8.03.2020

Meal Planning is a Homemaker MUST + Our Dinners of the Week

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Meal planning is a homemaker must. Through the years, I've gone for long periods of time when I was on top of meal planning, and long periods of burn-out where I didn't meal plan at all. And I can definitely say that meal planning helps my life go more smoothly, it's better for our food budget, and I end up producing more appealing meals that the whole family actually enjoy.



In today's video I'm sharing the meals we made this past week. I write them down on this magnetic meal planning paper pad and place it on the fridge. I always get the days wrong (as you will see), but it's helpful to have a meal plan written down, as well as a grocery list. To give you an idea on what we spend on groceries, our bill for this week, which included all of the ingredients I needed to make the meals, plus breakfast items, snacks for the kids, and other fresh produce, ended up being $170. This is a great price for a family of six considering that many of the items I bought (milk, eggs, etc.) would last for more than one week as well.

The potato gratin recipe comes from William & Sonoma's Bride and Groom cookbook, the chicken roll-up recipe was one I originally found on Kristin Stepp's channel and she got it from Plain Chicken (links below). The Linguini with Clams (pantry staple) is from All Recipes. I will also leave my versions of the recipes down below as I did alter some of them a bit.

Featured in the video:
⚜️Meal planning notebook/ grocery list
⚜️Lemon juicer
⚜️Instant Pot
⚜️Slow Cooker
⚜️Cast Iron skillet
⚜️Cellar Door Candles
⚜️ Kitchen-Aid white mixer
⚜️Copper measuring cups
⚜️Kristin Stepp's YouTube channel
⚜️Plain Chicken blog
⚜️Boos block
⚜️Vintage kitchen timer
⚜️French apron
⚜️Blue & white Churchill plates
⚜️Red Le Creuset casserole dish



Potato Gratin

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 tsp butter (room temp.)
  • 2 lb russet potatoes
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 cup half and half
  • 1 tsp salt
  • black pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Grease a 2 quart baking or gratin dish with the butter. Peel the potatoes and cut into slices around 1/8 inch thick. (You can also use a mandolin.) Crush the garlic and add into the pot along with the potatoes, cream, half and half, salt and pepper. Bring the mixture to a boil and then lower the temperature and cook for around 10 minutes. Transfer the potatoes to your greased baking dish and cook in the oven for another 15 to 20 minutes. 

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Chicken Piccata

Ingredients:

  • 4 thin boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Flour for dredging
  • 4 Tbs unsalted butter
  • 2 Tbs. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • juice from 2 lemons
  • 1/4 cup capers
  • 2 Tbs parsley, chopped

Instructions:

  1. Sprinkle the chicken with salt and pepper. Dredge the chicken in the flour to coat it lightly. In a large pan, melt 2 Tbs. butter and 2 Tbs. olive oil. Add the chicken and cook until brown (roughly 3 minutes on each side). Transfer the chicken to a plate. Add the broth, lemon juice, and capers to the same pan. Bring this to a boil, scraping up the brown bits from the bottom of the pan. Return the chicken to the pan and cook until it is fully cooked through (about 5 minutes). Transfer the chicken to a platter. Stir the remaining 2 Tbs. butter into the sauce. Pour the sauce over the chicken and garnish with parsley. 

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Salmon with Dungeness Crab a la Balboa

Ingredients:

Salmon
  • 4 6 oz. salmon steaks
  • 1 Tbs olive oil
  • 1 Tbs butter
  • salt and pepper
Crabmeat topping
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 oz. butter, melted
  • 1 Tbs mustard
  • 1 egg
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 1 Tbs. Old Bay seasoning
  • 1 lb crab meat
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.  Mix all of the topping ingredients. Heat the olive oil and butter in your roasting pan in the oven. Place the salmon in the pan and top with the crab mixture. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes. 

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The tacos are pretty self-explanatory. I like to make taco meat in large batches and freeze it (ground beef or ground turkey cooked with taco seasoning according to the package directions). Then I freeze it. I have cooked mine in the Instant Pot.



