Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Livin' La Vida Latke: My Family's Latke Recipe

Channukah is now upon us all, and while I realize I'm pretty late in posting this... that's the beauty of this holiday. Eight nights of chances to post your family's latke recipe to the internet.

So while a small fraction of you reading this might know that a year ago I attempted to make beauty/lifestyle videos, an even smaller fraction of you might know that my ventures in making YouTube videos go even farther back than that. The videos I was making for my hauteteawithhoney channel didn't feel right to me, like I was trying to be something I'm not. Maybe one day I'll try to return to that channel and start again, but lately I've returned to completely different style of vlogging that's more my comfort zone. When I was in high school I used to be pretty into YouTube and its community, but ended up fading away from it all when it became more... industrialized. But after a half-decade hiatus I've returned and it's starting to feel fun again. The videos I'm planning on making don't necessarily have a theme to them, and while I know according to YouTube that's not exactly conducive to channel growth, my mickiebee14 channel is a place I've always used as a dumping ground. Stupid username from my high school days and all. (Can you guess the age I was when I made the channel?)

So in getting back into video making, I invited my friend Katia (blog) to come over and make latkes together as per our tradition, this time with the added twist of filming it.

This is the latke recipe my family uses every year for the holiday season, and let me tell you with or without my nostalgia bias, they are delicious. So whether or not you celebrate Channukah, I hope you enjoy this recipe! And if you try it, leave a comment and let me know what you think!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

My Personal Post-Editing Commandments

Well it's been a bit, hasn't it?

For the last little while I've been planning some posts concerning my favourite beauty products for Autumn. However, during my planning I got hit pretty hard with a virus/cold that's been going around Toronto. So, for example, swatching different lip colours on my lips didn't seem the wisest choice.

During my sickness though, I realized the importance of editing. I decided to really pare down my previously 'Top 10' lists to 'Top 5's. I found that while it can be nice to scroll through a blog post of lovely swatches, most of the products I put in were there more as just what I generally would wear rather than what my must-have, loved colours were. And, as I do tend to lean more towards the budget/drugstore end of the beauty world, I figured I'd keep the posts wallet-friendly for the time being.

So here's the rules I've given myself for future "Top __" posts for editing down to my favourites. If for no other reason I'm posting these for the sake of reminding myself to stick to them, and for reference when I write future posts.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Butterbeer Cupcakes!

I think it would be safe to say I've been on a bit of a baking kick lately. I used to bake fairly often when I was in high school, but as soon as I began university I found it difficult to set aside time to even just throw a batch of cookies into the oven. But the past few weeks I've been making dozens of cookies, and the other week I decided I wanted to retry a recipe I made once before moving out for first year that I had botched a bit from lack of proper ingredients. (NOTE: When a recipe asks for "Butter Flavouring" don't just add extra butter. Just... don't.) The recipe I'm referring to is the scrumptious Butterbeer Cupcake recipe from the blog Pastry Affair. This recipe is pretty complicated, and as my baking game has been pretty low lately I enlisted my friends Katia (her blog is here) and Brandon to help me out!

Monday, February 24, 2014

Review: Lush Lord of Misrule Bath Bomb and Gold FUN (Bath Bomb SPOILERS)

So it looks like pretty much all of the posts I've been writing lately have been reviews. What can I say? They're the quickest ones I can put together, and honestly they're the blog posts I enjoy reading the most!

Currently I'm on my Reading Week, so on Tuesday my friend Vicki and I went skiing/snowboarding for a couple nights up in Collingwood. While it was fun to get out there and be active and unwind, holy crap am I sore. I've been skiing since I was about 6 years old, but I haven't been able to for the past few years thanks to a couple of concussions. It wasn't difficult to remember how to ski... but let's just say my poor body, dominantly my shins, were not ready for that kind of physical exertion.

First night back home... what do I do? Nice hot bath, of course. Trying new products... why don't I review them? :)

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Unboxing/Review: The Curious Case of the Mystery Brand Voxbox

So one fine Monday afternoon I was sitting around on my computer, as I do, and I receive an email. I'm going to get my second Influenster Voxbox? And it's a Mystery Voxbox? About L'Oreal Haircare? Wonderful!

This prompted me to realize I hadn't checked the mail that day yet... so I did. What do I find? The Voxbox already there?

It was magic, I swear.

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