9.17.2020

Dinners of the Week + Meal Plan and Prepper Pantry Tips

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Welcome to a new week of dinners plus some tips on how to create a prepper pantry.



It's a great idea to stock up on bulk items when you can... things like rice, beans, canned goods, and other staples that could help your family if the world is to face any food shortages. In today's video I talk you through our pantry stocking resources. I buy our bulk foods from Costco, Amazon, and restaurant supply stores.




Many people don't realize you can get many bulk foods delivered to your home on Amazon. I'm leaving a link to my Amazon store here which has an entire section devoted to the prepper pantry. Also mentioned in the prepper pantry section is my discovery of Fire Cider.

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Now, let's have a look at the recipes.



Pastrami Sandwiches
Ben and I have been craving The Hat, which is a Southern California restaurant known for their pastrami sandwiches and chili cheese fries (I know... I know...)
We decided to recreate the dish at home. I toasted some hoagie rolls in the oven, then slathered them with yellow mustard. On the stove, I heated up the pastrami (purchased from the grocery store). I placed the pastrami on the rolls and added a layer of sliced pickles.

Chili Cheese Fries I sliced 3 large potatoes in my French fry slicer and soaked them in water for 15 minutes (this step is essential). Then I drain the water, pat the fries dry, and add 2 Tbs oil, 1 Tbs paprika, 1 Tbs garlic powder, and salt and pepper (whatever amount you feel comfortable with). Then I place them a pre-heated air fryer on the French fry setting. (All air fryers are different, so follow the instructions on yours... this is the Air Fryer I have.)

I topped the French fries with cooked chili (previously made), shredded cheddar cheese, and diced onion. We serve pepperoncinis on the side and honestly... this was better than The Hat! :)



Oven-Cooked BBQ Ribs
We normally grill our ribs on the BBQ outside, but today I tried a new technique I learned from Mandy in the Making's channel (Tell Mandy I said, "hello"). After placing a dry rub on the ribs, I tented them on a cookie sheet with aluminum foil and placed them in the oven at 300 degrees F (If I were to change it, I would cook them at 275F as Mandy suggested). We let these cook for 3 hours. Then I pulled them out and brushed BBQ sauce on top and finished them off uncovered, under the broiler for 15 minutes (Depending on. your broiler, broil for 5 to 15 minutes... check every 5 minutes to make sure you don't burn the ribs).

Creamed Spinach I don't normally measure my ingredients when I cook so this time, I made too much cream sauce. Always remember that spinach cooks down to nearly nothing, so plan accordingly. I will leave the proper measurements here for your reference. Sauté 20 oz of spinach in a lightly oiled pan until fully cooked. Combine 4oz cream cheese, 1/4 cup heavy cream, 1/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese, and 1/8 cup shredded parmesan in the same pan the spinach was cooked in. Cook on low heat until the sauce is melted nicely. Once the sauce is warm and mixed together completely, add the cooked spinach and season with salt and pepper.


Taco Salad
The kids could probably eat tacos 4x a week. I do tend to burn out on them. So while I made beef tacos for the rest of the family, I made a taco salad for myself. I used a freezer meal for this one. I like to prepare large batches of ground beef taco filling and freeze it in separate portions. I cooked this freezer meal in a slow cooker on low for four hours and it was ready to use.

I placed tortilla chips on the bottom of the plate, topped with lettuce, the taco filling, corn, sliced olives, sliced tomatoes, shredded cheddar cheese, sliced red onions, and crushed tortilla chips on top. I squeezed the salad with lime juice and topped with Ranch dressing. Delish!


Instant Pot Split Pea Soup
When I was a child, the drive to my Grandmother's house seems to take forever. Our trip was always marked as half finished when we passed a restaurant called, Anderson's Pea Soup. Every time we drove past that restaurant, I craved a bowl of pea soup! I re-created it here in the Instant Pot.

