4.08.2021

Have You Lost Your Passion as an Adult?

6:34 AM 3 Comments


We've talked about "adulting" before. And while I really detest that word, there's no denying that being an adult comes with a lot of stress and responsibility. After caring for other people, working, health issues, and crazy schedules, we can lose ourselves a little along the way.  


Today we are talking about 5 points with relation to finding your passion in life again. I hope this post prompts you to discover your own long-lost passions. I felt compelled to discuss this with you because I have been pondering these very things in my own life. 


I hope you enjoy the discussion in today's video. Thank you to Skillshare for sponsoring this video and being a great patron of The Daily Connoisseur. 


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Gary D. writes, "My mother taught me to get the easiest and quickest things finished first. ( especially with homework) It gives you a sense of accomplishment and builds momentum."

Gary, there is an opposing argument to everything and it seems your mother's perspective is in contrast with the popular "eat the frog" philosophy. I agree with your mother! Thanks for commenting.


I hope you enjoyed today's video. I look forward to reading your comments on the subject. Have you lost yourself? Recently reclaimed your passions? Let us know.


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4.05.2021

Spring Clean the Master Bedroom | Mega Motivation

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This video is a collaboration with some of my amazing YouTube friends, started by Dawn from The Minimal Mom. We are all spring cleaning our homes, so check out the playlist to get even more spring-cleaning motivation. 


Welcome back to The Daily Connoisseur. Join me as I spring clean the master bedroom. I plan to tackle other rooms in my home this month so please subscribe if you don’t want to miss those videos. Funny enough I started in this room because I thought it would be the easiest. I know you’re not supposed to do that. “Eat the frog” they say. But this room is my refuge. It’s where I escape to when I need a break. So, I’m starting here in case spring cleaning the rest of the difficult spots in the home with the family requires me to hide in my room for sanity. 

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As I’ve shared before, this room is clutter-free except for my perpetual pile of books. Ben is even more of a minimalist than I am and he keeps all of his electronics, etc. in his office so really all of the mess in this room is mine. Even though this is the easiest room in the home to keep up, I was reminded that even the supposedly cleanest rooms tend to harbor hidden dust. In a bedroom, this can be detrimental. A bedroom must be dust-free as much as possible. 

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 While I’m here, I need to refresh the bed. It’s change-the-sheets day as well. When spring cleaning the hidden places, the rest of the weekly chores still need to be done. People always ask about our bed linens. I’ve told you about these before. They’re from my friend, Janet’s company, American Blossom Linens (Jennifer20 for 20% off) 100% organic and made in America. They are thick, luxurious, and so high-quality. I love them. 


Spring Cleaning 

New life is emerging outside, 
I’m getting restless within. 
Longing for the crisp, purifying air, 
The wind chimes hide the din… 

Of my anxious thoughts. 
Satisfaction sought in this place, 
Hidden spaces gone unnoticed,  
Dust thick enough to trace. 

Trace it, I do, and wipe away, 
The unsightly and concealed grime, 
A spring cleaning for my room, 
And a spring cleaning for my mind. 
               
                - Jennifer L. Scott 

If you find yourself resisting housework, slow down and make it a present-moment practice. Quiet your mind, listen to the sounds of cleaning: the gentle scrubbing, the rustle of sheets, the smoothing of pillowcases, the tinkle of the fan, the soft coaxing of the wind chime... I’ve tackled the hidden places of this room. And the rest of the spring cleaning will address other grimy places that require attention. If you’d like to join me for those, coming up, please subscribe. I wish you a very pleasant spring-cleaning experience. 


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Comment of the Week
Kimberly writes, "Jennifer, I am a 26 year old mom of 2 ages 6 months and almost 3 years old. I have been in a major slump. It’s been very difficult for me to have motivation to clean my house and the mom guilt has been so real. I started watching your videos on repeat recently and you are the type of mom I aspire to be. Thank you for giving me something to look forward to."

