HAPPY FRIDAY!

5 For Friday May 10

Friday greetings, Daymakers!
Smile!  It’s Fri-nally!

I’ve had a great week.  Accomplished numerous small tasks around here – inside and out.  Did some weeding, cleaned out and organized a few kitchen drawers, swapped out winter clothes for summer clothes.  Those kind of things.
Small but all put together are big time to me and my world.  How about you?

Super fun line-up today –

Beginning with Stacy’s World.

Me, I’ve never been a giant fan of dark chocolate.  Say – if I buy the bag of the tiny candy bars that offers choices of: Hershey’s Milk Chocolate, Milk Chocolate with Almonds, Krackel, Mr. Good Bar and Dark Chocolate – last choice is Dark Chocolate that totally ties last with Mr. Good Bar.  HA

However, now,  I’m so gonna try the dark chocolate + walnuts Stacy writes about in her column today for a little bedtime snack.  Cool tip for sure.  Move over Krackel bar – Dark chocolate bar has taken your place!

And Stacy’s Chai Coffee recipe is totally calling my name.  I’m the leader of the fan club of iced Chai coffee latte at the local coffee house.  But it does come with a pri$e for being a fan.  Thanks to Stacy’s tip and how-to-do at home — I’ll be making it and refrigerating it or pouring it over ice A.L.L.S.U.M.M.E.R. long!

2 Winner tips in one column!  Love it.
Can’t wait to read what Stacy has in store for us in her next column of fun + interestings!

Thanks, Stac!

QUICK QUESTION
Drive an ice cream truck to work or dress like a clown?  Quick answer – I’ll drive the truck.

FILM CREW 101
ASSISTANT DIRECTORS
You may or may not have known, but now you do.
Enjoy the behind the scenes story about who, what, where and how the “movie magic” happens.

STRAWBERRY-RHUBARB CRISP RECIPE
Will not disappoint.  It’s awesome.
((Fun fact – Rhubarb is not actually a fruit it’s a veggie.))
Anyway, I’m so planning on making a pan this weekend while rhubarb is still in season and I’m gonna enjoy it for breakfasts – yes, breakfasts – with a cup of Stacy’s recipe for Chai coffee.  The 2 together just sound like a perfect match.

THANKS ALL!
For reading + engaging + sharing + love.

READY?
SET.
GO!

STACY’S WORLD

Hello Friends!

A proper night’s sleep can do wonders for our physical and mental health.

Like a lot of people, I have occasional sleep issues and have resorted to over-the-counter (OTC) sleep aids.

While OTC sleep aids provide temporary relief — excessive use can lead to dependence or other unwanted side effects.  I have had strange, disturbing dreams dreams if I take OTC sleep aids for more than 3 days in a row.

I was very interest in an article I came across about sleep inducing foods.  I did know that warm milk and turkey contain Tryptophan which helps with relaxation.  I also know that Chamomile tea has sedative properties.

What I did not know is that bananas high content of Magnesium and Potassium help relax muscles and aids in sleep.  Tart cherries and walnuts are rich in Melatonin, a hormone that regulates sleep, and are both very healthy.

This one really surprised me …

Dark chocolate contains Serotonin which also helps regulates sleep.
((Consume dark chocolate in moderation because it also contains caffeine which will have the opposite effect if consumed in excess.))

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I was a little skeptical about trying dark chocolate to help me sleep.  But I did and to my surprise after eating a small bowl of walnuts and a dark piece of chocolate, I could barely hold my eyes open.

It took about 10 minutes for the Melatonin in the walnuts and Serotonin in the dark chocolate to kick in.  I have tried this 3 times now and it worked every time.  I can’t wait to throw in a few banana slices and cherries to add to this mixture.  What a delicious bedtime snack!

Now – let’s talk about a delicious and healthy way to wake up after your restful night of sleep.

PIC #2

CHAI COFFEE

Simply mix 1 cup of ground coffee with 1 tsp ground cinnamon, 1/2 tsp ground cardamon, 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg and 1/8 tsp of ground ginger and brew away!

I tried this, too, except without the cardamon.  It was delicious.

The spices blended nicely when brewed with the coffee versus just sprinkling them in your cup of coffee.

Chocolate before bed and cinnamon the next morning.  Yummy!

HAPPY WEEKEND!
SWEET DREAMS.
Zzzzzz

~ Stacy’s World is exclusive to Daymaker Readable Art
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Dark Chocolate
CHAI COFFEE
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QUICK QUESTION

WOULD YOU RATHER DRIVE AN ICE CREAM
TRUCK TO WORK OR GO DRESSED AS A CLOWN?