The Chicken Roll-up recipe can be found on Plain Chicken. I initially discovered it on Kristin Stepp's YouTube channel.



The Linguini with Clams recipe can be found here.



The Peach Crisp recipe can be found here.


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Comment of the Week
Caryn writes, "Larsson has been a favorite of mine for years--my kitchen wall calendar is always Larsson prints, so I can be inspired while working. I envy everyone who is discovering him (and Karin, his very talented artist and homemaker wife) this month!

I will listen to the Elgar with dark chocolate...just in case :)

Thank you for what promises to be a lovely month.

~Caryn"



Caryn, I am so excited to learn more about the Chic Assignment artists this month too. I will be learning right along with all of you.

I hope you enjoy today's meal planning video. Let us know how you meal plan and what your process is. If you struggle with meal planning, I hope this video inspired you and gave you some new great recipe ideas too. Your comment could be chosen as comment of the week on the blog.


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8.01.2020

The Chic Assignment, August 2020

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Welcome to The Chic Assignment for August, 2020.



⚜️Chic Assignment no. 1 Elgar's Nimrod

Sir Edward William Elgar (1857-1934) was an English composer, many of whose works have entered the British and international classical concert repertoire. We are going to listen to a performance of Elgar's Nimrod this month. Here is a great article on Classic FM: A detailed explanation of why Elgar’s Nimrod makes you break down in uncontrollable tears.






The performance I'm recommending is this brilliant rendition by Sheku Kanneh-Mason.



We will learn more about Elgar at the Chic Assignment Check-in.

⚜️Chic Assignment no. 2 Enjoy the art of Carl Larsson

Carl Olof Larsson was a Swedish painter (1853-1919) representative of the Arts and Crafts movement. His many paintings include oils, watercolors, and frescoes. He is principally known for his watercolors of idyllic family life. You can see more of his works on WikiArt or check out this beautiful art book, A Home, which shares Larsson's works in beautiful print form.


Detail of Christmas Eve, 1906



Correspondence, 1912


Brita at the Piano, 1908


Esbjorn Doing His Homework

⚜️Chic Assignment no. 3 Explore the art of meal planning
I have a video coming out on Monday all about how I meal plan. I'm also sharing dinners of the week. I hope that video inspires you to start meal planning in your own home if you don't already do so.


⚜️Chic Assignment no. 4 Start preparing your fall wardrobe
As the season is about to change, it's time to assess our summer wardrobes (winter wardrobes for our Southern Hemisphere friends). Take note of what worked, what didn't, what will return, and what needs to go and prepare your wardrobe for fall.


I hope you enjoy the assignments this month. Tag me on social media with #TheChicAssignment and keep us updated in the comments. I'll see you in the mid-month check-in!


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7.30.2020

Connoisseur Reviews | July

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Welcome to the July edition of Connoisseur Reviews.



We are going to explore tea, candles, skincare, eyebrow palettes, and more in this month's review.


Tea Drops are an interesting concept... it's basically high-quality loose leaf organic tea pressed into a compact "drop". There are no tea bags and you can drop the tea right into your hot water. A bit of sediment forms on the bottom, but it is safe to drink. This would make a unique gift for any tea lover you might know. My favorite flavor was Rose Earl Grey, which is lightly sweetened with sugar.






The sample tea kit would make an excellent and unique novelty gift and is only around $14. 



The Chai tea kit is very easy to make and so yummy. 



Here is the Keep Calm and Remain Classy Mug, which is also in pink...

Baylis & Harding  is the UK's number one decor display hand wash brand and they have just come to America. Baylis & Harding is big in England and I’m excited to see them here. Their Goodness Line‘s formulas are plant-based and vegan and sell for $5.99




The 4 scent options come in a generous 16.9 oz, 100% recyclable statement bottle and the fragrances really nice. My favorite is the sea kelp peppermint. 


