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Ah, my first sweet recipe!

In February I was really into creating yummy nut balls to have in the fridge as a quick snack. I was jazzed to share these ones but misplaced the recipe until today.

I had picked up some macadamia nuts at the grocery store and was set on creating something with them. So I browsed my pantry and got to work.

Ingredients:
1 cup sweetened coconut flakes
1/2 cup macadamia nuts
1/2 cup blanched slivered almonds
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup peanut butter
2 tablespoons milk
1 tablespoon brown rice syrup
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt
8 maraschino cherries

Directions:
Chop chocolate chips into dust in a food processor. Then remove the dust and set it aside.
Chop macadamia nuts and almonds in a food processor. Remove and set aside.
Slice the cherries with a knife. Set aside.
Place the peanut butter, nuts, coconut and cherries in a bowl and then mix with a spoon.
Add the chocolate, brown rice syrup, vanilla extract, milk and salt to the bowl.
Mix everything with a spoon until it’s fairly even.
Use a small ice cream scoop or a tablespoon to shape the mixture into balls.
Place them on a plate and serve.

Makes: 10-12 medium sized balls
Approximate Calories: 160-200 per ball

Notes/Substitutions:
I used what I had on hand. Ideally I would have used cocoa powder, almond butter (no stores in my area seem to sell this) and unsweetened coconut flakes. Of course if I had used that type of coconut it may have needed more brown rice syrup.

I added the milk because I wanted these balls wetter than they were turning out. I’m not currently vegan. However I have been and sometimes still buy soy or other types of milk. You could substitute another type of milk in place of dairy milk if you prefer. You may also be able to use water instead or just skip it altogether if you like your balls drier.

Brown rice syrup is simply a type of sweetener. You could probably use sugar, stevia or something else. However I did like the wetness and the ability to gel the ingredients together that it brings to the recipe.

For a lower calorie version you could try unsweetened coconut flakes, a no calorie sweetener and unsweetened nut milk. If you made these changes you could most likely get each ball under 150 calories (though I don’t know exactly how they will taste). Conversely you could also make smaller balls.

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This post is for Director’s Chair 25: Sam Raimi. Please watch the cool Raimi clips I’ve included as well for his perspective on his flicks.

Army of Darkness

Of course when I think of Sam Raimi the first thing that comes to mind are the Evil Dead series. I have a particular affinity for AOD. It was my introduction to the series. Of course it’s super funny. In case you live under a rock, AOD is about every man Ash (when I say every man I mean the super hot Bruce Campbell) who is transported back in time due to supernatural forces. Once there he must find his way back, bang a babe and defeat the forces of darkness. AOD is really the type of flick that you need to see to get. AMAZING!

Drag Me to Hell


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When I first heard that Raimi was making Drag Me to Hell I was stoked. A gypsy curse, the gorgeous Alison Lohman and slapstick horror, what is not to like? Drag Me to Hell is about a young woman who is cursed to die for making a smart business decision during a day of work at a bank.

Drag Me to Hell can be seen as a straight forward horror flick with humor and it totally works. However you may also notice other types of subtext (particularly if you are a woman). If you want to know what I mean read this but not until after you watch it cuz it can really warp the movie for you beforehand. There was an amazing thread online a while back with women stating that they felt this way too but I can’t locate it. I also read a rebuttal from Raimi who said the film was straight forward and did not deal with that at all. However I think it’s pretty neat that people can “read” that into it like you would do with a song.

I find it quite impressive that Raimi was able to make a PG-13 horror film that doesn’t rely on sex or extreme gore to be scary (not that I don’t like those things but it’s difficult to do well).

The Quick and the Dead


I really do not have a good reason for liking this flick that I find so bad it’s good. I initially watched it during an obsessive Russell Crowe phase many years ago. In a typical (woot!) 90s Sharon Stone move she plays a ballsy chick in an odd circumstance. Stone is seeking revenge for her father’s death in this western. Gene Hackman plays the asshole who runs the town. Little Leo DiCaprio gives her perhaps his only performance that I find awful.