FILM CREW 101
WHO’S WHO ON THE CREW
AND WHAT WE DO

ASSISTANT DIRECTORS

These professionals are members of the Director’s Guild of America (DGA) and have perks that the majority of below-the-line crew will never benefit from: first class travel, overtime bonuses, rich turn-around penalties, residuals … just to name a few.

This Department, with all of its benefits, is similar to the U.S. Congress in the film World.

FIRST ASSISTANT DIRECTOR (1ST AD)

There is a mark drawn across the overall budget page for every film production.  It describes where the human resource money is distributed with respect to wages, salaries, bonuses and so on.  The division created by this mark in known as The Line.

The 1st AD is the Ringmaster of our circus and the official go-between for Above and Below-the-Line personnel.  Above-the-Line dwells Producers, certain Production staff, the Director, Production Designer, Director of Photography and other heavyweights.  Below-the-Line exists the rest of us.

A first Assistant Director once reminded me that the 1st AD is The Line.  Under his/her immediate command are: Second Assistant Director, Second Second Assistant Director, additional Second Second Assistant
Directors and DGA Trainees.

The 1st AD is the architect of the Call Sheet.  He is ultimately responsible for making the day.  In order to achieve this he demands full cooperation from all departments.  Like a Ringmaster, the 1st A.D. is a whip cracker.

The 1st AD is often hired for loudness of voice, brashness of personality and expert ability at manipulating the Shooting Board.  His ultimate weapon in pursuit of running an orderly Set is the Taser Gun Stare.  This menacing glare is fired upon Crew Members standing in an Actor’s eye line, caught chit-chatting at inappropriate times, or possession of a naughty two-way radio turned up too loud.

His responsibilities are vast and has been known to combat the pressure by chain smoking, excessive coffee consumption, pacing, and/or endless walkie-talkie chatter.

The best movies have become so, in a great part, by the virtue of their 1st AD

SECOND ASSISTANT DIRECTOR (2ND AD)

The 2nd AD is the closest ally Crew Members will find in the AD department.  This person has paid his/her dues in the lower ranks and has a few shows under their belt.  2nd AD knows everything going on or what will be going on in the course of a day or the rest of the week.  It’s a super great idea to make tight friends with this person so you can get the inside scoop of being in-the-know and being prepared before the whole company gets the group update.

Responsibilities include but not limited to:

  • Delegating distribution of Call Sheets
  • 1st ADs right-hand person
  • Wrangling Extras (aka background talent)
  • Directing background action
  • Stepping in for the 1st AD on Set
  • Taking notes for the Production Report
  • Crew parking on location
  • Talent contracts
  • Assigning lock-up positions to P.A.s (aka Production Assistants)

SECOND SECOND ASSISTANT DIRECTOR (2ND 2ND AD)

Responsibilities include but not limited to:

  • Managing Base Camp on Location
  • Updating Call Sheets
  • Keeping track of Talent in the works
  • Updating individual departments with pertinent information
  • Recording the Last Man time at meal breaks
  • Logging Crew out-times
  • Liaison between Production Office and the Set
  • LOADS of paper work

FILM CREW 101, TIPS, TRICKS AND SECRETS FROM MOTION PICTURE PROFESSIONALS
COPYRIGHT PETER AND CHERYL CLARSON

STRAWBERRY-RHUBARB CRISP

This is a recipe we made seasonally at Hippie Cowboy and customers were wild about it.  The best part is it’s super easy-no fuss, light and phenomenally delicious!

HERE’S HOW WE MAKE IT

THE RHUBARB/STRAWBERRY FILLING:

  1. 1 pound rhubarb stalks, trimmed and sliced 1/2″ thick
  2. 1/2 pound fresh, ripe strawberries, hulled and quartered
  3. 1/2 cup granulated (white) sugar
  4. 1/4 tsp salt
  5. 1 tsp fresh lemon juice
  6. 1 1/2 TBSP cornstarch
  7. 1 tsp pure vanilla extract

Combine all in a large bowl.  Gently stir until rhubarb and strawberries are combined and the mixture is no longer white from sugar and cornstarch.  Transfer to a 2 quart baking dish or an 8″x 8″ cake pan and smooth out evenly at bottom of dish/pan.  Set aside.
Prepare the topping.

