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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 December 9, 2019

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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