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Father’s Day Tablescape + Dinner Menu

Being an event planner, my mind is always scheming up ideas for any sort of function I may have. Father’s Day is no exception! It might be one of my favorite holidays to plan for. I love making this day special for my husband. He is a very simple guy who never asks for anything, so I like to do a little extra to make sure he knows how much we love him. We send him off golfing in the morning, which also allows me to go shopping and set up our dinner. The kids love to get involved, so I have them make cards for him which will go on his place setting. They are so proud of their hard work, it’s the cutest thing. I worked with my favorite Chef Molly from Organicopa to get create this full course menu that any dad will love. My husband is a big lamb guy so we included that! She was generous enough to let me share the recipe for you guys to make too! All this yummy food, displayed on a cool casual monochromatic table setting. Add in the DIY that we did last week, and you just gained some major wife points!

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I just love this table setting. Not only does it have a masculine vibe to it, but it also has a cool casual California style that can be used at any function. My favorite item out of all of this is definitely those ceramic plates.  A life goal for those to be my everyday plates. Till then, they are fun ones to bring out for a little dinner party action. Let’s not get started on that matte gunmetal flatware, so so good! This time around, I did stemless wine glasses and beer goblets instead of the typical wine, water, and tumbler combination. This table setting will make any food look 5 stars, but I got you covered there too.

Father’s Day Menu

Humboldt fog fondue with savory dippers: heirloom baby carrots, steamed asparagus, apple, garlic rubbed crostini
Fillet of beef on garlic rubbed crostini with caramelized onion, point Reyes blue cheese and balsamic reduction
Watermelon Martini: cubed watermelon, lime juice, mint and feta in a martini glass

Summer asparagus, sweet pea and feta salad with lemon dijon vinaigrette
Grilled sweet corn salad with ancho aioli, queso fresco, lime and cilantro Heirloom tomato and wild arugula salad with honey-lime vinaigrette and candied pistachio

Tuscan lemon marinated lamb lollipops with sweet potato puree and black cherry cabernet reduction
Marinated grass fed rib eye with shaft blue cheese compound butter, grilled tomato and asparagus, twice baked potato and garlic rubbed crostini

Georgia on my mind: bourbon, peach ale, peach liquor and mint with lemon juice Spice and Ice: tequila, mango puree, lime juice, ginger-habanero syrup

As promised…

Tuscan Marinated Lamb Lollipops with Sweet Potato Puree and Blackberry Cabernet Reduction


 10-15 large garlic cloves, crushed
1/4 cup fresh rosemary leaves
1⁄4 cup fresh thyme leaves
1 cup lemon juice or white wine vinegar
Coarse sea salt
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 rack of lamb cut into 8 lamb chops, about 3/4-inch thick


In a food processor fitted with a metal blade add the garlic, rosemary, thyme, lemon or vinegar, and salt. Pulse until combined. Pour in olive oil and pulse into a puree. Pour the puree on both sides of the lamb chops and let them marinate for at least 1 hour in the refrigerator, but preferably longer. Remove from refrigerator and allow the chops to come to room temperature; it will take about 20 minutes. Heat a grill pan over high heat until almost smoking, add the chops and sear for about 2 minutes. Flip the chops over and cook for another 3 minutes for medium-rare and 3 1/2 minutes for medium.

Sweet Potato Puree

3 pounds whole sweet potatoes, peeled
1/2 teaspoon salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
1/2 cup cream
1 cup cream cheese
6 tablespoons butter


Boil sweet potatoes in salted water until fork tender and mushy, about 20 min. Puree with salt and pepper in a food processor. With motor running, gradually add milk and cream cheese through feeder tube, then butter. Process until silken. (Can make up to 2 days ahead; store in an airtight container.) Reheat and serve.

