Category Archives: CCE

Canada’s first ‘Geek Breakfast’ in our very own #HamOnt

On Saturday, March 2nd, 2013, Hamilton held Canada’s first Geek Breakfast at Williams Fresh Cafe on the Hamilton waterfront.

Photo by Adam Carter

McMaster University continuing education instructor Jared Lenover speaks with some of his students at Hamilton’s first Geek Breakfast. (Adam Carter/CBC) – http://www.cbc.ca/hamilton/news/story/2013/03/02/hamilton-geek-breakfast.html

What’s a Geek Breakfast?

Aside from AWESOME, a Geek Breakfast is a “Community-Driven Breakfast for Technology-Minded People Each month attendees congregate over bacon, eggs and plenty of coffee to discuss topics like social media, digital marketing, design, programming, and ways to better their communities” – http://geekbreakfast.org/.

Want to take part of the next Hamilton Geek Breakfast?  Don’t be shy and ‘Like’ their Facebook page to stay up-to-date with upcoming Geek Breakfast events in Hamilton.

What does one do at a Geek Breakfast?

Well, you see a lot of great people in your community, in this case, Hamilton, Ontario.  If you’re following all the top tweeters for the Hamilton area, you will likely see them there, almost celebrity like. You get the opportunity to introduce yourself as a person and not just @InsertHandleHere.

I was fortunate enough to meet some great people, some from Twitter, some from the Social Media Research and Techniques class as well as some new people.  Mind you, I’m a chatty gal, and I have to admit, I was shy at first, but there is nothing to be shy about!

Social Media?  I think so!

I don’t think there was a soul there without some kind of mobile device.  Laptops, tablets, smart phones, cell phones, you name it.  Everyone had a device of some sort to tweet out and share the great events of the day.  Connections were made and kept, it was a really great day for the use of social media.

Sign me up again!

Geek Breakfast

I would definitely go to this event again and suggest you also give it a shot.  The only thing I would suggest is putting up a sign, us first-timers missed out because we weren’t sure where to meet.  Although the next time, I will likely keep an eye out for the #HamOnt Twitter celebrities:)!  It’s a lovely feeling to be around kind people with the same interests and have great discussions.

Geek, signing off,
Nahren

#BSMRCCE To-Do List

You ever have so much to do, eventually you need or want to just write it down?  Well here are a few items on my list, off the top of my head, for anticipated items to do over the next week or two.

Bake

  • Irish Car Bomb Cheesecake
    • Create shopping list, style of cake and distribution
  • Cupcakes
  • Geek Food
  • Monday Class Treats

Read

  • Latest in social media
  • Read text book up to chapter 4
  • Fellow classmate blogs
  • Book for book report

Homework

  • Write daily blog posts
  • Write on particular post on sushi and social media
  • Write blog posts on aforementioned baked goods
  • Write book report, due March 18
  • Comment on classmate blogs
  • Tweet

Geek Out

  • Prepare for Toronto ComiCon
    • Geek Recipes
    • Geek Food
    • Geek News
    • Geek Items
    • Geek Chic

Have I forgotten something?  Do you share most of these tasks?

Stay Tuned,
Nahren

Vine – Bringing food ‘photograpy’ so close, you can almost taste it

I know, I know…You’re probably wondering where yesterday’s post was?  Ok, you win… I’ll get back on track sooner or later.

On Monday, we learned about a new app called Vine (only available on iTunes).  I had heard about this last weekend, but I didn’t pay much attention as it was meant for Videos.  That was, until it was brought up in class – they are only SIX SECOND videos?  After looking at the app, I thought to myself, ‘uh oh… this is like Instagram, but with video”!  Naturally as an ‘insta-addict’ (Instagram addict), I think I’ll enjoy Vine.

Why am I calling this ‘photography’?

Food photography is infamous. We all do it (don’t deny it), and it’s a nice memory of a great meal, great for letting the public know where they can get this meal and even try to make it at home.

With Vine, I feel people may use it to tape table side dishes, such as Caeser salad, steak tartar, roast carving, fish serving, crêpes flambé, etc. As well as family prayer, blowing out the candles of a birthday cake, etc.

Normally we take photos of these events and now, 6-second video clips will give us a new and real feeling of these events.

S-u-c-e-e-s-s that’s the way you spell success!

Ah, good ol’ Bart Simpson

After succeeding at home, I’ve already posted four videos, about food and my cats (I love my cats)!

Check out my 3 out of 4 videos on Vine:  here, here and here.

You’ll definitely be seeing a lot more food content in the near future :).

Have you tried Vine out?

Cheers,
Nahren

What I want to Accomplish with my Blog – A True Story

This blog is based on a true story

This week, our teacher Jared, asked us to write a post on what we want to accomplish with our blogs.

Good question… What DO I want to accomplish?  At first, I thought, this is going to be a great class, enjoyable, lots of communication and keeping it light.  Although, it most certainly is all of the above, we really should put a bit of thought into our blog.

I dream of Food Network

The first part of the question was, ‘what would a dream accomplishment be’?

Well, I have to say, if any dream can come true, let’s dream a proper dream, shall we?  I would LOVE to be on Food Network (Canada, U.S. or UK, I don’t discriminate :)).

Secondly, writing a book wouldn’t be too bad!

