Treat or Treat

Was I one of those kids that went home and sorted their Halloween candy meticulously and with purpose? You betcha. I am actually still riding a high from earlier this week where I reorganized and streamlined a filing system at work.

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But that doesn’t mean I don’t like spontaneity. I’m all for surprises. Planful, anticipated, surprises are some of my favorite ways to be caught off guard.

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But how can this translate to food? Especially during this season of eerie suspense being all the rage? There is a dish I prepare year-round that fits the bill (and how), plus the ingredients are flexible to ensure fun and merriment no matter what the occasion. This particular version is called Popcorn Surprise! As long as you get that exclamation point at the end of it, you’re golden.

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POPCORN SURPRISE!

Ingredients:
  • Something you like to snack on
  • Something else you like to snack that’s smaller than that first thing
  • Parsley for garnish (optional, but classy)
Directions:

1) Find two different things to eat

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2) Pour a little bit of the smaller snack into a bowl

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3) Layer a lot of the larger snack on top

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4) Ensure upper snack completely covers lower snack

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5) Begin your snacking experience (this works the best when engrossed in a TV show) and discover the “!” sensation when you stumble into your second snack

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Impromptu Snack-Attack

When I was in college and there was free food on campus (bagels during registration, cookies after chapel, wrapped candies on admin assistant’s desks), I was all over it. Budgets were tight, stress levels were high, most likely rehearsal had ran over and lunch had been missed.

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It felt a little childish to be scavenging for food, but I knew it was part of college life – something I would probably look back on and chuckle about.

Until I started working in various offices and nothing about this mentality has changed. Budgets are still tight, stress levels are still high, and meetings now run over lunch hour, leading to eating anything & everything at your desk. When treats magically appear in the breakroom, all bets are off.

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The question arises – how to turn unexpected workplace treats into an adult culinary experience? I try to follow these Breakroom Delight recipe guidelines to elevate my snacking experience to a professional level.

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BREAKROOM DELIGHT

Ingredients:
  • Whatever has been calling your name from the breakroom
  • Parsley for garnish (optional, but classy)
Directions:

1) Walk past the breakroom and notice there are treats in there that were NOT there 5 minutes ago

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2) Casually ask who brought the treats as if it couldn’t possibly matter to you because you are not going to partake

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3) Even though no one has ordained that you must take one, say aloud (even if you are the only one in the room), “Okay – just one. Half of one. Darn this sweet tooth.” A light-hearted, casual-sounding laugh thrown in here can go a long way.

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4) Take your half of the treat and scarf it down at your desk

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5) Wonder if anyone will notice if you scramble back for the other half, then probably just go for it

No-reos

This blog is about enjoying, eating, and loving all things food. There are times, however, where I have indulged in a perfectly satisfying dish, and find myself going back for seconds, then wanting thirds, fourths, sevenths, even. My personal Achilles heel is anything with sugar in it.

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So this post is kind of an anti-recipe, as I recently found myself consumed with thoughts of the leftover Oreos in our apartment, and needed to formulate a plan.

To be clear, this post is not encouraging depriving yourself when you are hungry or adhering to an unrealistic diet plan (whatever you like or need or want to do health-wise is 100% right on).

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This is simply a recipe I concocted that I wanted to pass on to those who find themselves in similar, precarious snacking situations.

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NO-REOS

Ingredients:
  • 1 box of Oreos with 1/2 – 1/3 of the Oreos left
  • Parsley for garnish (optional, but classy)
Directions:

1) Realize you are coasting through these Oreos like no one’s business and maybe even getting the sugar shakes

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2) Shut the pantry door firmly and walk away with confidence

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3) Find yourself mysteriously in front of the pantry again and the door is easier to open than you remember

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4) Search for a place to stash Oreos so they are literally out of sight, out of mind

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5) Find a basket of clean clothes that you haven’t folded in a few days, acknowledge to yourself that you will continue to steer clear of the basket, and bury those cookies

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