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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...

The Monthly Scoop – August 2020

Welcome to another Monthly Scoop post – August 2020 edition! Last month’s monthly scoop was dedicated to my horse, Motor, since his passing. So, we have a lot to catch up on from the past couple months! We’re talking about all things that have been happening, recipes, monthly favorites and much more – let’s get started!

In case you missed last month’s monthly scoop post that was dedicated to my horse Motor from his passing, you can read all about it here!

Ok, is it just me, or is this year FLYING by?! I can’t believe that we are already at the end of August. We have some catching up to do!

July Happenings

July was a busy month in many different ways – and oh boy was it hot! The beginning of the month started out with a sunflower patch photoshoot for my birthday with John and our best friends. It was a blast! Here are some of the snaps that Haley Chicoine took for us:

We did lots of fishing and FINALLY did some landscaping in the backyard – only took us a few years haha. My mom found the most beautiful, delicate roses for sale at Home Depot and it was a perfect fit. I’ve kept them alive so far so I think we’re on the right track! 

If you read last month’s monthly scoop, then you will know how July ended for us. It is beyond saddening to lose Motor, but he gave us 30 wonderful years packed full of memories. He will forever be my Mo!

August Happenings

You know one of the best things about August? PEACHES! Peaches are hands down one of my favorite fruits and peach season is just the best. From eating them fresh out of the box to baking up delicious peach cobblers, I just can’t get enough of them!

Are you a peach skin fan or do you peel yours? I love peach skins! So I alwasy leave mine on.

Haley and I also did a fun photoshoot/headshot photoshoot for each other at The Commonspace Studio! The space is the perfect size and has all of that yummy, natural light that just makes you swoon. And that pink wall! Speaks right to my heart! Here are some of the shots we got:

July/August Recipes

Recipes the past couple months have focused on seasonal Summer ingredients, sweet treats and fun drinks. As always, I strived to create fun, delicious recipes with easily accessible ingredients that you feel comfortable making in your own kitchen. Click on your favorite recipe below and get to cookin’! If you make any of my recipes, I’d love to hear from you! Shoot me an email, post a comment or share on social media tagging @kjandcompany or using #kjandcompany!

Monthly Favorites

  1. Target T-Shirt Dress – ok, I’m so obsessed with this dress I bought it in four different colors. It’s just so perfect to be able to throw on and and go! Add a jean jacket, tie a button-down around your waist, or throw on a cute hat. The possibilities are endless!
  2. Target Shorts – with Summer temps, I had was in the search of some comfy denim shorts and these gold denim ones are so cute! Plus, all day comfort and coverage.
  3. Nelson Produce Farm – if you’re in Nebraska, then you need to make a stop by this cute farm! Pick your own produce, stroll around the farm or wander through their sunflower field.
  4. Old Navy Masks – who would’ve thought that face masks would be a thing, huh? Well, Old Navy has the best ones by far if you ask me! They fit both John and I great, wash well and there are so many fun patterns to choose from!
  5. Old Navy Jeans – ok , these are the perfect jeans! I was looking for a comfortable, easy pair of denim that I could throw on and go – these are it! Can’t wait to transition into Fall with these bad boys.
  6. Old Navy Baby Clothes – since we don’t have any kids of our own yet, we love to get to spoil our best friend’s little one any time we can! Can we just take a minute to talk about how stinking cute Old Navy’s baby clothes are?! Seriously, why can’t they make these in big person size haha.
  7. American Eagle Boyfriend Shorts – back on the same track of finding a good pair of denim shorts, you gotta try these boyfriend shorts! They are nice and lightweight and fit perfectly.
  8. Camera Backpack – with second shooting weddings with Haley, I was in need of a new camera backpack. I snagged this one from Amazon and Haley ended up getting one too! We love them!
  9. True & Co Bras – ok, so we all need a comfortable bra, right? RIGHT. You have to give these a try!
  10. Netflix Favorites – we’ve been doing plenty of binge watching on Netflix the past couple months. Here’s what we’ve been watching: The Lost Husband, Down to Earth, Sweet Magnolias, Hart of Dixie, Virgin River and Heartland!
  11. Commonspace Studio – if you are looking for a natural light studio in Lincoln, NE then you need to check out Commonspace Studio! It was so fun to be able to rent the space for our headshot photoshoot.
  12. Camera Flash – when second shooting weddings, I was in need of a flash for darker lighting conditions. But, I’m looking forward to experimenting with some fun food photography shots!
  13. Portable Charger – in need of a portable charger to keep your phone/electronics charged? This puppy works great!

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