2.17.2020

Meals of the Week | What We Ate

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I'm sharing our dinners of the week in today's video.



I love watching these types of videos from other people as I always get new ideas. This is a relatively typical week for us, with an assortment of family favorites. I hope you enjoy seeing our meals.


My daughter made dinner tonight and assembled this Cobb salad. All of the kids love this type of salad and each got to choose their dressing of choice.


The kids weren't with us this afternoon, so Ben and I had a light salad with smoked herring, avocado, cherry tomatoes, apples, blue cheese, on romaine lettuce with champagne dressing.


We had beef enchiladas for dinner tonight packed with veggies and topped with salsa, sour cream, and avocado. We usually have one night a week where we have tacos, but this week we had enchiladas instead. I love these pretty antique plates from Ben's mother. They are similar to my favorite Spode Blue Italian.


Tuna pasta salad is a staple in our home and is easy to make when we are low on fresh food. This has pasta, tuna, olives, pickles, cucumber, and caramelized onions (chopped apples are great with this too) mixed with mayonnaise and garlic salt. So yummy. The French blue napkins are from Amazon.


The kids had pasta bolognese tonight and I didn't feel like having a heavy meal so I had heaps of the side salad along with garlic bread.


Beef pot roast is a regular dish in our family. I make this in the slow cooker. First, I layer chopped onions in the slow cooker, then I coat the beef chuck roast with salt and pepper and flour and sear it in a hot pan with oil. I then add the roast to the slow cooker (on top of the onions). I then put about a half cup of water in the pan along with onion soup mix to make a little gravy and pour that on top of the beef. I cook this on slow for 8 hours in the slow cooker.


Tonight's dish is vegetarian. Cabbage, carrots and other veggies are mixed with brown rice and sautéed with a miso sauce. I bought this kit from Trader Joe's.


For Valentine's Day, Ben and I had steamed crab with lemon butter sauce, potatoes au gratin, and asparagus. We had chocolates for dessert. I promise there was a lot more crab to eat for dinner... I just wanted to take a picture of the dish so we could move on to a nice dinner :) The buffalo check napkins you see here are from Amazon.

My earrings are from Ana Luisa NY Use code Jennifer10 for $10 off
My dress is LL Bean.

I hope you enjoy today's video. Please let me know if you enjoy these types of posts and I will do more...

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Comment of the Week
Gloria C. writes, "Hi Jennifer - Greetings from OK (cold and rainy)! I was wondering what to make for dinner tonight and thought of your recipes. Yes! Turkey Shepherd's Pie. I went to store for the ingredients I didn't have and made it. Rave reviews all around! I served it with cranberry sauce. I seem to want cranberry sauce any time there's turkey. Thanks for a great recipe. I made just enough for a 9" square pan for my husband, son and myself. There are some leftovers."


Hi Gloria, that is wonderful. I'm so glad that your family enjoyed the Shepherd's Pie! Thank you for letting me know.

I hope you enjoyed today's video. Let us know what meals your family has been enjoying lately. I love getting new ideas. Your recipe could be chosen as comment of the week. See you next time for The Chic Assignment check-in.



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2.13.2020

Oscars Best & Worst, Off Shoulder Top in Commons + Pajama Wearing in Public | 3 Articles on Dress

5:41 AM 5 Comments


Oscars best & worst, an off-the-shoulder dress worn in Parliament, and pajama wearing in public as uncivilized behavior? Let's discuss the latest articles in a new 3 articles on dress.



⚜️ The Oscars were this past Sunday and this year's red carpet looks were bold and beautiful. You can see a lot of the red carpet looks in this article here. I loved the following looks from Mindy Kaling, Regina King, and Margot Robbie. Watch today's video to find out who my best dressed was. I would love to hear who your best and worst dressed pics were from this year's Academy Awards.




⚜️ The second article was sent to me by Ashleigh Powles regarding the Labour MP who wore an off-the-shoulder dress to Commons.



Labour MP Tracy Brabin defends the outfit she wore to Commons even though she received a lot of criticism. What do you think? Was her outfit professional? Or did it lack professionalism? You'll hear my opinion in today's video.


⚜️ Jeanette Gadeberg sent me this article regarding China's actions to crack down on pajama wearing in public.

I am not going to discuss the governmental aspect of this story as I don't want to go there... but I found their definition of Uncivilized behavior rather interesting:

"Uncivilized behavior refers to when people behave and act in ways that violate public order because they lack public morals," read a post on WeChat, a common social messaging app, which has since been deleted.

The wearing of pajamas in public "has brought about a kind of complacent, undisciplined mind set," it concluded.


Let us know what you think about the articles discussed in today's video.


What I'm wearing: Ana Luisa Jewelry earrings Use code Jennifer10 for $10 off
Silk blouse by Lilysilk (review coming soon)


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📍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
MsBackstager writes, "I wish that Jenn and everyone here would be my next door neighbors."

I wish that too... wouldn't it be nice?? :)

Thank you for joining me today. I would love to know who your picks for best and worst dressed are. Also, what did you think of the other articles? Let us know and your comment could be chosen as comment of the week on The Daily Connoisseur.




