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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9.13.2021

Fall Homemaking: Cook, Clean, and Decorate with Me

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Autumn Slumber 
By Jennifer L. Scott 

Autumn slumber 
Awakens dreams 
Of misty meadows 
And winding streams
 
Mundane is bland 
The season stirs 
Cozy abundance 
Harvest prefers
 
Prepare the home 
Pumpkin custard 
Spode Woodland beauty 
Steak with mustard 

Cozy mysteries 
Folding clothes 
Guessing whodunnit 
I think I know 

Maple candle 
Cardamom dream 
Fall is in the air 
Topped with whipped cream 



Welcome back to The Daily Connoisseur. Fall is in the air and even though it is still warm outside, I can sense the air shifting. There is a crispness in it. I like to mark the change in season in various ways… in the way I dress, in the way I cook, in the way I decorate… and, of course, in the china cabinet. 




Spode is one of my favorite brands of china. Their Woodland line was first created in the 1980s and features a wide variety of woodland creatures. 



I was doing some research on the world’s most collectible china and Spode Woodland comes in at number 4, right behind Spode Blue Italian… Interesting… I truly enjoy styling this china cabinet and I know… when the china changes… the season is officially celebrated in our home. 

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I bought some purple mums at the garden center for our outdoor table. But first, I need to wipe that table down. I love spending time out here and will take any excuse to come and sit on the patio. We’ve been regularly stocking our bird feeders. Word has gotten around in the neighborhood and the most marvelous little (and sometimes big) birds come to call. I like to make hummingbird nectar from sugar and water too and oh, how they love it. Now that the table is wiped, it’s time to place down the mums. Are mums the official flowers of fall? If not, they should be. 



I wanted to show you my Carl Larsson windowsill, which is coming along beautifully. I modeled this after Larsson’s famous painting, Flowers on the Windowsill, from 1894. I have a geranium, various cacti, some chives, and even a Venus fly trap. This cozy ledge brings me so much joy. 




I love burning fall candles too. This one is Cardamom Milk by Otherland. It’s a subtle, fall scent, that is reminiscent of chai tea. 

 Time to change the tablecloth and sweep the floor. What I like most about the blue cabinets in our kitchen is that they transition with all the seasons beautifully. Fall and Winter colors look equally good with spring and summer ones. This tablecloth has taupe and woodland colors. 

It’s a new day and I’m going to make a pumpkin custard. Here is the printable recipe card for your convenience:

Pumpkin Custard

Pumpkin Custard

Ingredients

Custard
  • 1 15 oz can pureed pumpkin
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 tsp salt
Topping
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 2 Tbs butter, melted
Garnish
  • Whipped cream
  • Cinnamon
  • Extra chopped pecans

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In your mixer bowl, combine all of the custard ingredients and beat until well-blended. Pour the custard into greased individual oven-proof dessert ramekins. Place the ramekins in a larger 13 x 9 baking pan. Fill the pan with hot water, one inch high. 
  3. Bake for 20 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, assemble the topping. Mix the brown sugar, pecans, and melted butter together. After the custard has baked for 20 minutes, add the pecan topping on each serving. Place back in the oven and bake another 40 minutes, or until the custard is fully cooked through. 
  5. Please note: if you bake this in one large dish like I did, the bake time will be much longer. It totaled nearly 1 1/2 hours for me. 
  6. Serve warm or chilled. Top with whipped cream, a dash of cinnamon and extra pecans. Enjoy! 




Time to cook up some dinner to go with our special dessert. I have two large steaks I’m going to sear on the Le Creuset grill and then finish off in the oven. If you watched my What’s for Dinner? Video last week, you saw the parsley caper compound butter I made. I’m going to use that here on these steaks and also on our baked potatoes… or jacket potatoes as Ben calls them. Served with some streamed vegetable and topping the potatoes with chives… this is a hearty fall supper.



And now time for that delectable pumpkin custard. I am spooning out the custard into individual dessert bowls, topping with whipped cream, a few more chopped pecans, and cinnamon. Completely delicious This would make a great dinner party dessert as you could make it ahead of time and keep it in the fridge before serving. I hope you enjoyed today’s fall homemaking video and that it got you in the mood for the cozy fall days ahead. 

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Autumn Slumber is an original poem by Jennifer L. Scott. All rights reserved. 

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9.09.2021

4 Elegant Fall Dinners | What's for Dinner?

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I'm sharing four elegant fall dinners in today's What's for Dinner? video. 



