30 March 2017

The Face Of Mental Illness?

Hello Snacking Squirrels!

I've missed you all terribly, and there's too much to catch up on and I don't know where to start. And where the heck have I been all this time!?! Well, growing and changing through some major hurdles with my mental health. Many of you who've followed me bravely from the start know about my highs and lows of depression and anxiety. I'm on the right path, healing, and I'm sober, stable and sane.

Sure, I was a little unhinged at times with the content of my posts but I am and always will be a genuine writer. The good, the bad, and the downright ugly- its all a part of my life and the many who can relate to it. I'm one of the faces of mental illness, a disorder that holds no stereotypes or discrimination. I take mood stabilizers and anti-psychotics and to some, that makes me 'crazy', but for me, I call it courage. I'm transforming and growing with each day, and this blog served as a life-raft when storms and waves would rock me. It continues to be a product of my desire to connect with others and be an encouraging voice for physical, psychological, and spiritual health. 

Kelsey Ann

07 January 2016

White Chocolate Peanut Butter, Chocolate Chunks!

My poor banana has been taken by SIN!

I blame delectable wonders of White Chocolate 
Wondeful Peanut Butter by PeanutButter&Co !!!

Peanut Butter on Banana with Vegan Chocolate Chunks!!!

To garnish (hehehe), I grabbed a small handful of Enjoy Life Foods 
Semi-Sweet Chocolate Mega Chunks because, (in my opinion), 
chocolate provides a needed KICK to such a memorably classic snack

Question: How do you "garnish" your bananas?

29 November 2015

Christmas JOY in a JAR

Have you ever wished you could hold on to the essence of Christmas or 
bottled the joy of holiday spirit? Well, now you can! I'm proud to present
to you my crafting creation, "
Christmas in a Jar" a.k.a. "Joy in a Jar".

Christmas "JOY in a JAR"
created by Kelsey at Snacking Squirrel

clear glass jar (mason jars work quite well)
assortment of handpicked seasonal foliage
  (leaves, bark, twigs, seedlings, berries, moss, etc.)
any additional decorations or potpourri to accent
  (glitter, ribbon, trinkets or ornaments, faux snow, tissue paper, candies etc.)

check to see that your jar is clean and dry to ensure the foliage will be visible
start by loosely adding the larger, flexible pieces (pine leaves, evergreen, ferns,
  plyable twigs etc.) along with pine cones, potpourri and anything prickly, like holly
  -be careful: this is where gloves can come in handy!
habitually stop to check how the pieces are looking together in your jar so as
   to avoid clumping too many similar plants together or noticing when there's
   negative space that requires filling
use remaining branches to move the greenery around when adding different
and to open up spaces for bright-colored berries to adorn the exteriors
follow your own instincts and judgement on where everything should go
  and how dense
(jam packed) you want your jars to be 
• your foliage is unique to you and your own interpretation of Christmastime, so
  if the desire to add candy canes and confetti strikes you, then please go to town!

These inexpensive but classy glass jars instantly
transform any room or space with festive cheer

By using simple materials freely given by mama nature herself, and a little 
creativity on your part, you'll feel proud displaying this enviro-friendly decor

The benefits of using a cork lid allows for custom control over the aroma; 
the somewhat porous nature of cork will let the scent of the foliage to slowly 
disperse, lightly fragrancing the air without being muted. For an even bolder
Christmastime scent, you can open or remove the lid and bask in the aromatics

Tip: want a quick, calming and uplifting energy boost?
Inhale directly from the jar for an "X-mas Buzz" hehe!!!

Happy holiday crafting my little elfin friends xx
Stay tuned to indulge in the many arts/crafts and delicious themed 
treats that are snowballing their way onto Snacking Squirrel Online