Hi Kimberly, I hope you take this to heart: don't be hard on yourself. Raising young children is exhausting and extremely difficult. I have been though very difficult seasons as well where I haven't felt like myself. I'm so happy that the videos give you inspiration. That is my goal. Please keep in touch!

I hope you all enjoy today's spring cleaning video and that it gives you things to ponder as you approach the chores in your own home. I'll see on on Thursday for a new video. See you then!


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4.01.2021

6 Vegetarian Dinner Ideas | Meatless Meals | What's for Dinner?

5:29 AM 6 Comments



I have listened to your requests and today I'm sharing a vegetarian-themed What's for Dinner? episode. These recipes are really easy to make and full of flavor. We are not vegetarians, but we do like to have a few meatless meals a week. 


A great benefit to vegetarian cooking is that your grocery bill will be smaller! When planning for this video, I purchased all of the ingredients in one week. I couldn't believe how low our grocery bill was. Meat is expensive! 

This video is a collaboration with my dear friend, Robin, from Faith and Flour. Robin is also sharing her 6 favorite meatless meals and you can check out her video here.

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Let's take a look at the meals we made in today's video: 


Vegetarian Tostadas

Vegetarian Tostadas

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbs extra virgin olive oil 
  • 6  whole wheat tortillas
  • 1 15oz can refried beans
  • 1 1/2  cup cooked black beans
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 mango, sliced in long strips
  • 2 green onions, sliced
  • 1 small bunch of cilantro, chopped
  • 1/2 cup pico de gallo
  • 4 Tbs guacamole 

Instructions

  1. Line a baking sheet with foil. Brush the tortillas lightly on both sides with extra virgin olive oil. Heat under a broiler for one to two minutes (don't let them burn). Remove the tortillas from the broiler and spread with refried beans, black beans, and shredded cheese. Return to the oven for another minute or two until the cheese is melted, but not rubbery. Remove from the oven and top the tostadas with whatever toppings you enjoy. In this recipe I use red pepper, mango, guacamole, pico de gallo, cilantro, and green onion. 
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Veggie Burger

Veggie Burger

Ingredients

  • 4 - 6 whole wheat hamburger buns (for however many you are serving)
  • 4 - 6 veggie burgers
  • 4 - 6 slices Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1/2 red onion, sliced
  • 1 apple, sliced to create discs
  • 1 tomato, sliced
  • 1 large handful sprouts
  • sliced pickles
  • favorite condiments: mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, Ranch dressing

Instructions

  1. Grill the veggie burgers on the grill or in the oven according to the package directions. For the final minute of grilling, top the burgers with the Monterey Jack cheese and allow the cheese to melt (but not get rubbery).
  2. Toast the hamburger buns on the grill or in the oven for a few minutes. Spread with your preferred condiments, such as mayonnaise and Dijon mustard. Top the buns with the cooked veggie burger and melted cheese. 
  3. Top with your preferred toppings: sliced red onion, sliced tomato, sliced apple, sprouts, and pickles.  Serve with sweet potato fries and Ranch dressing. 
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Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fry Nachos

Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fry Nachos

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs sweet potatoes, chopped into wedges or fry shapes
  • 2 Tbs oil
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 1/2 cups black beans, cooked  (or 1 15oz can)
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 3/4 cup chopped bbq seitan or tofu (optional)
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrot
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 1/2 cup pico de gallo (or salsa)
  • 3 large scoops of guacamole

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Preheat your air fryer according to your model's instructions. 
  2. Chop the sweet potatoes in 1/2 in French fry wedges or with a crinkle cutter chopping tool. Coat the sweet potatoes in oil and season with salt, pepper, paprika, garlic powder, and onion powder. 
  3. Cook the sweet potatoes in your air fryer according to your air fryer instructions. I am using the Cosori Air Fryer model in this recipe, which requires you cook the fries in the preheated air fryer at 400 degrees F for 10 - 12 minutes.
  4. Once the sweet potatoes are cooked, spread them on a prepared baking sheet lined with parchment paper or aluminum foil lightly sprayed with cooking oil. Top the fries with black beans, bbq seitan or tofu (if using), and cheese. Place in a preheated oven at 350 degrees F for up to 5 minutes, or until the cheese is melted. (I like to cook the black beans beforehand so they are already hot.)
  5. Top with your favorite toppings. I use cilantro, shredded carrot, diced bell pepper, red onion, green onion, pico de gallo, and guacamole.  Enjoy! 
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Thai Peanut Noodles

