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Mini Cupcakes with SprinklesYou’re having a rough day. Someone hands you a homemade cookie, and you take a bite. Things are better now.

You have an early morning meeting. You’re struggling to wake up. You spot the donuts and muffins on the table — you feel better now.

You’re at a birthday party. It’s going well. Someone brings out the cake — it’s even better now!

You’re considering learning a new hobby — taking a vacation — visiting that new cafe for lunch. Better now than later.

And finally, sometimes when you revisit a childhood favorite later in life, it can be a disappointing experience. After all, how can reality live up to nostalgia? But I hope that when you taste my take on one of your favorites, it’s even better now than when you remember.