Blackberry Cabernet Reduction


2 shallots, chopped
2 tablespoons chives, chopped
2 teaspoons rosemary, chopped
2 teaspoons thyme, chopped, divided
3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 cup Cabernet Sauvignon
1 1/3 cups unsalted beef stock
1/2 cup blackberries
1/4 cup blackberry preserves
1 teaspoon cracked black pepper
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt


Chop shallots, chives, rosemary, and thyme finely. Preheat medium saucepan on medium-high 2–3 minutes. Place 1 tablespoon oil, shallots, rosemary, and 1 teaspoon thyme in pan; cook 2–3 minutes or until shallots are soft, stirring constantly. Stir in Cabernet, scraping up any brown bits from the bottom of pan; cook 3–5 minutes or until wine is reduced by half. Stir in stock, blackberries, and preserves; mash berries with back of a spoon. Simmer 8–10 minutes or until thickened. Cover and keep warm.

Assembly of Dish

Find a martini glass without a stem, so it’s more stable. Take 1⁄2 cup of sweet potato and put it in the bottom of the glass  Add 2 lamb lollipops to each martini glass. Drizzle lollipops with sauce and sprinkle with remaining 1 teaspoon thyme and chives; serve.


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The Perfect Father’s Day Gift Guide

Father’s Day is a couple of weeks away and we have some great ideas for you!  I’m not sure about you, but dad’s are so hard to shop for!!  My dad and my husband are always the type to say “I don’t need anything”.  But then if you really didn’t get them anything they would be devastated, haha!  So I worked with my stylish brother in law to come up with all of these goodies!  He’s not a Father… yet, but I’m hoping soon!  Hint, hint!  So here you have it, the perfect Father’s Day Gift Guide!

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By on June 8, 2017 in FATHER’S DAY, GIFTS


Father’s Day Photo Album Box

When it comes to finding the perfect gift for Dad for Father’s Day, the only way is to aim straight for the heart. My hubby has the biggest heart in the world. Add patient, understanding, loving, and we got ourselves one big softie! And of course a hunka hunka, duh. Truly, the best Dad I could ask for! The kids and I try each year to aim higher in the tear scale. Last year, we went less teary and more practical with a fun leather catch-all for all his crap, to put it blunt. See it here, I highly recommend this DIY as its super cute, practical and makes any amount of coins or receipts look cool. The year before, had the bar set high. You might remember the wooden signs each of Beijos ladies did in which we had the kids tell us why they love daddy so much… see that here.

This year, since my husband has been living in a different city from us since January, the kids and I were certain that we wanted to incorporate pictures for him to look at. I picked out pictures starting from when they were babies to current. He has no idea what is about to come to him. That tear scale will be weighing heavy this year.

This simple wooden photo album is a great DIY that you can make with your kids! And also any important man in your life!

I do have to say the only thing to look out is that spray adhesive! I had a total Clark Griswold afternoon after using that stuff!

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1 Wooden Box
1 sheet of  White Poster Board
1 Package of Full Sheet Label Paper or Printed Photos (cut to 3 inchs)
Metal Ruler
Double Stick Tape
Spray Adhesive
Washi Tape
X-Acto Knife

Walgreens is having a sale on all prints and ends today! If you enter code: PICSWITHDAD you get 40% off, how could you NOT take this up! Just remember you will have to cut your pictures down to 3X3.


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Using the ruler, mark off 3.5″ wide strips on the paper. You can cut as many as you like- you’ll connect them later to make the final accordion strip. Each photo square will be 3.5″ long so you can multiply that by the number of photos you want to put in your album to calculate the total length you need.

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Cut out each strip and mark 3.5″ squares down the length of each strip. Fold accordion-style, at each 3.5″ mark. You will have to press firmly since the poster board is heavy.

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Connect the strips to each other using a glue stick or double stick tape. Add a strip of tape  (your choice of color) down the center of the strip, leaving a little folded tab of tape at either end to make it easy to grab. This will give a seamless look if you are doing more then one strip.

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Put your choice of photos into a word doc and size them to be 3″ square. You should be able to fit 6 to a page. Or have them printed out at Walgreens in a 4X4 and cut down to 3″.

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Print out each page onto the label paper and cut out photo. Press the photos onto each square of your accordion strip. Place the strip in the box. Or you can print out at your local photo store and cut to measure 3″ and simply adhere with spray adhesive. Be careful, it is SUPER sticky! No one wants a Clark Griswold moment like me! Place all together in box. Meghann Miniello used her handy work and we labled this little box, “Life with Dad”.