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2.10.2020

The Best Earl Grey, Plush Robes, Rose Laundry + Current Reads | Connoisseur Reviews

6:48 AM 3 Comments


We are going in search of the best Earl Grey Tea along with many other favorite delights in today's video, Connoisseur Reviews.



Here are the items featured in today's video:



Vahdam Teas
Earl Grey Citrus is a citrusy black tea from India that is mixed with premium Bergamot Oil. It also comes in tea bags.

The Darjeeling is a summer black tea from the region of Darjeeling. This is a light, second-flush black tea with crisp, berry-like nuances. The brownish-black leaves are short, tightly-rolled, and interspersed with some green flakes. The liquor is mellow and unimposing, with notes of date palm and fermented barley that are discernible but fade away quickly. This tea has attributes of wood and dried fruit.

You can also find Vahdam teas on Amazon.



Teami Blends skinny tea, tumblers and greens blend
The Skinny Tea contains:
Yerba Mate: Containing brilliant nutritional benefits, we love yerba mate for its clean, plant-based caffeine!
Oolong Tea: Another wake-me-up front runner, oolong green tea has been widely regarded to benefit metabolism rates
Jiaogulan: A super herb, this tea acts as an adaptogen to balance your body from outside stressors

The Greens blend contains: 16 superfood blends including ceremonial grade matcha, wheatgrass, spirulina, and spinach. Vegan, non-GMO, soy free, dairy free, gluten free, nut free and no sugar added.



Plush Necessities Plush Signature Robe and slippers are made of superfine microfiber. So soft and cozy. I love how generous the material is. This is a perfect winter robe. Code TDCVDAY5 gives 5% off. They are also running a buy one get one 20% off for Valentine's Day.



Love Home & Planet rose laundry detergent Made with 94% plant-based cleansers
Dermatologist tested, vegan and cruelty-free
Removes stains effectively yet gently. Suitable for HE washing machines. Works at all temps. Septic safe.
Formulated without parabens, dyes, phosphates, parabens and optical brighteners
Blended with Amazonian Murumuru, and infused with the luxurious scent of handpicked Bulgarian Rose
You can also find the Love Home & Planet line at Target.



e-cloth make a 2-pack for both stove and shower. The stove 2-pack (shown above) has alternating scrubbing bristles on the cloth that do not scratch your stovetop. You can clean greasy messes with just water. Code SCOTTFEB10 gives 10% off until February 17th, 2020.




A'DEL Natural Cosmetics have a lovely line of natural and organic makeup and skincare. The following are the eyeshadows shown in today's video:
Black Beauty - matte black
Frosting - creamy white satin shimmer
Charming - deep lilac satin shimmer
Dreamy - dark taupe satin shimmer

A'DEL's blue lagoon skincare and rose skincare line are also currently on sale.




The three books I am currently reading are:
Glorious Mothering by Sherry K. Hayes (faith-based)
Modern Etiquette made easy by Myka Meier
Jane Austen Diet by Bryan Kozlowski

My earrings are by Rachelyn Jewelry
My sweater is Mott & Bow cream cashmere v-neck code JLS10 for 10% off

I hope you enjoy today's video.

News
📍 I am a guest on Isabelle LaFleche's Soulful Couture podcast. We had a wonderful chat, check it out here.

📍Join us for The Chic Assignment for February.

📍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.)

📍Thank you for your wonderful support of my new book, CONNOISSEUR KIDS.

📍Check out my affordable eCourses: The Ten-Item Wardrobe, Chic Financial Principles for Debt-Free Living, and How to be Efficient at Home.


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Comment of the Week
utahkenneds writes, "I appreciate this post so much! I am an attorney and worked part time when my girls were small and gradually have worked into full time as they are teenagers but work mostly from home. Everything you said is so correct! I think sometimes homemakers fall into the trap of feeling like they aren't enough and can't measure up. I have had the best of both worlds -- it isn't easy but I feel so blessed to be home when my girls come home from school and to have some balance. There is nothing - no title, no salary, no bonus, no awards -- I have had them all -- that compares to the feeling of being a great Mom, Wife and Homemaker, and I think more women are starting to realize this. This is where true joy and satisfaction emerge. Thank you!"

utahkenneds, I loved your comment, thank you so much for writing in and sharing your experience!

I hope you enjoyed today's video. Let us know if you have a good recommendation in the comment section. Your comment could be chosen as comment of the week on the blog. See you on Thursday for a new articles on dress, Oscars edition!


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2.05.2020

Homemaker: The Ultimate Career?

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C.S. Lewis famously said, “The homemaker has the ultimate career. All other careers exist for one purpose only - and that is to support the ultimate career. ”
Well my fellow homemakers… we are going to examine this assertion today. If it’s true… there is much to ponder.



OK, I know what you’re thinking. How can cooking, cleaning, and raising children really be a career? Can what we do wield actual power like an impactful career should? Don’t people normally get paid for careers? Ha!

Well we know we don’t get paid to do what we do… our reward is a lot deeper. So how can homemaking be the ultimate career?

