May the Fourth and Solo: Star Wars Cookies

These Star Wars Lightsaber Cookies are exactly what you need for May the Fourth, the premiere of Solo, and any Star Wars party EVER! Enjoy! #StarWars #Recipe

May the 4th. May the Fourth? Star Wars Day. The premiere of Solo. Or any Star Wars party EVER!

No doubt, there’s no shortage of occasions to make these cookies. They are Cassidy-approved and since he used to work for ILM, that totally counts for something, I say. Did I ever tell you that I once saw a rainbow over the ILM parking lot?

I’m nothing without having visual proof of everything, ever.

How cool is that? It’s like that rainbow was saying, “Go forth. Go far and wide. You will marry the ILM Purchasing Agent and you will one day have a job that allows you to make Star Wars Cookies whenever you want. Please enjoy that.” And I do. I do! We had such a blast at the movies seeing Avengers: Infinity War last week, and Des sat through the whole two hour and forty minute movie! The villain was amazing, although Des says that I remind him of Thanos because I think there are too many people in this world. I do. I really do. Everywhere. Although I wouldn’t hurt a fly, but maybe a mosquito, wasp or tick.

There are way too many of them.

Also I’m not totally sure how I feel about being compared to a villain, but this is a really well-written villain so I’ll take it. We’ve had a spirited week. Cassidy has been away, but the kids have been celebrating many things, left and right.

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We had “Valley Gives Day”, a local fundraising day. There was the school read-a-thon in which the kids could dress up as their favorite book characters. Cedric Diggory and Tonks over here, thank you. On Saturday we have PRIDE and we have our rainbow clothes ready. And that’s just us. We celebrate things. We go to movies on the day they open, we dress up for Halloween as adults, and we make cookies for movie franchises. If we’re being honest, I could NEVER have been married to someone who doesn’t do those things, but man, I wasn’t expecting someone who goes bigger than I do. Solo is almost out!

So dress like a rainbow, see some movies, and put some sprinkles on cookies.

How to Make Star Wars Cookies:

Ingredients:

For the cookies:
2 sticks butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg, room temperature
2 tsp vanilla extract
3 cups all-purpose flour, extra for rolling
1 tsp baking powder
Pinch of salt

For the decorating:
Black buttercream (we used ready-made)
Pearl sprinkles
Small pretzel sticks
½ cup green candy melts
½ cup blue candy melts
2 tsp coconut oil, separated
½ cup green sugar sprinkles
½ cup blue sugar sprinkles

Instructions:

To prepare the cookies:

1 – In a stand mixer, combine butter, sugar, and egg until creamy. Add vanilla extract.

2 – In a separate bowl, sift together your flour, baking powder, and salt. Add slowly to your wet ingredients.

3 – Once your cookie dough has formed, place it in plastic wrap and let set in the fridge for about one hour.

4 – Once set, preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

5 – On a floured surface, roll out cookie dough and cut out circular shapes (we used a cookie cutter about 2-3 inches in diameter). Place on lined baking sheet about 2 inches apart from each other. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes (edges should be a light golden brown) and let cool on a rack.

To decorate:

6 – Once your cookies are completely cool, spread black buttercream using an offset spatula. Carefully place the pearl sprinkles (they act as stars in the night sky).

7 – Melt each of your candy melts in the microwave (separately), with a teaspoon of coconut oil in each bowl.

8 – You’ll want both blue and green lightsabers on your cookie. Dip each pretzel stick in its respective candy melt color, and then dip cover with the sugar sprinkles of the same color. Place on cookie and enjoy! May the force be with you!

Think fast! What’s your favorite Star Wars movie?

These Star Wars Lightsaber Cookies are exactly what you need for May the Fourth, the premiere of Solo, and any Star Wars party EVER! Enjoy! #StarWars #Recipe

5 Ways to Prevent and Treat Cold Sores, and Protect Your Loved Ones

This post is sponsored by Lip Clear. All views are 100% my own.

The truth is, cold sores are no one's friend! Here are 5 good tips for preventing and healing cold sores on yourself but making sure they don't spread to your family and friends either! It's not fun, but there is relief! #ad

I have to be honest – I went a little selfie crazy in this post.

I have to be honest again – I love my lips and I want to keep them healthy at all times. While I have never had a cold sore, they are quite common and nothing to laugh about. They can be painful and embarrassing. With cold sores being so common, they shouldn’t be as embarrassing as they are, but the truth is that you don’t just want to prevent and treat yours, you want to make sure they don’t spread to your friends and family. You’re maybe wondering a few things. What is a cold sore? And how did you get one? A cold sore is a small blister that forms around the mouth that is clear and filled with fluid.

Cold sores are caused by the herpes simplex virus that lives inside nerve tissue. It’s estimated that 80% of the population carry the virus, and that 60 million people have outbreaks once or more per year. Known as fever blisters, Herpes Simplex (HSV1) – they are NOT the same as genital herpes. Good news is that there are ways to prevent and treat cold sores. According to Quantum Health*, patients had symptoms significantly reduced with Lip Clear® Lysine + Topical Ointment.

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Here are 5 ways to prevent and treat cold sores, and protect your loved ones:

1 – Reduce your stress. This is way easier said than done, but if you’ve already had one cold sore, the virus is in your system and always will be, but hopefully dormant. Stress weakens your resistance to cold sores, so stress solutions help.

2 – Don’t share germs with a cold sore! They spread through contact with someone who has them. This means to limit kissing, and also sharing forks, spoons and glasses. Also don’t touch your sore or someone else’s sore until it clears.

3 – Keep your lips out of the sun. Excessive sunlight can cause an outbreak. Wear a lip balm with SPF and facial sunscreen. You can wear a hat or sit in the sun. If you do have a cold sore, put balm on with a cotton swab so it doesn’t spread.

4 – If you have one, ice it. It doesn’t work the way medication does, but a cold pack can reduce the pain and inflammation.

5 – Use the Lip Clear trio. Lip Clear Lysine+ Ointment provides pain relief, cuts healing time in half, and also moisturizes lips. Lip Clear Lysine+ Coldstick protects your lips from the sun, which is a common trigger, and also soothes cracked or chapped lips for fast relief. The Lip Clear Invisible Cold Sore Bandage is an invisible cold sore bandage that protects your cold sore from day-to-day irritants, creating a healing environment. You can apply makeup on top of it too!

Basically, you don’t have to let the pain and embarrassment stop you from living your full life!

The truth is, cold sores are no one's friend! Here are 5 good tips for preventing and healing cold sores on yourself but making sure they don't spread to your family and friends either! It's not fun, but there is relief! #ad

The truth is, cold sores are no one's friend! Here are 5 good tips for preventing and healing cold sores on yourself but making sure they don't spread to your family and friends either! It's not fun, but there is relief! #ad

Lip Clear Lysine+ Ointment has been shown to cut the healing time in HALF! That soothing, moisturizing action stops pain on contact. It’s the leading and most effective herbal nutrient ointment available. And it’s soothing, effective, cold sore care with Lysine and 14 nutrients. Check out more information about how to use the Lip Clear Invisible Cold Sore Bandage:

*References: https://www.quantumhealth.com/blog/post/symptoms-significantly-reduced-with-lip-clear-lysine-topical-ointment

Have you ever had a cold sore?

The truth is, cold sores are no one's friend! Here are 5 good tips for preventing and healing cold sores on yourself but making sure they don't spread to your family and friends either! It's not fun, but there is relief! #ad