3.23.2017

Shop Your Kitchen + Meal Plan



On Monday, you went shopping with me for the ten-item wardrobe. Today is another shopping video, but with a twist! In today's video I encourage you to shop from your own kitchen as a regular practice.

Once a month, I like to take one week where I "shop" my own kitchen. This means that I do not go to the grocery store, and create meals from what I have in my kitchen. The benefits of shopping your own kitchen are many.

♥︎ You can save money.
♥︎ Create less waste by using up what you already have.
♥︎ You get creative with meal making.
♥︎ You might discover a new family favorite!

In today's video, I show you the "shop my kitchen" meal plan. The planner I use in the video is Amy Knapp's Christian Family Organizer August 2016- December 2017. This planner also comes in a secular option .

Also mentioned in the video: the recipe for slow cooker honey garlic chicken, as well as the recipe for my chicken pot pie freezer meal.

News

Before we begin with news items, I wanted to thank you for all of your comments and messages. As the blog grows, I am receiving more comments, emails and questions than ever! In this season of life with three small children, I am not able to respond to all of the messages. My first priority right now is family and home life. Thank you so much for your understanding and please know that if you've sent me a message recently or in the past, that I have read it and appreciate it! If you have submitted a question to me, I might answer it in a future Q&A video, or here on the blog. Also, I find that the YouTube comments section is the easiest place for me to respond, so I might reply there. Thank you so much for your understanding and please never take it personally if I am unable to get back to you. Having said all of that... let's get into the news.

Megan from Be Beautywell has written a lovely post on spring and refers to inspiration from The Daily Connoisseur.

A beautiful picture of Polish Your Poise with Madame Chic from the Slovak Republic. I don't know what the drink is, but it looks good! The pool does too, come to think of it!

Milujem knihy❤️ #dnescitam #dneska #jenniferlscott #madam #chic #everyday #iloveit #myheart #relax #chill

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Question of the Week

Jennifer, I really enjoyed the video of you showing us how you prepare for your spring wardrobe. Why does "writing down" the items you need seem so simple and obvious, but I wouldn't have thought of it? Excellent! Since watching your videos, I have cleaned out my closet and drawers and am focusing on what I have.

Question: How do you feel about looking for fall/winter things for the capsule wardrobe when items are on sale but out of season? I found the most lovely, wool, plaid skirt on Garnet Hill for less than half of the original price. It looks to be one of those classic skirts that will stay in the wardrobe for a long while. Your thoughts?

Thanks for using my comment. How sweet of you.

~Jody


Hi Jody, that is a great question! I think it's a great idea to look for fall/ winter items on sale during this time. I have done that many times and have scored high-quality items at great prices. If you find something that truly is needed in your ten-item wardrobe, buy it and then store it away until next fall/ winter.


Comment of the Week



Hi Lacey, I loved your comment and I'm so happy that Lessons from Madame Chic continues to be a source of inspiration for you. Thank you for sharing your story with us!

This week I would love to know... do you ever "shop your kitchen"? What did you think of the meals we ate this week? Do you eat any of the same meals in your family? Let me know and your comment could be chosen as comment of the week on the blog.

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone, and I'll see you on Monday!

** My apologies that the sound was not up to par in today's video. My new microphone produced a loud buzzing noise and I did my best to edit that out. As a result, this video has a "muffled" sound. Rather than scrapping it entirely, I thought I'd add music and try to make it work. Thank you for your understanding. ~ Jennifer

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6 comments:

ShannonMcKern said...

Here is mine: Saturday: Lentils and Rice (Mujaddara)
Sunday: Roast Chicken with carrots and Potatoes
Monday: French Onion Soup with Rye Bread
Tuesday: Chicken Quesadillas
Wednesday: Carrot Red curry soup with Thai omelet
Thursday: Green Pea Risotto
Friday: Pesto Pasta

DPMindy said...

Jennifer, I "Shop My Kitchen" at least once a week. Typically the last night before our weekly CSA food bin arrives, the refrigerator and fresh item selections are a little bare as we have utilized most of everything purchased from the last bin of groceries. Rather than make a run to the store, I usually just create something from the staple items, leftovers and random uneaten veggies we have on hand. In addition to the frozen items you mentioned, I find that keeping pasta, rice and curry pastes on hand ensure that there's always something for dinner. Between pastas, risottos, curries and veggie scrambles, these hodge podge dinners are some of my most experimental cooking! Some are hits (greek spaghetti squash! red curry with green beans), and some are huge misses (a runny mess of a veggie lasagna or a super plain tomato veggie soup). I've found I'm excited to clear out the refrigerator each week in anticipation of the new and fresh items due to arrive.

Tracy said...

Hi Jennifer. I only found your blog about a month ago and I am so loving your regular videos. I look forward to each new one.

I loved this video - it reminded me that I have not shopped my kitchen for quite some time, and really need to. Somehow working nearly full time and having my teens and baby adults cooking many meals this seems to have slipped by the by. Having said that, all the kids are off on a Friday night, leading the youth programs in our church. They are usually gone before I get home from work so Friday night is "Fend for yourself Friday". On that night I expect any leftovers to be eaten. If not, they'll be lunches over the weekend.

I tend to do a serious "shop my kitchen" when I know the school holidays are coming up and I want to visit Costco. Because we have serious power outages through the winter, where I live, I only use the freezer at the bottom of my fridge. This means I need my freezer as empty as possible before I do a Costco trip! Since I have one week left of school before the Easter school holidays I really need to do this.

The other thing I love seeing, about your meals, is your portion sizes. I need to find some smaller dinner plates, and get our portions back under control. They're not too bad, but you've inspired me to rethink this one a little more carefully.

Have a wonderful week.

Gumbo Lily said...

Jennifer, I live 60 miles from the nearest grocery store and therefore I have a pretty well-stocked kitchen. Living in the country forces me to cook with what I have. Fortunately I have laying hens which provide fresh eggs, a freezer full of beef (we're cattle ranchers) and I also stock some frozen fish and pork. I like to use frozen vegetables and fruits too. We do run out of fresh fruit/veg, but the frozen works great.

I thought all of your meals looked delicious. We are huge fans of the pot pie -- beef or chicken -- so yours looked especially yummy to me. We eat lots of egg dishes for breakfast and hot oatmeal with fruit and pan-toasted walnuts.

Robyn said...

Hi, love the shop from the kitchen post. I am a vegeterian so a shop from the kitchen dish I do is a veggie quiche. It gives me a chance to use up all the extra veggies we have. Also, at the end of the summer I harvest our basil and make various kinds of pesto( sun dried tomato spinach etc.) and freeze it. This is great to pull out for a quick meal (pasta, roasted veggies, pizza, and sandwiches) At this point I have run out of pesto and will soon plant basil for this year.

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