Instant Pot Split Pea Soup

Author: Jennifer L. Scott

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tbs butter
  • 1 Tbs minced garlic
  • 1 medium chopped onion
  • 1 bay leaf (optional)
  • 1/2 cup diced ham (or one hambone) 
  • 3 stalks of celery, chopped
  • 3 medium carrots, chopped
  • 4  cups chicken stock
  • 2 cups dry split peas, rinsed
  • black pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. Set your Instant Pot to sauté and sauté the butter and garlic for one minute. Add the chopped onion and cook for 4 - 5 minutes. Add the sliced ham and cook for another couple of minutes. Turn off the sauté function. Add the chicken broth, celery, carrots, split peas and bay leaf. Season with pepper. Place the Instant pot on sealing and cook on high pressure for 20 minutes. Do a quick release and stir the soup until your split peas are in the desired consistency (the more you stir, the creamier the soup gets). Remove the bay leaf and ham bone (if used) and enjoy. 
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Shrimp Scampi Linguini
This is a very quick and easy pasta dish that the whole family loves. There are many variations to this, I am leaving a recipe card for today's variation down below.

Shrimp Scampi Linguini

Author: Jennifer L. Scott

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1 Tbs minced garlic
  • Juice from one lemon
  • handful of chopped Italian parsley
  • 1 lb cooked shrimp
  • 1 package of dry linguini
  • Freshly grated parmesan cheese

Instructions:

  1. Cook the linguini according to the package directions.
  2. Melt the oil and butter over medium heat in a sauce pan. Add the diced garlic and sauté for one minute. Squeeze in the fresh lemon juice. Add half of the chopped parsley. Stir. Add the cooked shrimp (or you can cook the shrimp in the pan now, they will just need to cook longer until cooked through). Add the cooked linguini noodles and incorporate into the sauce. Top with extra chopped parsley and cracked black pepper and parmesan cheese. Delish! 
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🍂 Time Stamps
0:00 Introduction
1:35 Pastrami sandwiches and chili cheese fries
2:24 BBQ ribs in the oven with creamed spinach
4:28 Taco salad
6:18 Instant Pot Split Pea Soup
8:21 Shrimp Scampi Linguini
9:52 Pizza
11:11 Prepper Pantry Tour & Tips

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9.14.2020

Homemaking Week in the Life | THE ART OF TEA

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Welcome to a new homemaking week in the life. Today we do some gardening, celebrate another birthday, and explore the art of tea.



The Art of Tea... what does it mean to you? Certainly the art lies in the choice of tea and the treats to accompany the beverage of repose. Although for me, the art of tea is more about taking the time to enjoy the meditative qualities of that glorious afternoon ritual.



I'm reading this beautiful hardcover book The Art of Tea by Victoria Magazine in today's video. I have been feasting on this beautiful book, full of gorgeous images and delectable recipes. I adore it. What a treat.

Speaking of treats... I'm making Shelby from The Queen's Cabinet's Caramel Pecan Turtles... a very easy treat to make. You can visit The Queen's Cabinet here.



The beautiful Wedgwood teapot and tea set was a housewarming gift from my mother and father in-law. I was so delighted to receive it!

The Reward
I have some rather mundane tasks,
To complete before my repose:
Dinner to cook, and tidying to do,
And then there’s laundering the clothes,

I can get through elemental chores,
Knowing well what lies before me.
For when all my tasks are checked off my list,
It’s time for a cup of tea.

- Jennifer L. Scott


I was getting tired of making the same birthday cake over and over again. (In a family of 6, we can get tired of birthday cakes easily. Ha!) So I tried out a Texas Sheet Cake this time for our son's 2nd birthday. I can't tell you how delicious this cake is. I replaced the walnuts with pecans and found the cake to be absolutely delectable. The original recipe is from All Recipes. I am also leaving a printable recipe card down below with my adjustments for your convenience.



Texas Sheet Cake with Pecans

Prep time: 15 MinCook time: 20 MinTotal time: 35 Min

Ingredients:

Cake
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup water
  • 5 Tbs unsweetened cocoa powder
Frosting
  • 6 Tbs milk
  • 5 Tbs unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 4 cups confectioner's sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chopped pecans

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Grease and flour a 10 x 15 cookie sheet or jelly roll pan.
  2. Combine the flour, sugar, baking soda and salt. Beat in the sour cream and eggs. Set aside. Melt the butter on low in a saucepan, add the water and 5 tablespoons cocoa. Bring mixture to a boil then remove from heat. Allow to cool slightly, then stir the chocolate mixture into the flour mixture until incorporated.
  3. Pour batter into the greased and floured pan. Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  4. For the frosting: In a large saucepan, combine the milk, 5 tablespoons cocoa and 1/2 cup butter. Bring to a boil, then remove from heat. Stir in the confectioners' sugar and vanilla, then fold in the pecans, mixing until blended. Spread frosting over warm cake. (Please note: nuts may be omitted entirely or walnuts may be substituted.) 
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Thank you for joining me today. I hope my homemaking series encourages you in your daily tasks. I'll see you on Thursday!




