Pizza and goodbye

So I’m a little behind with this post, but let’s just ignore that fact. This is the greatest pizza dough recipe, it never fails and it’s very oh so simple. Note the meat on this pizza, it was made especially for my meat eating best friend Camille who moved to Toronto two weekends ago. So for a farewell meal, I made pizza and salad and we shared a bottle of wine while we talked about our lengthy over a decade long friendship from fruition till now. Why pizza? Well, there was a time, that coincidentally, every time Camille happened to pop by my place around dinner time, we were eating pizza and salad. It became a joke between my family and Camille that that was all we ate. So for her last meal with the family before moving there was no other option.

Check out the simple recipe below.

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Dessert for breakfast: apple pie oatmeal

Eating oatmeal every morning may not be as delicious as a black coffee and a sweet donut, but it’s definitely a lot better for you. So sometimes, you need to spice (or sweeten) things up to keep your will power strong and stay healthy.

I’m a big fan of apple pies but I usually don’t make many apple pies until apple season. Making apple pie oatmeal gives me a bit of a fix to tie me over and is also just delicious. (more…)

Getting Appy

Warning: The following is a school assignment and not a blog post about appetizers.
Stay tuned for an Apple Pie Oatmeal recipe coming soon.

So you made it, you’ve created the app. Now, the hard part, you need to get people to use the app. Follow the steps below to have a successful app launch. The app example will be an app for the hair salon Berns & Black Salon. The app will allow people to create profiles, through which they can book appointments, browse hairstylists work, and upload pictures of past and potential hairstyles for easy access.

Product: Berns & Black Salon app
Place: App Store
Price: Free
Promotion: See below

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Feeling good: candour magazine launch

Hello fine people of Winnipeg. I ask of you, do you know what you are doing tomorrow afternoon? I do. You’re going to make your way down to Red River College in the Exchange District (160 Princess Street) for the magazine trade fair. Why would I do this you ask? Well, you’ll get to meet some fine young folk who are beginning their journey into the communications industry. The students in the Creative Communications program (myself included) have put together some fabulous magazines for your perusal.

Candour magazine focuses on mental well-being. We’re launching the spring issue, the uplifting issue. We talk about all sorts of things that relate to mental well-being, like gender, social media and sex. We really just want to have an open and honest conversation about mental health.

So come on down, between noon and four to chat with the lovely people who worked hard to put this magazine together, and while you’re there, check out what my classmates have been working on.

Things you can do at our booth:

  • eat some delicious cookies
  • check out our magazine
  • chat with the lovely Ace Burpee from 103.1 Virgin Radio
  • get a balloon
  • get a candour button
  • take part in the SURPRISE at 2:30 p.m.

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  •  chat with the lovely people who put together the magazine

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Left to right Lauren MacGill, Chloe Ross-Rogerson, Jordan Haslbeck, Raegan Hedley and Shannay Smith.

  • check out other magazines
  • pop the balloon with the back of the button
  • eat more cookies
  • check out candour magazine some more
  • talk about your time at the trade fair on social media

Hope to see you there!

Not for the faint of heart: Waffle and egg sandwhich

Who doesn’t like a little remix, a little mixing and matching now and again. I love waffles — we’ve been over this I know — and I love breakfast sandwiches. I could have put this together with a regular old waffle, but instead I added cheese. I’d recommend a sharp cheddar and a little green onion.

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‘Bout That Social Media Life

This post is different than you’re used to but it is still relevant. I’m talking about social media and blogging today.

The beginning

Before I started on this venture into CreComm I wasn’t very involved in social media.

I had Facebook in high school, but got rid of that. Quick aside — I always get comments on how few photos I have on my Facebook. People seem disappointed that with their rising friend count they can’t scroll through an awkward time lapse of my life. So for that small grace I’m glad I deleted my original Facebook and went without an account for quite some time.

When I left for a backpacking trip in Europe this past summer I got back on Facebook. It was a necessary evil. All the new people I met asked if I was on Facebook as a way to keep in touch and I caved.

I’ve never been good at saying goodbye and this way I can still see what everyone is up to and keep in touch. It’s very different than just exchanging emails. Because even if we aren’t actively in conversation I still know what’s going on in their lives because they update their Facebook.

I got on Twitter after my panel interview to get into Creative Communications at Red River College. The panel asked me where I got my news from and I asked them the same question. They said Twitter. When I explained that I was not on Twitter they said that was a mistake I needed to fix. This, my friends, is how @rogersonross was born.

The only account I did have before all of this was Instagram.

The middle

Because of the program I’m in I need to be up to date on blogging and social media. If you aren’t you might still make it, but you surely will miss out on a lot of important information that will make your life a lot easier.

My instructors get important information to us through Twitter instead of email. Twitter is one of my main sources of news. Facebook is how I stay in touch with classmates for group work, where we rant in insanely large group chats to keep our sanity. I use Twitter and Facebook to share by blog posts.

Surprisingly the one source of social media — Instagram — that I used before I got on all the others is the one I now use the least.

Something I’ve learned is that social media is addicting. If I don’t check it I’m definitely missing out and I know that. If it’s not the latest breaking news, it’s an entertaining Twitter feud,

The end

I’ve learned a lot about communicating through my experiences with social media and blogging. I am especially in love with Twitter and how instantly you can connect with so many people. It is more meaningful than people who aren’t involved in social media would believe.

I’ve been able to tweet to businesses and people in communications, both local and abroad, about my thoughts on something they’ve said or done and have gotten responses. It’s a fun way to connect and be a part of the industry you’re getting involved in. Anyone looking to get into the industry should definitely get on social media, make their presence known and learn the ropes. You’ll be better for it.

One of the more interesting things I’ve learned about social media in the past year would be advertising.

It blows my mind how specifically you can target your ads and I’ll be playing with that in the future for a big independent project in my second year. Maybe I’ll even try a small advertising campaign for my blog. That’s all my musings on blogging and social media for now.

I recently logged into Twitter analytics and let me tell you, that stuff is addicting. I turned out quite a few tweets after that and kept refreshing that page to see how the stats changed. I use this information more regularly for my radio shows Twitter account than my personal Twitter.

Coming Soon: Savoury waffle sandwiches and apple pie oatmeal

Here’s a sneak peek:

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Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Dessert

This week I’m checking in to let you what to expect on the blog. I’m going to be posting up a storm in the next while, featuring a few interesting recipes I’m trying out for the first time. I promise I won’t pass along the recipe unless it’s good.

Breakfast: Apple Pie Oatmeal

I’ve been daydreaming of summer nights and crisp fall days — hoping to wake up to something other flatlands blanketed with snow. To feed into my delusions I’m going to make this, close my eyes and pretend I’m eating apple pie, made with apples I picked from an orchard.

Lunch: Savoury Waffle Sandwich… ingredients tbd

waffles

‘Nuff said, waffles — sweet or savoury are always a hit in my books.

Dinner: Single-Serving Eggplant Lasagna

Trying to keep that carb count low, but still craving that pasta taste — veggie lasagna is the perfect

Dessert: Avocado Chocolate Pudding

Yes, that’s right. I have never tasted avocado pudding myself… but I’m optimistic it will turn out well. If it doesn’t I’ll have the apple pie oatmeal as a fall back dessert.

So I’ll talk to you all soon. Happy (early) International Women’s Day.

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