken.  It has painfully come to my attention, I am gluten intolerant, at the very least. So these days I am eating mostly fruits, vegetables, chicken, eggs and nuts with a few other foods mixed in.  I feel much better and I am sure my body thanks me for that.

I hope that this finds you all happy and healthy. Please leave me a message to let me know how you are all doing.  May God richly bless you and yours. 




"Limitations only exist if you let them"

Godspeed...this comes from the Middle English expression "God spede (you)", a wish for success and fortune for one setting out on an enterprise, voyage, adventure, or travels. It may also mean good luck.

 © 2014 Shannon M. King. This publication is the exclusive property of Shannon M. King and is protected under the US Copyright Act of 1976 and all other applicable international, federal, state and local laws. The contents of this post/story may not be reproduced as a whole or in part, by any means whatsoever, without consent of the author, Shannon M. King. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Thanksgiving All Year Round

I don't know about y'all but I am truly thankful for all I have been blessed with all year round...not just on one day of the year. There is just so much to be grateful for every day, it would be difficult to go a day without feeling very blessed.  

This year has brought so many blessings and I wanted to list some of them here.  

I am so very grateful for my children and how they have all grown into such wonderful human beings.  They are continually showing me how kind and caring they are towards others, it makes my mama heart proud to see how giving they are.  When I look at them I see such character and feel so proud of the awesome men my sons are becoming and the beautiful woman my daughter is blossoming into. They each have such potential and I cannot wait to see what the next chapter in their lives is going to offer them.

I am also very grateful for the blessing of friends...they have each come into my life right when I needed them to.  There have been many different seasons in my life and God seems to send me the right friend at just the right time. True friends are really hard to find and I have been blessed with the best ones. This year seems to have been a banner year for friends.

My family is a huge blessing to me and during this difficult time in my life I am very grateful for each and every member.  I am so thankful to God for blessing me with them all.

I have been blessed immensely these last few weeks since leaving my marriage.  The outpouring of love has been huge and so very needed, and I am quite sure that I don't deserve it.  I thank God for loving me and blessing me with so much.  It is my hope that others feel blessed as much as I do. 

May tomorrow bring you all closer to those you love and spend your lives with.  May you take the time to let those loved ones know how truly grateful you are for having them in your lives.  Take some time tomorrow...tell the people you share this wonderful life with how very much you cherish them, don't wait another day or another second. 

I want to take a moment and tell each of you how much I am blessed by having you in my life.  I may not have ever met any of you but I am so thankful for your friendship and encouragement.  Thank you so much for inspiring me with your stories of courage and hope and for truly caring about me. 

Blessings and hugs, 
 



"Limitations only exist if you let them"

Godspeed...this comes from the Middle English expression "God spede (you)", a wish for success and fortune for one setting out on an enterprise, voyage, adventure, or travels. It may also mean good luck.

 © 2013 Shannon M. King. This publication is the exclusive property of Shannon M. King and is protected under the US Copyright Act of 1976 and all other applicable international, federal, state and local laws. The contents of this post/story may not be reproduced as a whole or in part, by any means whatsoever, without consent of the author, Shannon M. King. All rights reserved.

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