It's possible to trade profitably on the Forex, the nearly $2 trillion worldwide currency exchange market. But the odds are against you, even more so if you don't prepare and plan your trades. According to a 2014 Bloomberg report, several analyses of retail Forex trading, including one by the National Futures Association (NFA), the industry's regulatory body, concluded that more than two out of three Forex traders lose money. This suggests that self-education and caution are recommended. Here are some approaches that may improve your odds of taking a profit. Prepare Before You Begin Trading Because the Forex market is highly leveraged -- as much as 50 to 1 -- it can have the same appeal as buying a lottery ticket: some small chance of making a killing. This, however, isn't trading; it's gambling, with the odds long against you. A better way of entering the Forex market is to carefully prepare. Beginning with a practice account is helpful and risk-free. While you're trading in your practice account, read the most frequently recommended Forex trading books, among them Currency Forecasting: A Guide to Fundamental and Technical Models of Exchange Rate Determination, by Michael R. Rosenberg is short, not too sweet and highly admired introduction to the Forex market. Forex Strategies: Best Forex Strategies for High Profits and Reduced Risk, by Matthew Maybury is an excellent introduction to Forex trading. The Little Book of Currency Trading: How to Make Big Profits in the World of Forex, by Kathy Lien is another concise introduction that has stood the test of time. All three are available on Amazon. Rosenberg's book, unfortunately, is pricey, but it's widely available in public libraries. "Trading in the Zone: Master the Market with Confidence, Discipline and a Winning Attitude," by Mark Douglas is another good book that's available on Amazon, and, again, somewhat pricey, although the Kindle edition is not. Use the information gained from your reading to plan your trades before plunging in. The more you change your plan, the more you end up in trouble and the less likely that elusive forex profit will end up in your pocket. Diversify and Limit Your Risks Two strategies that belong in every trader's arsenal are: Diversification: Traders who execute many small traders, particularly in different markets where the correlation between markets is low, have a better chance of making a profit. Putting all your money in one big trade is always a bad idea. Familiarize yourself with ways guaranteeing a profit on an already profitable order, such as a trailing stop, and of limiting losses using stop and limit orders. These strategies and more are covered in the recommended books. Novice traders often make the mistake of concentrating on how to win; it's even more important to understand how to limit your losses. Be Patient Forex traders, particularly beginners, are prone to getting nervous if a trade does not go their way immediately, or if the trade goes into a little profit they get itchy to pull the plug and walk away with a small profit that could have been a significant profit with little downside risk using appropriate risk reduction strategies. In "On Any Given Sunday," Al Pacino reminds us that "football is a game of inches." That's a winning attitude in the Forex market as well. Remember that you are going to win some trades and lose others. Take satisfaction in the accumulation of a few more wins than losses. Over time, that could make you rich!

Blueberry Cream Cheese Breakfast Braid

The most amazing breakfast braid recipe!
Meet your new favorite breakfast pastry! This super-simple Blueberry Cream Cheese Breakfast Braid is made from simple, store-bought crescent sheets, along with fresh blueberries, almonds and cream cheese. No one will ever know it didn’t come from a fancy bakery!
If you’ve even gone through my content here at DelightfulEMade, you’ll quickly discover that I’m pretty much in love with blueberries! We didn’t have them much as a kid, as blueberries were not very plentiful in the rural parts of South Dakota. However, on the rare occasion, where this gorgeous berry would make an appearance, I was gobbling them down like candy.

This past weekend, I picked up a BIG container of blueberries, and wanted to make something breakfast-y. I grabbed a tube of crescent roll dough, and folded together this super-simple, and uber yummy Blueberry Cream Cheese Breakfast Braid!

Here’s how this super simple breakfast braid comes together:

Step 1: Roll Out the Crescent Dough, Slice and Fill

You’ll start by rolling out your crescent roll dough (I purchased the sheet, which doesn’t have perforations. However, if you can only find the crescent rolls, those work just as well.) I then mixed together 4 oz. of cream cheese with a couple tablespoons of sugar, and spread in the center of the dough. Much like my Blueberry Cream Cheese French Toast Bake, I find that blueberries and cream cheese go really well together. When the blueberries and cream cheese bake, they bubble together making the most delicious filling for this breakfast braid.

