9.23.2021

The Chic Assignment Check-In | Debussy & Gwen John

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Welcome to The Chic Assignment Check-in for September. This month we are learning more about Claude Debussy and Gwen John. 


 

Chic Assignment No. 1 Debussy's Clair de Lune

We are learning several interesting facts about Debussy today. The facts are pulled from Connolly Music  and Wikipedia. We listened to two beautiful performances of Clair de Lune this month: one from Tiffany Poon 


and one from Lang Lang that included a tour of Paris at night. 



Chic Assignment No. 2 The Artwork of Gwen John


Gwen John Self- Portrait, circa 1900 public domain

Gwen John (1876 - 1939) was a Welsh artist who lived and worked in France the majority of her career. She is known for her portraits of women.



I had fun trying to recreate her painting, Young Woman in a Red Shawl from 1923 this month. Today's reading of Gwen's biography comes from Brittanica and Tate. 

Gwen John, The Convalescent 1923-1924 public domain

I love the general theme of John's portraits: women in interiors. You can Buy Gwen John reproductions here. 

Chic Assignment No. 3 Prepare your wardrobe for fall

While the weather might not have shifted in your area, it's undeniable that the seasons are changing and when this happens, it's time to switch out our wardrobes for fall. Pack away your summer clothes for next year and assess your fall wardrobe. Go shopping for items on your list and keep a discerning eye. I'm noticing that because of the pandemic, new arrivals for fall are slightly delayed. Take your time and don't rush the process... enjoy it. I will be updating you on my ten-item wardrobe once I have my wardrobe compiled. For more inspiration, check out my e-course on the Ten-Item Wardrobe. 



Chic Assignment No. 4 Introduce a new seasonal dish to your menu

Fall is my favorite time of the year to cook. I enjoy making hearty dishes that are full of flavor. Check out my latest What's for Dinner videos here, here, and here to get more inspiration for your fall recipes. Let us know what your favorite dish to make this season is. 

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9.20.2021

3 Impressive Dinner Recipes That Are SO Easy to Make

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Today I'm sharing three impressive dinner recipes that are so easy to make... but don't tell anyone! :) 




Let's start off with the Slow Cooker Pot Roast. I've been making this easy, yet impressive dish for over 15 years. Use whatever root vegetables you have on hand.. the secret is in the onion soup mix sauce that you make after searing the roast. 

Slow Cooker Pot Roast

Slow Cooker Pot Roast

Ingredients

  • 3 lb chuck roast (weight can vary depending on needs)
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 cup broth
  • 1 packet onion soup mix
  • 1 onion, cut in wedges
  • 4 medium potatoes, cut in large pieces
  • 3 large carrots, roughly cut in large pieces
  • 3 stalks celery, cut in large chunks
  • 1 pint mushrooms, halved

Instructions

  1. Season the roast with salt and pepper, and rub extra virgin olive oil into the meat. Then sprinkle some flour on each side of the roast and rub it in nicely. In a skillet on high heat, sear the roast on both sides. About 2 minutes per side. Meanwhile, spray your slow cooker with cooking spray and add in one medium onion, chopped in wedges, 4 medium sized potatoes, peeled and chopped in chunks, carrots, celery, and mushrooms, all left in rather large chunks. You don’t want anything cut too small or it will turn to mush in the crock pot. Once the roast is seared on both sides, place it on top of the vegetables in the slow cooker. Keep the pan on medium heat, add around one cup of broth to the pan along with one packet of onion soup mix. Scrape up the brown bits from the skillet as you create this incredible sauce with all of the juices from the roast. Then pour on top of the roast. Cook on low for 8 hours or high for 4 hours. This roast is so full of flavor and is a very impressive meal to serve your family or any guests you may have. Garnish with chopped parsley, ladle the au jus on top of the roast and vegetables and enjoy.

Brie Pasta
The melted brie in this dish sends this simple marinade sauce to the next level. Even the kids love this one! 


Brie Pasta

Brie Pasta

Ingredients

  • 4 large tomatoes cut into cubes
  • 1 lb brie cheese, rind removed, torn into pieces
  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 ½ lbs bow tie pasta
  • 1 cup basil, torn

Instructions

  1. Combine the tomatoes, brie, garlic, olive oil, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Prepare this two hours before serving. Cover it and let it rest at room temperature. Then cook your pasta according to the package instructions and drain. Immediately toss the pasta with the tomato brie mixture. Add the basil. Serve right away. This dish is elegant and so delicious. A fancy vegetarian meal to proudly serve your family or guests.

