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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...

Why I Didn’t Try to Lose Weight for Hawaii

About this time last year, we decided to go ahead and take the plunge and book our trip to Hawaii. We were full of excitement and ready to adventure somewhere new together! And guess what? I didn’t start any crazy diets, I didn’t start weighing myself, and I didn’t change my workout regime. Why not? Let me tell you..

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It’s taken me awhile to get here and I certainly haven’t always had this mindset, but I want to learn to love my body and appreciate it every day for what it is, that God has blessed me with health and I am able to explore the world He created. This doesn’t mean that I don’t want to be healthy, because I certainly strive for that every day. I want my body to be as healthy as it can be every day, and not just for a single trip. I don’t want to feel my best just when I’m vacationing on the beach, but also when I’m sitting at home in my sweat pants with messy hair and un-matching socks.

I’ve struggled with learning what being healthy means for me and my body. Going through eating disorders, tracking my weight and working out only because I felt like I had to (which you can read more about here), were all necessary things for me to go through for me to realize what my body truly needs. That doesn’t mean they were good, healthy, or experiences that I would recommend anyone to go through, but it lead me to where I am now! I’m not perfect and I still struggle with feeling like a rollie-pollie some days or find myself critiquing my body in the mirror, but I’m working on focusing my mind to other things. My body is strong, my body is capable of amazing things and I get to nourish and take care of it.

So, when we booked our trip to Hawaii, I knew it would be hard for me to think that I shouldn’t eat certain things or that I needed to exercise more for my “Hawaii bod”. Because of my past experiences, I knew it would be unhealthy for me to set a weight goal, as it would do nothing but discourage me and overtake my thinking. Instead, I just kept on the track that I was already on. Eating healthy and nutritional packed foods to nourish my body, but still indulging in sweet treats and Chick-Fil-A every once in awhile, working out to strengthen my body and to feel good, but also taking rest days to let my body recuperate, and finding clothes that fit my body type instead of making my body fit into the clothes. That included swim suits. A huge part of me feeling so comfortable in my skin in a swimsuit was finding the ones that worked for me and made me feel confident.My 2017 Swimsuit Recap goes over all the details of what I’ve found that works for me! 🙂

Another important thing to remember is that everyone’s story is different. Healthy looks different for every person and that is ok! It may be healthy for you to set weight goals, track calories or give yourself a goal/trip/vacation to work towards. Whatever is healthy for you and your body is what you need to pursue!

This time of year can be so discouraging as you see everyone pursuing/pushing their New Years resolutions, weight loss, diet changes and fitness dreams. I almost felt bombarded on Pinterest with all of the healthy food and pictures of women with their 6-pack abs, super toned arms and perfectly golden skin giving workout tutorials. I’m not saying these things are wrong, but I quickly found myself feeling smaller and smaller as if I wasn’t doing enough and was comparing myself to things on the Internet. Isn’t it so crazy how quickly we can get sucked in? I had to take a big reality check and remember who I am, what I’ve done and what all I’m going to do. Then I took another bite of my Nutella and moved on ;). Let’s use this time of year to encourage one another, lift each other up and highlight each other’s strengths! Social media and our culture can easily make you feel like you aren’t enough or you will never compare, and I think it’s time that we change that! 🙂 Everyone and every body is fearfully and wonderfully made. Psalm 139

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