IF YOU COULD NOT FAIL

February 27, 2009

SAMBA asks, “What would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail?”

I ask the question, “If you never had to work again, what would you do?”

Not sure which is better.

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IMAGINARIUM REVISITED

February 24, 2009

According to this Hollywood Reporter article, Terry Gilliam’s film, “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus” is having trouble finding distribution.  Nooooooo…!  I really want to see this movie.  As I said in my previous post, this film is going to be a smörgåsbord of fine male acting.  Somebody buy it!


VEGAN BREAKFAST COOKIES

February 23, 2009

Homemade Vegan Breakfast Cookies! Recipe below.

Ingredients

1/3 cup Organic Apple Sauce  (or one apple peeled, and sliced)
1 large Banana, cut in pieces
2 cup Quaker Oats Multigrain Hot Cereal
1/4 cup Almond Meal
3/4 tbsp Molasses
1/2 cup Dried Fruit (of your choice)
1 tsp Vanilla (extract)
1/2 tsp Ground Cinnamon
1/2 tsp Ground Nutmeg

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a baking sheet.  Combine apple (sauce) and banana in food processor and mix well.  Combine the rest of the ingredients in the order they appear above. Mix until well combined.  Drop cookies onto baking sheet and press down slightly with fingers, if desired.  (Cookies will not spread). Bake for 10 minutes.  When done, leave to cool on baking sheet.  Store in airtight container in fridge for up to two weeks.  Microwave for 20 seconds before consumption.  (WW Points = 1 per cookie)


OSCAR’S DAD HOSTS THE OSCARS!

February 20, 2009

Apparently, Hugh Jackman’s son is named Oscar, according to this CNN article.  Too cute!


HOMEMADE GRANOLA

February 19, 2009

Homemade granola. Recipe to follow.

So I’ve started making a lot of things at home instead of buying them in stores.  I make my own Homemade Nutella (aka Chocolate Hazelnut Butter).  I make my own mustard.  I’ve begun to make my own Vegan Breakfast Cookies (post to follow) and this morning, Ryan and I made our second batch of homemade granola.  It’s only slightly less expensive than buying it in the store; but less weird chemicals and more satisfaction!

Here’s the recipe!

Classic Granola (modified from this recipe)

2 cups multigrain hot cereal (dry)
1/2 cup almond meal
2 tbsp dark brown sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1/3 cup chopped nuts (of your choice)
1/3 cup sweetened flake coconut
1/3 cup dried fruit (of your choice)
1/8 cup maple syrup
1/8 cup molasses
3 tbsp flavorless oil (vegetable or canola)
1 tbsp water
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon

Adjust oven rack to middle position, and heat oven to 275 degrees. Coat a 9-by-13-inch metal pan with cooking spray, then set aside.

Mix multigrains, almond meal, brown sugar, salt and chopped nuts in a bowl. Bring syrup, oil, water and any cinnamon  to a simmer in a saucepan over low heat. Drizzle over multigrain mixture, and stir to combine. Pour mixture onto prepared pan. Working a handful at a time, squeeze cereal to form small clumps.

Bake for 20 minutes. Stir in dried fruit. Continue to bake until golden brown, about 20 minutes longer. Let cool.  Store in an airtight tin for up to two weeks.


JOIN THE ACADEMY

February 13, 2009

…if only in your imagination!

IMDb has an Oscar Poll in their Road to the Oscars 2009 section.  I think it’s fun to be able to cast my vote.  Even it if doesn’t really count.  I guess that’s what the People’s Choice Awards were for.  Anyway…

Here’s the poll.

Here’s the results.

I have to admit, there aren’t many surprises in this court of public opinion.  Although, I would prefer to see Robert Downey Jr. win over Heath Ledger for Best Supporting Actor.  Even though I love Mr. Ledger’s work, I would enjoy the irony of Downey Jr.’s win even more.

It’ll be interesting to see how accurate “we” are.


IRONY?

February 11, 2009

So I couldn’t sleep because of some late-in-the-day tea and while I was awake watching trailers on Apple.com, I ran across this little diddy:

The film is about a Canadian kick-ass-and-take-names businesswoman (Sandra Bullock) who bribes her executive assistant (Ryan Reynolds) into marrying her so that she doesn’t get deported back to Canada.  Now usually, they get hot young girls to play opposite the rugged seasoned actors, right?  So I thought it was funny that Sandra Bullock was playing opposite someone younger than her.  She’s 44 (but looking great!).  And while I was looking up Ryan Reynolds’ age (32, by the way), I discovered an even greater irony:

Ryan Reynolds is the Canadian!

Further research reveals that not only is Bullock American, she was born in a suburb of Washington, D.C.!

Cute.