When it comes time to celebrate just about anything, I rely on food to set the mood. This is true for big celebrations like holidays and birthdays, all the way down to little celebrations like sticking to my gym schedule or meeting my quarterly goals at work.
Those who know me beyond this blog however know that celebrating doesn’t always come easily to me. When everything in life starts going my way, my anxiety and depression weigh in with doubt and negativity to put a damper on the good. Luckily, I know this about myself so over the last couple of years, I’ve made my mental health a priority and find time to celebrate (and appreciate) life’s ups when they come my way.
Between upgrading apartments, getting engaged to the love of my life and adopting a rescue kitten in the last two months, I’m riding a serious up and have lots of reasons to celebrate! If you aren’t a cat person, the kitten part of my life update might not seem as exciting as the rest but honestly until last week I didn't know I was a cat person either! I’ve been wanting a pet for ages so when the timing worked out and we were able to get Onyx from City Dogs Rescue, I knew it was meant to be. Plus he likes to cuddle and watch NCIS marathons with me so he’s pretty much the best thing ever.
Since the only way I know how to celebrate is with food, I took the opportunity to treat Colin and I to some new treats this weekend! After a summer of traveling I'm slowly getting back into my rhythm of recipe testing on the weekends. There is something so calming about baking so even though I get nervous to jump back into the kitchen after so much time away, every time I do I feel so great about it. Even when the recipes don't turn out (at all) as expected.
As for these cupcake/cookie/dunkaroo treats, the adorable cupcake liners and toppers I used as decoration were part of a gift from my soon-to-be sister in law. The recipe is still a work in progress but all you need to know for now is that the funfetti icing is stuffed with so much goodness, most notably sprinkles and heath bar pieces.
How do you find time to celebrate the good in your life?