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9.10.2020

The House Dress Renaissance, Venice Film Festival Best Dressed | 3 Articles on Dress

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NPR documents the house dress renaissance, the Girl Scouts upgrade their uniforms for the first time in twenty years, and Venice Film festival's best dressed red carpet looks. Welcome to a new edition of 3 Articles on Dress.



Let's have a look at the articles:

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⚜️ Many people sent me this article from NPR, which states that the house dress is the fashion statement of 2020
Many women are rediscovering the house dress this year and are choosing house dresses over other choices of loungewear. I would love to know... do you own a house dress? I have converted one of my dresses from my fall wardrobe last year into a "gardening dress". I'll share more about that with you in a future ten-item wardrobe video.

Mentioned in the article: Dwell and Slumber and Gosh Yaga



⚜️ The Girl Scouts upgrade their uniforms for the first time in twenty years. First of all, isn't it weird that the 90s were over twenty years ago? I still can't wrap my mind around that. I like the new Girl Scout uniforms and think they are very fashion forward. I bet the Scouts are happy about them too. What do you think?



Cate Blanchett

⚜️ And finally, Vogue shares the best dressed looks at the Venice Film Festival. With the lack of events due to Covid, many eyes have been on the recent fashion at the Venice film festival. I enjoyed many of the looks I saw, with my favorites being Cate Blanchett and Lotte Verbeek. Who were your best dressed looks?

*Please note: at the time of filming this video, the Venice Film Festival was still taking place so the article contains even more looks that were not discussed in this chat.

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And a big thank you to you for directing me to it and all the lessons. My favourite lesson was #1 “Homemaking Traditions anchored their week.” It has motivated me to start some new weekly traditions in my home."



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9.07.2020

Best Dinners Ever | Early September Meals | Meal Planning is a Homemaker Must

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This was the best week of meals ever. It was just one of those magical weeks where each meal was delicious and hit the spot.



Join me as I make Houston's French Dip au jus, a delicious vegetable tart, Moroccan fish with fruit salsa, and Marry Me Chicken. I believe meal planning is a homemaking MUST. I can confidently say that meal planning makes my life easier, keeps us within our budget, and produces better meals for our family. This is the meal planning notebook I use.

I hope you enjoy today's video.

My version of Houston's French Dip Au Jus


Ben and I love dining at Houston's restaurant. Whenever we go I always get the French Dip Au Jus. We haven't been since the lockdown and I have been craving this dish.

Slow Cooker French Dip Au Jus
2-3 lb chuck roast
Medium onion
1 10z can beef consommé
1 cup beef broth
1 Tbs soy sauce
2 Tbs Worcestershire sauce
French sandwich rolls (enough to feed your family)
smoked provolone cheese
oil
salt and pepper


I take a chuck roast (usually they are around 2 to 3 lbs), season it with salt and pepper, and sear it in my cast iron skillet with oil... just a few minutes on each side. Then place it in the slow cooker with one sliced onion, one tablespoon of soy sauce and two tablespoons Worcestershire sauce. Pour in one can of beef consommé and one cup of beef broth. Cook in the slow cooker on low for 8 hours.

When the roast is cooked, heat the French sandwich rolls in the oven until they are toasted. I like to spread butter on the inside of the rolls. Place the shredded roast and onions on the rolls. Place smoked provolone cheese on top of the meat and return the sandwich to the oven for another minute until the cheese is melted. Serve with a nice bowl of the au jus (the sauce from the slow cooker). I like to use these au jus bowls. We also serve with French fries (see the recipe for that below).


Air-Fryer French Fries



2 - 3 medium to large potatoes
2 Tbs oil
1 Tbs paprika
1 Tbs garlic powder
salt and pepper

Use a French Fry chopper to chop your potatoes. Allow them to soak in water for 15 minutes. Then drain the water and pat the potatoes dry. Mix the oil, paprika, garlic powder, salt and pepper with your potatoes.