TOPPING:

  1. 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  2. 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  3. 3 TBSP granulated (white) sugar
  4. 1/4 tsp salt
  5. 1 tsp cinnamon
  6. 6 TBSP butter, cut into cubes
  7. 3/4 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  8. 1/2 cup coarsely chopped pecans

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 350*
  2. In a food processor – combine flour, brown sugar, white sugar, cinnamon, butter cubes
  3. Pulse until mixture resembles “bran flakes” with a few-sized clumps of butter within
  4. Transfer from food processor bowl to separate bowl
  5. Stir in oats and chopped pecans with a fork
  6. Spoon topping evenly over the rhubarb/strawberry filling
  7. Don’t pack the topping down

BAKE:

About 50 minutes until rhubarb/strawberry filling is bubbling around the sides and topping is golden brown.  Remove from oven.  Let cool for about 20 minutes.

SERVE:

Spoon baked strawberry-rhubarb crisp into small dessert style shallow bowls or on flat side dishes (think salad plates) and top with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.  Or you can drizzle a little fresh whipping cream over the servings in lieu of vanilla ice cream scoops.  TA-DAH!!

~ Hippie Cowboy recipe box

LOVE YOURSELF FIRST
AND EVERYTHING ELSE WILL FALL IN LINE
~ LUCILLE BALL ~

WISHING YOU A WONDER-FILLED WEEKEND
CATCH YA MONDAY
SAME TIME
SAME PLACE

6 replies
  1. Stacy says:

    I would definately rather drive a ice cream truck than dress as a clown. Clowns are a little creepy to me.

    Reply
  2. Chris says:

    I’ve been eating two squares of dark chocolate at night for years.

    Trader Joe’s has imported from Belgium ‘Pound Plus’ Dark Chocolate bar for $5.99 it’s Delish!! 25 1×1 squares, what a deal. …and Guess what, the dark chocolate is so smooth & creamy, no bitterness that some Dark Chocolate’s can be.
    Also, at the checkout counter there are a-3 pack smaller versions for the taking for $1.89- 3 chocolate bars for cheap!
    I highly suggest stocking up on their amazing reasonably priced Chocolate.Bars

    Great Read once again, Guys!!
    Thanks

    Reply
  3. Marty says:

    Daymaker Stacy, ohhhh bring on the dark chocolate and walnuts at bedtime! I’m crazy about both but did not know its “Gift of Sleep”. Daymaker’s Film Crew 101 always interest me as I continue to learn how it takes volumes of people to produce a movie. One of my all time favorite movies is Secretariat, the greatest race horse that ever lived. I would loved to have been on the film crew, not only for BIG RED but the marvelous actors so skillfully cast.

    Reply
  4. Carol says:

    Dark Chocolate and walnuts – yes. Sleepless nights – not so much. I’ll definitely give Stacy’s tip a try. The Chai coffee intrigues me as well. . .Thanks, Stacy!

    I’m beginning to understand why movie production costs are so high! Of course I’ve seen the long list of production credits roll by at a movie’s end and being enlightened at the voluminous number of tasks each person is responsible for – well, mind boggling for sure. So. Many. Details.!!!

    A touch of nostalgia here. My mom used to love strawberry rhubarb pie. I never acquired the knack for making it but her grandkids used to scout sources and surprise her with a pie or a slice now and then. I think I could master your recipe with the crumb topping instead of pie crust. Yumm! I can almost taste it!

    Happy weekend DayMaker!

    PS – Hands down – I’d LOVE to drive an ice cream truck!!!

    Reply
    • Cheryl Clarson says:

      Hey Carol –

      Yes! Stacy totally keeps us in the know with her finds and ideas on fashion + food and funky cool DIY projects.

      It’s astounding the number of people in a Production. Astounding. However, for the most part we all blend as a “family type” of atmosphere for the 3 months or 7 month run (depending on if it’s a movie or episodic).

      I still keep in touch via text with many film crew friends years later of working on a show together and they me. The bond is that strong.

      I love your walk down memory lane nostalgia regarding your mom’s strawberry rhubarb pie! Happiness.

      I, too, had a trigger memory from this recipe. Growing up in Montana we had a giant rhubarb plant that grew next to our shed. My mom would pick the rhubarb and make rhubarb pie. And it was pretty good. However, I love the combo of rhubarb and strawberries in a cobbler best today since I’m making it! Ha!

      We sure thank ya for your smiles and love via your comments. Hat Tip!

      Reply

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