Thai Peanut Noodles

Yield: Serves 4 to 6

Ingredients

  • 1 package (150 g) Rice noodles or any noodle 
  • 4 Tbs peanut butter
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbs soy sauce
  • 1 Tbs honey
  • 1/2 Tbs sesame oil
  • 5 Tbs water
  • juice from one lime
  • sesame seeds
  • 1 small bunch chopped cilantro
  • 4 green onions, chopped
  • 1/4 cup crushed peanuts

Instructions

  1. Boil the noodles according to the package instructions. Drain and set aside.
  2. Place the following ingredients in a blender: peanut butter, garlic, soy sauce, honey, sesame oil, water and lime juice. Blend until smooth.
  3. Pour the peanut sauce on top of the noodles and top with the sesame seeds, green onions, cilantro, and crushed peanuts. Enjoy! 
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Caribbean Black Beans

Caribbean Black Beans

Yield: serves 4 to 6

Ingredients

Caribbean Black Beans
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 Tbs olive oil
  • 4 1/2 cups cooked black beans (or 3 16oz cans)
  • 3/4 orange juice
  • 1 Tbs organic no salt seasoning (or other favorite seasoning)
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • salt and pepper to taste
Tropical Fruit Salsa
  • 1 mango, chopped
  • 1/2 papaya, chopped
  • 1/2 red onion, chopped
  • 1 small bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1 large tomato, chopped
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • Juice from one lime

Instructions

  1. Sauté the onions and garlic in oil for 5 minutes, until the onions are soft. Add the beans, orange juice, and seasonings. Cook on low for ten to fifteen minutes. 
  2. To make the salsa, combine all of the ingredients and stir. 
  3. Serve beans over white or brown rice and top with salsa. Enjoy. 
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Bruschetta

Bruschetta

Yield: 10 servings

Ingredients

Bread
  • 1 French baguette or other crusty, coarse-textured bread
  • 2 fresh garlic gloves, peeled
  • Extra-virgin olive oil for brushing
Tomato topping
  • 4 large tomatoes, diced
  • 1/4 cup basil, sliced
  • 2 Tbs balsamic vinegar
  • 4 Tbs extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Create the tomato marinade first so the flavors have time to marry. Combine the tomatoes, basil, garlic, vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper in a bowl and set aside.
  2. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Slice the bread on the diagonal in 1/2 inch slices. Rub garlic on both sides of the bread. Brush both sides with olive oil. Place bread on a prepared baking sheet.
  3. Toast the bread for ten minutes, turning the bread halfway through. Top bread with the tomato marinade right before serving and enjoy. 
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As I start to curate my ten-item wardrobe and extras for spring/ summer, I am sharing some of my favorites on Instagram. These are the new sustainable sneakers from Nothing New made from 100% post-consumer recycled materials. I love how eco-friendly and chic they are. 


Comment of the Week

MaryZ writes, "Your meals seem healthy to me, and give you a well-balanced and well-nourished day with a few veggies, some meat, bread, carbs, fruit, sweets, and healthy beverages. You look fantastic and healthy (glowing), so it obviously works for you. :) No obsessing or counting or deprivation."

Thank you, Mary! That's how I feel about food... I think meals should be well-balanced and I don't deprive myself of carbs and sugar... it's working for me! Thanks for watching. 


I hope you enjoy today's video. I would love to know your favorite vegetarian or vegan meals you like to include in your repertoire. 


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