1.16.2019

Late-Night Freezer Cooking | 12 Meals | Jennifer L. Scott

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After the holidays, I started running low on freezer meals and noticed we were resorting to less-than-healthy dinners out of haste. When this happens, I know it's time to stock up on freezer meals again. In today's late-night cooking session, I make 3 shepherd's pies, 3 chicken and gravy meals, 3 taco soups, and 3 beef tips with mushrooms, making a total of 12 meals.



Today's video is a collaboration with the Queen of freezer meals, Amy Maryon. Amy has a lovey YouTube channel where she shares tips on how she cares for her large family. Her freezer meal videos are so motivational! You can check out Amy's video here. Be sure to check out her video and subscribe if you want cleaning and meal prep motivation. If you visit her, please tell Amy I said, "hello"!

I have posted the recipes for the shepherd's pies and the beef tips before. Please note that I added a lot of extra veggies to today's shepherd's pie, including celery, mushroom, and greens, along with the usual mixed frozen vegetables. I want to empower you to create exactly the type of freezer meal your family needs. If you want to add lots of veggies, definitely do so. Don't worry about making an authentic dish. Customize it to your family's taste.

Without further ado, here are the printable recipes:


Yield: makes 3 large for the freezer

Shepherd's Pie (Cottage Pie)

Make these cottage pies in bulk and freeze them for a later date. You will be so pleased you did! Please customize this to your taste. In the video, I add a lot more vegetables than are listed here. Use what you have.

ingredients:

  • 3 to 4 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 5 to 6 lbs ground beef
  • 4  6oz cans tomato paste
  • 3 Tbs bouillon 
  • 3 Tbs flour
  • 3 cups broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 4 - 6 cups vegetables (frozen or fresh)
  • 6 cups mashed potatoes

instructions:

  1. Cook the chopped onion with a few tablespoons of olive oil on medium high heat in a large pot until the onion is soft, about 5 minutes. Place the ground beef into pot and cook until brown. Drain the fat from the cooked meat and return the meat to the pan. Add the tomato paste and stir. Add the bouillon and flour and stir until incorporated. (You may omit the flour if you prefer... it just thickens up the mixture more.) Add 3 cups of broth and 1 cup of water. Season with salt and pepper, if desired. Cook for 5 to 10 minutes more, but do not allow the mixture to get too dry.
  2. Divide the meat mixture in the bottom of three aluminum foil baking pans (or 6 small pans for smaller portions). On top of that, place a layer of mixed frozen vegetables (or you could use frozen corn, or any combination of chopped fresh vegetable). Finally spread a layer of mashed potato on top. Make the mashed potato the day before so there is not too much work to do the day of assembly. 

  3. To freeze: Cover your pans with aluminum foil and label them with the date and cooking instructions. 

    To bake: Thaw in the refrigerator the night before. Then bake at 350°F for one hour, or until the pie is fully heated through. 

    To bake from frozen: Place frozen pie in the oven at 350°F for 1 hour 30 minutes. Add additional time, if needed, to cook thoroughly. 

    You may sprinkle parmesan cheese on top if you wish. It's nice to place the pie under the broiler for one minute before serving, to make it golden brown.
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Yield: makes 3 freezer meals

Chicken with Gravy

ingredients:

  • 4 1/2 to 5 lbs of chicken breasts
  • 3 12 oz jars of chicken gravy
  • 3 cans cream of chicken soup (undiluted)
  • salt and pepper

instructions:

  1. Distribute the chicken into 3 gallon freezer bags (about 1 1/2 lbs per bag)
  2. Salt and pepper the chicken to taste
  3. Add one jar of chicken gravy and one can of cream of chicken soup to each bag. 
  4. Seal the bag and label it. Freeze. Cook in the slow cooker on low for 8 hours or place in the instant pot for 31 minutes on high pressure. If the gravy is thin, you can thicken it with flour before you finish cooking. Serve with mashed potatoes, noodles, or rice. 
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Yield: Makes 3 large meals for the freezer

Taco Soup (Freezer Meal)

ingredients:

  • 2 Tbs extra virgin olive oil 
  • 1 large chopped onion
  • 2 stalks chopped celery
  • 5 lbs ground turkey
  •  3 packets of taco seasoning (or 3/4 cup) 
  • 1 16oz can chili beans with liquid
  • 2 15oz cans tomato sauce (or diced tomatoes)
  • 2 16oz cans kidney beans (drained)
  • 1 15oz can corn (drained)
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 4oz cans diced green chili peppers
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cups salsa verde (optional)
  • 4 cups greens (spinach, chard, kale, etc.)
  • 1 cup chopped bell pepper
  • shredded cheese, sour cream, avocado, and tortilla strips for garnish
  • salt and pepper to taste

instructions:

  1. In a large stock pot, heat the oil on medium heat. Cook the onion, and celery until soft, about 5 minutes. Add the ground turkey, cook until brown. Drain. Add the rest of the ingredients and let simmer for at least 30 to 40 minutes. Let the entire soup cool (this will take a long time). Divide the soup into gallon freezer bags. This could make 3 to 5 meals, depending on how many vegetables you use and how much water and tomato sauce you add. Freeze. When you are ready to reheat, place in a slow cooker on low for 8 hours, or in the Instant pot for 30 minutes on high pressure. Serve with shredded cheese, sour cream, sliced avocado, and tortilla strips. 
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Yield: makes 3 freezer meals

Beef Tips (freezer meals)

prep time: cook time: total time:

ingredients:

  • 3 lbs beef stew meat
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 2 cans cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 large chopped onion
  • 2 cups chopped mushrooms
  • 2 Tbs chopped garlic
  • 1/2  to 3/4 cup brown gravy mix (depending on how much meat and how many mushrooms you use)

instructions:

  1. Mix together all ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Divide equally among freezer bags. Depending on how much beef and how many mushrooms you use, this could make 3 to 4 freezer meals. Label your bags and freeze. When it is time to reheat, place in a slow cooker on low for 8 hours or in the instant pot on high pressure for 30 minutes Serve with chopped parsley over rice, mashed potatoes, or noodles. 
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Marie-Anne Lecoeur + Jennifer L. Scott Interview

12:06 PM 2 Comments


Hello Daily Connoisseurs,

I'm sharing my interview with the lovely Marie-Anne Lecoeur one day early. I hope you enjoy our interview. I had a lovely time chatting with my dear friend.



Let us know what you think about all of the French chic topics discussed and your comment could be chosen as comment of the week on the blog.

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On Monday's How to Wear Dresses in the Winter post, Lisa writes, "I almost always wear dresses too. In the winter (I'm in North Carolina) I like wearing my dresses with fleece leggings, boots, and cardigans. If I need an extra layer under my dress, I like wearing long sleeve Half-Tees. (they have a website.) I've worn fingerless gloves inside and I've also been wearing a beret some this winter too. Thank you for sharing this post! I LOVE your boots that you said your mother-in-law designed. If only they were still available! :)"

Thank you for your comment, Lisa. I really enjoyed reading how you like to style your dresses in the winter. Thank you for the compliment on my mother-in-law's boots. She truly is talented.

Thank you for joining us today. I will likely see you tomorrow for a freezer meal collaboration with Amy Maryon. :)


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1.14.2019

How to Wear Dresses in the Winter | Jennifer L. Scott | Ten-Item Wardrobe

5:02 AM 8 Comments



Dresses make up the largest part of my ten-item wardrobe. I like to wear dresses year round because they are beautiful, comfortable, and provide a presentable look without a lot of thought. Many women shy away from wearing dresses in the winter, however, because they want to stay as warm as possible.



In today's video, I'm sharing how I like to style dresses in the winter so that I stay warm, but still look stylish. Today's video is a collaboration with the lovely Marie-Anne Lecoeur. Marie-Anne has a wealth of knowledge on French style and is also sharing how to wear dresses in the winter on her channel. Be sure to check out her video here.

Whether you have mild California winters, or chilly Parisian winters, the key to wearing dresses during this season is in layering and choosing smart accessories.





In the first look, I'm wearing my floral LL Bean dress with my favorite green sweater coat from Anthropologie (this coat was purchased several years ago, so I do not have a link). To add warmth, I'm wearing tan colored tights and my new Blondo suede waterproof booties. Of course, you could add a cardigan under the coat, scarf, gloves and a hat if you are facing a really cold day.



In this second look, I'm wearing a simple black nursing dress (I've linked one similar to my own) with a green cardigan, my heavy winter wool trench from J Crew, a tartan scarf, my fleece tights (a must for cold winter days) and knee-high leather boots. These boots are from London Sole and are no longer available (my mother-in-law designed these... aren't they gorgeous??), so I am linking a comparable quality pair here from Blondo. I highly recommend buying quality boots that will be comfortable and last you a long time.




In my last look, I pair the same black dress with a tan cardigan, fleece tights, my riding boots, a tan pashmina, and a plaid wool coat (from BCBG- this is over a decade old and is no longer available).

If you live in a snowy place, you can always substitute the boots for fur or shearling lined snow boots. Fleece tights here are a must.

I would love to know... which look is your favorite?

News

📍I finished my 2nd round of copyedits for CONNOISSEUR KIDS, my new book coming out in the fall of 2019 from Chronicle Books. I'm so excited for your family to read this wonderful book.

📍I'm working on a new eCourse for 2019. If you haven't taken my other courses, now is a great time. Chic Financial Principles for Debt-Free Living and Create Your Own Ten-Item Wardrobe are fun, affordable, and as many have stated, totally life-changing!