Mix Easy made-to-order skincare is a custom-order skincare company that allows you to customize your own blends to fit your skincare concerns.They believe one formula can't be right for millions of different people, so custom skincare formulations are the way to go. 

Here is an example of just some of the natural ingredients you can choose from. 



I ordered the orange scent in the cleanser and moisturizer and have enjoyed them for the past two months. Code JENNIFER15 for 15% off.

Barbados Grapefruit and Lime & Ginger Lily are limited summer releases from one of my favorite natural candle brands. These natural candles have very subtle scents and their understated decor looks great in any setting. 



The next item I'd like to share with you is the Aesthetica Brow Palette, which I purchased from Amazon. 

The beauty treatment I have missed the most during this quarantine is eyebrow threading. I get my eyebrows regularly threaded every three weeks and I haven't been since the beginning of March 😱 

This has made for very unruly brows for me. Out of desperation, I searched for a good brow palette and came across this one, which also has stencils. It's what I needed! Now, I'm able to draw my brows in with some shape. I'm still considering microblading, so if any of you get it done, please let me know your honest experiences in the comments. 




Pinrose Perfume Update (Code JSCOTT gives free shipping)



I completely love this perfume. My top three fragrances are Secret Genius, Mystical Misfit, and Merry Maker.

I purchased the travel size bottles of both Merry Maker and Mystical Misfit and have enjoyed blending and wearing those fragrances as well. If I would have to narrow it down two, Secret Genius and Mystical Misfit are my two personal favorites.



Merry Maker is very light and subtle, perfect for people who don't typically like to wear scent. It actually blends very well with Mystical Misfit. I know many of you ordered the sample packs. Which ones were your favorite? Don't forget to use the Code JSCOTT for free shipping.






I hope you enjoyed the reviews in today's video.

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Comment of the Week
I normally highlight the positive and inspiring comments I receive in this section and I thank you for them. This week, however, I will address an email I received from a reader who was very upset that I do not regularly respond to the comments on the blog. I will not publish her email, but wanted to address it here. As most of you know, I am a homeschooling mother of four young children. Parenting, family life, and taking care of my home take up the majority of my day. The rest of the time I spend creating and working on this blog, my channel, and books.

Between the blog, YouTube channel, social media accounts, website contact form, and my eCourses, I receive hundreds of comments each day and am unable to respond to all of them. I generally respond to the blog comments every ten days or so. I believe that is better than publishing a canned response that would feel robotic and informal. I have also implemented the comment of the week feature on the blog in order to highlight interesting and inspiring comments. Thank you for your understanding. My family always comes first and I know that most of you appreciate that.

I hope you enjoyed this month's review. If there is anything you'd like me to review in the future, please let me know in the comments. Take care and I will see you soon!


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7.27.2020

Meditations on Homemaking: The Comforts of Home

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Welcome back to another homemaking week in the life. Actually, this video spans a few weeks as I took a break from filming. I do love this series, but an unfortunate side effect of it, is that I can never do anything at home without wondering if I should film it. I found that mentality to be a bit unhealthy so I took a little break. But here I am again with meditations on homemaking... and I have many.



First, let's start with the refuge of home, which can be a place of solace and comfort from the harsh world outside. How have you been affected by the lockdown restrictions? I hope that you are not adversely affected and that you are able to find comfort at home.



This mask is by Christy Dawn. What has your experience been like with masks? It is very hot here so it is a challenge to wear them for long periods of time...

Next, let's talk about homemaking mistakes. You will remember the potatoes I have been carefully nurturing for the past three months... well........ 😆

In today's video you find out what happened to those dear fingerlings. I had planned on sautéing them in oil and cooking them up with a steak. Maybe next time?




And finally, when our home life becomes too much. Find another place to seek refuge. For many people that will be a little hidden corner in the house, or maybe your front porch, or back garden. Maybe it's your balcony. Return to that space regularly to escape the pressures of everyday life.

My Secret Garden
When it all becomes too much,
I go outside to change the scene.
This technique works for my toddler,
Hint: it also works for me.

