As part of FBC’s 5th anniversary we’re sharing a special 24-day Holiday Countdown from December 1st to the 24th. We’re going back in time to reconnect with some very special FBC Members. These Canadian food bloggers were among the very first FBCers to be showcased in our Friday Featured Blogger series that still runs today (we’ve featured almost 250 bloggers in five years!).
Name: Deb Wong
How has your blog evolved over the past five years?
The blog hasn’t just evolved, it’s changed and morphed completely! I started blogging as Ate by Ate 6 years ago and it changed my life in so many incredible ways. It started out as a creative outlet for my food writing, photography and scrapbooking and it turned into a career. It gave me work, it gave me friends, it gave me a community to call home but most of all it gave me happiness, joy and grounding in my life. I went through a very difficult two and a half years where my blogging became very spotty and I finally decided I needed a fresh start, so I left Ate by Ate dormant and started The Sugared Teacup where my sole focus is on everything tea! So in addition to creating a new blog entirely, my niche has evolved and it’s given me a new place to call home.
What’s your favourite holiday tradition?
This sounds very dorky but my absolute favourite holiday tradition is wrapping Christmas presents while listening to Clay Aiken’s Christmas CD on repeat five times. I literally lay everything out on my living room rug and forbid anybody to come near me while I’m wrapping (no peeking at presents!). It’s such a happy time swimming in ribbons and wrapping paper with this music playing in the background. I look forward to it every year!
Share a favourite holiday recipe with our readers
Chocolate Snickerdoodle Cookies! It’s from the November 2011 issue of Food & Wine magazine and I love the cookies not only because they’re delicious and so pretty with the crackling, but I love the recipe because it’s one that I had incredible difficulty with the first time around and they turned out perfect on my second try with some course correcting — baking triumph for the win!
What are the must-have staples in your holiday pantry?
Chocolate chips, brown sugar, white chocolate, and any type of dried fruit.
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Be sure to check out all the bloggers in our Holiday Countdown Series and find out how their blogging journey has progressed over the last five years!