Crowe is reverend who has so much sexual tension with Stone that they should bang but don’t in the actual release. Of course I was shipping them so hard and found out that it was part of the flick but was deleted. Luckily it’s now online, see my Crowe post. Apparently Stone nixed it in an effort to not be typecast.

Though not a great movie I think that it’s important for filmmakers to try as many genres as they are passionate about.

More Raimi Goodness:
Sam Raimi Tortures His Actors for Your Amusement

In 2013 Raimi will be releasing Oz: The Great and Powerful starring Mila Kunis, James Franco and Rachel Weisz. My guess is that it will either be amazing or amazingly bad (in a good way). & yes, Ted’s in it! More info from Weisz can be found here.

The Quick and the Dead: The Unofficial Movie Page-from someone who was in the film.

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Just Because: Alison Lohman
Movie Review: Dario Argento’s Jenifer-also for a LAMB Director’s Chair
The Sexy Russell Crowe
Style File: Video Store Interview-how I discovered Army of Darkness

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photo by Jean-Baptiste Mondino

“The more you do, the more your name stands up and what’s for you won’t pass you. Besides, Hollywood frightens me. Selling yourself in order to work. Giving a pound of your flesh. Good stories need good actors to make them believable. The more you see someone on magazine covers or selling shampoo, the less you can relate to them as that character.”Samantha Morton (via IMDB.com)

photo by Mary McCartney

“You must acquire the trick of ignoring those who do not like you, in my experience those who do not like you fall into 2 categories, the stupid & the envious. The stupid will like you in 5 years time, the envious neverThe Libertine

This post is for LAMB Acting School 101: Samantha Morton. For this project I decided to highlight 3 films starring this talented actress.

The Libertine

“You could buy my slit for a pound a night, sir. I would not mind that. But I think you would not have it, sir. What I think you want is power over me, which I do bridle at.”Elizabeth Barry

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H2t2KvVp6sM
If you read about my Johnny Depp Tweetathon last year then you are aware of my love for this film. I feel that it’s very underrated. The Libertine is about John Wilmot (Depp) who was a slutty, drunk poet. He often writes plays for the theater which is where he comes across actress Elizabeth Barry (Morton), who he mentors. Though they work together to hone her acting skills she doesn’t give in when he tries to screw her. So he ends up teaching her about the theater while she teaches him about wanting something you can’t have.

Minority Report


This was the first film that I saw Morton in. I found her performance super creepy and couldn’t believe I hadn’t seen her in anything before. The movie is set in a future version of society in which people’s thoughts are read making it easy for them to be arrested prior to actually committing a crime. This foreknowledge is provided by precogs which are psychics who can see the future. Morton plays the precog Agatha. Tom Cruise stars as a cop who is arrested and then must find out why.

Expired

“I’m one of the most hated people in the world. Nobody likes me. People run from me like the plague. Give me the finger. Insult me. Verbally abuse me.”Claire


I can’t believe that I’m mentioning this movie (as I usually highlight things that are more on the fun side) but Morton was great in it so I had to. Expired is an incredibly depressing romantic drama about the relationship of two socially awkward people. Morton stars as Claire Barney and Jason Patric is opposite her as Jay Caswell. They are both meter readers. When I watched the film I tried to give the Jay character the benefit of the doubt but he was super hateful. It’s a difficult movie to watch but both actors are very believable.

You can also watch Expired on Netflix.

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The Music of Mad Men from Emma_moon on 8tracks.

Selected tracks from the official season 1-5 Mad Men music playlists. Includes music from Chubby Checker, Julie London, Roy Orbison, The Rolling Stones, Chuck Berry, Etta James & more.

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Lands End ballet shoes-thrifted
Momus charm bracelet courtesy of Cutey
Jonathan Martin Studio dress-gift (family)
magnetic necklace worn as a hair wrap-gift (friend)
long necklace–gift (friend)

song is Castle by by FourStones
(featuring a sample of Castle on a Hill by Colin Mutchler)
It’s used under a Creative Commons license.
More info on it is here.

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