I’ve been a vampire all week long with night shoots for Jake Helgren’s latest thriller, The Neighborhood. My ritual has been sleep a few hours in the morning, act like a zombie for a little while, and then take an afternoon nap while watching cheesy comedies from the 80’s and 90’s. I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to watch Three Men and Baby (although TBH I didn’t watch most of it).
Since we don’t eat “lunch” until midnight or 1am, I snack like a squirrel every few hours until it’s time for a regular, large meal. I found that keeps me energized and awake until the wee hours of the morning without overstuffing myself all day long.
Here are my fake neighborhood friends: Julie McNiven, Trevor Donovan, Brian Yang (actual friend from the last decade), Helena Mattsson, and Matt Raimo.
This past weekend, life imitated art: my real neighborhood had a block party! I didn’t know if I’d be awake enough to attend, so I wound up whipping together a quick coffee cake out of pancake mix (recipe below) to bring to the potluck.
We even had time to do a little meal prep on Sunday. Our Farmers Market haul: two zucchini, one tomato, one avocado, two ears of corn, and a pint of kalamata olives. We grilled the zucchini and corn, and topped white rice with rest of the ingredients.
I get a few days off to catch up on sleep, Vitamin D, before I wrap up this film and head to NYC for the next one – best way to see what’s going on behind-the-scenes is via my InstaStories!
- 2 cups instant pancake mix
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 cup plain greek yogurt
- 1/4 cup melted butter
- 2 large eggs
- 2/3 cup pancake mix
- 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 4 tablespoons cold butter
- Heat oven to 375°F.
- Line a 9-inch square pan with parchment paper. Spray with cooking spray/flour.
- In a medium bowl, use a pastry cutter to mix all the streusel ingredients. Set aside in the refrigerator to chill.
- Mix all the cake ingredients together (I used a blender).
- Pour the batter into the pan, top with the streusel mixture.
- Bake for 45 minutes to an hour, or until a toothpick comes out clean.