A Birthday Bash in the Breakroom

How are birthdays celebrated at your workplace? At the school where I work we draw names at the beginning of the school year and then bring treats for the birthday person on or around their special day. We bring a nice selection of treats, clear off a corner on the big table in the break room and everyone digs in.  Its a great system, but there's a bit of a "feast or famine" element as there are sometimes weeks between celebrations or as is the case in October, great feasting, as quite a few birthdays are packed one after another in just a few weeks. This was a banner week as I both celebrated my birthday with yummy goodies brought by a dynamic language arts teacher and got to bring treats for one of our outstanding math teachers. Here are some of the things I brought:
 Cereal Mix
12.5 ounce box Rice Chex (sometimes I use Crispex)
12 ounce can salted peanuts,
 2 ounce package dried cranberries (about a cup or more if you like)
16 ounce package Almond Bark candy coating (might not need all of it)

Pour Rice Chex, peanuts and cranberries into a very large bowl or pan. Melt candy coating according to directions. Pour over mixture and stir until coated. Serve when coating has hardened.

Maple Sugar Fruit Dip
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
2/3-1 cup brown sugar
2-3 tablespoon real maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Mix together. Give it a few minutes for the sugar to dissolve. Serve at room temperature with apples and pears.

The birthday girl likes chocolate and is partial to Almond Joy candy bars. This is a great recipe that includes both chocolate and coconut as well as a cream cheese topping.

 German Chocolate Coffee Cake
Mix well with an electric mixer:
1 box Swiss or German Chocolate cake mix (I use any chocolate cake mix)
2 eggs, beaten
1 stick butter, melted
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup shredded coconut
Spread above into a greased 9X13 pan.

Combine the following and spread over the top of the chocolate mixture:
2 eggs, beaten
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 pound powdered sugar (about 4 cups)
Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes. Cool. Sprinkle with powdered sugar before serving.
Serves about 20. Very rich!
Source: Among Friends with Heart and Soul

Roasted Pepper Dip 

1 comment:

  1. ...and everything was dee-lish! Thank you for sharing the recipes!


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