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Hot Cocoa Malts

Hot Cocoa Malts are every bit as delicious as they sound! Creamy chocolate ice cream is blended together with decadent chocolate milk and malt powder until frothy and smooth. Top with a generous amount of whipped cream, mini marshmallows and a drizzle of chocolate...

Teriyaki Beef & Broccoli Noodle Bowls

The time has finally come: Teriyaki Beef & Broccoli Noodle Bowls are here! Teriyaki Beef & Broccoli Noodle Bowls are a staple in our household and have been a requested recipe for quite some time! Tender cuts of thinly sliced flank steak and fresh broccoli...

10 Tips for Hosting Thanksgiving

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, it's time to get into hosting mode! If you are hosting Thanksgiving or Friendsgiving for the first time or you've done it a million times, 10 Tips for Hosting Thanksgiving can sure come in handy! Practical tips for not only...

2019 Thanksgiving Menu

The 2019 Thanksgiving Menu is here! This year's menu is packed full of goodies ranging from a show-stopper turkey to a pumpkin dessert that will disappear before your eyes. Let's jump on in!After I made all of these recipes, I noticed how smoothly my day of cooking...

Pumpkin Beer Brined Smoked Turkey

Pumpkin Beer Brined Smoked Turkey is a showstopper turkey! Brined in a pumpkin beer overnight, the turkey is then rubbed down with an herbed butter and smoked low and slow until juicy and succulent. This is a turkey recipe that we keep coming back to year after...

Twice Baked Potato Casserole

Twice Baked Potato Casserole is loaded full of goodies! Everything you would need for a twice baked potato in a casserole form. Gold potatoes are whipped together with sour cream, cream cheese, butter and chives until creamy and smooth. It is then topped with cheddar...

Cranberry Apple Butter

Cranberry Apple Butter is a decadent mix of cinnamon, apples, cranberries and apple cider cooked low and slow. Blended until smooth, the Cranberry Apple Butter is then cooked until caramelized. The perfect addition to a holiday table or smeared on a toasted English...

Pumpkin Spice Latte Bundt Cake

Pumpkin Spice Latte Bundt Cake is a scrumptious dessert that tastes just like the classic holiday latte! A pumpkin spice cake batter is poured into bundt pan and cooked to perfection. Whip up an espresso-infused cream cheese frosting and pour and spread it all over...

Crispy Bacon Green Beans

Crispy Bacon Green Beans is a side dish that is going to be hard to keep passing around the table! Fresh green beans are quickly sautéd in bacon grease (yep!) and then topped with crispy bacon pieces. A mixture between healthy and indulgent- the perfect combination to...

Honey Dill Roasted Carrots

Honey Dill Roasted Carrots are a simple yet delicious side dish for any meal. Carrots are glazed with naturally sweet honey and fresh dill and roasted to perfection. I love that this side dish only requires a few simple ingredients to produce a delicious outcome....

The Monthly Scoop – October 2019

Welcome to another Monthly Scoop post! October is one of my most favorite months out of year and I can't believe its come and gone already. Time is flying by! October was a month filled with a sense of fullness. John and I got to spend a lot of quality time together...

Churro Waffles

Churro Waffles are every bit as decadent as they sound. A buttermilk waffle batter speckled with cinnamon is poured into the waffle iron and cooked until crispy and golden brown. Next, each waffle is brushed with melted butter and coated with a cinnamon sugar until...

Meet Me & Get in Touch

Hey there! My name is Kate, but I go by KJ around here. Welcome to my little corner of KJ & Company! Here you will find simple, yet delicious recipes geared toward the home cook, tips and tricks to make life a little more comfortable and plenty of coffee and puppy snuggles to go around. I strive to make wholesome meals with easily accessible ingredients that you feel comfortable making in your own kitchen, but am not going to shy away from some indulgences either! I see you: butter, bacon, cookies, cake, oh my! 

Where does KJ come from, you ask? Well, let me tell ya! My name is Kate Jacquelyn and you can thank my cousins for starting me out on “KJ” since I was a little girl. Nowadays, if my husband actually calls me “Kate”, then I know its serious business (insert crying-laughing faced emoji here). KJ has always stuck and I love it!

I’m a small-town Nebraska gal and I wouldn’t trade it for a thing. Even though I love to travel, there’s nothing like being home! Our house is filled with constant puppy snuggles (and vacuuming all that dog hair haha), The Food Network playing in the background, a mess in the kitchen from whatever I just made and a bearded husband who is always happy to sample my creations. You can also bank on a fair amount of sass, real life, and the love of Jesus showing us grace and guidance through all areas of our life: the good and the bad.

My passion for cooking started as a little girl. You could always find me glued to the TV watching The Food Network with a pen and paper writing everything down that I could with my Cheeto-coated fingers. Dang-straight I ate that whole bag! Having a food-loving family only made my love for cooking grow deeper. I will cherish forever everything that I have been able to learn from my Grandma and Mom! Food to me is family. It brings everyone together and there is nothing better than seeing the smiles on the faces of the family and friends gathered around you eating what you’ve prepared.

5 Random Facts About Me:

1. I’ve been with my husband since we were 14. I was 19 and he was 20 when we got married.

2. Terrified of the “Three T’s”: Tornadoes, Ticks and Toilets (you better believe if there’s an over-flowing toilet I’m running the other way)

3. I can blow my nose with one hand – I consider this a life skill

4. I’m the crazy person who loves Winter

5. I can’t do a sumersault to save my life

I’d love to hear from you! Message me with any questions, comments or recipe requests that you may have! Brownie points for including a funny fact about yourself so I’m not all alone here 🙂

 

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