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10 Delicious Tray Bakes You Can Make For Your Christmas Party!

10 Delicious Tray Bakes You Can Make For Your Christmas Party!

Christmas is a wonderful time of the year. Even more exciting are the Christmas parties that you get to attend. The best thing about the Christmas parties are the foods that you get to devour.

Want to enjoy the deliciousness of a well-crafted dessert (or several) during the festive season without the mess, stress and complications of following elaborate recipes? Tray bakes are a great option. They often feature few ingredients, are comforting to eat and if you want to you can often eat them straight from the tray–perfect for the those late night sugar cravings and lazy weekends at home when you just want to sit back, relax and indulge!

These recipes offer a tasty selection of different styles of tray bakes that are sure to please even the fussiest of dessert lovers, with the recipes ranging from yummy slices, to raspberry and orange bites, to chocolate, toffee and peanut squares– and that’s just the beginning!

Here are 10 delicious and innovative recipes for tray bakes you can make for yourself and your guests! I hope you enjoy carrying out each of them.

1. Lemon and Cranberry Cube Cakes

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    If you love lemon, cranberry, and cake, you are sure to like this one. It is a delicious take on a new recipe. Get the whole family together for this party pleaser because I’m pretty sure the cube cakes will be gone in a flash. Grab yourself a plate beforehand because I doubt anybody will leave you some to eat. They’ll be gobbled up in no time.

    I hope you enjoy this one– I predict you’ll love it!

    2. Chewy Chocolate Oat Squares (Let’s get it on!)

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      These are definitely as yummy as they look! Check out the recipe. It isn’t hard as it sounds. You can make it in the comfort of your own lovely home.

      3. Sticky Marshmallow and Chocolate Bake

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        My mouth is watering just at the sound of this particular dish. You’ll eat this the first chance you get. Try it and see for yourself.

        4. Slimming World’s Raspberry and Orange Bites

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          This recipe is my favorite. These are delectable little squares with just the right amount of sweetness and happiness in each one.

          5. Chocolate, Toffee and Peanut Squares…. oh my! (This is a party pleaser!)

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            Delicious is the one word that comes to my mind when I look at these squares! I hope it’s the same for you too. I love chocolate, so this is a sure favorite of mine.

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            6. Strawberry and macadamia blondies 

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              I love strawberry so this one is a winner in my opinion. Just look at the picture above. Don’t you want to grab one off the screen! Well, make the recipe and you’ll get to taste it in reality! You’ll love it. This recipe would also be great at Christmastime.

              7. Cherry and pistachio bake

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                Look at the colors on this one. If this is not festive enough for you, then I don’t know what is. This is the perfect tray bake for your guests to get into the mood of Christmastime and the beautiful holiday season! Just check out the recipe for yourself.

                8. Flapjack fingers

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                  These are mighty fine for Christmastime. Your guests will love them as they will be finished by the time the party even begins! Just be careful, because you’ll be jealous if you save one for yourself, and then one of your guests eats it while you’re in the kitchen preparing dinner. You don’t want to miss out on these delectable fingers– edible, of course!

                  9. Lemon Cheesecake slices (this one’s for the cheesecake lovers out there!)

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                    These are as good as they sound, and as good as they look. Try the recipe. You will devour them– I guarantee it.

                    10. Jammy Coconut Squares 

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                      These are good. Try and see for yourself! I would die for these…truly, they’re just amazing! As pretty as they look, they are equally delicious.

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                      5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

                      5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

                      Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

                      Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

                      Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

                      1. Get Rationally Optimistic

                      Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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                      This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

                      In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

                      The result: no more mental stress.

                      2. Unplug

                      Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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                      How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

                      It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

                      Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

                      3. Easy on the Caffeine

                      Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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                      Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

                      4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

                      That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

                      How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

                      • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
                      • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
                      • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

                      While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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                      5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

                      This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

                      The result: mental stress will be gone!

                      So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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