Every year, I donate a gift certificate for baked goods to my son's school auction. This year's winner called me up last weekend and asked for mini chocolate cupcakes to celebrate her becoming a US citizen. I was so touched and excited to help her celebrate. I've had a few good friends become citizens in the last number of years, and I've always been taken by how emotional the process is. I hope she had a wonderful celebration with her friends and family, and I hope these shimmery red, white and blue star cupcakes helped make it sweeter.