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A beautiful leather bound edition of Lessons from Madame Chic is now available from Horchow and you can monogram it too! I shared the image on my Instagram page. I'm still waiting for my copy, which I'll share with you when it arrives...


Gigi New York has a white leather bound edition that you can also monogram... so chic. This truly means Lessons from Madame Chic is a classic :)



Comment of the Week
On Friday's rebound with me video, Natural 235 writes, "Hey Jennifer I responded to one of your first videos of the rebounder and was so inspired I actually bought one. I just wanna say thank you so much my body is not sore at all now when doing the rebounder.
One night I had to lift up a child that was a little too heavy for me and went home and I had such bad back pain. I went on the rebounder for 20 min and within an hour that pain was almost gone. The next morning it was totally gone. Before buying the rebounder I would be sore for a good week. You have change my life to pain free muscles. Ty ty"



That is wonderful news. I love your testimonial. Rebounding helps me with my back pain too. My favorite thing is I can feel the tension leaving my body as I jump. Thank you for watching!

Thank you so much for watching today's video. I would love to know... do you wear dresses in the winter? What are your tips?



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1.11.2019

Rebound with Me | 5- minute Routine | January 2019 | Jennifer L. Scott

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Since having my fourth baby in September, I have been slowly getting back into exercising. I started walking again in November and started rebounding again in December. I really missed rebounding when I was pregnant and couldn't wait to get back on, but wanted the approval from my doctor first. She gave me the approval in mid-October, but it really took until December to feel ready to get back into the swing of things.



Since December I have been jumping between 5 to 10 minutes a day, usually at the end of the day because rebounding is a major stress reliever for me. I'm excited to start this new series today where I share my simple and fun 5-minute rebounding routine with you.



Please note: I am not a personal trainer, nor an expert in rebounding. I'm just a stay-at-home mom who loves to exercise at home and rebounding happens to be my favorite form of exercise. It's the only exercise I've ever done that I actually crave everyday. I feel so much better after doing it and I love that I can jump at my own pace on my own schedule. Although, since everyone in our house also uses the rebounder, sometimes I have to patiently wait until it's not being used anymore :)

Before you use the rebounder, make sure you consult a professional such as your physician to see if rebounding is right for you. This video is for entertainment purposes only.

I plan to put these videos out once a month. I know a lot of you told me you purchased a rebounder since I have mentioned it in my videos last year, so it will be fun to jump along with you!

I prefer the Needak rebounder for many reasons: it's extremely high-quality, yet not as outrageously priced as some of the other quality rebounders. I like the springs on the Needak because if they break, you know instantly and can replace the spring. The trouble with bungee rebounders is that the bungee wears down over time and you are not sure when to replace it. With so many people jumping on our rebounder (including my 6 foot tall husband), we prefer the springs. I also like that Needak is made in America and is a small business with excellent customer service. I've linked my rebounder in this post if you are interested in the exact one I use.

In this video, I'm exercising in my Daily Connoisseur chic slouchy sweatshirt, available from my Teespring store.

I hope you enjoy jumping along with me in today's video.

News

📍I finished my 2nd round of copyedits for CONNOISSEUR KIDS, my new book coming out in the fall of 2019 from Chronicle Books. I'm so excited for your family to read this wonderful book.

📍I'm working on a new eCourse for 2019. If you haven't taken my other courses, now is a great time. Chic Financial Principles for Debt-Free Living and Create Your Own Ten-Item Wardrobe are fun, affordable, and as many have stated, totally life-changing!

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Comment of the Week
On Monday's parenting post, PJ writes, "I thoroughly enjoyed this video, Jennifer. You are a good story teller! I always appreciate your spurring us on to be poised, courteous, presentable, and to maintain our dignity. It is uplifting to be around folks who maintain those standards, coupled with joy and humor, kindness and compassion. I, as a great grandmother now, agree that all of you mothers will do well to continue to try to stay calm and not be highly reactionary, but I would like to encourage you by saying that children, bless their hearts, are amazingly forgiving and as they grow up they tend to remember the good that you do, more than the loss of dignity moments! That is true grace! Keep up the good work, Mommies!"

PJ, it's great to hear from a great grandmother who has lived what I am going through now. Your advice is very encouraging. Thank you!

Thank you for joining me today on the blog. Have a wonderful weekend and I'll see you on Monday for a ten-item wardrobe related video :)

Before we go, I would love to know... what is your favorite form of exercise?


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1.09.2019

Trying Out a Meal Kit Delivery | Home Chef | Jennifer L. Scott

7:17 AM 12 Comments


Have you ever tried a home delivery meal kit service? I have several friends and family members who use meal kit delivery services and have always been curious about them. How does it work? How does the food arrive? What is the process of making the meals?



Home Chef reached out to me to see if I wanted to try their meal kit delivery service. They are sponsoring today's video. I had a lot of fun trying out their recipes.