Please follow the instructions on your Air Fryer for cooking French Fries. Every one is different. For my Cosori model, here is what I did. I pre-heat the Air Fryer to 280 degrees F for 5 minutes. Then I place the fries in the basket and press the French Fry icon. The machine lets you know when to shake the fries half way through cooking. These fries are DELICIOUS. I like them with ketchup, but ranch dip would be good too.



Vegetarian Vegetable Tart
1 9- inch pie crust
3 to 4 cups of sautéed vegetables
1 Tbs minced garlic
(I use mushrooms and broccoli, but you can use any combination of vegetables you like)
One sliced tomato
4 eggs
1 1/2 cups whole milk
2 teaspoons dried sage
3/4 cup crumbled goat cheese
salt and pepper to taste

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Sauté your vegetables and garlic in olive oil until cooked through. (I steamed my broccoli.) Place a prepared pie crust in the bottom of a deep dish pie pan and add the cooked vegetables. Whisk together the eggs, milk, dried sage, salt and pepper. Pour over the vegetables. Crumble the goat cheese on top. Brush the pie crust with egg wash. Place in the oven and cook for 40 to 50 minutes or until cooked through. I like to use a pie crust shield to protect the crust from burning and will keep this on the crust the second half of cooking (or the first half). Serve with a side salad.




Moroccan Tilapia with Fruit Salsa
This meal is inspired by Robin Miller's recipe in Quick Fix Meals. I have altered the recipe somewhat and will leave my version here as well.

Coconut oil for frying
4- 6 6oz tilapia fillets
1 Tbs ground cumin
1 Tbs ground coriander
Fruit for the salsa of your choice (I use mango, white peach and fig)
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 lemon squeezed
a small handful of chopped cilantro

Heat the coconut oil in your skillet (I use my cast iron skillet) over medium heat. Season both sides of the fish with salt and pepper and rub in the spices. Fry about 3 to 5 minutes per side or until cooked through. Chop your fruit and place in a bowl with the raisins. Squeeze the lemon juice over the salsa (I like my new lemon squeezer), and add the chopped cilantro. Serve the fish with the fruit salsa on top. I like this with brown rice, steamed broccoli, and chopped tomato.



Marry Me Chicken
This is a very popular dish that I have seen several times on YouTube and Pinterest. I am linking the recipe I used here from Modern Honey. I will also write it out here for your reference with the adaptations I made.

1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
1 1/2 lb chicken breast tenders (or 3 to 4 large chicken breasts)
Salt
Pepper
2 cloves Garlic (minced)
1 tsp Thyme
1/2 tsp Red Pepper Flakes
3/4 cup Chicken Broth
1/2 cup Heavy Cream
1/2 cup Sundried Tomatoes (chopped)
1/4 - 1/2 cup Freshly Grated Parmesan Cheese
Italian Herbs

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a large oven-safe skillet (I use my cast iron skillet) heat oil over medium-high heat. Season chicken with salt and pepper and sear until golden, about 4-5 minutes per side. Transfer chicken to a plate.
Return skillet to medium heat. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute. Stir in thyme, red pepper flakes, chicken broth, and heavy cream. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring often. Stir in sundried tomatoes and parmesan cheese.
Return chicken to skillet and spoon sauce all over the chicken breasts. Bake until chicken is cooked through, about 15 minutes. Garnish with Italian herbs and grated parmesan cheese, if desired.


