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Whether one goes through their day searching for good deeds to be done,
or simply takes advantage of random opportunities to spread love,
every action (or inaction) has a resounding impact.
The question is: Is your impact today going to be positive, negative, or indifferent?
I have been told that one person can't make a difference.
I affectionately call these people "dummies"...
Those who actively try to hold the rest of us down,
those who would rather watch you drown than help you soar, those who can't grasp the power of positivity to create change.
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Sunday, September 7, 2014

Princess Leia Cupcakes

Star Wars nerds have got to be the best kind of people, especially when they're girls. I love finding those in my own tribe, ladies who love shoes and clothes and Yoda and light sabers...as long as they are of the Jedi variety, heehee!

My dad used to collect Star Wars toys (although he'll vehemently deny it), and when we lived in South Pasadena (a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away...), he had a yard sale and sold nearly all of his collectibles. Collectibles that if we would have held on to, might be worth a pretty penny nowadays. Money aside, there was a Yoda puppet that I fell in love with. It was new in the box, and I remember secretly wishing I could keep it. Here's a great lesson in "If you don't ask, the answer will always be no." I kept my mouth shut as I longed to hold that adorable little green monster, and someone snatched him up. I burst into tears when my pops told me that if I would have just told him I wanted it, he would have never sold it...Anyways, the point of the story is that I've been a nerd since the beginning of time, although I've only in adulthood begun to embrace it.

One of the ladies I work with has a little Yoda bobble head on her monitor, and I fell in like with this woman immediately. With her 30th birthday around the corner, I Pinterested for weeks to try to find the most adorable-yet sensible-for-our-busy-office Star Wars treats. No one has time for a forced office birthday party, so I was looking for something that folks could pick up, say happy birthday, and go on with their day. Pinterest has the most amazing ideas, but I have the habit of over-committing myself to projects found there, and needed a treat that wouldn't leave me in tears at midnight with a failed project of poo.

I found Princess Leia cupcakes, and decided to make mini versions, which turned out just adorable. I was still up till midnight, mind you, but totes worth it! Here's the recipe:

1) Wine, for you, not the cupcakes
2) 1 box Betty Crocker Super Moist cake mix (White if you want a pale face)
3) 1 container Duncan Hines Creamy Chocolate frosting (this is her hair color and face décor)
4) Mini cupcake liners
5) Mini Oreos (these are her buns)

Drink your wine while cooking the mini cupcakes according to the package directions. While the cupcakes are cooling, add your chocolate frosting to 2 small Ziploc baggies. One will be used for piping her hair, and one will be used for piping her face. Cut a 1/4" piece of the tip of the baggie out, and pipe her hair in a "V" shape, adding extra for the sides. Take two mini Oreos and lightly press them on each side of her "head". For her face, cut an even tinier piece of the tip of the second baggie off, and carefully draw her eyes and smile. Refrigerate to set the icing, and be prepared for delight from whoever is on the receiving end of these adorable little nuggets.

Have the most amazing Sunday Funday!

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