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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 – December 2020

Welcome to another Monthly Scoop post – December 2020 edition! Holy guacamole batman, how is 2020 done already?! It’s like the year that drug on and flew by at the same time. This past December has been such a fun month. Between festive holiday recipes, Christmas cookie week, time with family and friends and trail rides that we’ll remember forever, it was a month that I can’t wait to give you the scoop on!

December Happenings

If you follow along with me on Instagram, then you might already know the story of the hilarious trail ride we had on Queso & Amos in the snow! Never in my life have I ever seen two horses have so much fun in the snow. We were casually riding along on a nice, winter trail ride, when BOOM – they both stopped, dropped and started rolling in the snow at the same time! John and I were able to crawl off into the snow drift before getting rolled on, so thankfully everyone walked away ok, but we could not stop laughing!! These boys sure do know how to have fun! You can see all the laughable videos on my Instagram, as I just so happened to be filming when all of this went down.

I also officially got on TikTok – so that happened…haha! Man, did it make me feel old. It took me awhile to figure it out! I’ll primarily be posting recipe videos, but will toss in a few funny things along the way. Like my “Wives of Home Depot” video…we’ve all been there.

Christmas time was casual and laid back, which was nice! I was finally able to spill the beans on my Christmas presents to John – I’m the worst at keeping secrets from him! My mom made and INSANELY good beef wellington for Christmas dinner. We both agreed that it will need to make it’s way to the blog next year!

Even though we did get a lot of snow (WHICH I AM STOKED ABOUT), the beginning of the month started with some warmer temperatures, so we got as much riding time in as we could! Even went for our first bareback rides on Ques & Amos. Tired of pictures of them yet? Hope not, because they are going to keep coming! Haha!

Have also been getting as much snuggle time with my girls, Darbi and Charlee, as I can! Especially with our snow day (6 inches!) that we had! 

December Recipes

December’s recipes were festive, comforting, loaded full of flavor and Christmas cheer! KJ Christmas Cookie Week was a BLAST – so make sure you check out all the scrumptious cookie recipes! 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. Old Navy Jeans – I snagged these Old Gravy jeans and OH MY, they are so comfortable! Definitely worth it!
  2. Nespresso Machine – still to this day, receiving our Nespresso coffee machine as a Christmas present was one of the best things. It’s a life saver! We’ve been loving the caramel cookie coffee.
  3. 2021 Planner – for the first time ever, I actually got my planner before the new year started! I’ve been using these planners for several years now and LOVE them! They are durable, cute and have so many good functionalities.
  4. Coffee Mugs – I always use this time of the year as an excuse to buy cute coffee mugs… I just can’t help it! We love our new “dog mom” and “dog dad” mugs.
  5. Story Worth – this just may be the coolest thing we’ve stumbled upon! You gift a family member or friend with it – Story Worth will send them a weekly question in which they respond with a story. The story is then sent to whomever is on the recipient list on a weekly basis. Then, at the end of the year, Story Worth prints all the stories in a book! So you can easily get a book of life stories from a loved one! We gifted our parents with it this year for Christmas and love the stories already!

Next Month

Believe it or not, January is upon us! Are you ready for it? I’m about 50/50 right now haha! Tell me, are you going to be eating healthier in the New Year? John has decided to try out Paleo – I’m not sure I can get completey on board. I’ve gotta have my bread! But, we’ve decided on a happy medium and he said he is still going to try bites of my blog recipes 🙂

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