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7 Perfect Party Foods To Ring In The New Year

7 Perfect Party Foods To Ring In The New Year

The New Year is almost at our doorsteps. Different people choose to welcome the New Year in different ways. Some people prefer to go out and celebrate while others do so in the comfort of their home. Every occasion can be made more enjoyable and special with the right food. No celebration or party is complete without the perfect party food.

While planning a menu for the New Year Eve’s party it is important that you make it extra special. You should remember that perfect party food is the food that can be eaten easily with just a few bites.

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Here are some of the delicious party foods that will make your New Year celebration extra special.

1. Honey Dinner Rolls

The smell of baked homemade bread is always a source of warmth and coziness. Adding fresh homemade bread to the New Year’s Eve menu is an excellent idea, as it ignites the holiday spirit. You can always make the dinner rolls unique by adding a little honey to them. You can make them beforehand in batches and serve them to your guest. Overall, they take a little more than an hour to prepare.

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2. Honey Poached Oranges

It is a party dish which is very easy to make. You can prepare it in less than five minutes! It requires little ingredients and the main star of the dish is the citrus. If you buy fresh oranges you can easily create this beautiful dish. It is a delicious winter dish as it is made up of fragrant winter spices. You can make the dish extra special by adding splendid toppings such as vanilla ice cream etc.

3. BBQ Jackfruit Buns

These are perfect appetizers for a party. They are delicious and extravagant as well. The jackfruit is juicy, tender and also meaty. It is perfect for absorbing all the deliciousness of the BBQ marinade. Stuff the mixture in beautiful, fluffy dough and it will create crispy buns. You can serve the buns with a variety of sauces like soy sauce or chili sauce.

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4. Butternut Squash Crostini

Greet the New Year with the delightfulness of the Butternut Squash Crostini. These crispy pieces of French bread are a perfect party food. These are the perfect one-bite dish. You can make the dish extra scrumptious by adding roasted butternut squash dressing on the top. To give the sophisticated dish a festive look you can also add dried cranberries on the top.

5. Fried Olives Stuffed with Garlic

People love to eat olives. Take some fresh salty olives and stuff them with roasted garlic. Cover the olives in bread and then fry until crispy brown. You can serve these beautiful brown and crispy stuffed olives with a homemade sauce of your choice. The dish is not only delicious but also easy to prepare.

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6. Stuffed Mushrooms

The mushrooms are stuffed with ingredients such as spinach, chopped zucchini and ,to add a crunchy texture, hazelnuts. The delightful filling is topped with parmesan cheese. You can add as many grated kinds of cheese as you like. The stuffed mushrooms are then baked so that they become crispy and crunchy. They are the perfect one-bite party food. You can make the dish look more elegant by making sure that the mushrooms are of the same size but even if they are not they’ll still be good!

7. Caramelized Onion Tartlets

This is also a perfect party dish. The shells of the tartlets can be prepared ahead of time and stored. You can also prepare the filling beforehand. It is an easy and quick dish that can be assembled in minutes and it is easy to serve as well. The beautiful shells are made up of bread. To make them crispy, they are brushed with butter and baked. The filling is made up of sun dried tomatoes and onions.

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Last Updated on February 15, 2019

Why Is Goal Setting Important to a Truly Fulfilling Life?

Why Is Goal Setting Important to a Truly Fulfilling Life?

In Personal Development-speak, we are always talking about goals, outcomes, success, desires and dreams. In other words, all the stuff we want to do, achieve and create in our world.

And while it’s important for us to know what we want to achieve (our goal), it’s also important for us to understand why we want to achieve it; the reason behind the goal or some would say, our real goal.

Why is goal setting important?

1. Your needs and desire will be fulfilled.

Sometimes when we explore our “why”, (why we want to achieve a certain thing) we realize that our “what” (our goal) might not actually deliver us the thing (feeling, emotion, internal state) we’re really seeking.

For example, the person who has a goal to lose weight in the belief that weight loss will bring them happiness, security, fulfillment, attention, popularity and the partner of their dreams. In this instance, their “what” is weight-loss and their “why” is happiness (etc.) and a partner.

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Six months later, they have lost the weight (achieved their goal) but as is often the case, they’re not happier, not more secure, not more confident, not more fulfilled and in keeping with their miserable state, they have failed to attract their dream partner.

After all, who wants to be with someone who’s miserable? They achieved their practical goal but still failed to have their needs met.

So they set a goal to lose another ten pounds. And then another. And maybe just ten more. With the destructive and erroneous belief that if they can get thin enough, they’ll find their own personal nirvana. And we all know how that story ends.

2. You’ll find out what truly motivates you

The important thing in the process of constructing our best life is not necessarily what goals we set (what we think we want) but what motivates us towards those goals (what we really want).

The sooner we begin to explore, identify and understand what motivates us towards certain achievements, acquisitions or outcomes (that is, we begin moving towards greater consciousness and self awareness), the sooner we will make better decisions for our life, set more intelligent (and dare I say, enlightened) goals and experience more fulfilment and less frustration.

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We all know people who have achieved what they set out to, only to end up in the same place or worse (emotionally, psychologically, sociologically) because what they were chasing wasn’t really what they were needing.

What we think we want will rarely provide us with what we actually need.

3. Your state of mind will be a lot healthier

We all set specific goals to achieve/acquire certain things (a job, a car, a partner, a better body, a bank balance, a title, a victory) because at some level, most of us believe (consciously or not) that the achievement of those goals will bring us what we really seek; joy, fulfilment, happiness, safety, peace, recognition, love, acceptance, respect, connection.

Of course, setting practical, material and financial goals is an intelligent thing to do considering the world we live in and how that world works.

But setting goals with an expectation that the achievement of certain things in our external, physical world will automatically create an internal state of peace, contentment, joy and total happiness is an unhealthy and unrealistic mindset to inhabit.

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What you truly want and need

Sometimes we need to look beyond the obvious (superficial) goals to discover and secure what we really want.

Sadly, we live in a collective mindset which teaches that the prettiest and the wealthiest are the most successful.

Some self-help frauds even teach this message. If you’re rich or pretty, you’re happy. If you’re both, you’re very happy. Pretty isn’t what we really want; it’s what we believe pretty will bring us. Same goes with money.

When we cut through the hype, the jargon and the self-help mumbo jumbo, we all have the same basic goals, desires and needs:

Joy, fulfilment, happiness, safety, peace, recognition, love, acceptance, respect, connection.

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Nobody needs a mansion or a sport’s car but we all need love.

Nobody needs massive pecs, six percent body-fat, a face lift or bigger breasts but we all need connection, acceptance and understanding.

Nobody needs to be famous but we all need peace, calm, balance and happiness.

The problem is, we live in a culture which teaches that one equals the other. If only we lived in a culture which taught that real success is far more about what’s happening in our internal environment, than our external one.

It’s a commonly-held belief that we’re all very different and we all have different goals — whether short term or long term goals. But in many ways we’re not, and we don’t; we all want essentially the same things.

Now all you have to do is see past the fraud and deception and find the right path.

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