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10 Mind-Blowingly Delicious Christmas Recipes

10 Mind-Blowingly Delicious Christmas Recipes

The holidays are the time to make delicious food to share with loved ones. It’s also a time for baking and sharing loads of decadent sweets. Here are some amazing Christmas recipes I have found—all of them involving sugar and many including my beloved friends: mint and peppermint.

The Best Pumpkin Gingerbread Cake Ever

pumpkin gingerbread

    Why not start out with a self-proclaimed Best Cake Ever? Usually when I think of gingerbread, I think of little gingerbread men and women with gumdrop buttons, but this cake is something I think I could get used to.

    Candy Cane Kiss Cookies

    candy cane kiss cookies

      I have also heard of these cookies referred to as “candy cane blossoms.” Whatever you call them, they sure are festive!

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      Peppermint Marshmallows

      peppermint marshmallow

        Have you ever made your own marshmallows? I sure haven’t! This recipe bumps it up a notch with the peppermint swirls.

        Colorful Swirl Cookies

        Christmas recipe colorful swirl cookies

          I have wanted to make swirl cookies for the longest time. You simply roll them up, store them in the freezer and slice them off whenever you are ready to bake!

          Candy Cane Marshmallow Pops

          Christmas recipe candy cane marshmallow
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            This is such a simple idea, but it really turns out looking fancy. These candy cane marshmallow pops would be great as a holiday gift.

            Candy Cane White Chocolate Mousse

            candy cane white chocolate mousse

              Here we are again with the candy cane theme! This time the Christmas recipe takes form in a creamy mousse. Bonus points have been added for the delicious photography and use of mason jars.

              Red Velvet Cake Cookies

              red velvet cookie

                This is a super easy recipe to make since you start with a cake mix! Thus the “cake cookies” in the title.

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                Christmas Wreaths

                Christmas wreaths

                  This wonderfully creative Christmas recipe uses cornflakes to create the look of a wreath and red cinnamon candies for the berries.

                  Chocolate Candy Cane Cookies

                  chocolate candy cane cookies

                    Well hello, decadence! Not only do we have chocolate and ooey-gooey mint crème in the middle, we also have crunchy candy canes for texture and an added kick of peppermint. I told you mint and peppermint were my friends, right?

                    Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer Christmas Cake

                    cute christmas reindeer
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                      I simply had to include this in the Christmas recipe round-up. Not only does it look delicious, but it is simply adorable.

                      Which recipe are you going to check out first?

                      Also check out: 40 Christmas Decorating Ideas That Will Bring Joy To Your Home

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                      Last Updated on March 13, 2019

                      How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                      How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                      Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

                      You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

                      Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

                      1. Work on the small tasks.

                      When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

                      Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

                      2. Take a break from your work desk.

                      Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

                      Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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                      3. Upgrade yourself

                      Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

                      The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

                      4. Talk to a friend.

                      Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

                      Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

                      5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

                      If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

                      Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

                      Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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                      6. Paint a vision to work towards.

                      If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

                      Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

                      Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

                      7. Read a book (or blog).

                      The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

                      Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

                      Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

                      8. Have a quick nap.

                      If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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                      9. Remember why you are doing this.

                      Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

                      What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

                      10. Find some competition.

                      Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

                      Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

                      11. Go exercise.

                      Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

                      Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

                      As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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                      Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

                      12. Take a good break.

                      Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

                      Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

                      Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

                      Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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