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By on June 6, 2017 in DIY, FATHER’S DAY, Uncategorized


Daddy Cocktails

Since it’s Dad week, we are trading our Summer Cocktails for Daddy Cocktails today.  We partnered with Heritage Distilling Co to bring you these delicious picks by our husbands you met yesterday on the blog here!  We asked them what their all time favorite cocktail was and here’s what we got…

Damon’s Mocha White Russian

Damon has a love for food and with that comes a love for creamy and rich, so his drink of choice was a Mocha White Russian and you better believe it’s a sweet one!





Coffee Liquor

Heavy Cream

Daily’s Chocolate & Cream Cocktail


Get your fancy cup and fill it with ice.  Add 1 1/2 oz Vodka, 1/2 oz coffee liquor, 1/2 oz heavy cream and 1/2 of the chocolate cream cocktail.


Garnish with some chocolate straws or chocolate pocky stix


Next up we have Nate’s Rosemary & Tangerine Old Fashioned

Nate like’s his drinks stiff, usually just on the rocks, but we brightened this one up with a little more flavor!



Rosemary Simple Syrup

Angostura Bitters




Pour the 2 tsp simple syrup and 2 dashes of bitters into the glass and stir to combine.  Add the ice cubes and pour the 1/2 oz of bourbon over the ice.  Garnish with rosemary and some tangerines.



Give your Dads a try of these… if they are vodka or bourbon lovers they would sure enjoy them!

Happy Fathers Day!!

Xx Leah

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Beijos Real Talk – The Men Behind Beijos

We talk a lot about us on this blog, haha, but there are a few amazing guys who we love that play a big part in our lives that we are going to share with you today… Our husbands!!  With father’s day coming up we thought it was the perfect time to share all about the men behind Beijos, especially since all three are amazing daddy’s too!  So with out further ado, here they are in all their glory, our handsome, loving, and sometimes crazy husbands :)

Jacquelyn & Nate

meganwelker-beijos-118 From Jacquelyn…

What’s your love story? 

Nate and I were friends for years but always had significant others and never really thought of each other as anything more than acquaintances… Well at least I didn’t, haha!  4 years later we both found ourselves single for the first time and somewhat ready to mingle and Nate mentioned to a mutual friend that he wanted to take me out on a date, to which I responded “Ew!”, so mature, right?!  I guess I just didn’t see him that way, but the more I thought about it, and got encouragement from my sister and friends, I was a bit more into the idea.  Nate is a musician and was at the time in a karaoke/cover band, I was at his show and he told me the only way he would let me go up and sing was if I gave him my phone number… Well, I really like attention and wanted to be on stage so you know how that went, and the rest is history…

When is your anniversary and where did you tie the knot?

Nate and I got married on 9.22.12 at Holman Ranch in Carmel Valley, CA and will celebrate our 4 year anniversary this Fall.

meganwelker-beijos-121 Tell us a little bit about your husband and why he is so amazing…

Nate is one of the smartest and most talented people I know.  He is a talented musician, he got his masters in music and can play multiple instruments and many of them he taught himself.  He also loves sports and doing anything outdoors, he is an avid surfer and used to shape surfboards for Greg Noll, he still does it for close friends and himself…  His collection of surf boards takes over our garage, haha!  This guy can also fix basically anything around the house and probably cooks more dinners than me!  And now he’s taking on the medical field working for Stryker Orthopedic, I tell you, he’s a man of many hats.  He is the type of guy who is always up for adventure and fun, never shying from a challenge or trying something new.  To top it all off he is an amazing husband and father, he works so hard and would do anything to make Court and myself happy and proud, he leads by example, something I greatly admire of him.  Plus, he’s pretty damn cute… All in all I think he’s a keeper and we are pretty smitten!

From Nate…

What are 3 words that describe Jacquelyn?

Giving, Amazing, Loving

meganwelker-beijos-124 What’s your favorite memory with your wife?

Sitting on the front of a catamaran hanging out and enjoying each other’s company in Santorini.

What’s your favorite thing to do together?

Being on the beach together, going on trips whether it’s flying somewhere like Mexico or Europe or doing a long drive to Northern California, or cooking dinner together in the kitchen we always have fun as long as we are together.

Leah & Damon

meganwelker-beijos-3 From Leah…

What’s your love story?

