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Better Than Takeout Teriyaki Shrimp & Noodles

Better Than Takeout Teriyaki Shrimp & Noodles are your answer to making takeout food right in your own kitchen! Rice noodles are tossed together with succulent shrimp, fresh, crunchy veggies and a homemade teriyaki sauce that is to die for. Quick, easy and...

The Best Simple Guacamole

The guac doesn't cost extra around here! A simple 5 ingredients is all that you need to make your fresh guacamole dreams come true.  The best guacamole recipe that is bright, flavorful and dip-worthy. Grab some chips and dunk right on in! In our house, I'm the only...

Strawberry Peach Sangria

Strawberry Peach Sangria is a glass full of Summer flavor! Sweet, juicy peaches and fresh strawberries are swirled together with pink moscato wine, peach schnapps and lemon-lime soda for a bright, fruity cocktail!  A sangria worthy of sweet summertime.Let's Talk...

BBQ Chicken Meatballs

BBQ Chicken Meatballs are scrumptious and downright delicious! Fresh, ground chicken is rolled together with seasonings and bread crumbs to create the meatballs. Seared until perfectly golden brown, they are then simmered in a bbq sauce until tender and sticky. The...

BBQ Braised Short Rib Sloppy Joes

Take your average sloppy joe to a whole other level with these BBQ Braised Short Rib Sloppy Joes! Rich, decadent short ribs braised low and slow in a wonderful bbq tomato sauce that will leave you reaching for a napkin between every bite. That's what a sloppy joe is...

Frozen Fuzzy Navels

Frozen Fuzzy Navels are a fun, vibrant frozen cocktail! Fresh peaches are blended together with orange juice, ice, orange liqueur and peach Schnapps to make a spin on a classic Fuzzy Navel. Each slurp is bright, colorful and delicious! The perfect cocktail for these...

Chocolate Cream Pies

Chocolate Cream Pies are a scrumptious, homemade version of a classic, childhood treat. Two chocolate cookies are smooshed together by a dollop of cream cheese frosting. The result is a handheld treat so good it will disappear before you know it!What are Chocolate...

Chicken Taco Salad

Chicken Taco Salad is what makes eating a salad FUN. Tender pieces of chicken sautéd in chipotle powder, a cilantro lime ranch dressing and corn chips plus toppings galore give this salad the classic taco flavors. A taco salad perfect for any occasion!Ingredients...

Pineapple Margaritas

Pineapple Margaritas are vibrant, juicy and delicious! This tropical cocktail is loaded full of pineapple flavor from top to bottom. Pineapple juice mixed with smooth tequila and triple sec for a classic margarita flavor. And a salted rim to make it...

The Monthly Scoop – June 2021

Welcome to another Monthly Scoop Post - June 2021 edition! How crazy it is to me that June is over already. Packed with so many goodies, this past month was one for the books! Adventures, cooking, weddings and so much more. Let's dive in!June Happenings June started...

Garlic Herb Grilled Corn

Garlic Herb Grilled Corn is sweet, smoky, buttery and loaded full of flavor! Fresh corn on the cob is lathered in a garlic herb butter, wrapped in foil and grilled to perfection. A simple, delicious side dish for all of your Summer grill outs and bbq's!Ingredients...

Smoked Hot Dogs

Smoked Hot Dogs are a delicious way to up your hot dog game! Rolled in steak seasoning, the hot dogs are then placed on the smoker and smoked until decadently delicious. A smoky, juicy version of the classic hot dog. This post and recipe is sponsored by Certified...

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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