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The Monthly Scoop – November 2020

Welcome to another Monthly Scoop post - November 2020 edition! We're diving into all the Thanksgiving goodies that were made and scrumptious, cozy recipes for this colder weather! Plus, we've got lots to talk about with it now being December! Bring on the Christmas...

Thanksgiving Sliders

Thanksgiving Sliders are all the classic flavors of a Thanksgiving meal in one, perfect sandwich! The layers consist of a garlic, herb cream cheese, cranberry sauce, cheese and turkey. Topped with a garlic butter, these sliders are then baked until perfectly golden...

Espresso Glazed Cinnamon Rolls

Espresso Glazed Cinnamon Rolls are a decadently comforting breakfast! Why not have your coffee and roll all in one? A classic, sweet pastry dough is coated with a warm, cinnamon-sugar butter, rolled into perfect cinnamon rolls and baked until light and fluffy. An...

Slow Cooker Beef Ragu

Slow Cooker Beef Ragu is a comforting, family-friendly dinner. Beef stew meat is cooked low and slow in a tomato sauce loaded full of herbs and garlic to create the perfect ragu. The beef is so tender that it just falls apart as you lightly shred it. Serve over your...

2020 Thanksgiving Menu

The KJ & Company 2020 Thanksgiving Menu is here! With a beautiful glazed turkey, vibrant side dishes and a scrumptious pumpkin dessert, this year's Thanksgiving menu is unforgettable!Menu Inspiration When I took a poll on Instagram, the majority of you all wanted...

Cranberry Pomegranate Glazed Turkey

Cranberry Pomegranate Glazed Turkey is a fun and delicious twist on a classic roasted turkey! Cranberry puree and pomegranate juice simmer together with brown sugar and fresh herbs to create a decadent glaze to baste your turkey with while it is roasting in your oven....

Frosted Pumpkin Sheet Cake

Frosted Pumpkin Sheet Cake is a scrumptious Fall dessert! A moist, perfectly spiced pumpkin cake is frosted with a decadent cream cheese frosting. Each bite has the perfect amount of pumpkin spice and creamy frosting. A sheet cake is an easy way to get a decadent...

Mashed Butternut Squash

Mashed Butternut Squash is rich, creamy twist on the classic mashed potato side dish! Butternut squash is tossed with olive oil and herbs and roasted until tender and caramelized. Then, mashed together with butter and heavy cream until perfectly creamy. Each bite of...

Brown Sugar Herb Butter Roasted Beets

Brown Sugar Herb Butter Roasted Beets is a vibrantly delicious side dish! Red and golden beets are coated with a brown sugar herb butter and roasted until perfectly candied. Each bite is loaded full of flavor! From the natural sweetness of the beets, to the decadence...

Shaved Brussel Sprout Slaw

Shaved Brussel Sprout Slaw is a fun twist on a classic, refreshing side dish. Shaved brussel sprouts are tossed together with dried cranberries, walnuts and a homemade honey mustard dressing. Toss it all together for a scrumptious, crunchy, sweet and vibrant slaw to...

The Monthly Scoop – October 2020

Welcome to another Monthly Scoop post - October 2020 edition! Holy moly - how is October over already?! Time is flying by! We've got lots to cover from this past month from scrumptious recipes, to horse updates to a VERY important question I need your input on! Let's...

Apple Crisp

An apple crisp that is loaded with plump, juicy cinnamon sugar apples and topped with a sugar cookie-like topping. It's a simple dessert that is destined to please a crowd! Spoon yourself a bowl of this warm Apple Crisp, top it off with a melting scoop of vanilla ice...

2017 Swimsuit Recap

I am not a swimsuit-picture-posting person. Heck, taking a selfie is hard enough! So why am I doing a whole post about swimsuits? I used to cringe at the thought of having to wear one. Bikini season was not my thing – give me all the yoga pants and chunky sweaters please! I am not an itsy-bitsy-teeny-weeny-yellow-polka-dot-bikini wearing girl, but here I am, going 150% out of my comfort zone to share with you how I became confident and comfortable wearing a swimsuit.

It’s nothing fancy, high-tech or Pinterest-worthy. I just simply ditched the bikini and never looked back. Before we go any farther, I am in now way shaming bikinis or bikini-wearing gals. This is just purely my personal choice and I have no problem with them, but I will share with you how awesome it made me feel to leave them behind! It was like a huge weight was lifted when the thought of not having to put on a bikini came to mind. Summer, swimsuit season and bikinis have become SO high maintenance with our culture. I kept feeling dogged down about not having a “bikini body”, but what in the world is that anyways? Our culture tells us its skinny, tan, smooth, the right things rounded and firm and other places flat and doesn’t jiggle when you laugh. Yeah, that’s pretty high maintenance to me! I’d rather be real, healthy, active and eat cake.

To me, finding the right swimsuits to make me feel comfortable, confident and sexy just had to happen. And guess what? It made my husband more comfortable too! Not showing everything off actually made me feel more attractive. My husband noticed my confidence.  Funny how it works that way, huh? I’m not trying to be the modesty police, but I think it shows character and respect for your spouse. A little bit can go a long ways!

Ok, so enough of the all the words, here’s what I found and what I loved!

PS: This is not a sponsored post for any of these brands and all the words are my honest opinion :).

I know we are heading straight into Winter and the holidays, but travel/vacation season is right around the corner and Summer will be here before we know it!

Kortni Jeane 

I found Kortni Jeane Swimmers on Instagram and immediately fell in love. She has such an awesome motto for creating her swimmers and there are so many options for every body type! You can mix and match and create your own swimsuit to fit your style. They even have maternity, kids, tweens, and mens swimmers! It’s a win for the whole family during any stage of life. They have great full-bum coverage and are swimsuits that you can feel amazing in, even in front of your neighbors or grandma!

Shop Ashley LeMieux 

If you know me, you know I absolutely love all the clothing options from Shop Ashley LeMieux and what Ashley stands for. Needless to say, her swimsuits did not disappoint! She provided cute, fun and modest swim options. It is a seasonal item on her site, so when they go live grab yours quick before they’re gone! I got so many compliments on this swimsuit and it is definitely one of my favorites.

Aerie

I love everything that the Aerie brand stands for. It promotes women and girls to be real and untouched, and that is just what we need! They have a lot of great one-piece swimsuit options for a great price. You do have to watch the bum or front exposure on these, though, as some of them are deep-plunging or more of a cheeky fit. Plus, there are so many American Eagle/Aerie stores around that you could even try one on before purchasing!

We all have beautiful bodies and I hope that you too can be comfortable and confident in a swimsuit! I’m not saying that I always am or that I don’t struggle with self-image, but let’s keep reminding each other that we are fearfully and wonderfully made!

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