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!

Strawberry Coffee Cake Muffins

Strawberry Coffee Cake Muffins
These Strawberry Coffee Cake Muffins are made with sweet fresh berries and buttermilk and topped with a delicious sugar and butter crumble!
Strawberry Coffee Cake Muffins
These Strawberry Coffee Cake Muffins are the best muffin recipe around and will be an instant favorite with the fam! Is there anything better than fresh local berries? I think not. Except baking with them, that’s pretty good too!
A couple weeks ago I went with my mom to scoop up some of the last strawberries of summer. An hours worth of work yielded 6 quarts of beautiful and ripe berries.

Usually, there isn’t a lot of time to work with when it comes to freshly picked berries in the heat of summer, so I knew I needed to work fast. I froze a little more than 5 quarts and chopped up the rest to make these delicious Strawberry Coffee Cake Muffins.

If you’d rather skip my (very helpful, I think) tips and tricks, essential cooking info, and similar recipe ideas – and get straight to this deliciously easy Best Ever STRAWBERRY MUFFINS Recipe – simply scroll to the bottom of the page where you can find the printable recipe card.
I’ve always loved coffee cake, there’s just something about that sweet crumbly topping and the slight dryness of the cake, perfect to pair with your morning cup of coffee.

I knew this muffin recipe would be perfect breakfast for our Kiwanis Club as we met up on Sunday morning and started preparing for our local carnival.
The berries, though baked still remain juicy and sweet and the sugar crumble is just so delicious. You want to make sure to use cold butter as that’s what makes it all crumbly!

These strawberry muffins are light and fluffy and have just a slight hint of sweetness to them with a vibrant strawberry flavor. They’re best warmed with butter spread on them.
Although I’ve had plenty, this was my first time actually making muffins with berries in them, usually, I bake muffins with a little more spice because I tend to bake them in the fall.
Normally I use my summer berries in desserts like my Blackberry Buttermilk Panna Cotta or in drinks like my Strawberry Daiquiri or, you know, just eat them straight.
You can also make really easy fillings or simple syrups if you’re looking to use your berries up quick! The nice thing about this muffin recipe is that you can use any berry your fancy or even do a mixed berry topping, now doesn’t that sound good?

Blueberry and Blackberry season is right around the corner here in Maine, so stayed tuned for more delicious berry recipes!
Tools You’ll Need To Make This Strawberry Coffee Cake Muffin Recipe:
Muffin pan
Muffin liners
Liquid Measuring Cups
Dry Measuring Cups
Tips for Making these Strawberry Muffins:
  1. You can either mix half of the strawberries into the batter and add half to the top, which will result in flatter muffins. Or you can mix all of the strawberries into the batter which will yield dome topped muffins.
  2. Fresh Strawberries should always be used for this recipe, frozen strawberries have too much additional water/juice in them and this will result in soggy/sunken muffins.
  3. Buttermilk is a MUST! Buttermilk and other kinds of milk have different acid levels and react differently with the leavening agent and sugars used. If you don’t have buttermilk, you make a substitute yourself following the steps below!
How to Make Buttermilk Substitute:
Pour 1 cup of milk (whole or 2%) or heavy cream into a large bowl or 4 cup measuring cup.
Use a small fresh lemon or white vinegar. Stir in 1 tablespoon of lemon juice OR vinegar into the bowl with the milk and whisk to combine. Viola! You have buttermilk!

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Strawberry Coffee Cake Muffins
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins

These Strawberry Coffee Cake Muffins are made with sweet fresh berries and buttermilk and topped with a delicious sugar and butter crumble! They're super easy to make and readers have called them the best muffin recipe they've ever had!
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Servings: 18 Muffins
Calories: 163 kcal
Author: Rebecca Hubbell

  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 1/2 cup fresh strawberries, diced small
  • 1/4 cup cold butter, diced small
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  1. Preheat over to 375 F.
  2. Line muffin pan with liners.
  3. Beat butter and sugar in a mixing bowl.
  4. Beat in egg and vanilla. The mixture will be a bit lumpy, that's okay.
  5. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt in a separate bowl.
  6. Slowly add buttermilk and flour mix, alternating between until incorporated in the butter mix.
  7. Beat until completely combined.
  8. Gently fold in about half OR ALL of the strawberries. See notes.
  9. Add about 1/4 cup of batter to each muffin liner.
  10. Load up the tops of the muffins with remaining strawberries.
  11. In a mixing bowl, beat crumble ingredients until it looks like, well... a crumble.
  12. Sprinkle crumble on the tops of the muffins.
  13. Reduce oven heat to 350 F.
  14. Bake muffins for 18-20 minutes.

Recipe Notes
You can either mix half of the strawberries into the batter and add half to the top, which will result in flatter muffins.
Or you can mix all of the strawberries into the batter which will yield dome topped muffins.
Best consumed within two days.

Nutrition Facts
Strawberry Coffee Cake Muffins
Amount Per Serving
Calories 163Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Cholesterol 24mg8%
Sodium 100mg4%
Potassium 106mg3%
Total Carbohydrates 26g9%
Sugars 15g
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A3.7%
Vitamin C8.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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