My worries tend to melt away,
Under the brim of my large sun hat.
The vines, vegetables, fruits, and I,
Enjoy a quiet chat.

How inviting it is to linger here,
I’m tempted to just pitch a tent.
Let them fend for themselves inside…
They’d all wonder where I went.

But instead I’ll capture this time,
To gather my herbs and flowers.
My secret garden escape,
The fruit of those springtide showers.


- Jennifer L. Scott

Thank you for watching today's video. I hope you enjoy my homemaking series and that it provides you with motivation and inspiration in your daily life.

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⚜️Cleaning Resources
Pink floral gloves
e-cloth (mop & microfiber cloths) JENNIFER15 for 15% off
Grove Collaborative (natural cleaning products)
Laundry Detergent Hiketron (Mambo Man is my favorite) JENNY25 for 25% off (first-time customers)
Love Home & Planet rose laundry detergent
Amazon microfiber cloths
Amazon microfiber mop

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SKYE Risette Dress code Jennifer20 for 20% off
chambray apron
Mott & Bow dark denim jean JLS10 for 10% off
similar stripe tee JLS10 for 10% off
Lulu’s black floral jumpsuit

⚜️Kitchen
Le Creuset cast iron pot with lid in red
Emile Henri red casserole dish
Boos block
Kitchen Aid
Slow cooker

News
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📍Join us for The Chic Assignment for July

📍Take my new eCourse, Carry Yourself with Poise. There are so many amazing ladies on this course, bonding and building friendships as we rally around elegant living. Tamara writes, "I absolutely adored this course! One of the best investments I have ever made in my life. Jennifer, I would like to thank you for taking the time to create a course that is enriching. I look forward future courses."

📍Become a member of The Daily Connoisseur through the MEMBERSHIPS feature. I do one livestream as well 3 episodes of my new Vodcast (a video podcast) per month. (Link must be accessed on a computer.)

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Comment of the Week

Blythe Brownlow writes, "I have loved everything about this month chic assignment and this is no exception. Thank you for being so raw and honest, I found myself tearing up as you were. I love Langston Hughes poetry, my youngest daughter was actually to be named Langston if she were a boy. I have watched your videos for several years and I think this might be my favorite :) Thank you for all you do."

Thank you, Blythe! I'm so happy the Chic Assignments are a joyful part of your month!


I would love to hear your thoughts on today's video. Is your home a refuge for you? Where do you go when you need to take refuge from your own home? Let us know and your comment could be chosen as comment of the week.



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7.23.2020

The Chic Assignment Check-in, July | Langston Hughes, Camille Saint-Saëns & More

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Welcome to The Chic Assignment check-in for July, 2020. We are going to dive into the works of both Camille Saint-Saëns and Langston Hughes, plus much, much more. 




Chic Assignment no. 1 Let's enjoy further performances of The Swan. If you have time this month, check out this astounding performance from Uliana Lopatkina of The Dying Swan


Also, check out interesting facts about Camille Saint-Saëns' life from this Classic FM article

Photo from classicFM.com

Saint-Saëns was a brilliant composer who had tragedy mar his personal life. The Swan from Carnival of the Animals is one of the most beautiful pieces I have ever listened to. 

For Chic Assignment number 2, we read the excellent poems of Langston Hughes. 

I love this image of him on the typewriter.

You can learn more about Langston Hughes by reading his biography here. You can also read his collected poems here. 

I was very moved by his poetry, as you can see in today's video. My takeaway? Poetry is deeply relevant... Yes, even in this day and age. If we all listen to each other... truly listen... we can have more compassion.

Chic Assignment number 3 was to dress the table beautifully. I love setting the table with tablecloths and placemats. Sometimes I mix the two. How did you dress the table this month?

And Chic Assignment number 4 was to mix up our beauty or health routine. Well, you know I've been experimenting with my makeup... particularly my eyeliner for hooded eyes. In today's video I try a "bat liner" technique, which is a "cat eye" technique for people with hooded eyes. It looked better in person... let's just leave it at that! haha! 

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