Look at me now.

My last day of my first year of college started out pretty similar to my first day.

I still got to school three hours before I needed to be there, but this time, I didn’t get lost from my bus stop to the college.

I still went to Tim Hortons, but this time, I didn’t order a hot chocolate, I ordered a nice, hot coffee.

These may seem like little things to you, but to me, they’re huge. My life is as cliche as it gets: a small town girl comes to the ‘big city’ to chase her dreams. Before I moved here, I had only been in downtown Winnipeg a handful of times. I had never ridden the city bus. I didn’t like coffee.

I never thought I would be talking on the radio, but I was. I never thought I would be running around the Exchange like a chicken with its head cut off, trying to find people to interview, but I did. I never thought I would have a blog, but I did. I never thought I would produce an infomercial, but I did. I never thought I would get through the first semester of CreComm, but I did.

All I can say to that is look at me now.

I’ve grown so much from the person I was last September and it feels incredible to say that. This past year has been a whirlwind of emotions for me and I’ve met so many people who have changed my life.

My advice to any CreComm first years next year? Take it all in. Enjoy it while you can. This program is hard and it’s going to change your life, but it is so so so worth it.

P.S. Here’s a little video I worked on with my classmate, Brittany Hobson. It’s for the Big Rock Eddies and it’s a short film based on tradition. It was a lot of fun to do and it showed me how much I’ve learned in Media Production and Ad this year. You all should check it out!

That’s all folks, maybe I’ll see you around next year. Thanks for reading!

The Final Countdown Ft. Live Hit Derby

The time has come ladies and gents, the countdown is on.

That’s right. The end of the semester comes in 8 days and I can’t be more excited. The only thing keeping me from four glorious months of work and IPP research is three exams and a few assignments.

However, I still have to fight one more battle. Tomorrow, my arch nemesis comes back to haunt me: the live hit derby.

This is a fun little exercise where we stand up on camera in front of industry judges and try to remember the news story we’ve been memorizing for the past 10 minutes. It’s great if you know, you enjoy having all eyes on you while you sweat profusely on camera. Here’s a little sneak peek of what section 2 will be seeing from me tomorrow.

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Taken from giphy.com

So readers, if you want to see someone frozen in fear throw a mic and yell “I’m Erin” into a camera, I’m your girl.

Till next time y’all.

Guinness Cupcakes with Maple Buttercream

So last week I made Guinness cupcakes and I told y’all I’d give you the recipe.

Well here it is, thanks to Just Putzing Around

Ingredients
1 cup Guinness
1 stick butter
½ cup cocoa powder
1 cup chocolate chips
2 cups flour
1-1/2 cups sugar
1½ teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
⅔ cup plain Greek yogurt
1 tsp vanilla extract
Instructions
Preheat oven to 350. Line muffin tins with cupcake liners and set aside. In a pot, simmer the beer and butter at medium heat until the butter is melted. Add cocoa powder and chocolate chips. Stir until your mixture is smooth. Take off of heat and set aside. In a large bowl, stir eggs and yogurt together until the consistency is smooth. Slowly add chocolate mixture and vanilla. Add dry ingredients and stir. Spoon (or pipe) your batter into your lined muffin cups, about ½ (or just a little bit over) full. Bake for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool.
A few notes: I didn’t wait for the chocolate to cool because I didn’t have the time. I doubled the batch and it worked out fine. For mini cupcakes, they take about 8 minutes to cook.
These cupcakes are great. They don’t have a huge beer taste, but there’s a simple fix for that if that’s what you’re going for. The moment the cakes are out of the oven and done, brush some Guinness on the tops of the cakes before they cool. That should give them a nice pop of flavour without being too overpowering.
Now for the buttercream. I chose maple because honestly, what’s more Canadian than beer and maple cupcakes? Nothing, that’s what. Now, there’s an option to put bacon on the top of the buttercream, but if you’re vegetarian or vegan or you just don’t like bacon, feel free to leave it out. I didn’t use the bacon on top.
Ingredients
1 cup butter, softened
1 tablespoon milk
4-5 cups powdered sugar
1-2 teaspoon maple flavouring
Instructions
Beat butter for 2 minutes. Scrape the bowl and stir in 1 tablespoon of milk. Slowly add powdered sugar until buttercream is the right consistency. Add maple flavoring; adjust for flavor depending on the brand of flavoring you use and pipe onto cooled cupcakes.
Enjoy!

Beer.. in cupcakes?

This is an exciting week for me, readers! I’m proud to say that at the end of this week the magazine project will be complete!

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Taken from giphy.com

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Taken from giphy.com

I’m pretty stoked about it, if you couldn’t tell.

Anyway, the last thing we have to do, magazine related, is called the Magazine Trade Fair. This is an event where all of the groups have a booth to show off their magazines. Something I’m making for Final Draught’s booth is beer cupcakes! They’re going to be mini cakes full of love, which means they’re going to be absolutely delicious! So if you have the time, you want to see our magazine, or you just want some good old beer cupcakes, then come on down to Red River College in the Exchange between 12 and 4.

Next week on the blog: the recipe for beer cupcakes and a step-by-step how-to.

Say Cheese!—Part 3

Fancy cheese.

What is fancy cheese, you might ask. How do you cook fancy cheese, you may inquire.

That my friends was something I had to look up for myself.

And when I did, I found that fancy cheese wasn’t much different from normal cheese. You can make the exact same things with fancy cheese: grilled cheese, mac n’ cheese, cheese soup, and on and on and on.

I made a few of these, but what I want to talk about it the cheese risotto I made that was the bomb.

It was creamy but not overpowering, cheesy but you could taste other flavours, and above all else it filled be up at 1 a.m. after my three hour nap (I know, my life is in shambles, I don’t need you to tell me).