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0:49 Seared Scallops with Parsley Caper Butter
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4:03 Sun-Dried Tomato Chicken Pasta
5:24 Miso-Glazed Salmon
6:20 Skillet Beef Pot Pie with Filet Mignon

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Seared Scallops with Parsley Caper Butter

Seared Scallops with Parsley Caper Compound Butter

Seared Scallops with Parsley Caper Compound Butter

Ingredients

Scallops
  • 15 to 20 Scallops
  • 4 Tablespoons of oil 
  • salt and pepper
  • juice of one lemon
Parsley Caper Compound Butter
  • 8 Tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup minced parsley
  • zest from one lemon
  • 3 Tablespoons capers, drained
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Combine the butter with parsley, lemon zest, capers, and salt and pepper (to taste). Massage with your hands until the ingredients are well-incorporated. Roll into a log and set aside. (After using the butter in this recipe, roll it in parchment paper and place in a freezer bag and keep in the freezer for future use.)
  2. Pat the scallops dry with a paper towel. Season with salt and pepper. Heat 2 tablespoons of oil on high heat and add the scallops to the skillet. Cook the scallops around 2 to 3 minutes per side. Remove from heat and squeeze lemon juice on them. 
  3. Serve with a pat of melted compound butter and steamed vegetables or whatever side you desire. Enjoy! 

Sun-Dried Tomato Chicken Pasta
This recipe is adapted from The Best 30-Minute Recipe
Sun-Dried Tomato Chicken Pasta with Broccoli

Sun-Dried Tomato Chicken Pasta with Broccoli

Ingredients

  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cooked
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 sprig fresh thyme
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 2 tsp cornstarch dissolved in 1 Tbs water
  • 2 cups steamed broccoli
  • 1/2 pound penne or fusilli pasta
  • 1/2 cup of pasta cooking water, reserved
  • 1 cup sun-dried tomatoes, drained
  • 1 cup grated Asiago or Parmesan cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Cook pasta according to package instructions. Drain and set aside.
  2. Season the chicken with salt and pepper and cut the cooked chicken into smaller strips. Set aside.
  3. Add butter to the skillet and melt it over medium high heat. Sauté the onions until they are soft, about 5 minutes. Stir in garlic, thyme, and wine and cook for 2 minutes. Stir in the broth and cornstarch slurry and simmer until thickened. Stir in chicken, sun-dried tomatoes, steamed broccoli, salt and pepper. Finally, add the cheese and stir. Add reserved pasta water to thin out the sauce if it gets too thick.
  4. Pour the sauce over the pasta. Serve with extra cheese. Enjoy! 

Miso-Glazed Salmon

Miso- Glazed Salmon

Miso- Glazed Salmon

Ingredients

  • 3 Tbs white miso paste
  • 2 Tbs rice wine vinegar
  • 2 Tbs sugar
  • 2 Tbs soy sauce 
  • 4 salmon filets
  • Sesame seeds for topping

Instructions

  1. Whisk together the miso paste, rice wine vinegar, sugar, and soy sauce. Spread over the salmon filets and allow to marinate for a few hours or overnight in the refrigerator. 
  2. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Roast the salmon for 20 minutes, or until cooked through. Sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds. Serve with brown rice and steamed vegetables or whatever side dishes you enjoy. 

Skillet Beef Pot Pie with Filet Mignon 
This recipe is adapted from The Best 30-Minute Recipe

Skillet Beef Pot Pie with Filet Mignon

Skillet Beef Pot Pie with Filet Mignon

Ingredients

  • 1 package refrigerated biscuits
  • 2 8-oz Filets Mignon
  • 2 Tbs oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 cup mushrooms, halved
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 2 1/2 cups beef broth
  • 1 Tbs tomato paste
  • 1 sprig fresh thyme
  • 1 cups frozen peas and carrots, thawed
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Chopped parsley for garnish

Instructions

  1. Season the steaks with salt and pepper. Brown the steaks in oil on both sides until they are seared on the outside and medium rare in the middle. Cut into cubes and set aside. 
  2. Add some more oil to the pan and sauté the onions and mushrooms along with a pinch of salt. Cook until onion is brown, about 5 minutes. Add garlic. Stir in flour and cook for one minute further. Stir in the wine and cook for another minute. Add the broth, tomato paste, and thyme. Cover and cook until the sauce thickens for around 10 minutes. Add the peas, carrots, and steak to the sauce and simmer until fully heated through. Season further with salt and pepper, if needed. 
  3. Bake refrigerated biscuits according to package directions. Top each individual serving with a buttered biscuit and sprinkle chopped parsley on top. 




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I hope you enjoyed today's What's for Dinner video. I would love to hear about any recipes you and your family are enjoying this fall season...

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