I made brown sugar glazed salmon with ranch mashed potatoes and green beans...


Pretzel-crusted chicken with roasted broccoli and honey mustard cream sauce (my kids' favorite).


Sweet n' Sour pork meatballs with lime slaw and jasmine rice...


and Sirloin steak with porcini mushroom cream sauce and diced potatoes and parsnips.

Here are the pertinent details about Home Chef: they have 18 weekly menu options. Each meal comes to $9.95 per serving (they have lunch options for $7.99). The recipes use whole ingredients and are easy to follow (even for novice cooks). Their meals are calorie-conscious and heart healthy. They also have vegetarian options.

Here's why I liked using Home Chef. I enjoyed making gourmet meals in a short period of time each evening. My children loved all of the dishes. I liked that there was no food waste. When cooking, I find that I throw away a lot of food and that has always bothered me.

I also like that it took out a lot of hassle- no going to the grocery store, and the meals were very easy to prep. It was like I had an assistant helping me cook dinner every night.

Meal kit delivery would also be great for when you are throwing a dinner party and you want to make a home cooked dinner, but lack confidence. These recipes are pretty easy to execute and the results are impressive.

If you have a large family, it would not be affordable to do this everyday, but if Mom and Dad want a break from eating "kid food", or if you're watching what you eat, this would be a wonderful option.

Thank you to Home Chef for sponsoring today's video. They are giving my viewers $30 off with code JENNIFERS30

I would love to know... have you tried a meal kit delivery service before? What was your experience?

Thank you for joining me for today's video. I'll see you on Friday!

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1.07.2019

How Not to Lose Your Dignity | Parenting Chat | Jennifer L. Scott

6:52 AM 12 Comments

Picture this: you're having breakfast... enjoying your poached egg on toast, orange juice, and coffee. You notice your toddler running gleefully around the living room, laughing uproariously. You don't mind, you're just happy to be having a few minutes to eat a nice breakfast. Suddenly you realize that he is holding something in his hand. What is it?



It looks like a large canister.
And he's shaking it.
All over the living room floor.
It's pepper.
Pepper is being shaken all across the living room floor.

Throwing your napkin aside, you start chasing after him, while yelling, "STOP!" Poached egg on toast regrettably trying to go down your throat.

Pause right here.

In this moment, you've lost your dignity.

As parents of young children, we all know what it's like to act less than dignified. In some situations (like the pepper shaking incident) losing your dignity is inevitable. But in other situations (losing your temper, etc.) dignity can be preserved. Parenting is hard, and I certainly don't know everything. But as a mother to four children, I'm learning and growing more and more every day.

I hope you enjoy today's video. Please chime in on the discussion in the comment section. I love to hear from you. For more on how to cultivate poise, check out my third book, Polish Your Poise with Madame Chic: Lessons in Everyday Elegance.


News
📍I finished my 2nd round of copyedits for CONNOISSEUR KIDS, my new book coming out in the fall of 2019 from Chronicle Books. I'm so excited for your family to read this wonderful book.

📍I'm working on a new eCourse for 2019. If you haven't taken my other courses, now is a great time. Chic Financial Principles for Debt-Free Living and Create Your Own Ten-Item Wardrobe are fun, affordable, and as many have stated, totally life-changing!


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Madame Chic in good company with Marie Kondo...
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The anxiety stuff and clutter induces is real. I don’t typically need the start of a fresh year to start a fresh project but I’m doing so this year (actually I couldn’t wait and have already started🙈). I reread a couple of books that helped me jump start cultivating and decluttering my life several years ago. It was like having coffee with an old friend and picking up right where we had left off. Here’s to remembering the lessons from madame chic {especially ch.12: clutter is so not chic} and keeping only the things in life that spark joy ✨🥂 #tenitemwardrobe #konmari #sparkjoy #lessonsfrommadamechic #thelifechangingmagicoftidyingup #minimalism #keepitsimple #newyearsresolution #financialdiet #mindfulliving #minimalistliving #declutter #declutteryourlife #simplicity #lessismore #simplify

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On last week's Clean with Me video, Teresa H. writes, "Jennifer I love your videos (all of them). I especially love your natural cleaning videos. I tried Grove Collaborative after one of your videos some time back and I am hooked. The amazing thing is my husband has also become a fan of the products and the home always smells so fresh and clean. Thank you for your books, your videos and most of all for being YOU! Happy New Year!!"

Hi Teresa, thank you for your encouraging comment. I enjoy doing the cleaning videos and they motivate me to keep my house in good shape. Happy New Year to you and your family.

Thank you for joining me for today's video. I would love to hear your thoughts on this topic. What tips do you have on not losing your dignity in parenting? Do you struggle in this area? Let us know and your comment could be comment of the week on The Daily Connoisseur.

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