With kitchen shears I cut strips along the edge of the center (about 4″) – I had around 12 strips. Feel free to also use a sharp pairing knife if shears are not handy. I then rinsed my blueberries, added a bit of sugar and cornstarch, and poured them on to the top of the cream cheese layer.

Step 2: Add Almonds and Fold Over the Dough Strips

Aren’t those berries gorgeous? Can you spot the star that filled with sugar on the left image? Cool, right?!

On top of the blueberries I added a sprinkling of sliced almonds. These were a fantastic addition, as it added a nice crunch to the center of the pastry. Then, begin folding the strips to the center of the berries. I simply overlapped each strip on to the next, and folded in the ends – this doesn’t have to be perfect. Just before baking, I added a sprinkling of turbinado or raw sugar to create a pretty, golden crust. This is totally optional, but it actually adds a wonderful texture to the baked dough. If you cannot find turbinado sugar, simple granulated sugar works just as well.

Step 3: Bake and Glaze

It won’t take long for this beautiful breakfast braid to bake. I baked the pastry at 375 degrees for 15-18 minutes. This will give the berries time to bubble and pop, and the crust will become a beautiful golden brown.

After this gorgeous breakfast braid comes out of the oven, I then drizzled it with a basic powdered sugar/cream cheese glaze. It’s a nice addition to the top of the pastry, and the cream cheese compliments the filling perfectly.

Step 4: Slice and Serve the Breakfast Braid

Slice while warm, and you’ll have the most glorious morning treat to go with your coffee or tea. Feel free to slice in strips or triangles – whatever suits your fancy.

Here’s a quick-reference grocery list of the ingredients you’ll need for this fantastic breakfast braid recipe:
Crescent Dough (refrigerated 8 oz. tube)
Cream Cheese
Granulated Sugar
Corn Starch
Sliced Almonds
Turbinado or Raw Sugar
Powdered Sugar
Here’s the recipe for this wonderful breakfast braid recipe:

Meet your new favorite breakfast pastry! This super-simple Blueberry Cream Cheese Breakfast Braid is made from store-bought crescent sheets, along with fresh blueberries, and almonds and a baked to perfection. The perfect pairing with your morning coffee!
15 min Prep Time
15 min Cook Time
30 minTotal Time

  • 1 (8 oz.) tube, crescent dough sheet
  • 4 oz. cream cheese
  • 1/4 c. granulated sugar, divided
  • 2 c. (1 pint) fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 1 Tbsp. corn starch
  • 1/4 c. sliced almonds
  • 2 Tbsp. turbinado or raw sugar
  • 1 c. powdered sugar
  • 3 Tbsp. cream cheese
  • 1-2 Tbsp. milk
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. On parchment paper, roll out the crescent dough, and pinch together any holes or perforations.
  3. On a bowl, cream together the 4 oz. of cream cheese and 2 Tbsp. of sugar. Spread into the center of the dough, leaving about 4" on each side. Using kitchen shears or a knife, cut diagonal 1"strips along the sides of the dough.
  4. Rinse and drain the blueberries. In a bowl, add the remaining 2 Tbsp of sugar, and the cornstarch, and mix together to coat the berries. Pour the berry mixture over the center cream cheese area of the dough. Sprinkle the berries with the sliced almonds.
  5. Gently fold over each end of the dough on to the berries, and fold in each strip of the dough, until all the berries and almonds are encased. Sprinkle the top of the dough with the turbinado or raw sugar granules. Bake at 375 for 15-18 minutes.
  6. While pastry is baking, mix together the glaze by creaming together the powdered sugar, cream cheese, and milk. Mix until smooth.
  7. When breakfast braid comes out of the oven, drizzle with glaze. Slice and serve.
I hope this recipe inspires you to pick up some blueberries on your next outing to the farmers market or grocery store. Enjoy your morning! ~Erin


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