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 – 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 jump on in!

October Happenings

October is always one of my favorite months of the year. Temperatures are starting to cool down (we had our first snow!!!!), all the wonderful colors of Fall are in full swing and it’s the start of the holiday season. I just love it! Plus, October is typically when I get all of my Thanksgiving content done, so I’m in full Thanksgiving & now Christmas mode over here!

We also did another fun photoshoot at The Commonspace Studio! From chips & queso, to Dunkin’, to family photos (Christmas card material!), it was a fun day to spend with friends. It’s always great to be surrounded by your people!

Queso & Amos Update

To say that the past month with Ques0 & Amos has been wonderful would be a complete understatment. They have filled our hearts in so many ways and bring such joy and happiness! And nestled their way in to our little family. 

Heading out to the barn to go for a sunset ride, or even for a midnight snack, we love seeing our boys. It’s also been fun to get to learn their personalities more! Ques is definitely the leader of the pack. And little bro Amos follows along anywhere he goes. They’re both like big teddy bears – John even got the chance to snuggle Amos when he was laying down the other night! You would never think that these guys are only 4 and 5 years old. 

You know whats addicting about having horses? I mean, besides the obvious of the horses themselves, buying things for your horse haha! Online shopping has reached a new level… It takes some serious self control! Here’s some things we’ve been loving for our boys:

  • Blankets – we had to make sure our guys were ready for the cold, snowy temps! We went with the maroon color for both of them and have to say, they look quite dashing.
  • Halters & Leads – I went with maroon for Queso and John went with black for Amos!
  • Leg wraps – we love these boots as they add a whole bunch of support and comfort! I went with the “wine” color – can you tell I like the maroon/burgundy/wine color on Queso?? 🙂
  • Bit – we’ve been experimenting with a couple bits to see what these guys like best. They both do really well in this correctional and we also snagged these lower port correctionals for a more easy-going ride. 


October Recipes

October recipes really focused on seasonal. beloved flavors. From pumpkin spice, to apple cider and all the way to comforting pasta! You gotta get your hands on these reicpes! 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. Dunkin’ Donuts – I don’t know if you can tell, but my love for Dunkies is still going strong! My order is a medium iced oatmilk latte with caramel. If I’m feeling super indulgent: a chocolate frosted donut. Nicknames that I’ve come up with so far: Ba-dunk-a-dunks and Slam-dunkies. I’m pretty proud of myself.
  2. Pumpkin butter – ok, I used this stuff for the first time this year and it is SO good! You can either make it homemade or buy it in store – I found it at Trader Joe’s!
  3. Photography things I’ve been experimenting with:
    1. Godox flash – I originally got it for when I’m second shooting weddings with Haley, but I’m starting to dabble into using it with food too! We’ll see where this goes.
    2. Milwaukee light – ok, so I know this is technically supposed to be used for construction purposes, but I love using it for photos, too! It gives a good, neutral, warm light to reflect through glasses and such. Stocking stuffer!!
    3. LED Light Kit – you really can’t beat the price on these lights! I love that you can change the temperature and amount of light put forth by these little guys. I have been experimenting with these and combining them with natural light.
    4. Peach backdrop – this has been such a fun way to add a pop of color to my photos! I love it!
  4. Annie’s gummie bunnies – these things are SERIOUSLY addicting.
  5. Chick-fil-a brownies – ok, hold the microphone here because these brownies are INSANE. I’m not even kidding! Like how can a fast-food brownie be this good?!! They are perfectly fudgy, flakey-topped and loaded full of chocolate. I may just order a whole pan of them. 
  6. Talenti Gelato – these are dangerously good. A fun midnight snack to keep stashed in your freezer! Especially the Salted Caramel Truffle one…

Important Question!!

Ok, so with it being November now, all the Thanksgiving recipes are going to be coming your way this week! SO excited for you guys to try these ones out! When I took a poll on Instagram, the majority of you said you wanted something different this year than the usual classic recipes – so get ready for it!

BUT, here’s my important question:

Do you want/would you prefer/would it be helpful to have videos of all the Thanksgiving recipes this year?

If so, how would you prefer those videos? Quick ones on Instagram or step-by-step? 

Tell me what you want below in the comments! 🙂



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