First, let’s look at the definition for career: an occupation undertaken for a significant period of a person's life and with opportunities for progress. Synonyms are: Profession, occupation, vocation… calling.

A calling.



Let’s look at what a homemaker does on a basic level. Homemakers keep the house clean and organized. They make meals. They raise children. Yes, this is what happens on a basic level, but let’s look deeper at this. There’s a reason why it’s been called the “ultimate career”… there must be more there. How is that a calling?

Homemakers make a home. A home. The most important place you’ll ever know. They orchestrate the environment. They create a safe, loving, comforting space for their families. They pour their hearts into the details of the work that they do, often putting themselves last. They sacrifice, they toil. For what? To create a beautiful family environment. They are literally making memories.

A calling.



When we think of the world out there. Often it can be harsh, cut-throat and competitive. When you come home, you feel as though you are in a haven. Is there any place more important on earth than one’s home? When your home life is in order, everything else falls into place. Isn’t that the truth.

As homemakers we are called to attend to the details of daily life at home. Our little actions may seem insignificant. Scrubbing pots, wiping countertops, wiping noses, fixing collars and pigtails, reading stories, baking treats... But truly, we are raising up the next generation for greatness and instilling good habits in them as well. Habits of love. We are making a home.

So yes, we don’t get paid for our career. Not monetarily, anyway. But it is a calling. And the payment comes in the form of generational blessings and bountiful love that seeps into everything our family does.

And all other careers do exist to support the ultimate career. Because home life is one unifying aspect we can all rally around. We all want to thrive at home for the greater good.

So my fellow homemakers, you might have homemaking as your only profession, or like me, you might also work another job as well. Either way, please see the value you have in your career. Yes, the ultimate career.

I hope you enjoy today's video.

Featured in the video:
My dress
Cropped layering top
navy house slippers
velvet scrunchies
Earrings are by Ana Luisa Jewelry Use code Jennifer10 for $10 off
Laundry detergent Love Home & Planet


News
📍 I am a guest on Isabelle LaFleche's Soulful Couture podcast. We had a wonderful chat, check it out here.

📍Join us for The Chic Assignment for February.

📍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.)

📍Thank you for your wonderful support of my new book, CONNOISSEUR KIDS.

📍Check out my affordable eCourses: The Ten-Item Wardrobe, Chic Financial Principles for Debt-Free Living, and How to be Efficient at Home.


On Instagram
Connoisseur Kids on Instagram... To be featured on the blog, take a picture of any of my books and tag me with #jenniferlscott



Comment of the Week
Jenni writes, "So excited to see the chic assignment back! Degas is one of my favorites. I got to see a traveling exhibit of his work a few years ago at our local museum. I'm also looking forward to enjoying the music with my sons, who are teens, but still love classical music."

Jenni, I love that you involve your sons in The Chic Assignment. They sound like cultured young gentlemen! :)

Thank you for joining me for today's video. I would love to know... do you think the Homemaker is the ultimate career?



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2.01.2020

The Chic Assignment | February 2020

5:45 AM 5 Comments


Welcome to The Chic Assignment for February, 2020.



In this first Chic Assignment of the year, we are focusing on romance. I have chosen one of my all-time favorite (and most romantic, may I add) classical music pieces, we are studying beautiful impressionistic artwork, and striving to improve our everyday lives.

⚜️ Chic Assignment no. 1 Tomaso Albinoni's Adagio in G Minor. I have raved about this piece many times on the channel, but we have never actually studied it for a Chic Assignment. What a better time than now to dive into the deeply romantic Adagio in G Minor. This performance by HAUSER has over 45 million views, and for good reason! Enjoy this show-stopping performance with your family this month.



We will learn more about Albinoni in the check-in later in the month.

⚜️ Chic Assignment no. 2 Enjoy the works of Edgar Degas. Degas is one of the most famous French painters of the Impressionistic period. His ballerinas are at once dynamic and romantic.


The Star, 1878 by Degas Image from Edgar-Degas.net

You can see Degas' complete works here.

If you would like to buy a canvas print of Degas' works, you can find a great selection here.

Here are some interesting books on Degas: Degas: A Passion for Perfection , Degas: His Life and Works in 500 Images.

⚜️Chic Assignment no. 3 Intentional downtime. Notice how you spend your downtime this month. If you have a few minutes to yourself, do you inevitably reach for your phone? Do you spend it mindlessly surfing the internet? If you would like to get more intentional about your downtime this month, join me in noticing your downtime patterns and perhaps changing them.

⚜️ Chic Assignment no. 4 Do something romantic this month. This does not have to involve a significant other. You can place a pretty bouquet by your bed, read poetry by the fireplace, or enjoy a cup of tea in a bubble bath as some examples. Add some romance into your daily life this month and notice the benefits.


I hope you enjoy today's video and this month's assignments. Be sure to check in with your findings and you could be mentioned in The Chic Assignment check-in later in the month. Share this with your friends and tag me on social media with the hashtag #TheChicAssignment

See you on Monday!

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