Anyway, you can find the risotto recipe here, but I’ll give a bit of insight on how the recipe worked for me.

The recipe calls for two cups of any kind of cheese you want. Even though I had eight different kinds, I only used two for the risotto. One, because I’m really lazy and didn’t want to spend a ton of time starting and stopping the grating of the cheese. And two, I was worried about mixing too many strong flavours together.

I stuck with gouda and parmesan and my risotto was perfectly tasty!

I also put a bit too much cream in my risotto, something I don’t recommend you do. Although cream is great and all, there is such thing as something being too creamy, and my risotto definitely turned out that way.

Lastly, if you aren’t a huge fan of garlic and onions, you can lessen the amount called for in the recipe. I always half the measurements because I’m the pickiest person ever, and I could still get the flavour from it, but it wasn’t as overpowering as it would’ve been.

That’s it! Super simple!

Here are some more fancy cheese recipes that you may enjoy.

Croque Monsieur (basically grilled cheese)

White Cheddar Arugula Pesto Mac and Cheese

Beer & Cheese soup

Manitoba Travel Assignment

Hey y’all,

So I was supposed to post a third segment about my cheese experience a few weeks ago, but I decided that we could use a break from cheese talk this week. Instead, I shall give you a review on Hecla Island, a provincial park and historical island in Manitoba.

First of all, why was I there?

We got a journalism/advertising assignment where we picked small towns to visit and not only find a story, but also create a travel ad for the town. My group picked Hecla. Why? I have no idea, it was different I guess?

I’ve been to Hecla many times over the past few years. It’s a place that my parents would take my sisters and I for a week every year as family get-away. I love it. Everyone there has this genuine love for the outdoors and nature the Island has to offer. Everyone, animals, humans, whatever, they cherish the island and they share it because it really is Manitoba’s hidden gem. I’m also Icelandic and the island is full of Icelandic history that’s pretty important to me and my family.

Anyways, I failed to mention that my family had only ever been to Hecla Island in the summer, never the winter. Boy was I in for a shock when I drove through Hecla Village. First of all, it was storming like crazy and they had quite a bit of snow left. The rest of Manitoba is in the middle of an early spring melt, so needless to say, I was surprised at the blizzard-like conditions we encountered. All we could see was a bare, winter wasteland. Second of all, there was no one there. Honestly, no one. From Riverton to Hecla Village (about a 30 minute drive) we saw one vehicle. And it was the park ranger. Panic was setting in and I was pretty close to calling my instructor in tears, asking for a new town.

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Taken from giphy.com

Let’s just thank the sweet Lord that I didn’t.

We drove to the resort. The island actually has a lot of team building conferences and business meetings so they have a five-star resort complete with a spa, restaurant/lounge, golf course and some winter activities. We hoped that we could talk to some people at the resort as a last resort. (Ha ha, I’m punny. Not.) Anyways, we went to the resort and found a few people willing to talk to us. They had interesting stories and we started to feel a little better about choosing Hecla for our town.

Once we talked to a couple people and booked some pedicures with the spa ladies, purely in the name of journalism of course, we decided to head back to the village to take some pictures for our ads.

We got back into the car and noticed that the blizzard had cleared up and the sun was coming out. It was absolutely beautiful on the island and suddenly our assignment didn’t seem so daunting. We drove to the village and saw that people were starting to come out of their homes. The frozen lake with scattered, abandoned ice fishing shacks were now accompanied by dedicated men and women. We parked on the side of the road and decided to walk/ski out to the closest group of fishermen. These men didn’t have an ice shack, but they did have an hand-made ice auger and a couple snow mobiles attached to small sleighs.

When we finally reached them, they greeted us politely and continued drilling through the ice. We took some pictures and talked to the men. We found out that this was their full-time job, they sometimes caught 100 pounds of fish, sometimes they caught 1000, it just depended on the day and their motivation.

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Taken from giphy.com

We learned tons of history about the island, the first settlers from Iceland, the government controversy of the introduction of the provincial park and how the closing of the resort affected them. They offered us a ride in a bombardier, an old fashioned ice fishing vehicle, and they even offered us fish, although they didn’t have any at the time. We spent a long time out there, learning how to ice fish the ‘commercial way’ and understanding someone else’s way of life.

We left the men with a different perspective of the island and our assignment. We headed back to the resort and learned about the haunted spa and employee housing arrangements. We were actually fortunate enough to have some activity happen while we were there. On top of that, we learned about the historical culture and reasons for the haunting.

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Taken from giphy.com

We left Hecla Island with a new perspective, freshly painted toes and full and happy hearts because of our day. I think the travel assignment taught me that sometimes journalism is fun and it’s important to always have an open mind, even if at first it seems like you’re heading into a blizzard.

For more information about Hecla Island, here are some links and photos to learn more.

The Island gullharbour.com

The Island
gullharbour.com

The Marina at Gull Harbour gullharbour.com

The Marina at Gull Harbour
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The Village  gullharbour.com

The Village
gullharbour.com

Say Cheese! — Part 2

In my last post I explained that I bought a bunch of cheese for a cheese photo shoot. What is a cheese photo shoot you ask?

Well it’s basically just someone taking pictures of cheese.

Photographing the cheese was a job and a half. For some reason the cheese refused to cooperate with me and look pretty. I’m pretty sure I took almost 300 pictures cheese. Finally the only thing that worked was when I went outside and took the photo there. The sun glinting off of the cheese was exactly the effect I needed.

Once I took the pictures of cheese, I had no idea what I was going to do with it. Like I said last post, I’m lactose intolerant so the cheese is useless to me.

I went to Pinterest and looked up “fancy cheese recipes” and found quite a few things to try that I could feed my family with.

Stay tuned for next to see everything I made with eight kinds of cheese.