Creativity

The second part of the question was ‘what would a realistic accomplishment be’?

I’d like to think I’m pretty simple. If you enjoy my writing, humour, pictures and recipes; that makes me very happy.  I am happy to reply to questions, share recipes and make people smile.  Simple.  This blog gives me an opportunity to explore my creativity and share my passion with everyone.

Mission Accomplished?

How do I know when I’ve reached my goal?  The realistic goals.  Well, I feel that if people are liking, commenting and sharing my posts, it’s a good amount of accomplishment.  You know people can see your blog, reading it and enjoying it.

I don’t plan on changing the world with this blog, but I am most humbled to have readers add my recipe choices to their recipe arsenal and daily reads.

Stay tuned next time for Monday’s class treat (and recipe).

Cheers,
Nahren

Monday Class Treat – My Version of Cowboy Cookies

Hello, Hello!

It really does bother me when I don’t make a blog post daily, before midnight haha, oh well, the weekends are a time for rest (most of the time).

This post is going to talk about tomorrow’s class treat, which is:

COWBOY COOKIES

Cowboy Cookies

Why Cowboy Cookies?

I was having a conversation with my sister and I was trying to think of what to bake for tomorrow’s class.  Well, I then said, OH, I will concoct cookies that you throw a whole bunch of yummy items in, to which she said, “oh like cowboy cookies?”.  That’s right… cowboy cookies, how could I forget?

Well, this is more of a play on cowboy cookies, as I  have added more items then the original recipe ( provided by Simply Recipes).  The original recipe consists of four items that makes them cowboy cookies:

  • Chocolate chips
  • Rolled oats
  • Coconut
  • Pecans

Recipe

Here is my recipe for Cowboy Cookies.

Cowboy Cookies by Nahren Shamoka

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup Skor bits
  • 3/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup miniature marshmallows
  • 1/3 cup chopped almonds
  • 3/4 cup shredded unsweetened coconut

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Combine chocolate chips, Skor bits, rolled oats, miniature marshmallows, chopped almonds and shredded coconut in a large bowl; set aside.
  3. Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt in medium bowl; set aside.
  4. Beat butter, granulated sugar and brown sugar in large bowl until combined. Add eggs and vanilla; mix until well blended. Add flour mixture; mix until just combined.
  5. Stir in chocolate chip mixture.  Keep working at it, dough will come together nicely.
  6. Chill dough in the fridge for 15-30 minutes.
  7. Drop cookie dough by tablespoons onto parchment lined baking sheet about 2 inches apart.
  8. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until edges are crisp but centers are still soft.
  9. Let cookies rest for 5-10 minutes on baking sheet before removing.

I really hope you enjoy my version of cowboy cookies.  They are fun, tasty and enjoyable for any occasion!

See you tomorrow #BSMRCCE gang (let’s hope I don’t forget these cookies lol)!

Cheers,
Nahren

Today’s Class Treat – Flourless Chocolate Cake

And I present to you, today’s sample… Flourless Chocolate Cake!

Flourless Chocolate Cake

I wanted to start off with baby steps, see how you all enjoy your sweets and treats.  Caution should be taken when eating this dessert, you will likely need a beverage.  This dessert is very rich and decadent, but also… wait for it… GLUTEN FREE!

I hope to touch base on more gluten free recipes, as it seems to be popular these days, not only for diet but also for health.  Normally, you wouldn’t bake this in a loaf pan, but as I take the bus, I needed to be creative for easy transport :)!

This is a very easy recipe and can be made ahead, easily doubled and I personally feel it freezes well also.  You can find the flourless chocolate cake recipe on Epicurious.

I hope you enjoy :).

Cheers,
Nahren

First Post Assignment – BSMRCCE

Write a 300 word post on your blog…

This is how our assignment starts… You think to yourself, ok, cool, 300 words doesn’t sound like much, but you’d be surprised how many times you’ll edit your post to fit the count.

What this course is aboutImage brought to you by McGill Blogs

I am currently enrolled in Building Social Media Relationships (462-011) at the Centre for Continuing Education at McMaster University.  Throughout this course, we will learn to explore the theoretical aspects and practical applications of social media tools including blogs, wikis and social media websites to engage new audiences and build relationships.

Notice: Work hard, Sleep Hard ;)! –>

Why I chose to take this course

I am a big fan of social media.  I am on multiple platforms and I am always up for trying and learning new and upcoming social media sites and technology.  I am hoping to improve my presence online also; be it Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, etc.  I feel that being in this time and age as well as being a public relations student, my interaction could be increased.

What I want to accomplish in this class

  • Increase my interaction online through the social networks I am affiliated with
  • Work on my research in regards to users of different social media platforms
  • Improve my grammar and spelling… Always room for improvement

Questions=3 – About=Social Media – To be answered=14 Weeks

Three questions I would like answered by the end of the semester are:

  1. Why do social networks die off?
  2. Why don’t we have more social network company offices (i.e.Twitter, Facebook) in Canada?
  3. Will forums (a very social platform at one point) ever have the same popularity as they once did?

I have a question…

What social media sites are you on and why?

Really looking forward to hearing from you!  Stay tuned tomorrow for the first recipe I bring to class!

Cheers,
Nahren

References

McMaster University, Centre for Continuing Education

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