Damon and I met in high school. We had chemistry together our Junior year. He definitely caught my attention as the funniest guy in class!! From this point on I think we both realized we had good chemistry together so we went to winter formal and remained pretty close until we started seriously dating in our mid 20’s.

When is your anniversary and where did you tie the knot?

Well we have two anniversaries that we celebrate. Haha. The day we actually got married at the courthouse in California, October 15, 2010 and the day we got married in Los Cabos, MX in front of our closest family and friends October 30, 2010. We usually pick a date or even a date in between every year to celebrate. It’s a little challenging with both our birthdays being in October too! Don’t know why we picked October with it being a crazy month for us, but it is our favorite month so it was a natural choice.

meganwelker-beijos-4 Tell us about your husband and why he’s so amazing…

Damon is such a guys guy but also so sweet, loving and a great family man. He loves his family so much, especially his little girls. They are his heart and they are definitely daddy’s girls to an extreme. He’s one of the most generous people I know, and he literally drops anything for his family or any close friend if they need help. He’s a pretty solid guy, so we’ll keep him. Haha

From Damon…

What are 3 words that describe Leah?

Thoughtful, Tenacious, Beautiful(not just her appearance, but her soul), Caring, I can do thousands of additional “words” to describe my Boo.

meganwelker-beijos-13 What’s your favorite memory with your wife?

I can’t narrow it down to one memory, all of our trips have been great… But, my favorite memory must include our daughters.  When we did the whole “Gender Reveal” cake cutting for our forthcoming Unicorn.  The experience encompassed so many emotions, but the fact that we were able to share the moment with our girls, made it even more memorable.

What’s your favorite thing to do together?

Our favorite thing to do together by far, is planning and then going on any, and all trips together.

Abby & Mike

yasminsarai_beijosevents_mike+abby-9 From Abby…

What’s your love story? 

Mike and I have actually known each other since we were wee little ones. Our grandparents were close friends, and we have known of each other growing up. We probably met a couple times while we were little, but no love spark at the ripe age of 6. Fast forward to high school… it was my 1st day of school. My grandmother called to wish me good luck, and to give me the pager number of Mike Guido. If I was to have any trouble with finding my class or issues with my locker, he will be there to help! Completely shy, laughed and said thanks grandma! Not going to be that dorky freshmen, Ill take the chance of being late to class. High school rolls by, we know of each other and hung out a couple times. Keep fast forwarding… hello college. We saw each other at parties and hung with the same friends. He asked me out on a date, and I made him work for it. A year later, we went on our 1st date and the rest is history.

When is your anniversary and where did you tie the knot?

We got married on October 16, 2010 in Santa Cruz, California at the Chaminade Hotel.

yasminsarai_beijosevents_mike+abby-2 Tell us about your husband and why he’s so amazing…

Well……. if you have ever met him you would know that it is hard to sum up in a couple sentences. He is the most kind hearted, social, and the best father ever.  Well… and pretty darn good looking if you ask me. He is beyond hands on with everything from the kids to making dinner, and get ready people…. laundry! Yes!! My husband has the nickname, “Mr. San Jose”. He knows everyone, and if he doesn’t know you… you will be his friend at the end of the night. I fall more in love with him everyday, and so beyond lucky I get to call him mine.

From Mike…

What are 3 words that describe Abby?

Creative. Beautiful. Independent (in no particular order)

yasminsarai_beijosevents_mike+abby-4 What’s your favorite memory with your wife?

My favorite memory is still the night when we first started getting romantic. You can word that however you need to but that is my favorite memory. That was the night we 1st ‘got to know each other’. We played quarters. I kissed her shoulder. We went back to our friend Mary’s and sat on the swing chair till the sun came up. I’ll never forget that night. It’s actually crazy thinking back to that night and looking at where we are at today.

What’s your favorite thing to do together?

My favorite thing to do together is actually just relaxing on the couch – bottle of wine – perhaps an antipasto or cheese platter – and a nice movie, just the 2 of us.

Hope you enjoyed learning about these dudes, and hope you all have a great Father’s Day weekend!!



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By on June 16, 2016 in FAMILY, FATHER’S DAY, REAL TALK