Passion Fruit Mousse
If you don't have passion fruit, don't worry! You can make this dish with any fruit you like. See what type of nectars your local grocery store has. We like it best frozen... 

Passion Fruit Mousse

Passion Fruit Mousse

Ingredients

  • 1 can (15 oz) sweetened condensed milk
  • 15 oz Passion Fruit juice
  • 1  cup heavy cream
  • Passion fruit for garnish
  • mint leaves for garnish

Instructions

  1. Take one can of sweetened condensed milk, passion fruit juice (measure it in the condensed milk can), and one cup of heavy cream. Whisk this together for several minutes until it reaches a "whipped cream" consistency and pour in your dessert ramekins. Refrigerate overnight. When you are ready to serve them the next evening, pour some fresh passionfruit on top and garnish with mint.
  2. You can also freeze this dish once you whip it up and it tastes like a delightful mousse ice cream. My children preferred the frozen method best. 
  3. Double the recipe if making for a crowd. The recipe as it is written serves 4. 




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Thank you Jennifer, I too feel like I am on my way to improving my health trajectory and this feels so satisfying. 🌻"

Erin, it was so exciting to read your intermittent fasting testimony. I'm so excited for you! Please keep us posted.

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9.16.2021

Intermittent Fasting 18-Month Update | The Results are In

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Six months have passed since I did my Intermittent Fasting one year update and I have so much more to share with you. I'm dishing on all of the positive changes I'm seeing in my health after adopting intermittent fasting for the past 18 months. 


Disclaimer: Please consult your doctor before trying intermittent fasting, especially if you are currently taking medications. Intermittent Fasting is not advised for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.


The last time I gave you an update, I shared that I lost 29lbs through intermittent fasting. When I reached that weight, I no longer wished to lose any more, so I made a few changes. Mainly, I introduced cream back into my morning coffee, which I was previously drinking black. I was curious about whether the weight loss would plateau or if I would continue to lose weight. I'm happy to say that the most I ever lost was one more pound and I have happily plateaued at my current weight. 

⚜️ Time Stamps for the video 0:00 Disclaimer 1:11 Did I lose more weight? 3:05 What I adjusted 5:24 Weight loss and clothing 6:19 The biggest change: my face 8:20 IF & inflammation 9:13 The feeling of being done 10:38 Snacking is so not chic 11:33 Consumption snobbery 12:34 Clarity of mind 13:16 Portion sizes 14:52 Weight loss plateau 16:26 The rate it occurred 17:27 What time do I eat? 18:35 Tips to avoid hunger pains 19:15 What time do my kids eat? 20:39 Do I do it every day? 21:00 What about a night out? 22:24 Email from Marianne 25:15 Mrs. Beeton & fasting

Everyone will have different results with intermittent fasting and my results might not necessarily be your results. I have also seen major improvements to my health in other areas too. I used to suffer from chronic sinus infections, which contributed to an overall puffy effect on my face, as you can see in this "before" picture. 


I am not sure if there is a correlation, but my chronic sinus infections have ceased since I began intermittent fasting and you can notice the swelling and inflammation has left my face as is evidenced in this "after" picture: 


You can also see the weight loss dramatically in my old clothing, which used to fit me quite snugly. 


Overall, I am very happy with doing the intermittent fasting 16:8 method. It has become a way of life for me. In today's video I share details about all of the results I've noticed. 


I also answer many of your questions. If you have further questions, please leave them for me in the comments and I can potentially address them in a follow-up video. 


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Haley M. writes, "My nana is a lot of inspiration to me. From her French-style decorating, her stories of travels to Rome and far away countries, and her tips in the kitchen, I love her so much! She’s older and quite lonely now, but she loves to read and keep cultured. I share your videos when I visit her on Tuesdays, and they make her week! We chat about the Chic Assignment topics and it’s just enriched our relationship even more. So thank you, for extending past the Chic Society ❤️"

Hi Haley, I loved your comment. Please tell you Nana "hello" from me. She sounds so special!

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