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<<向巴黎夫人學品味:Madame Chic的20堂優雅生活課>> 在我的書櫃歷經幾番斷捨離後,這本書依舊優雅的佇立在我的書櫃當中。 <<向巴黎夫人學品味>> 不只是值得一看,更是值得收藏的一本好書。同時,它也是我接觸極簡主義的啟蒙之書。 作者在學生時期以交換學生的身分到法國讀書,她在法國寄宿家庭的所見所聞與在美國家鄉時大相逕庭。寄宿家庭的媽媽(作者稱其時尚夫人)的生活藝術大大的震驚及影響了作者的價值觀及未來。作者將時尚夫人精緻優雅的生活秘訣傳授給讀者,讓讀者能夠更有方向的調整生活中的細節,往心之所向的美好生活邁進。 ✏️Part 1 飲食與運動 •吃零食一點都不時尚 •不要放棄美食的樂趣 •運動不是例行公事,而是生活的一部分 我們幾乎都忘記如何「好好吃飯」。用餐時因為怕胖所以斤斤計較著澱粉和卡路里,焦慮感成為我們最親密的飯友,每一餐都形影不離的陪著你。正餐沒吃好,心理與生理都沒有的到應有的飽足,萬惡的零食就能趁虛而入。所以不管你吃飯時多麼戒慎恐懼,體重還是不減反增。 書中提到大部分的法國人都不吃零食,他們視三餐為享用美食的重要時刻(特別是晚餐)。從食材、擺盤、餐具到擺設都非常講究。在你身體與心靈都吃下營養美味的食物後,就一點也不想吃百害而無一利的零食了。因為不吃零食,你也不必再為正餐後那高熱量但優質的甜點感到焦慮了,盡情地享用它們吧! ✏️Part 2 時尚與美容 •十件精品衣櫥 •掌握最適合自己的風格 •無時無刻儀容得體 這個單元開啟了我走向極簡衣櫥的這條路,原本是衣櫃炸裂一族的我,這一章它完全刷新了我的三觀。我開始好好省視我在衣服購買上既盲目又浪費的惡習,並試著找出那些自己喜歡且合適的風格。坦白說這不是一個簡單的過程,但你絕對會因此獲得多不勝數的好處。 坦白說十件精品衣櫥未必能讓你省下治裝費(因為你可能會添購很高價的單品),但我能跟你保證你的錢再也不會被浪費掉,每一分錢都能紮紮實實的為你加分並帶給你自信與快樂。 自從開始極簡衣櫥後,我就再也不買無法試穿的衣服了。依照以往的經驗,許多網購(且不能退貨)的衣服,在我收到後十件有八件讓我感到不如預期。無論是衣料的色差、質感或是穿在身上合身度,都不是隔著手機電腦可以預測的。買衣服的管道有很多種,但我拒絕再用賭博的方式來買衣服,省下那些不小心買到垃圾的錢,你可以拿來買更高層次的舒適衣服。 ✏️Part 3 美好生活 •只用好東西 •拒絕新唯物主義 •尋找單純的快樂 這裡的「只用好東西」,並不是指一定要全身名牌,只用高級的餐傢俱等。作者的說法跟近藤麻理惠的「怦然心動」有點像,既然是日常生活要用的東西,就請選擇你最喜歡的。有時候價格便宜的東西很容易讓我們放鬆思考,進而買了很多根本不需要或是不那麼喜歡的東西堆在家裡。這時候你就要知道,我只用最好的東西,不需要可有可無的垃圾。 有件事蠻常發生在從前的我身上的,就是我願意花七八千去買一雙打了三折的精品高跟鞋(我一年大概穿兩次高跟鞋而已),卻在挑選洗髮乳時因為喜歡的那瓶要貴上五十元而猶豫不決,最後還是挑便宜的買回家。我們討厭自己被貼標籤,但又特愛買那些能給自己打上標籤的奢侈品,弔詭的出奇。我之後會再詳細發篇名牌價值的文,在這簡短提醒大家,少掉許多多餘的標籤,能讓你過上更有質感的生活。切計!需要的東西買最好的,不需要的東西就算免錢都不要。 本書雖然完全沒有提及極簡主義,但法國人的生活態度卻將極簡主義詮釋的相當完美。用理性的態度看待時尚,用精緻的藝術來經營生活;這就是極簡主義的中心思想,也是令人嚮往的法國女人。 #向巴黎夫人學品味 #法國女人 #madamechic #極簡主義 #極簡生活 #膠囊衣櫥 #capsulewardrobe #斷捨離 #斷捨離練習 #好書推薦 #好書分享

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Sandra writes, "Jennifer - I made every single recipe this week. Even the merengues! Having the potato skins tonight and pizza tomorrow! It was delicious and beyond easy. ☺️ Thank you! I still don’t understand how you spend so little on food. I have a family of three and my groceries are so much more than yours! Oh yeah - wait - I live in NY. 😕"

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