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The Monthly Scoop – February 2021

Welcome to another Monthly Scoop post - February 2021 addition! February is always one of those months that flies on by. With bone-chilling temperatures and LOTS of snow, it was a good month to stay snuggled in and whip up a bunch of recipes! Let's dive on in.February...

Brown Butter Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Brown Butter Oatmeal Raisin Cookies are a classic cookie with a delicious twist. Brown butter is whipped into the cookie dough base to add a toffee-like flavor that is irresistible. Add in some oats, raisins and a hint of cinnamon to make a drool-worthy cookie!What is...

French Dip Sandwiches

This post and recipe is sponsored by Certified Piedmontese. All words and photographs are my own. Thank you so much for supporting the brands that make KJ & Company possible! French Dip Sandwiches are a classic, comforting sandwich that you just can't help but...

Baked Ranch Mozzarella Sticks

Baked Ranch Mozzarella Sticks are a fun appetizer to bring to life in your own kitchen! A breading made up of Ranch seasonings, bread crumbs and spices completely coats creamy mozzarella sticks. Baked instead of fried, these mozzarella sticks are a flavorful,...

Salsa Verde Chicken Soup

Salsa Verde Chicken Soup is a simple soup loaded full of flavor! Chicken is simmered in a flavor-packed broth of salsa verde, chicken stock, cannellini beans and spices to bring this chicken soup to life. Each spoonful is like a salsa dance in your mouth! This simple,...

Frosted Sugar Cookies

Frosted Sugar Cookies are a cookie classic! Using my Grandmother's tried and true recipe, these sugar cookies are legendary! A buttery cookie dough is rolled out, cut into desired shapes and baked until perfectly fluffy. Frosted with an almond-scented buttercream...

Healthier Chicken Ramen

Healthier Chicken Ramen is a delicious, healthy spin on a classic noodle dish. Chicken is simmered with stock, vegetables and miso paste to create the perfect broth. It is then spooned over brown rice ramen noodles and topped with roasted vegetables. Each bite is...

Cookies & Cream Puppy Chow

Cookies & Cream Puppy Chow is a classic dessert with a fun twist! Rice cereal is mixed together with melted chocolate and peanut butter for the puppy chow base. Then crushed Oreos are added in for the cookies & cream effect! Perfectly covered in powdered...

Cajun Shrimp & Sausage Stew

Cajun Shrimp & Sausage Stew is a flavorful spoonful! Shrimp and sausage are sautéd in cajun seasonings, and then simmered together with onion, bell pepper, garlic and stock. This stew is best served spooned over a bed of white rice to help soak up all those...

Blackberry Baked Brie

To say that I'm obsessed with this Blackberry Baked Brie appetizer is an understatement! A creamy round of brie is gently wrapped in a buttery pie crust and baked until golden brown. Topped with a warm, blackberry sauce, each bite is gooey, cheesy, buttery and then...

The Monthly Scoop – January 2021

Welcome to another Monthly Scoop post - January 2021! First off, happy New Year! Isn't it crazy that it's 2021? January held so many fun, precious memories to us. From romping in the 15 inches of snow we got with Queso & Amos, to creating comforting recipes to a...

Pepperoni Pizza Roll-Ups

Pepperoni Pizza Roll-Ups are the perfect appetizer option to please a crowd! Zesty pepperoni slices are rolled-up with cheese inside a crescent dough triangle. Baked until golden brown and melted, these Pepperoni Pizza Roll-Ups are best served dunked into your...

Surprise Pot Pies 

So, let me tell ya about our Saturday night. We’ve become great friends with an amazing couple who are always a blast to hang out with. When you find a couple who have the same opinions on how your Instagram profile should be the perfect little package and everything should flow coherently (ok, mainly us girls – but still), and you all enjoy the same hobbies it’s like angel tears … or Red Bull. Oh, and they love Jesus – how more perfect can they be?! 

So there was a birthday, and John and I had the whole day to think up something great for these two. Meeting up with them for dinner, I had to get rolling on what I was going to make. Here was our game plan:

  • Surprise them with a picnic with amazing food such as pot pies – homemade with love and leftover ingredients from the Harvest Roasted Chicken we served at our Sip N Sniff party (use those leftovers!) 
  • Give them a photo shoot so that they can have more pictures together ( she is an AMAZING photographer so she is always on the other side of the camera ) 
  • Have it be golden hour – can you have it be any other way? No.
  • End the night around a bonfire with friends and laughter 

In order for us to execute this correctly, they only knew they were coming out for a bonfire and to dress appropriately. The fact that they matched on what they were wearing means they must be dating or something ?. Yes, I had to lie to her face when she asked me what the plans were for the night, but it was worth it! It was so much fun for John and I to actually be able to pull this off and not give anything away. They were actually told they would just be eating hot dogs at the bonfire, because I was too tired from cooking the night before. Surprise! Leighton and Haley you have been a blast to be able to get to know, and we are blessed to call you our friends! Here’s to many more pot pies and perfect Instagram pictures. 

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